Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bread

This cream cheese pumpkin bread recipe is truly the best ever. The moist and tender pumpkin bread is swirled with cream cheese frosting that’s baked right into the loaf. It makes the perfect fall treat! This bread is so delicious that’ll want to enjoy a slice for breakfast with your morning coffee and have another…

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bread

This cream cheese pumpkin bread recipe is truly the best ever. The moist and tender pumpkin bread is swirled with cream cheese frosting that’s baked right into the loaf. It makes the perfect fall treat!

This bread is so delicious that’ll want to enjoy a slice for breakfast with your morning coffee and have another for dessert later in the day. And if you love pumpkin baking as much as we do, also try these Perfect Pumpkin Muffins and Iced Pumpkin Spice Cookies.

Slices of pumpkin bread with cream cheese swirls.

What makes this the best cream cheese pumpkin bread

Our taste-testers declared that this was the best pumpkin bread they’ve eaten, and we think that they’re right. Here’s why:

  • Cream Cheese: You’ll find more cream cheese in this recipe than most. That’s because the cream cheese layer is so good that we like more of it.
  • Buttermilk: Our “secret ingredient” that adds flavor and keeps the bread wonderfully moist is buttermilk. You can easily make your own homemade buttermilk if you don’t have any on hand!
  • Brown Sugar: Light brown sugar is the primary sweetener here as it gives the pumpkin bread a wonderful malty flavor.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: We use more pumpkin pie spice than what many other recipes call for, and it’s one of the reasons this autumn bread tastes so good. Try making homemade pumpkin pie spice!

Ingredients in pumpkin cream cheese bread

  • Pumpkin puree: look for cans of 100% pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling.
  • Egg: use a room temperature egg for the best result.
  • Brown sugar: this gives the bread a deliciously malty flavor.
  • Sugar: this adds a little more sweetness.
  • Vanilla: we use this for added flavor.
  • Buttermilk: adds a subtle flavor to the bread and keeps it wonderfully moist.
  • Oil: we use cooking oil, but melted coconut oil works, too.
  • Flour: all-purpose flour works best in this recip.
  • Pumpkin pie spice: this is what makes the pumpkin bread taste AMAZING!
  • Baking soda and baking powder: both help to make the bread rise.
  • Salt: just a little to enhance the other flavors.

Ingredients in the Cream Cheese Layer

  • Cream cheese: use the brick style of cream cheese as opposed to the whipped-type that you use to spread on bagels.
  • Sugar: we use this to sweeten the cream cheese layer.
  • Flour: all-purpose flour works the best.
  • Egg: this helps to hold the cream cheese together so it doesn’t melt completely.

How to make this pumpkin bread recipe

Making cream cheese pumpkin bread is so easy that you’ll have the loaf pan in your oven in about 10 minutes. (Full recipe is in the recipe card below.) Pumpkin bread with cream cheese is a surprisingly easy recipe to make that comes together in just four simple steps:

  1. Mix together: Mix the cream cheese layer ingredients in a bowl – an electric mixer or stand mixer works perfectly for this job.
  2. Dry ingredients: Whisk the dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Wet Ingredients: Whisk the wet ingredients in another bowl then stir in the dry ingredients.
  4. Bake: Now, all that you have to do is layer the batter and cream cheese in a loaf pan and then put it into your oven.
cream cheese pumpkin loaf on a cooling rack surrounded by white pumpkins.

Baking Tips

To make this cream cheese pumpkin bread perfectly, follow these simple tips:

  • Use a 5″x9″ loaf pan. If you use a larger pan, the bread won’t be the right shape.
  • Assemble the loaf and put it into your preheated oven right after you mix the wet and dry ingredients. If you let them sit for a while, the bread will not rise well.
  • Let the cream cheese pumpkin bread cool for at least 20 minutes before you slice into it, preferably even longer.
  • For the best flavor, use 100% pumpkin puree.

What to make with the leftover pumpkin puree

One of our favorite recipes to make with just a little pumpkin puree is this Pumpkin Coconut Latte. Or try these other delicious recipes to use the pumpkin puree that you’ll have leftover after making this cream cheese pumpkin bread:

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Truffles

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Pumpkin Pecan Pie Muffins

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Dip

Side view of layers in this cream cheese pumpkin bread.

How to store cream cheese pumpkin bread

Once the pumpkin bread is completely cool, store it in a resealable bag on your counter. It will keep well for 3 days.

If it’s been more than 3 days and the bread is a little dry/stale, butter it and warm it gently in a pan to make it taste delicious again.

