Spiced Pumpkin Cake


What says fall more than pumpkin and spice?

Spiced Pumpkin Cake
Photo: José Picayo
Hands On Time:
20 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs
Cool Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
12 serves

This dessert evokes fall flavors. Not too light, not too dense; this Bundt is topped with a light lemony glaze that balances and brightens the cake's rich flavors.


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for the pan

  • 3 cups all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled, plus more for the pan

  • 5 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder

  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar

  • 3 large eggs

  • 1 15-ounce can pumpkin puree (1 1⁄2 cups)

  • ½ cup whole milk

  • ¼ cup molasses

  • 1 ¼ cups powdered sugar

  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice


  1. Heat oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 12-cup Bundt pan.

  2. In a bowl; whisk flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

  3. Using an electric mixer, beat butter and granulated sugar on medium-high until fluffy, 2 to 3 minutes. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in the pumpkin puree, milk, and molasses (the mixture may appear curdled).

  4. Reduce mixer speed to low, gradually add the flour mixture, and then mix until just combined. (Do not overmix.)

  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 55 to 65 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 30 minutes, and then invert onto a wire rack to cool completely.

  6. In a bowl, whisk powdered sugar and lemon juice until smooth. Drizzle over the cake. Let set before serving.

Chef's Notes

No powdered sugar? No problem. Make powdered sugar by processing granulated sugar in a blender or food processor on high for 4 to 5 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

453 Calories
17g Fat
71g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Calories 453
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 10g 50%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 256mg 11%
Total Carbohydrate 71g 26%
Total Sugars 43g
Protein 6g
Calcium 65mg 5%
Iron 2mg 11%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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