Turn your favorite Fall beverage into a showstopping cake with this Pumpkin Spice Latte Bundt Cake! Pumpkin & coffee flavored cake with a milk & sugar glaze.
If I said this was one of my favorite 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 flavor.
I actually made this Bundt a year before one of my most popular cakes, the Pumpkin Spice Latte Cake. That one is truly my favorite 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 a cake from Martha (Update: The original cake from Martha’s site has been removed, it was similar to this one, but more round and had the white glaze covering it).
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 flavor 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 instant 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 first 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 over top 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.
To revive the shine on the glaze before serving simply dip a pastry brush in some water, dab off the excess, and gently brush it over the dried glaze.
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!
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I convert this recipe?
- This recipe will work in the following. Baking time will need to be adjusted.
- Any two 6 cup Bundt pans
- Or two 8 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ loaf pans
- Or one 12 cup Bundt pan
- To make cupcakes, all you need to do is reduce the baking time — start checking at 15mins or so. The recipe will make 18-24 cupcakes depending on size.
- For other conversions go here.
Can I make it in advance?
- The cooled cakes can be baked ahead of time, double wrapped in plastic wrap, and frozen for up to 3 months. Take out 2-3 hours before assembly.
- It’s best to make the glaze right before covering the cake. If you must make it in advance, place plastic wrap directly on the surface and store it in something airtight. It will dry out over time.
- The finished cake (whole or sliced, stored airtight) can be frozen for up to 3 months.
Can I get the measurements by weight/grams?
- There is a Metric option in the recipe card. If you click it it will convert everything to grams.
- This conversion is done automatically and I cannot guarantee the accuracy but many readers have had success using the metric option on my recipes.
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.
- I prepare my cake pans using Homemade Cake Release then line with parchment.
- 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 flavor you can add espresso powder to the 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:
- 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tsp espresso powder
- 1 tsp salt
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter 170g, melted
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup light brown sugar packed
- 14 oz pumpkin puree 398ml, not pumpkin pie filling
- 3 large eggs room temperature
- 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.
The cake looks great!
What did you put in the middle? Did you fill the center with glaze, and what did you use for the stem?
Thanks Gilly! The stem is an actual pumpkin stem :). I stuffed some paper towel down the middle of the Bundt, placed the cut out pumpkin stem on it and filled it with glaze.
Ha! I thought you had used a churro! I was already planning out where to find some and fill in around it with trimmed off domes. I’ll give it a try and let you know how it turns out 🙂
Hi Senia! I’m excited that you’re going to try this! Please let me know how it goes :).
The cake looks absolutely beautiful with completely covered in glaze, this is so different!
Thank you!! 🙂
Alanna @ One Tough Cookie says
Oh my goodness, Liv, every time I think you’ve blown my mind once and for all, you come back with something even better. This cake is INSANE. It looks incredible! In-cre-di-ble! You are seriously giving Martha a run for her money. And it was awesome of you to share your tip for refreshing a glaze for photos — always a handy tidbit to have in the back of my mind!
Gah somehow I missed this comment. You are so sweet Alanna, thank you!! <3
Lauren @ Sew You Think You Can Cook says
What an impressive cake – you glazed that pumpkiny bundt so beautifully at first glance I thought it was decoration!
Thanks so much Lauren!
Christiane ~ Taking On Magazines says
I don’t blame you for pulling out the pan for one more pumpkin recipe. The cake is stunning. Thanks too for the tip about the pastry brush and water. I wondered how the glaze was so shiny and beautiful. I’ll definitely be using that one!
Faith (An Edible Mosaic) says
This is one of the cutest pumpkin cakes I’ve seen! The fact that it’s shaped like a pumpkin really makes it something special…it would be perfect for Thanksgiving!
Right?? Imagine how pretty on a Thanksgiving table :).
Lara Tartacadabra says
AMAZING!! Looks absolutely spectacular, Olivia, you made one serious good looking bundt cake 😉 And love the glaze so shiny, what a clever trick just to use some water and a brush 🙂 See you again next month!! XX
Thanks so much Lara!! 😀
Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah says
I’m SO in love with the look of this cake! Like edible art. Love that it’s still so simple to make, too, including the neat trick to get the beautiful glaze to shine!
Thank you Chrisy! xo 🙂
The perfect fall cake. Absolutely love it!
Tux | Brooklyn Homemaker says
This is truly incredible. I’ve seen a few of these pumpkin shaped cakes on pinterest before and just assumed people were just baking two whole bundt cakes and putting them one on top of the other. I didn’t realize they had a special set of pans specific for this idea! Are they smaller than a regular pan? Like 6 cups so one bundt recipe would fill both pans?
Absolutely beautiful photos! Your shiny glaze was worth the extra effort, and the interior of your cake looks sooo moist and tender. YUM!
Thanks Tux!! They are smaller 6-cup Bundts like you said — two of them, then you just stack them. Really if you only had one 6-cup Bundt pan you could just bake two cakes and stack them… same goes for 10 or 12-cup pans but that would be a ginormous cake :).
I think Nordic Ware also as a Bundt duo pan that looks exactly like a pumpkin.
Erin @ Platings and Pairings says
This is one of the most amazing cakes I have seen Olivia! I want to decorate my Thanksgiving table with like 6 of them!
Thanks so much Erin!! Do it!! haha
Wendy, A Day in the Life on the Farm says
You definitely win the blue ribbon for most beautiful cake this month.
You are so sweet Wendy, thank you!!
Maureen | Orgasmic Chef says
This is such a clever idea. You’re brilliant! I can’t wait to make this for the old folks at the nursing home. They’ll think I’m a star. 🙂
Haha, I love it. I hope you share a pic of yours when it’s done!
I love your blog, that is so fun and beautiful. It´s looks deliciuos,
-I will do it
Thank you so much!! 🙂
Oh my! This cake tasted as good as it looked! The cake is on the firm side which makes it a hearty fall cake. The pumpkin spice flavour is to die for! The photos are simply amazing! You are brilliant, Olivia!?
Marg, thank you for such a thoughtful comment and review! I am so glad you liked it!
Mel @ The Refreshanista says
Wow, this cake is stunning! I love that it’s white and not orange 🙂 and I love love love pumpkin spice lattes so this is a must-try!
Thank you!! I love the white look of it too :D.
jacquee | i sugar coat it! says
Looks like we both had pumpkins on the brain…LOVE IT!!
‘Tis the season! 😀
super original, nice job 🙂
Thank you! 🙂
We agreed in the taste os our bunts, but your bundt it´s more beautiful than mine. Great job!!!
No way, your Bundt is stunning! And I love that pan, it’s on my list!
Thank you Grace!!