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Despite using a makeshift kitchen in my basement to mix up this Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake, then running upstairs to bake in my old oven plugged into my half remodeled kitchen, this autumnal dessert was a delicious way to kick off pumpkin season.

Using the same warm spice profile that’s in my Classic Pumpkin Bread, this fine crumb Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake has the bonus of a rich crown of cream cheese frosting!

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake on a white ceramic cake stand

 

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

My grown children all adore pumpkin bread and pie, so it was time to branch out and create a pumpkin cake. Bundt cakes as super easy as there’s no need to fiddle with layering and frosting. My M.O. these days is simple, uncomplicated recipes! I may rev it back up for the holidays, though!

The hubby is hard to figure out. Pumpkin pie is a must for him on Thanksgiving, but he steers clear of any of my other pumpkin creations. Stubborn man. But the kids pick up the slack and there never are any leftovers!

Slice of Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake on a white dessert plate

Cream Cheese Frosted Pumpkin Cake

The art of the drizzle is lost on me, but I couldn’t help but add a thick layer of cream cheese frosting to this pumpkin spiced Bundt cake. It’s that magical combination of an autumn spice pumpkin cake and sweet, yet tangy cream cheese frosting that’s always a winner.

A dusting of powdered sugar would be a lovely alternative. At our house, for a special dessert, frosting isn’t an option, it’s a requirement.

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake on a white cake plate

Tips for Making Bundt Cakes:

Bundt cakes are my favorites when I need an easy recipe to serve a group. Definitely easier than a typical frosted layer cake or cupcakes. All they need is a dusting of powdered sugar and they’re ready to serve. Of course, a drizzle of icing over the crown is a more decadent alternative if you have the time!

  • Bundt cakes typically are denser than other cakes which makes them super easy to slice and serve.
  • For a picture perfect Bundt cake, it’s imperative to prep your pan properly. If you don’t, there will be bits of cake stuck in the pan when you invert it onto a cooling rack.

 

  • If you have a non-stick Bundt pan, make sure the surface is intact. I think mine is getting a little worn as my cake didn’t release with a perfect crust (not like my family would ever care!).
  • Even with a non-stick pan, you must grease and flour, getting into every nook and cranny. Using shortening is often better than butter, but either work.

 

  • After greasing the pan, dust with flour, tilting the pan to make sure 100% of the surface is covered with a light coating of flour.
  • You can also use a flour-oil spray like Baker’s Joy, found at most grocery stores in the baking aisle.

 

  • To get the cake out of the pan, the cake must cool about 15-20 minutes to allow the crust to firm up a bit. Any sooner and the cake may break apart, and if you wait to long, the cake may not release.
  • I like to gently shake the pan from side to side before flipping it onto a cooling rack. You can hear the cake moving as it releases from the sides.

 

  • To release, place the cooling rack over the top of the cake, and carefully flip the rack and the cake together onto the counter. The cake should drop onto the rack if all goes well.
  • Let cool completely before icing.

 

  • Also, make sure the cake is fully baked before pulling it out of the oven. A toothpick inserted into the middle should come out clean.
  • You’ll start smelling the delicious aroma when the cake is near the end of its baking time to cue you to check for doneness soon.

What to Do When Your Cake Falls Apart

If your cake happens to break as it comes out of the pan, do not despair. I have some ideas of what to do with the pieces.

  • Make a trifle! In a large glass bowl, layer cubes of cake, whipped cream and caramel sauce.
  • Or make parfaits, which are like mini-trifles in glass bowls or tall glasses. Layers of cake, vanilla pudding, whipped cream, and maybe even some toffee bits would make a decadent dessert.
  • Or how about cake pops or as an ice cream topping?

More Pumpkin Treats

Fall is the perfect time to break out the warm spices that pair so well with pumpkin then put on your apron and start whipping up some delicious pumpkin recipes. I shared my Favorite Pumpkin Recipes earlier this week, but I love these other options from my blogger friends. plus two more from the blog.

 

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Slice of Pumpkin Spiced Bundt Cake on a white dessert plate

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

A lovely autumnal Bundt cake with sweet cream cheese frosting.

