Pumpkin Bundt Cake

This flavorful pumpkin Bundt cake is incredibly moist, perfectly spiced, and dotted with melty chocolate chips. Prefer your pumpkin cake plain? Leave the chocolate chips out!

overhead image of pumpkin bundt cake cut into slices on a white serving plate

Moist and dense, this pumpkin Bundt cake delivers BIG. It’s not quite as heavy as a pound cake or quite as light as my favorite pumpkin cake. Instead, it meets somewhere in the middle and this place is called calorie-town. Worth every bite.

slices of pumpkin bundt cake

How to Make Pumpkin Bundt Cake

The process couldn’t be easier; this Bundt cake requires just 2 bowls: 1 for wet and 1 for dry. The ingredients are all kitchen staples like flour, spices, vanilla, and eggs. Oil is the fat used in this pumpkin cake, so you’re guaranteed a super moist cake from the start. If calorie-town isn’t a place you want to be, you can sub unsweetened applesauce for half of the oil. Just as moist!

My favorite part, and this is just me being a total nerd, is that the cake uses an entire standard can of pumpkin. I always appreciate recipes calling for the whole can because you’re not stuck with a random 1/4 cup leftover. (Though it’s so good stirred into oatmeal with a splash of pure maple syrup!)

pumpkin cake batter in a glass bowl

pumpkin chocolate chip cake batter in a bundt pan

You need a 9.5 or a 10-inch pan for this pumpkin Bundt cake. This is an affiliate link, but I’m glad to share my favorite Bundt pan with you. Super quality, heavy-duty, great price, never warps, awesome rubber grips. I’ve been using it for years and, honestly, it’s just as durable as day 1.

pouring salted caramel onto pumpkin bundt cake

Pumpkin Bundt Cake Toppings

Like the best things in the kitchen life, we’ll shower this pumpkin Bundt with salted caramel. Even though salted caramel is incredible on its own, it doesn’t hold anything to the delicious pumpkin crumb underneath. And that’s saying a lot!

Other topping options:

Instead of chocolate chips, this pumpkin Bundt cake would be fantastic with a chai spice swirl.

slice of pumpkin bundt cake with salted caramel topping on a cream plate

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overhead image of pumpkin bundt cake cut into slices on a white serving plate

Pumpkin Bundt Cake

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 65 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 hours, 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 12
  • Category: Cake
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: American

Description

This flavorful pumpkin Bundt cake is incredibly moist, perfectly spiced, and dotted with melty chocolate chips. Prefer your pumpkin cake plain? Leave the chocolate chips out!


Ingredients

  • 2 and 3/4 cups (344g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 and 1/2 cups dark or semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup (240ml) vegetable oil*
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup (200g) packed light or dark brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup (150g) granulated sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional topping: salted caramelbrown butter icing, or maple icing

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and grease a 9.5 or 10-inch Bundt pan.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and chocolate chips together in a large bowl. Set aside. Whisk the oil, eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, pumpkin, and vanilla extract together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a mixer or whisk until completely combined. Batter will be thick.
  3. Bake for 55-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean with just a couple lightly moist crumbs. This is a large, heavy cake so don’t be alarmed if it takes a little longer in your oven.
  4. Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 2 hours inside the pan. Then, invert the slightly cooled Bundt cake onto a wire rack or serving dish. Allow to cool completely before drizzling with salted caramel (or icing) and serving.
  5. Cover leftover cake tightly and store at room temperature for a couple days and/or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Notes

  1. Make Ahead Instructions: You can make the entire cake ahead of time (before topping with salted caramel or icing). Cover cooled cake and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before icing and serving. Baked cake can be frozen up to 3 months. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature (if desired) before icing and serving.
  2. Special Tools: KitchenAid Hand Mixer | Glass Mixing Bowls | Wire Whisk | Bundt Pan
  3. Spices: Instead of the 1/2 teaspoon of ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice– you can use 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice. (Still add the 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.)
  4. Oil: Instead of 1 cup of oil, try 1/2 cup (90g) unsweetened applesauce and 1/2 (120ml) cup oil. The cake is just as moist.
  5. Pumpkin: I strongly recommend using canned pumpkin puree over homemade in this recipe, though 2 cups of homemade would work just fine. I found the flavor better with canned. I prefer Libby’s brand for this cake.
slice of pumpkin bundt cake on a cream plate

96 Comments

  1. Which do you prefer the light or dark brown sugar for this pumpkin chocolate bundt cake?

    1. Either are great! The dark brown sugar yield a slightly darker cake with a slightly deeper brown sugar/molasses background flavor.

