Turn your favourite Fall beverage into a showstopping cake with this Pumpkin Spice Latte Bundt Cake! Pumpkin & coffee flavoured cake with a milk & sugar glaze.
If I said this was one of my favourite Fall cakes it would not be a lie. Just LOOK at how stunning this cake turned out! I’m not one to toot my own horn, but this cake exceeded my expectations, both in look and flavour.
I actually made this Bundt a year before one of my most popular cakes, the Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake. That one is truly my favourite for Fall (those fondant pumpkins!), but this one is such a close second and the world needs to know.
The inspiration for the styling of this Pumpkin Spice Latte Bundt Cake came from none other than Martha Stewart.
I found the cutest Nordic Ware Pumpkin Bundt set at my local Homesense and was itching to use it. It’s really the only time of year that I can. In my search for pumpkin cake inspo, I came across this cake from Martha (Update: The original cake from Martha’s site has been removed. I was able to find a photo of it here).
I loved the unique look of it and wanted to try to recreate it.
How to Make this Pumpkin Cake
For the Bundt cake itself, I tweaked my Pumpkin Bread recipe, got rid of the ginger, and added pumpkin pie spice and espresso powder. I was a bit nervous about the flavour of the espresso powder and the pumpkin together, but it does taste good in a Pumpkin Spice Latte, so I figured it should work.
I started with 1 tsp of espresso powder but couldn’t really taste it in the batter, so I added another tsp. If you don’t like coffee then you can leave this out entirely.
I baked the Bundts at 375F, but this caused them to dome too much. I had to push the domes down and trim off some excess, so I’ve adjusted the recipe to 350F.
Decorating this Pumpkin Bundt
For the pumpkin stalk, I cut the stalk from an actual pumpkin. I trimmed the orange pumpkin part so it was small enough to fit in the center but large enough to support the stalk from tipping over. I should have taken a picture of this, sorry!
The glaze was going to be the tricky part, and I was nervous about it. In the video on the Martha Stewart site, she glazes each Bundt separately and then, I presume, stacks them once the glaze dries — they didn’t show that part. It’s this stacking post-glaze I was worried about. I could just imagine the glaze on the bottom Bundt cracking due to the weight of the top one.
So instead, I stacked them first and then glazed them all over. I put a bit of glaze between the two Bundts to help them stick together and to seal up any remaining gaps, then doused the whole thing with a LOT of glaze. More than you’d think you need.
The glaze was much thicker than I’d normally do too, but I wanted it to look very white. I hoped that it would cover the entire thing well, and it did! I had to nudge it into a few places near the bottom, but overall it worked perfectly. I left it to set overnight.
Since the glaze had dried, it was really dull and not the look I was going for. I contemplated doing another thinner layer of glaze overtop for photos, but I really didn’t want to do that. If I had a spray bottle I could mist some water over it to get that shine, but I didn’t have one.
I was just about to make more glaze to pour over when Ryan suggested painting the glaze on instead of pouring it, and I had a lightbulb moment. Instead of re-glazing, I just dipped a pastry brush in some water and brushed it on. Worked like a charm!
So that’s a great tip if you want to make this in advance but have it look pretty right before serving.
This Pumpkin Spice Latte Bundt turned out better than I expected. It’s incredibly moist and delicious. Both the pumpkin and coffee flavors come through beautifully.
If you love a good PSL, this Bundt cake is for you!
Tips for this Pumpkin Spice Latte Bundt Cake:
- I used this Pumpkin Bundt pan from NordicWare, which is no longer available. This is the updated version.
- The recipe also works in:
- any two 6 cup Bundt pans
- or two 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pans
- or one 12 cup Bundt pan
- Be sure to trim the domes off of the Bundts so they stack nicely.
- You can brush each Bundt with some simple syrup if you worry you’ve overbaked them. Or if you want to add more coffee flavour you can add espresso powder to the simple syrup.
- You will need a lot of glaze to cover this pumpkin Bundt. And make sure it’s on the thicker side so it makes a thick layer.
- The glaze will turn dull as it dries. To revive it for presentation, you can dip a pastry brush into some water, shake off the excess, and run it over the glazed cake.
- For a layer cake version check out my Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake.
Pumpkin Spice Latte Bundt Cake
Pumpkin Spice Latte Bundt:
- 5 cups powdered sugar
- 6 Tbsp milk
Pumpkin Spice Latte Bundt:
- Preheat oven to 350F and grease & flour two 6 cup Bundt pans (or two 8 1/2" x 4 1/2" loaf pans, or one 12 cup Bundt pan).
- In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, espresso powder, baking powder, and salt.
- In a large bowl, whisk together sugars, melted butter, pumpkin, and eggs.
- Add dry to wet and mix until just combined.
- Divide batter evenly between prepared pans and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out mostly clean (about. 40-45 mins).
- Cool in pans on wire rack for 10mins, then turn out onto wire racks to cool completely.
- In a large measuring cup or bowl, whisk together the sugar and milk until completely combined (I actually use a fork to do this). Glaze will be thick.
- Trim off any domes on the Bundts so you can stack evenly.
- Flip one Bundt over so it's flat side up. Place onto a cooling rack over parchment (to catch the glaze).
- Pour a bit of glaze over the flat part and spread evenly, place other Bundt on top.
- Pour glaze over top, nudging with a spoon as needed so that the entire Bundt is covered.
- Allow to set, cut and serve.
Originally Published on Oct 14, 2015