Note: It’s important to make sure that the bread is completely cool before you store it. If you store the pumpkin bread while it’s still warm, the steam will get trapped in the bag and cause your bread to go soggy.

pumpkin cream cheese bread sliced.


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Slices of pumpkin bread with cream cheese swirls.

Cream Cheese Pumpkin Bread

This cream cheese pumpkin bread recipe is truly the best ever. The moist and tender pumpkin bread is swirled with cream cheese frosting that's baked right into the loaf. It makes the perfect fall treat!
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword pumpkin cream cheese bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 10 slices
Calories 312kcal
Author Kristen Stevens


Cream Cheese Filling

  • 6 ounces cream cheese at room temperature
  • cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg

Pumpkin Bread

  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar plus extra to sprinkle on top
  • ¼ cup buttermilk can use regular milk
  • ¼ cup cooking oil
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt


  • Move one of the baking racks to the lower third of your oven. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 5"x9" loaf pan with butter.
  • Make the cream cheese filling in a medium-sized bowl. Using an electric beater, mix the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and egg.
  • In a large bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree, brown sugar, granulated sugar, buttermilk, oil, and egg.
  • In a medium-sized bowl, whisk the flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the large bowl with the pumpkin and stir until it just comes together. Do not overmix.
  • Pour ⅓ of the batter into the loaf pan and smooth it out. Then spread half of the cream cheese on top. Add another ⅓ of the batter followed by the remaining cream cheese. Finish the pumpkin bread with a layer of batter.
  • Sprinkle the top of the pumpkin bread with a little sugar (about 1 teaspoon) then bake it for 45-55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
  • Let the pumpkin bread cool for 20 minutes then invert the loaf pan to remove the bread and let it finish cooling on a cooling rack.


Serving: 1 slice | Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 46g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 57mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 172mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 29g | Vitamin A: 4107IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 69mg | Iron: 2mg
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Honey Prawns – stays crispy!

This is a recipe for Honey Prawns, old-school Chinese restaurant-style. The batter coating is a proven secret weapon I use for Honey Chicken that stays crispy for hours, even after tossing with the honey sauce! The trick? Ice cold soda water for one. Also, cornflour plus flour. Finally a double-fry, fast becoming the worst-kept cooking... Get the Recipe The post Honey Prawns – stays crispy! appeared first on RecipeTin Eats.

Honey Prawns – stays crispy!

This is a recipe for Honey Prawns, old-school Chinese restaurant-style. The batter coating is a proven secret weapon I use for Honey Chicken that stays crispy for hours, even after tossing with the honey sauce!

The trick? Ice cold soda water for one. Also, cornflour plus flour. Finally a double-fry, fast becoming the worst-kept cooking secret to less greasy fried foods that stay crispy for hours!

Honey Prawns that stay crispy for hours!

Honey Prawns are a much-loved favourite at suburban Chinese restaurants and takeaway joints across Australia. Plump, snappy prawns are battered and fried until crisp, then tossed in a sweet and sticky honey sauce – those words alone will have anybody drooling!

As irresistible as they are, for me Honey Prawns at most restaurants suffer one glaring defect: they don’t stay crispy for long! Once the honey sauce hits that crispy exterior, it’s an express ride to Soggy Town!

The simplest answer to this problem is of course to gobble fresh Honey Prawns down as soon as they hit the table. I heartily endorse this solution. ???? But that aside … can we do better?

Yes we can! ???? Thanks to a trio of little tricks I employ, these Honey Prawns will stay crisp for not just a few minutes … or even hours …. or overnight … but you can even reheat them the next day to near freshly-cooked, crispy perfection!

Sound too good to be true? Read on and become a believer in the miracle of Stay-Crispy Honey Prawns!

Pouring honey sauce over Honey Prawns

What you need to make Honey Prawns

Here’s what you need to make these Honey Prawns that stay crispy for hours!

1. Prawns and honey sauce

Ingredients for Honey Prawns


Fresh raw prawns are best if you can, medium to medium-large size. The ones pictured are 33g whole or 17g peeled, to be exact!

However these days, frozen prawns are actually also pretty good. Get large frozen peeled prawns, thaw them and pat them dry very well. Frozen prawns tend to be quite watery when they defrost which will compromise the crispiness!

Honey Sauce

No water added! – Most Honey Prawn sauce recipes include water and cornflour/cornstarch for thickening. Crispy batters and water are not friends! Give the water a miss.

2. Miracle stay-crispy fry batter

And here’s what you need for the miracle stay-crispy fry batter. I’m just going to cover the basics about each ingredient in this section. If you are interested in more about the why, have a read of the Honey Chicken post when I first introduced this fry batter!

