Pumpkin Gingerbread with Spiced Buttercream


Good afternoon!

I’ve been a busy girl… ;)


Finally a moment to blog! You will see why tomorrow, I promise. :)

First up, I wanted to say a huge thank you to those of you who voted for me in the Project Food Blog Challenge #2!!!

I am absolutely shocked to say this, but I was chosen as ‘Reader’s Choice’ for Challenge #2. Thank you times a million. You don’t know how much this means to me! You consistently prove to me what amazingly supportive and caring readers you are and I love ya.

I advanced to Challenge #3 which is to throw a lavish dinner party. It is due tomorrow.

Yes, tomorrow!!!!

They don’t mess around with the turnaround.

Luckily, I have been planning and plotting and scheming all week. Muhauhaha. And of course, inserting evil witch cackles when necessary.

When you see my post tomorrow, it will all become clear. Either that, or I am going to burn down the house in the process. It could go either way.

Back to the gingerbread for now though…


Mmmmm. Yummy.


Vegan never looked this sexy!



Pumpkin Gingerbread with Spiced Buttercream

Inspired by Fat Free Vegan.

Print this recipe!


  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil (or canola), softened
  • 1/4 cup blackstrap molasses
  • Chia egg (1 tbsp chia + 3 tbsp water)
  • 1 2/3 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice (OR 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ginger)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 th tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 cup toasted chopped walnuts


Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a regular sized loaf pan with parchment paper and lightly oil on top. Toast the walnuts on a baking sheet for about 10-12 minutes until golden. Remove from oven and set aside. Combine the following ingredients (pumpkin, maple syrup, sugar, coconut oil, molasses, chia egg) in a medium-sized mixing bowl and blend well. In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add the wet mixture to the dry, and stir well. Stir in the toasted nuts. Pour the batter into the pan, smooth out with wet spoon, and bake for 50-60 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Allow to cool before removing from pan. While it is baking, make your spiced buttercream frosting (see below). Serves eight 1-inch slices.


Spiced Buttercream Frosting

Buttery, sweet, fluffy, spicy…and vegan to boot! The perfect Fall-spiced frosting.


  • 1/2 cup Earth Balance Butter Stick, softened
  • 1 3/4 cup icing sugar (aka: confectioner’s sugar)
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice (yes, a full tablespoon!)
  • 1 tbsp almond milk (as needed to thin out to desired consistency)


Directions: Whip the Earth Balance with a mixer until smooth. Now add half of the icing sugar and blend well, stopping to scrape the side of bowl as needed. Now add in the vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, and almond milk (if needed). Mix well. Add in the remaining icing sugar and blend for several minutes, stopping to scrape the sides of the bowl. Once the Gingerbread has fully cooled, spread on the icing using a wet spatula.


This frosting is killer.



I have been dying to inhale this Gingerbread!!!! But alas, it is for the dinner party.

I did manage to sneak one heel of the bread (with leftover buttercream) and it was outrageously good.


The spiced buttercream makes this bread.


Major Yikes:

I’ve got 45 minutes until my guests arrive and lots left to prepare! I better get a move on. ;)


Here goes nothing…

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Lily @ Lily's Health Pad October 2, 2010

Congrats on winning readers choice! You always have such amazing recipes. You totally deserve it. :-)


Amanda October 2, 2010

That bread looks amazing! I love the icing to bread ratio ;-)


Fallon October 2, 2010

OMG! I Love gingerbread and that looks fantastic. Can’t wait to try this recipe!


Stephanie @ Laugh and Cook October 2, 2010

Congrats, Angel! I saw your picture on Foodbuzz and was like, “Hey, I follow her!” Angela, it’s for yummy delicious recipes, pictures, and writing!


Samantha @ Food Edu October 2, 2010

Oh that seriously looks amazing. And your apron is super cute :)


claire October 2, 2010

Wow, seriously dying to make this! Can’t wait to hear and see more about the dinner party!


Andrea October 2, 2010

Oh my goodness that looks absolutely delicious! I see an excellent use for my giant can of pumpkin…


Samantha Angela October 2, 2010

I’m totally craving some cake with frosting right now and this post is just making me want it even more : d

I never knew gingerbread was actually bread. I always know it in cookie form. (and man form, of course)


Becki @ Hike, Bike, Eat October 2, 2010

Wow. That’s all. Other than that, I’m speechless. Wow.


Wei-Wei October 2, 2010

You make vegan look sexy, indeed. I’m drooling at that gingerbread, seriously. Good luck and have fun at the dinner party! :)


Paige @ Running Around Normal October 2, 2010

Holy crap this looks insanely delicious, Angela. Bookmarking this one to make around the holidays forrrr sure.
Good luck on the dinner party!!


Lauren October 2, 2010

Yay, I’m so glad you made it to round 3 although I’m not at all surprised :)


chelsey @ clean eating chelsey October 2, 2010

You totally deserve every ounce of credit you’re getting! Your’e an amazing role model to this community, not to mention one hell of a baker! Good luck with th epartay!!