  2. I made this for my son’s birthday and everyone thought it was store bought. The cake has a wonderful flavor and is super moist. We made caramel to put on top and cool whip. Delicious for Fall. Thank you for posting this wonderful recipe.

  3. In case it’s helpful, I baked this recipe in a 9×13 and 8×8 pan (both) for 40 min at 350 degrees.

  4. Hi Sally!
    I would like to make this into loaf pans to give away to people… any idea on how many one recipe will make and baking instructions?
    Thank you,
    Viviana

    1. Hi Viviana! You’ll likely have 2 loafs from this recipe. Follow the same instructions as my pumpkin bread: https://sallysbakingaddiction.com/pumpkin-chocolate-chip-bread/

  5. I came across this recipe and was automatically intrigued even though I wasn’t really sure if pumpkin was “my thing” (the only thing I have ever had with pumpkin is pumpkin pie made by one specific family member and it always tastes terrible). But because it’s a Sally recipe and every single thing I have tried from Sally, which are a lot, have been absolutely delicious I decided to give it a shot and made it for our fall baking day. Oh my God! So glad I did!!! My mom, sister, and I all loved it! Easy, quick, Super moist and full of flavor. My son and I have been eating it for breakfast so I didn’t add the caramel and it is still amazing!! If I was to make it for dessert, I will for sure add it. Thanks Sally!

    1. Isn’t it awesome!!!?? Seriously one of the best Bundt cakes I’ve ever made, especially with the caramel on top. So glad you tried it!

  6. I made this for my birthday cake and LOVED it! Pumpkin is my love language, lol! Some people think it’s weird that I make my own birthday cake, but I love to bake! Delicious cake- the perfect texture, not too dense and not too light!

  7. I made this cake for Thanksgiving, and it turned out great! The hardest part is waiting for it to cool. I topped it with salted caramel, and it complemented it perfectly.

  8. This recipe was amazing! Thanks for sharing. I made it with 1/3 white whole wheat flour and it was yummy! No one could taste the difference. I will try to make it next time with 1/2 white whole wheat and 1/2 white flour. I used chocolate instead of a caramel topping. Thanks for sharing! Chocolate and pumpkin are an amazing pair!

  9. Hi! Want to make this today because I got two smaller bundt pans yesterday!! I only have Heath Toffee Bits. What do you think of those in the pumpkin bundt?? Weird flavors or okay??
    Thanks as usual!

    1. Toffee flavor with pumpkin – DELISH!! I say go for it and enjoy!

  10. Hi! Would you be able to use coconut oil instead of a traditional vegetable oil?

    1. Yes, melted coconut oil works! Enjoy!

      1. I used Olive oil and turned out so well!

      2. I made this last night and glazed it this morning and of course it was breakfast, rated it 5 stars.
        I used coconut oil and omitted the chips- texture is perfect but we think it’s a moist spice cake that happens to use pumpkin. I will try your other pumpkin recipes too. Thanks

  11. 2 hours cooling in the pan? Is this ABSOLUTELY necessary?

    1. This cake is pretty fragile right out of the oven and may break if removed from the pan too quickly. You can certainly try to shorten the time and see what happens!

  12. Just made this and forgot the chocolate chips! Sprinkled top with sugar and cinnamon then cinnamon butter on a slice, it is delicious

  13. I made this this morning. Being the dingbat that I am, I measured, mixed, whisked everything according to the directions, got it in my bundt pan. Gosh, Sally isn’t kidding this is thick. Weird looking too. Huh. Oh well, into the oven it went. I’m making the (un)salted caramel sauce to top it with, cake has been in the oven about, oh, 3 minutes, I glance at the butter, eggs and heavy cream on the counter, oh man! Crap! Take cake out, crack eggs into a bowl, dump batter into the bowl, wash my bundt pan and regrease it, pour the batter back in. Looks a lot more like cake batter now! What a doofus I am…lol! I’m not new to this, really I’m not! Ha The cake is absolutely delicious, we each ate a slice while still somewhat warm, topped with the amazing caramel sauce! This is an absolute keeper! Thank you, Sally, for another amazing recipe!!!

    1. Delicious cake! I’ve made it twice…once with the chocolate chips, once without. I only use cinnamon — I don’t love the other “fall spices.” Both times I’ve only let it cool in the pan for 10 minutes — and it came out perfectly. (I do spray my nonstick bundt pan with a pretty good dose of baking spray.) Then I let it cool on the counter for a long time.