Ingredients for Honey Prawns

How to make Honey Prawns

This recipe utilises a double-coating method for an extra crispy coating. We dusting first with cornflour to seal the prawns, then a batter for crispiness!

1. Preparing the batter

How to make Honey Prawns
  1. Season prawns by tossing with salt. I used to marinate them in a little soy sauce and Chinese cooking wine for flavour, but have since found that this compromises the crispiness. Salt is all we need – there’s plenty of flavour in the crispy coating and the honey sauce that coats it thickly!

  2. Cornflour/cornstarch dusting – Provides an extra layer to seal in the juiciness of the prawns so it doesn’t soften the crispy coating. A proven method utilised in Honey Chicken and Sweet and Sour Pork!

How to make Honey Prawns
  1. Batter (cold!) – Made simply by mixing the batter ingredients together. A key step for ensuring the cooked batter is ultra-crispy is COLD raw batter. The shock of the cold batter hitting hot oil = crispier prawns. The batter is kept cold by making it just prior to frying, and using fridge-chilled soda water / club soda. For extra insurance, you can also chill the bowl and dry ingredients before mixing in the water – a good tip for beginners or when making Honey Prawns on hot days.

  2. Batter thickness – The above photo shows the thickness of the batter (also see video). It is quite thin which is intentional. Contrary to what I expected, a thinner batter stays crispier for longer!

  3. Dip in batter – Dip the floured prawn in one at a time into the batter, just before cooking.

  4. Let excess batter drip off by holding the prawns for a few seconds before transferring them to the hot oil.

2. Double-fry – the secret for ultra-crispy!

Fast becoming the worst-kept frying secret, a quick double-fry is THE ultimate secret to ultra-crispy and less greasy fried food (more examples: Honey Chicken, Sweet and Sour Pork, my mother’s Chicken Karaage). It also solves the inherent problems of batch-frying where the first batches cool before the last hot batch is done. Why? Because unlike the first fry of the double-fry, during the second fry you can crowd the pot, meaning the prawns get reheated in one or at most, two quick batches.

How to make Honey Prawns
  1. Fry #1  (3 minutes) Fry the prawns for 3 minutes at 160°C/320°F until LIGHT golden. This steps is to cook the batter and prawns. At the end of the 3 minutes, the coating will be pale but crispy, however it will soften as it cools. This is normal and we’ll properly crisp it shortly!

  2. COOL prawns before second fry – Another key tip to make crispiness-that-lasts! I do not know the science behind this, but I have found that second-frying cold prawns is both crispier AND stays crispy for longer than second-frying prawns that are still hot form the first fry.

  3. Fry #2 (3 minutes) – Fry the prawns for 1 minute at 200°C/390°F or until they are a deep golden brown. Colour is the key indicator here. If the prawns are not golden enough, then the crispy coating will soften faster as it cools. They will still be crispy long enough to coat in sauce, serve and eat. But towards the end of the meal you will find they will not be fully crispy all the way around.

    On the other hand, golden brown prawns will stay crispy for HOURS. As in, long after they are cold, they are still super-crunchy. It’s insane!

    Bonus: Doing the quick Fry #2 just before serving means the prawns are served piping hot, freshly cooked.

  4. Drain on paper towels to absorb excess oil. Now it’s time to coat in that wickedly good Honey Sauce!

How to make Honey Prawns
  1. Honey Sauce – In reality, we will make the Honey Sauce before we do Fry #2. Just plonk ingredients in a pot and simmer to make a fairly thick syrup with minimal water content, so it won’t make our prawns soggy.

  2. Pour the Honey Sauce over the prawns in a bowl.

  3. Toss quickly to coat the prawns in the Honey Sauce. You want to be quick here, not because the prawns will go soggy (they won’t!) but because the honey sauce will thicken as it cools which makes it harder to coat the prawns properly.

  4. Serve! For an authentic Chinese restaurant experience, pile the prawns on a bed of fried rice vermicelli noodles. To make the noodles, you literally just drop a wad of dried rice vermicelli noodles in the hot oil and it will expand into a mass of foam-like crispy noodles within seconds!

    Sprinkle with sesame seeds and green onion, if desired. Take to the table and watch them disappear in seconds!

Pile of Honey Prawns

What to serve with Honey Prawns

I find that Honey Prawns are a bit too sweet to have as the only main dish. So typically, I serve with with another savoury and salty side dish, plus fried rice and vegetables or a salad. Here are some suggestions:

If you put together your own Chinese restaurant banquet, tell me what you make! I love getting menu inspiration from readers! – Nagi x

Watch how to make it

Pile of ultra crispy Honey Prawns

Honey Prawns – stays crispy for ages!

