Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Creamy Pumpkin Glaze gives a bundt cake a Fall twist by adding pumpkin puree to both the cake and the pumpkin glaze. Try my Pumpkin Dessert for another dessert to add to your Thanksgiving menu.

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

With pumpkin spice season upon us (I mean Fall), why not add a bundt cake with pure pumpkin in the recipe to the list? Pumpkin puree is added to both the cake and the glaze for just the right amount of pumpkin flavor in every bite. The cake is a moist cake that could be added to your holiday menu or enjoyed with a cup of coffee on a cool, crisp morning.

Overhead of Pumpkin Bundt with Glaze

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Creamy Pumpkin Glaze Ingredients

There are two pumpkin-flavored parts to this recipe–the bundt cake and the glaze. The important ingredient in both is pumpkin puree.

Pumpkin Puree: Be sure to look for pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin puree is cooked pumpkin that is blended or mashed into a smooth texture. There should be no seasoning, spice, flavoring, or sugar added. We are adding our own seasoning and sweetness into the cake and glaze so just want the pure pumpkin flavor of the puree.

Adding Glaze to Pumpkin Bundt

How to Make the Bundt Cake

To get started, make sure your ingredients are at room temperature. When ready, use a hand mixer or a stand mixer with a paddle attachment to mix the sugar and butter until smooth. Next, add the eggs, one at a time (mixing well after adding each egg).

Then, add the pumpkin puree, sour cream, and vanilla. Mix on low until combined. While the mixer is on low, add the flour, one cup at a time, followed by the cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Mix until incorporated.

After the batter has been mixed, pour it into a greased bundt pan. Make sure the pan has about an inch and a half of room at the top after pouring. As far as baking temperature and time, that is something you will want to keep a close eye on. If you happen to have any hot spots in your oven you may want to turn the cake halfway through baking.

When the cake is done baking, remove it from the oven and let it cool in the pan for a while before flipping it onto a plate. (There may be cracks in the cake, but that is okay, and actually quite common with pound cakes.) It is important to give it time to rest in the pan. This resting time will help the sides of the cake release a bit before it is inverted. It is up to you if you choose to level the cake after flipping it.

Piece of Pumpkin Bundt on Plate

How to Make the Glaze

As the cake is cooling, make the creamy pumpkin glaze. To make the glaze, add the confectioners’ sugar to a bowl and slowly whisk in the milk. Start with a tablespoon of milk; then, add a teaspoon of milk at a time until the glaze reaches your desired consistency. Continue whisking while adding the vanilla, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and melted (cooled) butter. Drizzle the glaze over the cooled cake. Cut and enjoy!

Store leftover cake in a sealed container at room temperature for up to three days. If you store it in the refrigerator, it will last a few additional days.

Piece of Pumpkin Bundt on it's Side on a Plate

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake

Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 1 hr
Total Time 1 hr 20 mins
Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Creamy Pumpkin Glaze gives a bundt cake a Fall twist by adding pumpkin puree to both the cake and the pumpkin glaze.



  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (2 sticks, 227g) butter, softened
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt


  • 1 cup (125g) confectioners' sugar
  • 1-2 tablespoons milk, as needed for desired consistency
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin puree
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled



  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Grease and flour a 10-inch bundt pan or spray it with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Cream together sugar and butter in a large mixing bowl. Beat on low until light and fluffy. (You could use a stand mixer or a handheld mixer.)
  • Slowly add the eggs, one at a time, and continue mixing until well incorporated.
  • Add the pumpkin, sour cream, and vanilla, mixing on low speed until well blended.
  • With the mixer on low, add the flour, one cup at a time. Next, add the cinnamon, baking soda, and salt. Blend until well incorporated.
  • Pour cake batter into the prepared bundt pan. Bake for 60 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out with a few crumbs, but no wet batter.
  • Allow cake to cool to room temperature before inverting onto a plate and adding the glaze.


  • Place confectioners' sugar in a medium bowl. Slowly whisk milk into the sugar, beginning with just one tablespoon. Then, add a teaspoon of milk at a time until the glaze reaches your desired consistency. Continue whisking until no lumps appear.
  • Continue whisking while adding the vanilla, canned pumpkin, cinnamon, and melted butter.
  • Once the glaze is smooth, gently pour over the top of the cooled bundt cake, allowing it to drizzle down the sides of the cake.
  • Slice, serve, and enjoy.

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Reader Comments

  1. Kristen’s photos always transport me to somewhere that is warm and safe. These are gorgeous and the recipe is nummy! I love your idea…hmmm, do you like cheesecake?

  2. This is my favorite recipe that I’ve done so far (and that’s a pretty long list at this point even if I am fairly new)! I baked the batter in little pumpkin shaped cake tins and piped a few green leaves with Cinnamon icing on top of the glaze and they were amazing. These have been a HUGE hit at dinner parties and such.
    I made a batch as a thank you for a coworker and he keep asking when I’ll get around to making more! I adore your blog! Thanks!

  3. I have been looking for a pie-alternative recipe for Thanksgiving. I LOVE Bundt cakes, and I’m SOLD. I’m going to try this.

    I’d love to do a “Baking with…” post. I’m a novelist so I don’t write about baking all the time, but I do post about cooking and food a lot on my Facebook page. And I LOVE to cook.

  4. I made this for Thanksgiving & was a wonderful pie alternative & great hit. The glaze was just the right touch too. Will be making again for sure & so very easy. May be my Thanksgiving go to dessert.

  5. Totally pinned this earlier and didn’t even realize where it came from. It makes so much more sense, though. 🙂 You two are some very talented ladies!

  6. I’m so super duper behind in the fun world of cakes and blogs…but this is happening in my oven right now! Smells delicious! I’m going to have to figure out how to snitch a bite before it goes to the teachers at our kids’ school!

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