Gigi’s Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Bread Recipe

by Sami

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I loved having Gigi Butler on my November episode of The Sami Cone Show. You may know her from Gigi’s Cupcakes, but she’s now returned to her first love: pies. Pies by Gigi opened this year in Brentwood, TN, but you can have her creations shipped anywhere in the US.

While her blackberry pie is my absolute favorite, I wanted Gigi to make an easy recipe perfect for fall. For her, that was a no-brainer: Gigi’s Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Bread.

Sami Cone Gigi Butler The Sami Cone Show pumpkin bread recipe table feature

Gigi’s Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Bread Recipe

This pumpkin bread recipe has been in Gigi’s family since the late 1800s, passed down from her great great grandmother. It’s one of her most beloved recipes.

Here is a quote from Gigi herself on how much she loves this bread and the great memories it reminds her of:

When I slice this bread it brings back warm memories—of working at my aunt’s elbow, of making my way through recipes with my mom, of laying out a Thanksgiving spread for the whole family. I love it so much I can eat almost a whole loaf in one sitting! (Seriously, I can!)

Put a slab of butter on it and…PERFECTION!

– Gigi Butler

Gigi’s Blue Ribbon Pumpkin Bread Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 cups flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 cups pumpkin puree (or cubed, cooked fresh)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup canola oil
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup raisins (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Whisk together the flour, sugar, brown sugar, baking soda, salt, and spices.
  3. Add the pumpkin, eggs, canola oil, and 2/3 cup water.
  4. Fold in the pecans, vanilla, and raisins (if desired).
  5. Pour the batter into 2 standard bread loaf pans.
  6. Bake for 1 hour.
  7. When a toothpick comes out clean, it’s done.

Pies by Gigi’s “Everything but the Turkey” Holiday Menu

Pies by Gigi is offering “Everything But the Turkey” this year. You can order all your sides and desserts for Thanksgiving so all you have to worry about is the turkey. Make sure you place your holiday order before November 24th!

Christmas Cookie Decorating Workshop with Gigi Butler

Plus starting November 29th, and for the following 3 Sundays, Gigi is offering a Christmas cookie decorating workshop where she will teach you all the tricks to the perfect Christmas cookie. Make sure you sign up early to reserve your spot.

The Secret Ingredient by Gigi Butler

If you love Gigi’s pumpkin bread recipe (& I know you will!), you’ll definitely want to get a copy of her book, The Secret Ingredient.

In it, she offers many more of her family’s favorite recipes, including her recipe for success in business and in life (but I’m not giving that away…)

I had so much fun talking with Gigi on my show while we made her award-winning recipe. Watch our full TV interview below:

What else do you want to know about Gigi and her amazing recipes? Leave your questions in the comments below and I’ll do my best to get answers for you!

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