Rating: 3.23 stars
692 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 112
  • 4 star values: 150
  • 3 star values: 254
  • 2 star values: 139
  • 1 star values: 37

This recipe for spicy pumpkin bundt cake is a delicious and seasonal treat sure to please the whole family.

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 14-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray. Dust with flour, and tap out excess.

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  • Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Set aside.

  • Beat butter and brown sugar together in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, on medium speed until pale and fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down sides of bowl. Reduce speed to low. Beat in flour mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the buttermilk. Beat until just combined. Add pumpkin puree, and beat until combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.

  • Bake cake until golden and a wooden skewer inserted into the center comes out clean, about 55 minutes. Let cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Carefully turn cake onto rack too cool completely. Before serving, dust with confectioners' sugar.

Reviews (38)

692 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 112
  • 4 star values: 150
  • 3 star values: 254
  • 2 star values: 139
  • 1 star values: 37
Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2017
This cake is marvelous!This recipe stand up nicely to glutton/free 1-1 flour. It is moist and has the perfect amount of spice. It popped right out of the pan- I️ buttered but did not flour
Rating: 4 stars
11/20/2016
This is an easy and delicious cake. Very moist and flavorful. I suggest checking your cake at 40 minutes, mine was done. I go by my inside thermometer, not the oven's nob for verification of the oven's temp. Perfect holiday cake.
Rating: 5 stars
11/20/2014
The best cake Perfectly soft and delicious, balanced each morning and celebration Good for the perfect recipe I made a silicon mold and left great Gugelhupf
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Rating: 3 stars
10/30/2014
Made the Spicy Pumpkin Bundt Cake and was not moist, not very pumpkin-y or spicy. Followed the recipe very carefully. I will try using sour cream and less flour.
Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2013
I made this for our halloween party. Although I had concerns about the tablespoon of ground ginger I followed the recipe; no adjustments. It was wonderful. The aroma and flavor are exceptional. I will make this again for Thanksgiving. Enjoy!
Rating: Unrated
11/22/2011
Amazing! The cake flour and buttermilk really make this recipe shine. Its so light and fluffy it makes it unique from other pumpkin bread type recipes. I don't like my pumpkin desserts to be spicy so I cut back on all of the spices except for cinnamon which I added a little extra. My bunt pan was only for 10 cups and the recipe is for 14 cups. I used the leftovers as muffins and were just as good as the cake. I plan on making this a fall tradition.
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Rating: Unrated
12/10/2010
Yum! I made this recipe for all my coworkers! It was so good, a sure crowd pleaser,
Rating: Unrated
10/15/2010
For someone who cooks a lot, this cake is nothing special. A pumpkin spice cake with an enticing name. It was fine - not exceptional in any way. Nor anything I need to make again. Did not keep this recipe. Quick, pumpkin bfast beads are easier with much less fat and calories.
Rating: Unrated
10/09/2010
I made this today. It was a hit with my family. I didn't have cake flour so I used 3 3/4 cup all purpose flour. I also cut back on the ginger, using 2 tsp. instead of the 1 tablespoon called for. It makes a very moist yummy cake. I didn't use the powdered sugar on top either. Its not really necessary. Definitely a keeper!
Rating: Unrated
06/08/2010
I LOVE this cake. It is moist and the texture and flavor are perfect. I did not add frosting when I made it and am glad, because it really does not need it. It's dense (but not gooey) and delicious. I love recipes that showcase/incorporate pumpkin in ways other than a traditional pie (of which I am also a fan). This one is being saved for much future use.
Rating: Unrated
11/23/2009
I didn't have cake flour, so I substituted it with 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour plus 1/2 cup cornstarch, which I then sifted together. I also substituted the buttermilk with 1 cup milk plus 1 tablespoon white vinegar and let it sat for 10 minutes. This is a fabulous cake and I'll definitely make it again!
Rating: Unrated
11/29/2008
This cake was a huge hit at our family Thanksgiving celebration. To make buttermilk, I mixed 3/4 c of milk with 1/4 cup with lemon juice. Let it sit for a few minutes and it will curdle like buttermilk. I sprinkled powdered sugar through a wire strainer all over the cake and it looked beautiful.
Rating: Unrated
10/31/2008
Thank you very much steviejo for your help!
Rating: Unrated
10/31/2008
Buttermilk can be "made" by taking regular milk and Adding 1-2 tablespoons of WHITE VINEGAR (NOT sure about Wine Vinegar!) Stir it together well and use 1:1 ( example; in this recipe----- 1 Cup milk plus Vinegar equals1 Cup "Buttermilk") . Enjoy. This tip comes from my Mothers' Thrifty Pennsylvania Dutch Heritage.
Rating: Unrated
10/31/2008
Buttermilk can be "made" by taking regular milk and Adding 1-2 tablespoons of WHITE VINEGAR (NOT sure about Wine Vinegar!) Stir it together well and use 1:1 ( example; in this recipe----- 1 Cup milk plus Vinegar equals1 Cup "Buttermilk") . Enjoy. This tip comes from my Mothers' Thrifty Pennsylvania Dutch Heritage.
Rating: Unrated
10/31/2008
Hi Everyone: How can I sustitute or can I make Buttermilk? Because in Puerto Rico is imposible to find in the supermarket the buttermilk. I have this problems for years . Any sugestions?