Jessica @ The Process of Healing October 2, 2010

Oh. wow. I don’t think i’ve ever wanted to make something on osg as bad as i want to make this…


Liz @ Tip Top Shape October 2, 2010

Oh my goodness, that gingerbread looks amazing!!!! I’ve never baked vegan before and I think this might be my first attempt!! The recipe is just too good to pass up :D


Meredith Lilly October 2, 2010

I’m sure you’ll rock this challenge!! I had a dinner party tonight too and used two of your recipes – the dinner roles and the vegan cocoa (which I packed in to-go cups from 2nd Cup so we could take dessert with us while we checked out nuit blanche). So good! Thanks for the inspiration!


Amber K October 2, 2010

I am really looking forward to your next post! Congratulations on being reader’s choice. I am certainly not surprised, you are well-deserving!!


Sportsgirl October 2, 2010

Wow this looks so good! I will have to try it myself!


Gypsy October 2, 2010

Congratulations on winning Reader’s Choice! very impressive!!
How did I miss that this challenge was happening!
Please remind us again when the next votes are due :)

I’m not sure which recipe to make first, the pumpkin brownies or the gingerbread.

p.s. your vegan peanut butter chocolate chip cookies were a hit at the ladies night dinner party last night :)
I made 2 batches – one with dairy free chocolate chips and one with carob chocolate chips – yum :)


Allison @ Food For Healing October 2, 2010

wow good luck, vegan definitely is lookin sexier nowadays


Claire @ Low Impact Fashionista October 3, 2010

Looks like I will be making a trip to the grocery store tomorrow to gather the ingredients to make that fabulous bread! I’m pretty sure I could smell the bread through the pictures…and I swear I tasted the buttery spice of the frosting too ;)


Sava October 3, 2010

I am making some of that bread, pronto!
Maybe tomorrow :D


Little Bookworm October 3, 2010

Congrats on winning reader’s choice! :D That gingerbread looks amazing!


Dani @ Body By Nature October 3, 2010

Wow, congratulations on being choosen Reader’s Choice. You fully deserve it!

Gingerbread looks to die for!!


Tracey October 3, 2010

Good Luck with the dinner party! The gingerbread cake looks awesome!


Tammy Root October 3, 2010

Hi Ange,
Wow, that looks so yummy! I already printed the recipe and plan to make it today!! Question — for the chia egg, do you grind the seeds just like with flax? Thanks!
P.S. Hoping to place a GloBar order soon. Any specials coming up?


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 4, 2010

Nope for this recipe I didnt grind them, just used them whole. :)

Special might be coming up this week!


Halley (Blunder Construction) October 3, 2010

Any dinner party that ends with a dessert so magnificent will certainly be a success. I can’t wait to see your entry for Challenge #3!


Gina October 3, 2010

Your blog is wonderful! You definitely deserve Reader’s Choice!
That gingerbread looks fantastic. It’s the perfect dessert for fall, especially to bring into a party.
People who think vegan food can’t taste good needs to see this recipe!


Jil @ Peace, Love & Munchies October 3, 2010

Ohhh my – that gingerbread looks absolutely incredible. Plus that spiced buttercream…nom.


Brittany (Eating Bird Food) October 3, 2010

HOLY YUM – The Pumpkin Gingerbread with Spiced butter cream sounds and LOOKS utterly amazing!!

I can’t wait to hear about your dinner party – I’m sure it will be a success!


Wendy @ Seriously Sassy October 3, 2010

I can’t even stand it! That gingerbread looks soooooooooo good, and that frosting! Aaaaahhhhh!!!!


Kjirtsten (Balanced Healthy Life) October 3, 2010

Wow- that looks simply amazing. I need to try to make it soon! : )


Charmaine @ Perfectly Picked October 3, 2010

This recipe looks amazing…I almost drooled into my VOO while I was reading it. I JUST made buttercream last night, but this one looks so light and fluffy, I need to try it. Good luck with the next challenge, I’m sure you’ll rock it again!


Valerie @ City|Life|Eats October 3, 2010

Congrats on winning the Reader’s Choice!!


Leigh October 3, 2010

Wanted to comment- I’ve been reading your blog for about 6 months now. You’ve inspired me to try to overcome my own disordered eating and to get MY glow back! Today is my first day of normal eating and exercise. Thank you!!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2010

Wow congrats to you! Goodluck :)


Katie (Sweet Tater) October 3, 2010


i just made these in cupcake form. my life is changed. thank you!


Angela (Oh She Glows) October 3, 2010



PK November 17, 2013

Hi! Did you change the baking time when converting from loaf to muffin form? Never done that before but I’d really like to make this recipe for a bake sale and cupcakes would be far more suitable, thanks! :)


Brittany @ Bee Louise's Bites October 3, 2010

Those look amazinggggg…I cannot wait to see what you make for your dinner party! Who would think a blog could combine foreshadowing, suspense, thrill…

Can’t wait! :)


Tracy October 3, 2010

That looks so delicious! I bet it made your whole house smell like “Fall”… Yummy… Will have to try that very soon! Thanks for the great inspiration and love your photos! ~ Take Care


kelsey@snackingsquirrel.com October 3, 2010

excuse my language but seriously, i HAVE to make this- not maybe but HAVE to. HOLY HOLY HOLY, the buttercream..AHHHHH!!! :P


Moni's Meals October 3, 2010

Wow! I am dropping everything to make this lil creation of yours! Looks so amazing Angela!


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