Pumpkin Bread In a Can

I wanted to bake some pumpkin bread but also wanted to make some to give away.  In an effort to continue my love affair with cans…yes, cans…. I used some that were left from green beans, removed the labels, washed the cans well, rinsed them out and dried them.  When I was preparing my loaf pan for the pumpkin bread, I also greased the cans and filled them two-thirds full of batter.  Once the loaves were thoroughly baked and cooled, I decorated the cans with some leftover orange wrapping paper, raffia and Halloween tags.

The texture of this pumpkin bread is just wonderful.  The recipe below makes one large loaf and three 14.5 ounce cans of bread.

Pumpkin Bread

4 cups flour

2 cups brown sugar (packed)

2 teaspoons cinnamon

2 tablespoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 cups of canned pumpkin

1 cup milk

2/3 cup butter softened

4 eggs


Preheat the oven to 350°.  Grease your loaf pan(s).  Combine all dry ingredients in a mixing bowl.  Add pumpkin, milk, eggs and butter and blend well.  When everything is blended, beat on high for 2 minutes.  At this point you can add walnuts, raisins, chocolate chips, etc.  Bake for 60 to 65 minutes until the center is set.

fresh baked hugs, mb

What do you think?



  1. 7
    Audra-Cup of Daisies says:

    OH Mary Beth, I LOVE this idea. I tried it out a few weeks ago, and it worked like a charm!! My kids loved it too, decorating the can was so much fun for them!! Will definatley be doing this more often.. Thanks for the idea!

  2. 8

    Those look yummy!!

    For anyone who might be interested, I have some free printable hang tags on my website that would work really well on these… they look similar to the ones in the photo.

  3. 9

    What an incredibly cute idea!! I was looking for something “fall-ish” to send 3 teachers next week . . . this will be perfect!! Thanks for sharing!!

  4. 10

    I was just at Aldi’s and found some canned pumpkin. : )

  5. 11

    Mary Beth,
    Do you run a knife around the edge of the pumpkin bread to make it easier for the recipient to remove? Where did you get your canned pumpkin? My local Safeway told me a couple weeks ago that they didn’t know if they’d even have any in in time for Thanksgiving due to the recall from last fall. Thanks for the idea. I intend to try it.

    • 12

      Pam, I’ve always been able to find pure canned pumpkin at my local Aldi store. If you have one nearby, it would definitely be worth checking out!

  6. 13

    How long do the cans need to bake?