Rating: Unrated
03/17/2008
Glad you enjoyed bellablackwell! I'd never ground whole spices specifically for a cake before and the difference is so phenomenal, I won't go back to pre-ground spices.
Rating: Unrated
03/08/2008
Thank you Violetz6 for your two excellent sugestions. The cake with the vanilla added plus the honey frosting made it extra yummy!
Rating: Unrated
12/29/2007
Try adding this icing to make it spectacular: HONEY FROSTING 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, very soft 1 bar (8 ounces) regular (or reduced-fat) cream cheese, very soft 1/4 cup honey DIRECTIONS In a medium bowl, whisk butter, cream cheese, and honey until smooth. Spread top of cooled cake with honey frosting.
Rating: Unrated
12/29/2007
I made two cakes and sent them to two different Christmas family dinners with over 20 people at each location. It was a universal hit. I used whole cloves and cinnamon sticks and ground them with a spice grinder. Everything was fresh except the Libby's pumpkin puree. A well written recipe that creates a moist, delicious, beautiful cake. Top with honey or lemon glaze found on website or have coffee or tea to serve. Highly Recommend. A keeper recipe!
Rating: Unrated
12/29/2007
Very moist and delicious! I used 1/2 dark brown sugar and 1/2 light brown sugar and added a tablespoon vanilla and it tasted like gingerbread and smelled heavenly while it was baking! I love pumpkin, it's so healthy and the cake is not loaded with fat. I will make this one all year long.
Rating: Unrated
12/18/2007
Very good. This cake was a hit at my dinner party.
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12/18/2007
Very good. This cake was a hit at my dinner party.
Rating: Unrated
12/10/2007
This cake is delicious! I made it last night and it was fabulous. I thought it might need some icing but after tasting it - NO WAY! It was great. Thanks for another keeper, Martha!!
Rating: Unrated
12/02/2007
My dear friend PS made this delicious cake as dessert for last nights informal fall dinner with 2 families. It is delicious, loved by all ages, and spectacularly dramatic in presentation on a big silver tray. Better yet, a leftover slice of cake made a great Sunday Morning breakfast before church. Thank you PS for addi a new recipe to our family treasury! MA of MA
Rating: Unrated
11/22/2007
I added a ring of our family cheesecake recipe to the center of this cake, and it was just the right touch.
Rating: Unrated
11/20/2007
For the gal in England with the runny pumpkin puree: try draining the puree overnight to get rid of the extra moisture. Put the pumkpin in several layers of cheesecloth in a strainer over another bowl to catch the liquid. I saw this on another cooking show a few days ago. Good Luck!
Rating: Unrated
11/20/2007
I live in the UK and I am desperately seeking out a source for Libby's Pumpkin. I so miss Pumpkin Pie, and want to make this cake too. I just cannot get fresh pumpkin to cook 'dry' enough to give the right texture. I am thinking of using sweet potatoes, as it is easier to get a drier consitancy to the puree. I am also struggling to find a source here for Bay Seasoning, butterscotch chips, Constant Comment tea, and lots of other storecupboard ingredients! Wish me luck.
Rating: Unrated
11/18/2007
I baked this cake last night, and instead of dusting the cake with powered sugar, I served it with home made whipped cream. My husband and I enjoyed all of the fall flavors combined. t was moist, and flavorfull. I would recommend it for any Occasion.
Rating: Unrated
11/17/2007
I made this last night and it came out perfect. The weird thing is the recipe calls for extra butter for pan but doesn't instruct you to use butter on the pan. I used Pam for baking and then dusted cake flour over that. I used the Classic Bundt by Nordicware which is suitable for 10-15 cup recipes. On her show Martha said the Kugelhopf would accomodate this recipe. The Bavarian one she gave to the audience is too small. It's a BIG cake!
Rating: Unrated
11/17/2007
If using a smaller bundt pan than the recipe calls for, in this case there is a 2 cup difference, just put the rest of the batter into a muffin tin and bake for 15 minutes. Then you can freeze these muffins to enjoy in the future.
Rating: Unrated
11/16/2007
The classic bundt pan is a 12-cup pan, Martha's new Kugelhopf bundt pan is a 10-cup pan, and this recipe calls for a 14-cup bundt pan. This could cause a lot of confusion on baking times. What did Martha do with the leftover batter when she made her bundt cake? She must have had 40% more batter than she needed for that pan if she followed the recipe. P.S. Met some nice people at the Martha Stewart bundt pan display at the Boise, ID Macy's today. We all asked these same questions.
Rating: Unrated
11/16/2007
Can i use splenda brown sugar to make this spicy pumpkin bundt cake ? Audiedoll
Rating: Unrated
11/16/2007
I was planning to make this cake today, but searched for your answer to the person who had a problem with cake not baking properly. I am waiting for your answer before I risk failure, due to limited income. Need to be careful and not waste ingredients or money. Please post your response, if you can, thanks enjoy your Web-Site and sl of your programs and magazines, busyfingers
Rating: Unrated
11/15/2007
Made this today but for some reason it didn't cook through. I added 20 min. to the 55 and it wasn't done. Don't know what happened. LoisW
Rating: Unrated
11/15/2007
Made this today but for some reason it didn't cook through. I added 20 min. to the 55 and it wasn't done. Don't know what happened. LoisW
Rating: Unrated
11/15/2007
I am sure my entire family will love this cake Thanksgiving!! I already have the bundt pan and I am looking forward to using it!
Rating: Unrated
11/15/2007
I've used this recipe before. You will love it! I highly recommend it