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Thick, flavorful Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze will make your house smell amazing as it bakes. It takes just 10 minutes of prep to get this cake in the oven!

An overhead shot of a pumpkin bundt cake with a slice cut and tilted to the side.

It’s been so cold here the past few weeks. My fingers even ache from how cold it is. I found the best way to warm up is by cranking up the oven and baking a flavorful pumpkin cake with brown butter glaze, pumpkin cheesecake, or pumpkin pie cupcakes.

I know you’re probably sick of pumpkin by now. It’s everywhere you look and has been that way for months now. But trust me when I say, you are going to want to make this cake.

Not only does it taste absolutely amazing but it’s incredibly easy to make. The pumpkin cake batter comes together with just a bowl and a whisk. Then the brown butter glaze comes together in a single pot with a whisk.

A slice of pumpkin bundt cake on a pewter plate with a fork next to it. A second slice and full cake is visible in the background.

The cake batter is made with a handful of staple ingredients like flour, sugar, eggs, oil, salt, pumpkin pie spice, and pumpkin.

The pumpkin puree, oil, and eggs make this cake the most tender and moist bundt cake ever. And the flavor is rich with warm pumpkin pie spices.

The glaze combines sweet, nutty brown butter with confectioners’ sugar and orange juice for a complex flavor profile that will make you swoon.

Pumpkin bundt cake batter in a glass bowl with a wire whisk set inside the bowl.
Pumpkin bundt cake batter in a 10 inch bundt pan.
Baked Pumpkin Bundt Cake in the pan sitting on a brown and white napkin.

It takes about an hour for the pumpkin cake to bake. The cake is thick so it’s going to need plenty of time in the oven.

I don’t recommend using anything smaller than a 10-inch bundt pan. As you can see from the photo, the cake is going to rise all the way to the tippy top.

If you use a smaller pan, the batter will overflow and leave you will a huge mess to clean up. Don’t ask me how I know this…

Glaze being poured over a pumpkin bundt cake sitting on a cream colored plate.

The brown butter glaze complements the cake beautifully. Plus, it’s all too easy to make. Don’t skip it. Trust me on this.

Cook the butter until it turns golden brown with a sweet, nutty aroma. Then stir in confectioner’s sugar and salt. And add just enough orange juice to make the glaze pourable.

This is one pumpkin bundt cake that is so perfect for fall. You’ll love the cozy aroma that fills your house as it bakes.

An overhead shot of a slice of pumpkin bundt cake sitting on a pewter plate with a fork next to it.

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An overhead shot of a pumpkin bundt cake with a slice cut and tilted to the side.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze

Yield: 16 servings
Prep Time: 14 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 29 minutes

Thick, flavorful Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Glaze will make your house smell amazing as it bakes. It takes just 10 minutes of prep to get this cake in the oven!

Ingredients

For the cake

  • 1 cup (210 g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 ½ cups (300 g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (198 g) vegetable or canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups (390 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling

For the glaze

  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup (120 g) confectioners’ sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh orange juice

Instructions

Make the cake

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease and flour a 12-cup bundt pan; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk both sugars and oil until well combined. Whisk in the eggs and vanilla. 
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, and salt. Add to the sugar mixture, alternating with the pumpkin puree. Beat well after addition. 
  4. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan. Bake for 60-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Cool for 10 minutes then invert the cake onto a wire rack and remove the pan. Cool completely before adding the glaze. 

Make the glaze

  1. In a small pot, melt the butter over medium-high heat. Cook until the butter turns a golden brown color and has a nutty aroma, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  2. Stir in the confectioners' sugar and salt until well combined. Whisk in just enough orange juice to make the glaze pourable.

Notes

Make ahead tip

  1. The cake will stay fresh for up to 3 days stored in the refrigerator.
  2. The cake can be frozen for up to 3 months. Thaw in the refrigerator overnight.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 404

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the values shown are just an estimate.

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7 Comments

  1. I live at 5200 altitude – what should I change to make this work for high altitude? Thank you.

    1. I can’t offer high-altitude adjustments. I’ve never baked at high altitudes before.

      1. Ok thank you

  2. Can I substitute the orange juice in the brown butter glaze with anything?

  3. I just made this and it turned out great. Love the brown butter glaze, something a little different!

  4. I made this and it’s absolutely the best!