  14. Can I substitute the pumpkin puree for carrot? I am in the UK and I can’t find pumpkin puree anywhere

    J

    1. Hi Jeff, I recommend my carrot cake recipe instead.

  15. Daphne Morgan says:

    Made this gorgeous cake for our monthly Community Cafè. The salted caramel complimented the cake extremely well.
    A very easy recipe to follow, metric conversion much appreciated. It just took an extra 20 minutes to bake than recipe stated, I wonder if this was because I used a silicone mould instead of a metal one?
    Most definitely worth making again.

  16. OMG Sally this so delicious and moist. Not too pumpkiny but skipped the chocolate. I made a flan cake and used a bain marie. My question is can you bake a bundt cake this way? I’ll tag you on IG when I post the pic! Thank you so much!

  17. Hi Sally,

    Can I sub the chocolate chips for chopped walnuts?

    Thanks

    1. Yes, definitely!

  18. I weighed everything out and skipped the chocolate chips. I was intimated with all of the sugar being poured in, but the bundt cake came out perfectly and tasted amazing. Moist, not too sweet, full of the pumpkin and warm spice flavor.

  19. Hello! So I know the recommendation is canned pumpkin, but I have A LOT of left over pumpkin puree after prepping the pumpkin chocolate chip cookies for Thursday and want to use it up. I am not the biggest fan of pumpkin flavor, so I think I am going to prefer the more subtle taste anyway … but, my question … would I blot the pumpkin puree as I did in the cookies??? Thanks!!!

    PS: I have the pumpkin chocolate chip cookie dough, maple brown sugar cookie dough, and 3 pie crusts in the refrigerator just waiting to be baked …. the anticipation is killing me!!! I have made all these things before so I know they are AMAZING, I am just excited to share them all with family and friends!!!!

    1. Hi Rachel! Thank you so much for trusting and baking my recipes. Means the world to me! Do not blot the pumpkin for this pumpkin Bundt cake– you want all that moisture in there!

  20. I made it with Cup4Cup gf flour and no other changes. It came out perfect.

  21. I tried this recipe again, but this time I subbed half the oil with applesauce. Everything was weighed out and it tried out great! Basically the same bundt cake with less calories.

    If I were to sub all of the oil, would I just double the amount of applesauce from 90g to 180 g?

  22. Hi Sally! I made this last night and I will tell you it is Kid Tested and APPROVED! I made it without the chocolate chips and substituted the 1 cup of Oil for 1 cup of melted butter, and topped it off with a Bourbon Vanilla Glaze (non-alcoholic!!) It came out wonderfully moist and the spices were awesome! Thanks for a great cake!! Will be making this again and again for sure!

  23. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Can I substitute baking soda for baking power? And how much?

  24. Just made this. So simple and so delicious. LOVE IT! Fall is coming

  25. sylvie tremblay says:

    Wow, this cake is so good, Moist it doesn’t need sauce over it , this is the one I will do from now on ..

  26. Laura Chandler says:

    I’m assuming I can make this into mini bundts… do you see any reason that wouldn’t work, or do you have another recipe to suggest for making them minis?

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Yes, mini Bundt pans should work! I’m unsure of the exact bake time needed.

  27. Easy and delicious and amazing! Somehow I forgot to add the vanilla extract but it was fabulous without it. So very moist and full of pumpkin-y spice flavors! I only had to bake it for 58 minutes or so. Any longer and it would have dried out. I passed on the chocolate chips and made a simple glaze topping instead. I will absolutely be making this again, with ALL the variations 🙂

  28. Liliane Allen says:

    I made this cake using a gluten free 1 to1 flour. It was absolutely perfect. I shared it with our neighbors and none could tell it was gluten free. I love the brunt butter drizzle with it. We’ve made it 4 times!! I love it as a morning snack with my green tea!

  29. Carolyn Walden says:

    Good morning, if I wanted to add pecans, what is your recommendation for the amount? Thank you!

    1. Hi Carolyn, you can add 1 cup of chopped pecans.

  30. Carolyn Walden says:

    Hi Sally! Just curious…did you use light or dark brown sugar in your testing? I am on the fence and know both will work but….well you know the crazy minds of us crazy bakers and are major decisions in life! LOL! Have a great day!

    1. Stephanie @ Sally's Baking Addiction says:

      Hi Carolyn, The above pictured cake was made with light brown sugar but either are great! The dark brown sugar yields a slightly darker cake with a slightly deeper brown sugar/molasses background flavor.

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