This Pumpkin Spice Cake is everything you love about pumpkin desserts — it is perfectly cinnamon-y and pumpkin spiced, it is wonderfully moist, and it is topped with a heavenly cream cheese glaze. Believe it. Then try it. :)
I used to start baking with pumpkin in October.
Then last year it inched into mid-September.
But this year, as soon as the calendar flipped to September 1, I marched into the grocery store and bought a dozen cans of pumpkin. Call me eager, call me impatient, call me paranoid about a pumpkin shortage (after 2 years ago), or call me brilliant.
The simple truth is — I love pumpkin!!!
And what better way to kick off the season this year than with this delicious Pumpkin Spice Cake.
This cake reminded me of all the many things I adore about baking with pumpkin. Shall I make a list?
1) Minutes after going in the oven, my house started to smell a-mazing.
You know how everyone is Instagramming their favorite pumpkin spice candles right now? Yeah, I own a few of those too. But none compare to the heavenly smell of a pumpkin bundt cake slowly baking in your oven. And then that same smell lingering for days to come. It’s the best!!!
2) Taste-testers appear from nowhere!
Speaking of Instagram, when I posed a photo of this cake fresh out of the oven, my phone filled up with a record number of offers for taste-testing. I forgot how even the pickiest of eaters absolutely adore all things pumpkin. It’s a good thing that I ended up making this cake twice for taste-testing, because there was a line!!
3) Pumpkin instantly makes it feel like Fall.
We may be in the middle of a ridiculous 100+ degree heat wave. And my air conditioner may have decided to break down and take two days (twooooo dayyyyyys) to fix, making it nearly possible to bake this cake in the “oven” that is my loft. And freaking pumpkins may have not hit the stores yet, causing me to pull out some old decor from storage for this photo shoot. (Yeah, don’t look too closely, although now I’m sure you will — the Hobby Lobby special!) But regardless of it all, taking a first bite of this pumpkin spice cake made the world instantly feel like September and Fall and all of the cozy memories the season brings. Love it.
So if you’re ready for a delicious recipe to kick off your pumpkin baking season, or if you’re just ready to enjoy a fabulous pumpkin bundt cake any time of the year, this cake has my full pumpkin-loving recommendation.
This delicious pumpkin spice cake is topped with a rich cream cheese glaze that will have you cheering for pumpkin!
Pumpkin Spice Cake Ingredients:
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus additional for dusting pan
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground cloves (optional)
1/2 tsp. salt
1 (15 oz.) can pumpkin puree
3/4 cup well-shaken buttermilk
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3 large eggs
Cream Cheese Glaze Ingredients:
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/4 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup powdered sugar (plus extra if needed)
1–2 Tbsp. milk
To Make The Pumpkin Spice Cake:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a bundt pan with cooking spray or butter, then sprinkle the entire surface with flour (or granulated sugar) and shake off the excess.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves (optional), and salt until combined. Then in a separate bowl, stir together pumpkin, buttermilk and vanilla until combined.
Using an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs and beat 1 minute, using a rubber spatula to scrape the bottom of the bowl so that everything is combined. 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. Do not overbeat.
Transfer batter into pan, and smooth the top of the batter with a spatula so that it is smooth. Bake until a wooden pick or skewer inserted in center of cake comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Cool cake in pan on a cooking rack for at least 20 minutes. Then invert cake onto a cooling rack or a cake platter. Top with cream cheese glaze when cooled, or dust with powdered sugar.
To Make The Cream Cheese Glaze:
Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, vanilla, and powdered sugar together on medium low speed until combined. Add milk one tablespoon at a time, beating to combine, until the glaze reaches your desired consistency. If the glaze gets too thin, add in more powdered sugar.
We really like the fact that this recipe Is not too sweet….if you do like stuff wicked sweet then by all means add the glaze. :)
Hi can i not use a bundt pan? And if so should i change anything ?
I made this for thanksgiving 2020 and it was yummy!
I used a buttermilk substitute (vinegar and milk) and it worked wonderfully!
It was moist, and tasted just like pumpkin pie!
It’s not too sweet so if you’re not fond of overwhelming sweetness this would be great without the glaze and just some powdered sugar sprinkled on top, but if you’ve got a sweet tooth like me the frosting is a must!
I did need to use much more milk than the recipe called for to make the glaze pourable.
boi i like this cake it tasted like sooo good best cake ever literally
This cake is a great taste of fall! My entire family loved it. Certainly making it again!
The only changes I made are: less butter – went with 1.5 sticks, and less sugar – went with 1 cup and I think it could handle even less.
How far ahead can you make this cake?
It’s definitely best the first 3 or so days, but you could make it up to 4-5 days in advance.
Can I use this to make cupcakes as well?
Stole the show at Thanksgiving! My 8 year old whipped up this recipe and it came out moist but not dense, with lots of pumpkin flavor. She used her signature melt-mix-bake method and we subbed a few ingredients (like Greek yogurt for buttermilk) so I can also say the recipe is forgiving :)
Thanks for posting. Does it require salted or unsalted butter?
An easy and straight-forward recipe, it makes a light, soft and tasty cake.
I have made this cake so many times now and I always get tons of compliments :)
I have made this cake several times and my family and I LOVE it!!