This pumpkin bundt cake is the perfect Thanksgiving dessert! Made with only 10 ingredients and one pan, this is a quick and easy recipe that will please a crowd.
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The reason I love this recipe is because it's simple. Everything in one pan, only 10 ingredients, and less than 10 minutes of prep work. This is the kind of recipe that my daughter and I can get on board with. This pumpkin bundt cake won't disappoint if you're in a time crunch.
Nordic Ware Bundt Pans
Nordic Ware is a Minneapolis-based company that makes AH-mazing kitchenware products. They introduced the bundt pan to America back in the 1950s. I love their products and use several of their bundt pans, cookie sheets, and cake pans in my kitchen. They have an outlet in Minneapolis that my husband and I visited a few years ago and I felt like a kid in a candy store. I've had my eyes on this classic bundt pan for a few years now. Hint… (dad do you still read my blog?) Hint...
Making a Pumpkin Bundt Cake
As far as making this recipe goes, there's no big surprises here. First you mix your sugar, oil, and eggs together in a large bowl. Then, you mix all your dry ingredients together in a medium bowl. This recipe uses an entire can of pumpkin, thank goodness. I dislike recipes that use less than a can of pumpkin and then leave you wondering what you should do with the rest.
Why You Shouldn't Over-Mix Batter
The perfect slice of cake should have a tender and delicate texture. The last thing someone wants is to bite into a rubbery and chewy piece of cake. Wanna know the science behind getting a tender cake every single time?
When you mix flour with wet ingredients, you build up gluten strands. Gluten is (by nature) chewy. In recipes where you want a tender texture, they key is to not develop much gluten. That equates to not over-mixing your batter. Take a peek at the picture below. See how there are still little pockets of dry ingredients? This is exactly how you want your batter to look for your pumpkin bundt cake!
Canned Frosting Glaze
Caned frosting is one of those things I avoid like the plague when baking. Most people won't know if you doctor up a boxed cake mix with lemon zest or an extra egg. Someone can always spot the unmistakable taste of canned frosting. The one instance in which I will use canned frosting is for a glaze on a cake. If you pop one cup of the frosting into the microwave for 15-20 seconds, you will have a pourable glaze. Glaze is used in smaller quantities so no one will know your little secret!
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Pumpkin Bundt Cake
- 2 ½ cups granulated sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 3 eggs large
- 3 cups flour all-purpose
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 can pumpkin 15 ounces
- 1 can cream cheese frosting optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and place baking rack in center of oven. Spray a bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
- In a large bowl, combine sugar, oil, and eggs. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, spices, and salt.
- Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients alternately with pumpkin, beating well after each addition. Transfer batter to prepared bundt pan.
- Bake cake on a cookie sheet for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into center comes our clean. Cool for 5 minutes in pan and then invert onto cooling rack. Allow to cool completely before frosting.
- For frosting, spoon about one cup of frosting into microwave safe bowl. Microwave for 15-20 seconds until frosting reaches a pourable consistency. Slowly pour frosting over cake.
Notes and Tips
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Other Pumpkin Recipes You'll Love
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