Recipe video above. This recipe uses a proven method used in my Honey Chicken recipe for Honey Prawns that stays crispy hours even after coating in the sauce!
1. Double coating – cornflour/cornstarch to seal in juices, followed by batter
2. Cold batter made with soda water = crispier coating that's puffy and light, not dense and greasy
3. Cornflour/cornstarch + flour batter – cornflour for ultra crispiness, flour for golden colour
4. Double fry for extra long lasting, thicker crispiness AND less greasy (Asian secret!)
5. No-soggy Sauce – glucose or corn syrup to make it "candy like" to stick on the prawn crust rather than soaking in, plus NO WATER in the sauce.
Note – the sauce is sweet. That's the way it's supposed to be! Please do not try to change the sauce as it has been formulated to prevent making the batter soggy.
Course Mains
Cuisine Chinese
Keyword crispy fried prawns, crispy fry batter, honey prawns
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Cooling 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 482cal
Author Nagi



  • 300g/ 10oz prawns/shrimp , peeled with tail on (for handling, Note 1)
  • 1/2 tsp kosher/cooking salt (halve for table salt)


  • 1/2 cup cornflour/cornstarch

Ultra-crispy fry batter:

  • 9 tbsp cornflour/cornstarch (Note 2)
  • 6 tbsp flour , plain/all-purpose
  • 2/3 cup + 1 tbsp COLD soda water, club soda or seltzer water (NOT sparkling mineral water, Note 3)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder (NOT baking soda)
  • 1/2 tsp salt , kosher/cooking (halve for table salt)

Oil, for frying:

  • 3 – 4 cups vegetable or canola oil (~4cm / 1.5" depth in a pot)

Honey Sauce (Note 8 on sweetness):

  • 1/3 cup (100g) honey
  • 1.5 tbsp (25g) glucose OR corn syrup (light) (Note 4)
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce (or all-purpose)
  • 2 tsp Chinese cooking wine (or mirin)

Garnish / serving:

  • 25g / 2 oz Vermicelli rice noodles (optional) , a wad of it (not mung bean noodles, it must be rice noodles)
  • Sesame seeds, finely sliced green onions


Recommended step for beginners or cooking on very hot days:

  • Place batter mixing bowl in the fridge with the batter dry ingredients. (Helps keep batter cold = crispier prawns)

Season and dust prawns:

  • Salt prawns: Mix prawns with salt.
  • Dust: Place 1/2 cup cornflour/cornstarch in a bowl. Dip prawn in, shake off excess then put on a plate. Repeat with all prawns.

Cold batter and fry #1:

  • Heat oil: Fill small pot or large saucepan with 4cm / 1.7" oil. Heat to 160°C/320°F on medium high stove.
  • Make cold batter: Whisk together flour, cornflour/cornstarch, baking powder and salt. Add soda water, then do the minimum whisks to just combine (10 or so) – a few lumps ok, better than whisking too much (changes coating texture).
  • Batter thickness: Should fully coat prawns easily, not be see-through, but not thick and heavy. See video for cues. Use extra soda water 1 teaspoon at a time to achieve right thickness.
  • Dredge: Holding a prawn by the tail, dip into the batter then hold up for a 2 seconds to let the excess batter drip off. Then carefully place in oil. Repeat with another 5 prawns (6 per batch).
  • Fry #1: Cook for 3 minutes until light golden and crispy. When you pick them up, you can tell it's very crispy.
  • Drain and repeat: Place prawns on a tray with paper towels. Repeat with remaining prawns. I cook in 4 batches. Don't crowd the pot as it brings oil temperature down too much.
  • Cool prawns for 20 minutes (Note 5). Meanwhile, make Sauce.

Honey Sauce:

  • Place ingredients in a large saucepan over medium heat. Bring to simmer, then leave to simmer for 3 minutes.
  • The consistency should be like maple syrup (see video). Turn off stove, place lid on to keep warm (when cool, it gets too thick to toss prawns in it).

Fry #2 – for ultra-crispy!

  • Heat oil to 200°C/390°F.
  • Place half the prawns in oil (you can crowd the pot for Fry #2). Cook for 3 minutes or until it changes from pale golden to very golden, then remove to a paper towel-lined plate. You can tell by touching that it's built-to-last crispy! More golden = crispier (but don't overcook the prawns!) Repeat with remaining prawns.

