Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Vanilla Bean Icing {traditional and gluten free recipes}

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Vanilla Bean Icing {traditional and gluten free recipes included} by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Pumpkin cake topped with fluffy vanilla icing is a delicious way to welcome the cooler fall weather. There is nothing quite like the fragrance of warm pumpkin spices. If you haven't yet made your own Pumpkin Spice Mix, now is a great time to stir a batch together. This is an awesome alternative to those tiny jars of pre-mixed spices at the grocery store. Avoid paying the ridiculous prices and make yours for a fraction of the cost!

This simple bundt cake can be stirred together in minutes and it is absolutely delicious on it's own. Heck, I ate it for breakfast all weekend long the first time I made it. While it was perfectly delicious on it's own the first few times I made it, this time I wanted something to make it extra special.

The cake was transformed from downright tasty to close-your-eyes-heavenly with fluffy, not-to-sweet, creamy, vanilla bean icing. This icing is phenomenal. It's not a traditional glaze, it is fluffy like whipped cream and absolutely perfect when paired with this cake. (I have to admit, this icing is pretty amazing eaten right off the spoon too!)

Are you ready for all the pumpkin recipes that are headed your way? If you can hardly wait for a little more pumpkin inspiration, here are a few more great pumpkin treats:

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Vanilla Bean Icing {traditional and gluten free recipes}
Yield: 16 servings
(printable recipe)

2 cups sugar
1 cup light flavored olive oil, or the cooking oil of your choice
3 eggs
(1) 15 ounce can of pumpkin, or 1 1/2 cups pumpkin puree
3 cups all-purpose flour *
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice mix, store-bought is fine

Gluten Free Alternative:
2 cups brown rice flour *
2/3 cup potato starch *
1/2 cup tapioca starch *
1 teaspoon xanthan gum *

Icing Ingredients:
4 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
1 vanilla bean, scraped, or 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
6 tablespoons milk, adjust as needed

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a bundt pan with butter, making sure it is well-coated in each groove. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the sugar and the oil. Add the eggs and the pumpkin and beat again until well combined.

Whisk together the flours, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and spices. Add half of the dry ingredients to the mixing bowl and stir well. Add the remaining dry ingredients and stir again until well combined. Pour the batter into the greased pan and lightly smooth the top to ensure it is evenly distributed. Bake for 55-60 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from the oven and let cool completely before inverting the cake over a large plate or cake stand.

In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add the sugar and beat again until well combined. Add the vanilla bean or extract and stir again to distribute it throughout. Slowly add the milk about 2 tablespoons at a time, beating the icing until fluffy each time. When it is just barely thinned out enough to pour, it is done. Use a spoon to drizzle it over the cooled cake. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Enjoy!

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Vanilla Bean Icing {traditional and gluten free recipes} by Barefeet In The Kitchen

{originally posted 9/14/14 - recipe notes and photos updated 9/15/16}

Here are some more pumpkin recipes you might like:
Pecan Praline Pumpkin Cake by The View from Great Island
Chicken Bacon Pumpkin Pasta Bake by Pinch of Yum
Classic Pumpkin Pie (my favorite!) by Completely Delicious
How to Cook Pumpkin in the Slow-Cooker by Bless This Mess Blog
Spicy Pumpkin Soup by Simply Recipes
Pumpkin Spice Whoopie Pies by Iowa Girl Eats


  1. Love that this is gluten free. It's always nice to have a reliable recipe when cooking for others that are GF. Gorgeous, Mary!!

  2. That frosting looks incredible - I have a major weakness for good vanilla frosting. Pinned - this is gorgeous, and definitely on my fall baking list!

  3. My general complaint with bundt cakes is that there is not enough frosting. But THIS looks perfect! Pile it on!

  4. Oh my gosh - that dripping icing is KILLING me! Looks fantastic!

  5. That is the prettiest frosting I have ever seen!!

  6. Pumpkin cake in a bundt pan the best combo ever!! I love seeing pumpkin recipes starting to appear on blogs because that means Autumn is near!! Love this post!

  7. Bundt cakes with icing are so easy to make for a party, and this definitely has enough icing. Love the gluten free option as well.

  8. I love everything about this!

  9. This is seriously one gorgeous and perfectly dense bundt cake! Love!

  10. Yummy...we are having dinner guests Tuesday, guess what is for dessert. :-)

  11. Making this for one of our Thanksgiving desserts.. can't wait to taste it tomorrow!