  • Author: Liz Berg
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 servings
  • Category: Dessert, Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Ingredients

For the Cake:

1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) butter, at room temperature, plus more to grease the pan

2 1/4 cups flour plus more for dusting pan

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground allspice

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)

3/4 cup buttermilk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cups granulated sugar

3 eggs

For the Frosting:

4 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature

3 tablespoons heavy cream

1 1/2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 3 quart/10 inch bundt  pan generously with butter, then dust with flour, knocking out excess.
    2. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in a bowl. Whisk together pumpkin, 3/4 cup buttermilk, and vanilla in another bowl.
    3. Beat butter and  sugar with an electric mixer until creamy, about 3 to 5 minutes, then add eggs and beat 1 minute. Reduce speed to low and add flour and pumpkin mixtures alternately in batches, beginning and ending with flour mixture and mixing until batter is just smooth.
    4. Spoon batter into pan, smoothing top, then bake until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool the cake on a cooling rack 15 minutes, then remove the cake from the pan back onto the rack. Let cool completely.
    5. While cake is cooling, beat together cream cheese, cream, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Drizzle over the crown of the cake.

Notes

Adapted from Epicurious.

 

 

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26 comments on “Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake”

  1. What a beautiful cake, I can see why your family loves it. Pumpkin is not a flavour Europeans use so having pumpkin-desserts was only introduced to me when I met JT.
    You’ve inspired me to dust off a ginger cake recipe and bake it bundt style for our vacay at a rented cottage coming up. It too is dense and filled with delicious bits of ginger and topped with chocolate ganache!

  2. Your pumpkin delight certainly caught my attention, dear! xoxo

  3. Yep, if it was in the house, I’d have a slice in front of me now! It sounds great:@)

  4. So happy that pumpkin season arrives! The bundt cake looks marvelous, Liz.

  5. I can’t believe you made this gorgeous cake without a fully functional kitchen!  Seriously, it looks amazing and the thought of having to run around the house just to get a cake baked gives me anxiety :).  Have a great weekend, Liz!

  6. I’m even more impressed at how this turned out knowing you were doing stair sprints in between steps! Great recipe — I also love the tips of what to do if your cake falls apart. I’ve definitely had that happen more than once with mini bundts and you don’t want to let it go to waste! Thanks, Liz!

  7. Bravo to you! It looks wonderful and no one would know all the steps (literal) involved!

  8. I love how easy this looks to make and its just perfect for this time of year. I think I may try this on Sunday.

  9. This bundt cake is just perfect for the season! And that cream cheese frosting is quite literally the icing on the cake 😉

  10. Yay you can bake again! Gorgeous bundt pumpkin cake and yes it must have cream cheese icing! Love the decoration you did. I know all the tricks, I still cannot unmold a bundt without a problem.

  11. Yum, yum, that’s a perfect glaze for a perfect cake!

  12. Such a pretty cake! I’m so happy Fall is finally here, it’s my favorite baking season. Pinned this recipe! 

  13. I love a good bundt cake- and this is a good one!! Plus the cream cheese frosting? I’ll take it!

  14. So pretty, Liz! This is the perfect fall cake!

  15. What a great fall cake!  This is perfect for the holidays, too!

  16. I can smell and taste this even as I just read this! Such a great fall staple.

  17. We need to get a bundt cake pan just to try this delicious treat. It looks so moist and that frosting is so good. Perfect for any fall gathering!

  18. I love bundt cakes and this recipe just inspired me to bake one soon!  I sure hope your kitchen is ready soon!

  19. Oh the lengths you’re going to, baking during construction! (I discovered that you can scramble eggs in a rice cooker during our kitchen remodel, lol!) And just look at this beautiful success! With you as a mom, I can see why your kids love all things pumpkin – this pumpkin spice bundt has the perfect texture and looks absolutely delicious!

  20. Aww, how pretty is this cake, and the tiny pumpkin decorations are so cute.

  21. This dish is so Christmassy, Liz! Love it! 

  22. I am so ready for all things pumpkiny!

  23. I’m not sure if I love the cake or the frosting more. Together they must be fabulous!

  24. What a treat, it’s almost that time of the year again. I think my German visitors would like this, 

  25. This is so pretty. I love all things pumpkin. Or, maybe I should say that I love all things cinnamon, since pumpkin really doesn’t have much flavor!

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