Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

Pumpkin Bundt Cake
Have you seen this fall bucket list for food bloggers from Dorothy of Crazy for Crust? I love it! It had me excited for fall baking even though I am not a bucket list kind of girl. I already get bonus points for picking my own apples and starting with an apple pie. Today, I am sharing with you another pumpkin dessert, specifically a pumpkin bundt cake with bourbon cream cheese frosting!
Pumpkin Bundt Cake

A few weeks ago, I bought a super cute 6-cup bundt pan so I halved the recipe you see below to use my new pan. The cake is super moist and of course pumpkin-y. The bourbon glaze was my favorite part (alchy? eh!) and it’s a great compliment to pumpkin flavor. It just took this cake to the next level. The cake was such a huge hit in my house that the boy begged me not to share with anyone. Luckily as I said, I made half of the recipe so it wasn’t too much for just the two of us to enjoy in two to three days.

If you are looking for a great pumpkin cake, you have it right here folks!

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting

Yield: 1 12-cup bundt cake (half recipe to use a 6-cup bundt pan)

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Bourbon Cream Cheese Frosting


2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon cinnamon

¾ teaspoon ground allspice

½ teaspoon salt

1 ¼ cups pumpkin puree

¾ cup buttermilk, room temperature

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

¾ cup unsalted butter, softened at room temperature

1 ¼ cups granulated sugar

3 large eggs, room temperature

For the Glaze

3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature

1 tablespoon bourbon (or more to taste)

1 ½ cups confectioner’s sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 12-cup bundt pan and set aside.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the first six ingredients. In a large measuring cup, whisk the pumpkin, buttermilk and vanilla extract together.

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes on medium speed. Add the eggs, one at a time, and beating until combined in between each addition.

Reduce speed to low and add a third of the flour mixture. Add half of pumpkin mixture and mix until combined. Add another third of flour and the rest of pumpkin mixture. Mix until combined. Add the rest of the flour mixture and mix until just combined.

Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 40-50 minutes (about 30 minutes for a 6-cup bundt pan) or until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean.

Let cool on wire rack completely.

To make glaze

On medium speed, beat the cream cheese and bourbon until smooth and fluffy. Add in the sugar and mix until combined. If the glaze is too thick, add a few teaspoons of milk or bourbon to thin out.

Drizzle glaze over bundt cake before serving. Decorate with toasted pecan if desired.


Barely adapted from Tracey's Culinary Adventures



  1. Oooh, my favorite – I love this cake!! Yours looks absolutely perfect :)

  2. Dorothy is the best :) This cake looks awesome – you can SEE how moist it is! YUM!

  3. You had me at bourbon cream cheese frosting! Dang! This cake looks amazing!

  4. I wouldn’t have wanted to share this cake either lol. It looks awesome. Beyond awesome, I’d say. Oh, that frosting… it’s totally calling my name ;-)

  5. Gorgeous cake Zainab! I need to get started on that list!
    Emily @ It Bakes Me Happy recently posted…Double Chocolate Pumpkin Waffles

  6. Beautiful! I have been itching to make a bundt cake. The bourbon glaze really puts it over the top!

  7. I saw that list and it gave me a bit of anxiety. So much pumpkin and and apple recipes I want to make and never enough time.

  8. Wow! This pumpkin bundt cake looks spectacular! My husband loves Bourbon so this would be a huge hit with us. And even better, I have a partially used can of pumpkin, just waiting for some creative inspiration. I think I have the answer!! And how fun that you baked this in a six-in bundt pan?! I’ve been meaning to buy one of those!

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Jamie that can is begging to be used!!! You know u want to lol! I found mine in TJMaxx, in case you are out and about and run into one :)

  9. This looks so good and moist. I love the picture!

  10. OMG! This looks amazing!!! Your pictures are beautiful! I hope you will link up and share this amazing cake at APeekIntoMyParadise TGIF Link Party!

    Hugs, Cathy

  11. such a killer dessert…or may be a all day long treat for us…seriously we feel like digging into this cake…so moist and tender…gorgeous :-)

  12. Are you kidding me right now? This looks amazing!

  13. I always think bundt cakes look amazing at parties and dinners. This would steal the show at Thanksgiving! (Is it bad I’m thinking that far ahead? Don’t answer that:) Looks delicious!
    Mary Frances @ The Sweet {Tooth} Life recently posted…Things I’m Loving This Week {#2}

  14. What a beautiful cake!! Your photographs are breathtaking….and mouthwatering. We are sure getting into the pumpkin spirit around here too :)

  15. This looks delicious! Pinning! I would love to have you share this and anything else at my link party going on! Following you via faceboo, pinterest and google+ :) http://www.madetobeamomma.com/2013/09/homemade-by-you-69.html

