Pumpkin Sticky Buns

These pumpkin sticky buns are made with a turmeric spiced pumpkin yeast dough and topped with caramel, pumpkin seeds, and sliced almonds.

Pumpkin Sticky Buns

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Sticky buns are just an excuse to eat dessert for breakfast!

Autumn has finally arrived in Southern California. There’s a crispness in the air, the leaves are turning golden brown, and pumpkin patches are popping up.

That can only mean one thing. It’s time for the annual #VirtualPumpkinParty. Each year since 2015, Sara of Cake Over Steak has hosted a giant pumpkin celebration in which food bloggers from all over share an insane amount of pumpkin based recipes!

Pumpkin Sticky Buns

Pumpkin Sticky Buns

I’m a fan of cinnamon rolls, sweet buns, and above all, sticky buns! The combination of enriched dough swirled with sweet filling makes my taste buds jump for joy.

I pulled from previous recipes to create these pumpkin sticky buns. The recipe is a combination of these cardamom pumpkin rolls and these caramel walnut sticky buns.

Pumpkin Sticky Buns

Sticky buns are assembled upside down and then inverted after baking.

The bottom of the baking dish is sprinkled with a mixture of sliced almonds and raw pumpkin seeds. Other nuts and seeds can be used in place: pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds.

A super quick and easy caramel sauce simply consisting of cream and brown sugar is poured over. And finally, the sliced pumpkin buns are placed on top.

Pumpkin Sticky Buns

Pumpkin Sticky Buns

These pumpkin sticky buns are sweet, luscious, and decadent. The vibrant yellow hue is thanks to the touch of cardamom in the dough.

While these may not be the healthiest breakfast option, it’s great for the occasional treat!

Pumpkin Sticky Buns

Yield: 12 buns

Author Maryanne Cabrera


Pumpkin Yeast Bread:

  • 2/3 cup warm water , about 110 degrees F
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 7 Tablespoons unsalted butter , softened


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter , softened
  • 2 Tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 Tablespoon light brown sugar , packed
  • 2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice mix

Caramel Topping:

  • 3/4 cup pumpkin seeds
  • 3/4 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup light brown sugar , packed
  • pinch fine sea salt


  1. DOUGH: Sprinkle yeast over warm water. Add teaspoon of sugar and stir to combine. Let sit for 5-7 minutes to allow mixture to bubble and activate.

  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together yeast mixture, brown sugar, eggs, and pumpkin puree. Add 2 cups of flour, salt, cinnamon, and turmeric to mixing bowl. Use the dough hook attachment to mix together. Add another cup of flour. Continue to knead on low speed until adding softened butter one tablespoon at a time. Add remaining flour and knead until dough is smooth and cleans the sides of the bowl.

  3. Transfer dough to a lightly greased bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit at room temperature for about an hour until dough has doubled in volume.

  4. CARAMEL: In a medium sauce pot, combine cream and brown sugar. Stir to combine. Set over medium heat and bring to a boil. Once boiled, let simmer for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and add pinch of salt. Stir and let cool. Store in fridge until ready to use. Reheat as necessary.

  5. FILLING: In a small bowl, mix together softened butter and pumpkin puree. In another small bowl, whisk together sugar, brown sugar, and pumpkin pie spice mix. Set aside until ready to assemble.

  6. ASSEMBLY: Lightly grease a 9 x 12 inch baking dish. Sprinkle pumpkin seeds and sliced almonds over bottom of dish. Pour cooled caramel sauce into baking dish over seeds and nuts.

  7. Punch dough risen dough. Transfer to a clean working surface. Roll dough into a 20 x 14-inch rectangle. Spread butter mixture over dough. Sprinkle spiced sugar mixture on top.

  8. Starting at the long side, roll dough into a log. Slice log into 12 equal parts. Place rolls baking dish. Cover with plastic wrap and let rest for 30-45 minutes at room temperature to allow rolls to rise.

  9. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap and bake rolls for 30-35 minutes until golden brown on top and the internal temperature of the rolls reach 185 degrees F. Let the rolls sit in the baking dish for 5 minutes before inverting into a serving dish. Serve warm with additional caramel sauce, if desired.

Recipe Notes

  • If you would like to make the sticky buns the night before, you can let them proof overnight in the fridge. After placing the cut rolls in the baking pan, simply cover with plastic wrap and let chill in the fridge overnight. Before baking, let it come to room temperature (about 30 to 45 minutes) and then bake according to normal instructions.
  • Sticky buns are best enjoyed the same day they're baked.  However, these can last up to 3 days at room temperature.  Keep uneaten sticky buns tightly wrapped in plastic wrap.  Reheat in the microwave as necessary.

Pumpkin Sticky Buns

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Kelsey @ Appeasing a Food Geek

I like that inverting trick like an upside down cake. Thanks for the idea! And happy VPP xo

Sara @ Cake Over Steak

These look insaaaannnne!! Thanks so much for this delicious contribution to the VPP :-*

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