I inherited a genuine BUNDT pan from my grandma this summer. She has downsized her kitchen and she knew I would put it to good use. Have you ever made a Bundt cake before? It’s a very simple cake to make, but comes right out of the pan looking decorated and fancy enough for any occasion just as it is. My kind of cake! Just look at those curves.
Now there is that moment where you hold your breath, saying a quick prayer that you put plenty of grease in all the right places, slowly turning over the pan onto the cooling rack, listening for a gentle “thud” as the cake tumbles out. Then you quickly lift up the pan, and rejoice as you see the ENTIRE cake in all its glory (as opposed to only half of it).
It’s hard not to think of that beloved scene in My Big Fat Greek Wedding when the mothers try to explain/understand what a BUNDT cake is and that it is supposed to have a hole in the middle. I was a little tempted to put a little vase of flowers in the center!
By the way, does this frosting look too thick? No such thing!
This particular cake went to a lady’s lunch at church. Sorry about that one piece! I know you understand though.
Mercy, I hope you all get the chance to try it. It’s all kinds of goodness. And who was Mrs. Hulse? My baby sister’s first grade teacher, according to my mom. I think I copied this recipe out of her box when I got married almost 14 years ago, and this is the first time I’ve made it! Time sure flies when you’re having fun.
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For the Cake
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup vegetable oil
- 4 eggs
- 1 (16 ounce) can pumpkin puree
- 3 cups all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
For the Frosting
- 6 ounces softened cream cheese
- 2 tablespoons softened butter
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 2 tablespoons heavy cream
- 2–4 tablespoons of water
For the Cake
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray a Bundt pan with nonstick spray. I’ve had great results with the nonstick spray made specifically for BAKING.
- In the bowl of an electric mixer, cream together sugar and oil on medium speed. Add eggs one at a time, mixing well in between.
- Add your can of pumpkin and let the mixer run while you mix together your dry ingredients in a separate bowl.
- In the dry ingredient bowl, whisk together flour, salt, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
- Turn the speed down to low and gradually add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients. Mix together until the flour is incorporated.
- Spoon the batter evenly into the Bundt pan, and smooth out the top.
- Bake your cake for 48-55 minutes, checking for doneness by inserting a toothpick into the top of the cake. If your toothpick comes out clean, your cake is done.
- Remove the cake from the oven, and let it cool in the pan for 15 minutes.
- Turn the cake onto a cooling rack. Tap the bottom of the Bundt pan with a wooden spoon to help loosen if necessary.
- Let the cake cool completely before frosting.
For the Frosting
- Whisk together cream cheese, butter, and powdered sugar. Whisk in heavy cream, and then add water by the tablespoon until the desired consistency is reached. It should be just barely pourable, but not too runny.