  16. This cake… and the cream cheese… OMG woman! I want it SO badly.

  17. This cake looks heavenly and PERFECT for fall. I love the spiked glaze. I truly need to spike more things. ha

  18. Just mouthwatering….looks delicious!

  19. I’m sorry did you say pumpkin AND bourbon?! A match made in bundt cake heaven.

  20. Can you believe that I have never ever made a bundt cake?

  21. This looks so delicious Zainab! I just made my first bundt cake last week…I think this will be my second!

  22. Linking over from I’m Lovin’ It…. Your cake looks SO good. Pinning now to try soon!!! Thanks for sharing.

  23. Love littler cakes! I’ll have to look for one of those bundt pans… I didn’t know such a thing existed! Your cake is picture perfect, & the flavors sound amazing!

  24. Oooh! Love the addition of bourbon in the cream cheese glaze. Bourbon seems to make everything wickedly better, doesn’t it? Love that little 6-cup Bundt pan, too. Stinkin’ cute! I need one of those, LOL. Thanks for sharing!

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Stacy thanks! I love the small pan too. perfect when baking for just two or a small group. And don’t evn get me started on bourbon!

  25. This cake looks amazing! Love a super moist pumpkin cake. I can’t wait to check out that bucket list. I have a bucket list, but not many things have been crossed off so far :(

  26. Zainab this looks so delicious!! Thanks so much for sharing your amazing links our “Best Of The Weekend” party! You are so talented. Pinning now. Have a great weekend! :)

  27. When I saw Bourbon and cream cheese, I was intrigued. When I saw that beautiful photo of your cake, it made me want a slice right away! It’s a very nice Fall treat.
    Visiting from SITS. Have a beautiful day!

  28. First, this looks delicious! Second, I bet this tastes delicious! The glaze is on there perfectly. I always try to get the glaze on perfect, but for some reason it never turns out the way I imagine it to. Happy Saturday Sharefest!

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Sharon, thank you so much for stopping by! It was delicious especially the glaze. I really just poured the glazed with a measuring cup and let it go where it wanted. I think it was on the thicker side.

  29. Pass the milk please this looks divine. I’m hopping over from Strut Your Stuff I enjoyed my visit to your blog. I invite you to join me at Katherines Corner Hugs! P.S. only one day left to enter my giveaway

  30. mmmmmmmm!!!!!! This cake looks amazing with that bourbon cream cheese frosting dripping so gracefully over it! Who would want to share this cake??? I would never do something like that! :D :) Loved it!

  31. Dear Zainab, this sounds so good and looks beautiful. I’m so excited about fall baking too! …I know my daughter would love this bundt…anything with spiced pumpkin is her favorite. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  32. Bundt cakes are my favorite and this is so perfect for fall! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  33. What a gorgeous bundt! And that boozy glaze? YES!

  34. This looks and sounds absolutely delicious. I want to make this for my dad, bourbon & pumpkin, I think he would fall out of his chair if I made this for him. ;) Thanks for sharing the recipe, Zainab.

    I’d love it if you linked this up over at Living Well Spending Less for Thrifty Thursday this week! http://www.livingwellspendingless.com/category/thrifty-thursday/

  35. This looks SO good, Zainab! Ah, you’re so lucky that you get to pick apples. I don’t think apple trees exist in Florida! At least I have never seen one in Florida! Pinning and sharing on social media. Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Mondays!

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Thank you so much for hosting and sharing every week. You are great :). And you need to come visit NY so I can take you apple picking. It is so much fun!!

  36. Hi Zainab,
    I am drooling over the pumpkin bundt. I also have the 6-cup bundt and would love to make the cake for myself. How many eggs did you use for the 6-cup bundt?

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Hey Cheryl! I ended up using two eggs. I was going to try to divide one in half but failed and just ended up using two and it turned out great!

  37. Hi Zainab! I love your cake, you can just see in the picture how moist and yummy it looks. Did you make your own puree?

    • Zainab Mansaray says:

      Thanks Shamene. I did not make my own puree for this cake…I have in the past. For this cake I used Libby’s pumpkin puree!

  38. Gorgeous cake
    I really wish I could taste it as it sounds wonderful!

  39. Can’t get enough pumpkin in my life, especially this time of year. This recipe looks amazing.
    We would love to have you share with us at our weekly Super Saturday Link Party. http://www.madefrompinterest.net/2013/10/super-saturday-link-party-13/ Your recipes and ideas would be a hit with our crowd. It would be our honor to have you join us!

  40. First time on your blog- was attracted to this cake right away. Making it this evening for company and cannot wait. Subbing maple syrup for the bourbon in the frosting as thats what I had on hand. YUM, thanks for sharing!

  41. Cheryl Cabral says:

    What are the measurements for the dic vup.

  42. Cheryl Cabral says:

    what’s the measurements for the six cup bundt pan.

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