11 Decorative Loaf Pans That'll Completely Transform Your Fall Pumpkin Bread
All you need to do is make your batter and pour it inside!
Pumpkin bread will always be one of my favorite fall desserts, but I’ll admit that it can look a little “plain Jane” when you pull it out of the oven. Though a generous dusting of confectioners' sugar or a quickly-made glaze can dress it up, I’ve found that baking your quick bread directly in a decorative loaf pan is the easiest way to add a seasonal touch. Luckily, brands like Le Creuset, Nordic Ware, Anthropologie and more have tons of elegant and whimsical designs to choose from, no matter what you decide to bake. These are some of the cutest fall-themed options you can purchase right now!
This gold-toned pan is truly gourd-eous. Not only is its pumpkin and vine pattern super-realistic, but this elegant loaf pan is also the perfect vessel for making a stunning, edible centerpiece for your Halloween or Thanksgiving table. It's also nonstick, so you can rest easy knowing that your baked loaf will come out of the pan in one piece!
There's no easier way to add a sophisticated touch to your fall table than by baking your favorite spiced cake or bread inside this fluted loaf pan. Modeled after a starburst, this casted pan also has a 6-cup capacity, so everyone can enjoy a slice (or two) once you pull your dessert out of the oven. We suggest using it to make our Cheesecake-Stuffed Pumpkin Bread or our Apple-Pecan-Oat Quick Bread, but the choice is completely up to you! The pan's evergreen design makes it great for using beyond fall as well.
This stoneware loaf pan from Anthropologie's AnthroLiving line is all about the fall feels. It's covered in beautifully colored leaf decals and instantly brings sweater weather to mind. The two handles found at the pan's sides also make getting baked sweets and treats in and out of your oven an absolute breeze!
If you prefer your quickbread with an icing or glaze, say "hello" to your new favorite pan. Modeled after Nordic Ware's best-selling Bundt pan of the same name, this Jubilee-patterned loaf variety contains plenty of ornate dips, nooks and crannies that'll perfectly capture whatever you choose to drizzle on top of your cake. It's sort of like looking into a kaleidoscope but better, because it's dessert! The best part? This pan's design is also versatile enough to be used for all seasons.
This festive pan from Nordic Ware truly takes the (apple) cake! While we'll be the very first to admit it isn't a traditional "loaf pan" by any means, the end results are a bit bigger than your average muffin or cupcake, so that's enough for us to include it on this list. Not sure what to make first? Try Food Network Kitchen's Apple-Vanilla Mini Muffins with Cider Glaze recipe!
This ceramic loaf pan from French artist and designer Nathalie Lété is truly stunning to behold in person. Unlike most of the other options on this list, this pan doesn't have a built-in design or mold, but it's beautiful nonetheless thanks to this hand-painted interior, which features whimsical depictions of woodland creatures like owls and birds and foliage like wild flowers and mushrooms. Trust us — this is a pan you definitely want to display on top of your kitchen counter.
Visiting the pumpkin patch is an obligatory fall activity. Pay homage to all those cherished memories by baking your favorite bread recipe in this beautiful pan. Made from nonstick cast aluminum, this Nordic Ware offering features a festive pumpkin, wheat stalks and scalloped design that'll have everyone in your household daydreaming of crunching leaves. Just be sure to snap a picture for the 'gram before you dig in!
Not to sound too cheesy, but this whimsical loaf pan is sure to become the apple of your eye. Inspired by overflowing bushels of freshly-picked apples, this lightweight nonstick pan also makes a thoughtful gift for teachers, at-home bakers or those that simply love heading to the apple orchard every fall.
If you're more of a traditionalist when it comes to the shape of loaf cakes and quick breads, this classic heritage pan from Le Creuset is the perfect buy. We love its fiery burnt orange color, which beautifully embodies the crispness of fall.
If you're looking for a decorative loaf pan that's fairly easy to clean after you use it, be sure to check out this silicone version from STIR. Not only does it have a raised edge at the bottom to protect your pumpkin and acorn design from distorting while baking, but the pan is also freezer-safe in case you want to use it to make pumpkin ice cream.
What's better than a freshly baked loaf of quickbread? How about six mini loaves of it?! That's exactly what you'll be left with after using this adorable baking pan. Featuring a fun array of autumn-themed symbols and shapes, this pan is great for that family that's always looking for on-the-go snacks. Each mini loaf also fits nicely inside cellophane bags and other food-safe containers, so it is super-easy to pack some up for your next-door neighbor or work buddy.