Toss in Sauce and serve:

  • Transfer prawns to a metal bowl then pour over Honey Sauce. Quickly toss with rubber spatula to coat prawns in sauce. (Sauce starts thickening if you take too long, so be quick!)
  • Pile prawns over crispy rice noodles (if using), scatter with sesame seeds, green onion and serve!

Puffy crispy rice noodles (optional):

  • At any point while oil is hot, drop a wad of noodles into hot oil, wait 3 seconds until it puffs up, then remove with tongs.
  • Drain on paper towels, place on plate. Top with prawns!


1. Prawns / shrimp – Raw prawns with tail on are best, medium to medium-large in size. 300g (10oz) of peeled raw shrimp with tails is about 500g (17oz) unpeeled shrimp.
You can also use frozen raw shrimp, thawed. These tend to leach lots of water when defrosted, so ensure you drain all the liquid off and dry them very well.
2. Cornflour and cornstarch are the same thing. Called cornstarch in the US and Canada, and cornflour in most of the rest of the world.
3. Cold soda water, club soda, or seltzer water – It must be fridge cold to ensure crispy coating. Needs to be man-made fizziness to help with the puffiness. Do not use sparkling mineral water (ie naturally fizzy) – it’s not as strong. It works but not as crispy.
BEST SUB: Ice cold water. Crispiness not as strong so doesn’t last as long once sauced, but still excellent if consumed within 20 minutes.
4. Glucose or corn syrup (light) – The key to making the honey sauce “toffee-like” so it coats and semi-sets ON the crispy crust rather than soaking INTO it and making it soggy. Both work just as well.
Find glucose in the baking aisle. Corn syrup is not widely available in Australia – I order it online. Substitute with honey (it does work for crispiness retention, glucose/corn syrup is an extra insurance policy!)
5. Let prawns cool after first fry = crispier crust once double fried. I don’t know the exact science, I presume it’s like cold batter = crispier prawns! It is still very crispy if fried the second time straight away however.
6. Double fry – Makes the coating ultra crisp AND less greasy, and deepens from pale gold colour to golden. Also means all prawns are piping hot when tossed in sauce.
Can skip – if so, do Fry 1 for 4 minutes until golden. Keep cooked prawns warm in 75°C/165°F oven on rack.
7. Air fryer / baking – baking definitely won’t work for this batter. I doubt air fryer would work either because you need instant high heat to solidify the batter, otherwise it will run everywhere.
I will share best baked alternative one day ????
8. SWEETNESS – Honey Prawns IS very sweet. That’s why all kids go mad over it! But the quantity of the sauce in the recipe is such that there is only a thin coating on each piece of prawns.
We can’t detect anything in the sauce at restaurants other than honey and a bit of seasoning, eg nothing sour to balance out the sweet. So I’ve stuck with restaurant versions so your kids won’t be disappointed. ???? (PS I am a savoury rather than sweet girl, and I am mad for this Honey Prawns!)
SAVOURY TOUCH: For those who really want less sweet, add 2 tbsp cider vinegar and simmer for an extra 1 minute, and also maybe a dash of hot sauce or sriracha. It will not taste like restaurant versions, but will seem less sweet.
Please do NOT start adding things like ketchup and other things you see in other recipes as it will put the crispiness of the prawns at risk – the sauce as written almost “sets” on the surface of the crust, rather than soaking in.
9. Make ahead – the ultimate way to make ahead which is 95% perfect:
  • Double fry the prawns. Fully cool. Reheat in 180°C/350°F oven for 5 minutes. just to heat prawns through.
  • Reheat Honey Sauce so it’s runny. Toss with prawns, serve!
Reheating prawns with sauce already on it – it’s got crunchy bits when cold, but as soon as you reheat it (oven or microwave), it goes soggy. No way around it I’m afraid!
10. Reuse oil – Oil used to fry any seafood takes on a bit of a seafood flavour, albeit fairly mild in this instance. I would only re-use the oil to make other seafood things, such as Beer Battered Fish or Coconut Prawns.
Cool oil in pot, line mesh colander with paper towel, strain oil. Store until required – personally would stick to savoury rather than sweet. 
11. An original creation by Team RTE, drawing on many lessons learned during the creation of the Built-To-Last Honey Chicken!
12. Nutrition – impossible for this one, I’m afraid! Let’s just say it’s got more calories than a lettuce leaf. ????


Calories: 482cal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 18g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 121mg | Sodium: 933mg | Potassium: 279mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 74mg | Iron: 1mg

Life of Dozer

Honey Prawn vs beautifully plated piece of raw eggplant. Which did he choose?

Anybody who couldn’t guess should get their head checked. ????

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