Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Bread

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Bread is a good way to jazz up a classic pumpkin loaf recipe!

pumpkin cream cheese swirl bread sliced

I always recommend that everyone try my very favorite Pumpkin Bread Recipe, but I love this variation too with the swirls. It’s like having a good slice of pumpkin bread with a cheesecake-like swirl inside. Consider it a treat for breakfast or as a comforting afternoon snack.

process of making pumpkin cream cheese bread

How to make Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Bread:

You’ll make a typical pumpkin bread batter. And then you’ll make the swirl filling (cream cheese, sugar and egg whites). Half of the pumpkin batter is spooned into a loaf pan, and then the cream cheese layer is spooned on top.

pumpkin bread ready for oven

The remaining pumpkin bread batter is spooned on top of the cream cheese layer.

How to get a good swirl:

Now it’s time to do the swirl!  You’ll take a knife (I like to use a butter knife) and dip it into the batter. Then you’ll move the knife around, gently swirling and taking care not to bump into the bottom or the sides of the pan. Swirl it as much as you want.

loaf of pumpkin bread in pan

When you bake your Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Bread, it’ll rise, crack on top and turn golden orange-brown.

loaf of pumpkin bread

What’s the best way to store pumpkin bread:

Let your Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Pumpkin Bread cool completely. Then wrap it with plastic wrap and slip it into a large zip baggie and seal it closed. Store pumpkin bread at room temperature for up to two days. To extend its life, store it in the zipped bag in the refrigerator for up to one week. Or freeze in the zip bag for up to three months.

loaf of pumpkin cream cheese bread sliced

Substitution suggestions:

Readers have reported substituting unsweetened applesauce for the oil with success. And reducing the sugar a bit is probably okay too, if you don’t like things too sweet. I haven’t experimented with using a sugar substitute. And it’s okay to use whole eggs instead of egg whites, if you prefer.

sliced pumpkin bread

If you’re looking for a seasonal treat to bake today, I think you should bake this Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Bread- enjoy!

Here are a few more pumpkin bread recipes you might like to try:

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Pumpkin Cream Cheese Swirl Bread

A delicious bread with a great tasting swirl added in!
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Servings 12 servings (1 loaf)
Calories 280kcal
Course Bread
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, cream cheese, pumpkin, swirl



  • 1 cup unsweetened pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • 8 ounces low fat cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons granulated white sugar
  • 1 large egg white


  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Spray the bottom only of a 9x5-inch loaf pan with nonstick spray; set aside.


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, sugars, milk, oil and egg whites in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, spice and salt. Add the flour mixture to the wet mixture and stir just until moistened.


  • In a medium bowl, use an electric mixer to combine the swirl ingredients until well blended.


  • Spoon half of the pumpkin batter into the prepared pan; spoon the swirl mixture evenly over the batter. Cover with the remaining pumpkin batter. Use a knife to gently drag through the batter and swirl it around, being careful not to touch the bottom or sides.
  • Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Run a knife or a thin spatula around the edges of the pan to loosen the bread; cool the bread in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove the bread from the pan to the wire rack; let cool completely.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 165mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 30g | Vitamin A: 3303IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 95mg | Iron: 1mg

loaf of pumpkin cream cheese swirl bread sliced open


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  • Sabrina wrote:

    great use of pumpkin! fun too, thank you for this recipe and love the swirl too

  • a’ishah wrote:

    love this! i recently found your site when a friend shared your pumpkin cinnamon roll pancake recipe (which i plan to try next!) and i love all of your recipes! i just tried this one and added vanilla extract, subbing applesauce for oil and whole milk for fat free. i also added extra spices. it turned out great. when i first pulled the bread out i was worried it was undercooked but once it cooled the texture was absolutely perfect and it tasted amazing – my guests loved it too.

    it was also lots of fun as it was my first time learning how to separate egg whites…i’m not sure how i managed to cook for this long without knowing that, hehe 🙂

  • Shirl wrote:

    Awesome recipe.They taste so good.I made mine in a 13×9 in pan instead of bread pan.Turned out like brownies.

  • Tessa wrote:

    Very good! I reduced the sugar, used applesauce instead of oil, and added chocolate chips (ironic I know). It turned out great.