This Pumpkin Bundt Cake Recipe is for anyone who loves pumpkin spice! Pumpkin pound cake is laced with warm fall spices and topped with decadent brown sugar icing. Baked in a Bundt pan, it looks ornate but is easy to make!
As the weather turns chilly, you’ll love warming up with a hot chocolate and a slice of Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake. Doesn’t that sound cozy?
If you’re already a fan of Pumpkin Bread, this cake has similar flavors plus a sugary icing drizzle. Even better, you only need about 20 minutes to prep it!
With its good looks and delicious taste, this Pumpkin Bundt Cake is guaranteed to impress. Whether for brunch or dessert, consider making it to share at your fall and holiday gatherings!
Pumpkin Bundt Cake Ingredients:
This pumpkin pound cake recipe consists primarily of pantry staples so other than the pumpkin puree, you probably have everything you already need to make this!
- All-purpose flour – The base of this cake. Be sure to use all-purpose flour as opposed to cake, pastry, etc.
- Baking powder & baking soda – These are leaveners that react differently to liquid and acid ingredients. A mixture of the two helps this cake rise just right.
- Salt – This complements the sweetness for a more balanced flavor.
- Spices – Ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin pie spice offer a warm, aromatic flavor. (Ps. Try my homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice recipe for your fall baking!)
- Unsalted butter – Salt is added separately, so make sure your butter is unsalted. Also, let it warm to room temperature before adding it to the batter.
- Sugar – A mix of granulated sugar and brown sugar tastes comforting without being too heavy.
- Eggs – This dense cake calls for 5 eggs that bind everything together.
- Pumpkin puree – A key ingredient for real pumpkin flavor! Make sure to use puree and not pumpkin pie filling.
- Vanilla extract – A baking staple that adds smooth mellowness.
- Icing – A blend of salted butter, heavy cream, brown sugar, vanilla extract, and confectioners sugar creates a simple but decadent icing.
How To Make Pumpkin Pound Cake:
Mix: Make the cake batter by creaming together the butter and sugars with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Next, add the eggs one at a time, and mix in the pumpkin and vanilla on medium speed. Add the dry ingredients to a medium bowl, whisking to combine, then, slowly beat them into the wet ingredients until fully combined.
Bake: Pour the batter into a prepared 12-cup bundt pan and bake at 325 degrees F for about 1 hour or until a toothpick comes clean from the center of the cake. Let the cake cool for about 15 minutes in the pan before inverting it onto a wire rack to cool completely.
Icing: Lastly, make the icing by melting the butter in a small saucepan then adding in the light brown sugar and bringing it to a boil. Remove from heat and whisk in the vanilla, heavy cream, and powdered sugar until smooth. Spread over the top of the cake. Feel free to top it with toasted pecan pieces.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Why is it called a Bundt cake/What does Bundt mean?
The name is derived from the German cake Bundkuchen. Since Bund means “bunch” (and kuchen is “cake”), it may refer to the way the cake appears “bunched” in a circle.
Why make a Bundt cake?
The short answer? Because it’s pretty! Bundt cakes refer to the shape of the cake (baked in a Bundt pan) as opposed to the flavor itself. Pound cakes and coffee cakes are often baked in Bundt pans.
Pro tip: Be sure to use plenty of cooking spray so the cake doesn’t stick and the lovely pattern is preserved!
Can I use any kind of batter in a Bundt pan?
Yes, you can. However, layer cake recipes will become denser when baked in a Bundt pan (as opposed to two lighter, fluffier sheet cakes).
- Vanilla Icing
- Confectioners sugar
Pumpkin Bundt Cake Substitutions & Variations:
- Top with powdered sugar: You can forgo the icing for a sprinkle of powdered sugar instead. Or, go crazy and do both!
- Use loaf pans: No Bundt pan? Divide the batter between two loaf pans (used for quick bread) to make a couple of pumpkin loaf cakes, instead.
More Bundt Cake Recipes:
- Apple Fritter Monkey Bread – Baked in a Bundt pan, this is technically a sticky pull-apart bread — no utensils required!
- Cream Cheese Pound Cake – A classic dessert that can be enjoyed with fresh fruit, Strawberry Sauce, Whipped Cream, or plain!
- Chocolate Yogurt Cake – Rich, chocolatey, and moist, it’s actually lower in fat thanks to a not-so-secret ingredient!
- Lemon Butter Cake – A dense pound cake with a citrusy twist.
- Mini Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cakes – These festive treats are small in size and big in taste!
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Pumpkin Bundt Cake
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup unsalted butter softened
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- ¾ cup light brown sugar packed
- 5 large eggs
- 15 ounces pumpkin puree
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla extract
- 4 tablespoons salted butter
- ½ cup light brown sugar packed
- ¼ cup heavy cream
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat the oven to 325°F and grease and flour a 12-cup bundt cake pan; set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices; set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl with a hand mixer or a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugars until light and fluffy.
- Beat in the eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
- Mix in the pumpkin puree and vanilla extract.
- Slowly mix in the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients then increase the speed and beat until smooth, scraping down the sides as needed.
- Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes or until a toothpick or cake tester comes clean from the center of the cake.
- Cool for 15 minutes in the pan on a rack. Loosen up the edges with a paring knife, if needed. Then invert a serving plate or wire rack on top of the bundt pan and flip to release the cake and cool completely.
- While the cake is cooling, melt the butter in a small saucepan.
- Once melted, add the brown sugar and bring to a boil over medium heat and boil for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
- Remove from heat and add in the heavy cream, vanilla, and powdered sugar. Whisk until smooth and immediately spread over the top of the cooling cake.
- If you don’t want the icing to drip over the edges of the cake but want a thicker presentation like in the photos, allow the cake to cool out of the pan for 1 hour before preparing the icing.
Substitutions & Variations:
- Top with powdered sugar: You can forgo the icing for a sprinkle of powdered sugar instead.
- Use loaf pans: No Bundt pan? Pour the batter in two loaf pans (used for quick bread) to make a couple of pumpkin cakes, instead. They will still need to bake for about 45 to 55 minutes.