Pumpkin Bundt Cake is perfectly spiced, moist, and dotted with crunchy pecans. It’s topped with a sweet cinnamon glaze then sprinkled with more nuts. A showstopping fall dessert!
Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Pecans
Pumpkin Bundt Cake is dense but deliciously moist and infused with warm autumn spices. It looks magnificent and tastes fabulous. Finished with a sweet cinnamon glaze, it’s the perfect way to greet the arrival of fall. Don’t forget hot coffee or tea on the side!
Feel free to bake it a day or two before your potluck, party, picnic, or brunch. It keeps really well in room temp, and for me, it’s even better a few days after the day of baking. This dessert is comforting, so easy to whip up, and impossible not to want a second slice right after your first!
I have used lots of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, they warm up this dessert and give it a fall feel alongside the pumpkin puree. For this recipe, you can make your own puree, it’s pretty simple, but incredibly delicious!
The glaze is optional, you can skip it if you want to cut on calories, but it adds a nice level of sweetness and it pairs so well with the cinnamon and chopped pecans. You can also make this dessert without the pecans if you would prefer just a pure pumpkin bundt cake!
What goes into Pumpkin Bundt Cake?
You will need:
- White and brown sugar: they both add sweetness, and the molasses content of the brown makes the cake moister
- Vegetable oil: gives us a tender, moist crumb
- Eggs: make sure they’re at room temperature so they incorporate properly with the batter
- Pumpkin puree: canned is fine, but homemade puree is so much more flavorful!
- Flour: use all-purpose
- Baking soda: our main leavening agent
- Spices: for classic fall flavor, we’ll use ground ginger, powdered cloves, ground fine cinnamon, and nutmeg powder
- Pecans: chop as fine or chunky as you like
For the glaze:
- Whole milk
- Powdered sugar aka dusting, icing, or confectioner’s sugar
- More chopped pecans
How to make the puree?
It’s the easiest thing ever! In fact, once you taste the difference between homemade and canned, you’ll never look back. Follow these simple steps:
- Halve, scoop the insides out, and chop the flesh into chunks
- Roast until tender
- Process until it reaches a pureed consistency
- Follow this recipe to make your own
Let it cool and use it! Squeeze it out for a thicker texture. Perfect for any sweet or savory application. If you want to use it as a pie filling, flavor with your chosen spices, then adjust the sugar level to your liking.
How to make Pumpkin Bundt Cake from scratch?
- Whisk. Combine all wet ingredients thoroughly.
- Mix up your batter. Take the sifted dry ingredients, and whisk them carefully together with the wet. After that, stir in pecans.
- Bake. At 350F for around 70-75 minutes, then check for doneness.
- Glaze. Allow the bundt to cool. Combine glaze ingredients except for the nuts. Pour our drizzle all over the cake, then sprinkle with crushed pecans.
- Add chocolate: fold chocolate chips (white, dark, semi-sweet) into the batter.
- Use other nuts: try it with walnuts, pistachios, crushed almonds, macadamia, and cashews.
- Use other glazes: also great with vanilla glaze, salted caramel glaze, chocolate glaze, and rum glaze. A maple glaze will be tasty as well.
- Add fruits: fold in some dried cranberries, raisins, and other dried fruits.
- Add a swirl: make it more festive and scrumptious by adding a cheesecake swirl. You can also go for a brownie one, it will taste delicious.
How do you know when a bundt cake is done baking?
Take a toothpick, then push it into the thickest part of the dome. Lift it up, and once you see it’s clean, it has finished baking. A small number of moist crumbs clinging to the toothpick is fine.
Can I use pumpkin pie filling instead of puree?
I wouldn’t recommend it simply because it is already sweet and contains spices. Only use pure puree.
More delicious pumpkin recipes:
- Pumpkin Mousse
- Pumpkin Butter Cake with Rum Glaze
- Dulce de Leche Stuffed Pumpkin Lava Cakes
- Pumpkin Sheet Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
- Pumpkin Spice Pretzel Bites
How to store bundt cake?
- It will remain deliciously moist for several days at room temp. I recommend slicing it into serving sizes. Wrap each tightly in plastic wrap. To enjoy, just unwrap and eat.
- If keeping in the fridge, wrap tightly to protect against drying out.
- Wrap tight, freeze, and store for up to 3 months.
Recipe tips and notes:
- Check out my Best Pumpkin Dessert Recipes and Best Pumpkin Recipes 2020.
- For precise measurements, use a kitchen scale.
- Also, let the Bundt cool down for around 15mins out of the oven before placing on a wire rack.
- Only use puree so you can control the number of spices you want as well as the sweetness level.
- Don’t overmix. A few small pockets of flour are fine.
- Use room-temp ingredients.
- Use a silicone bundt pan, which makes removing the cake so much easier!
Pumpkin Bundt Cake
- 1 1/4 cups white sugar
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 large eggs (room temperature)
- 15 ounces pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1/2 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup finely chopped pecans
- 2 tablespoons whole milk
- 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Chopped pecans
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Spray a bundt pan with baking spray. I used a silicone bundt pan.
- In a large bowl, whisk together both sugars, vegetable oil, eggs, and pumpkin puree until combined.
- In another bowl, sift the flour, and add baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves and salt.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk until just combined.
- Stir in the chopped pecans.
- Pour into the prepared bundt pan and bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. If the cake starts browning too quickly, cover it with aluminum foil.
- Once fully cooled, combine the glaze ingredients in a bowl, except for pecans, until smooth.
- Pour glaze on top and decorate with pecans.