Pumpkin Spice Bundt with Buttermilk Icing - Day #1 of I Like Big Bundts

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Buttermilk Icing - I Like Big Bundts
Bundt #1

I Like Big Bundts Logo by JustJenn Designs
As we begin Day 1 of I Like Big Bundts: 30 Days of Bundt Cakes, let me point out why the Bundt pan rocks my world. Here are just a few reasons:

1. Cake : Frosting ratio
I love cake. I don't like frosting. Thus, the Bundt has the perfect ratio of cake to frosting.

2. "Divide batter between cake pans" and "Rotate pans" doesn't exist
I'm horrible at getting equal quantities of cake batter in those 9" round pans. I bring out the scale and do it by weight...but who has the time for that at 4:30 am? With the Bundt, you just pop the batter into the pan, smooth out the top and you are ready to go. And no rotating...it just goes in the center of the oven. Yes, the Bundt puts the Ahhhh in Awesome.

3. You can pass it off as a breakfast food
You know how people think Pop Tarts are breakfast foods? (yes, this breaks the hearts of nutritionists, but work with me here as I build upon that fallacy). With a Bundt cake, people associate it with a coffee cake (obviously a breakfast food...it has the word Coffee in it!) and other tea cakes. So have a bite 24/7...it's okay.

I can go on and on. And I will during the next 29 days, so I have to save some of them for later!

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Buttermilk Icing - I Like Big Bundts
So, let's get to the inaugural Bundt!

This recipe is from the (weep) recently departed Gourmet magazine (November 2005 issue).

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Buttermilk Icing - I Like Big Bundts
Super easy to pull together, this recipe uses canned pumpkin (have you secured your stash during this pumpkin shortage?), butter, buttermilk (as the name implies!) and the spices are cinnamon and allspice (if you are a Tuesdays with Dorie baker, you should have some left from the recent Allspice Muffin!)

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Buttermilk Icing - I Like Big Bundts
The result is a really soft and moist cake. It got thumbs up at the library and I hope you enjoy it as well.

Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Buttermilk Icing - I Like Big Bundts
The icing is light (buttermilk and powdered sugar) and provides a nice bit of sweetness, but it can be skipped if you want. A quick dust of powdered sugar would suffice as well.

Remember, come back every day from now til National Bundt Day, November 15th for another Bundt! - mary the food librarian

Pumpkin Spice Bundt with Buttermilk Icing
from Epicurious (Gourmet, November 2005)

Thanks to my friend JustJenn of JustJennDesigns (check out her great stationery!) for making the logo!
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Mary Ann said... [Reply to comment]

Wow~what an awesome thing! 30 days of bundts? really? that is great.
I might have to whip this up right now. It looks so delicious and autumn-y. Yum.
Can't wait to see what else you are bringing-I am in love with this idea!

Megan said... [Reply to comment]

I'm still mourning the loss of Gourmet - but perhaps a slice of that cake will make it better?

Karen said... [Reply to comment]

Mmmm! A whole month of bundt cake. Wicked! I made a similar pumpkin spice bundt cake for Canadian Thanksgiving last weekend and it was delicious. Although, my icing didn't turn out anywhere near as nice as yours. I'll be trying this icing recipe at Halloween when I make the cake again.

And you're right about it acting as breakfast food. My cake was so dense and delicious it could have been a loaf :)

Can't wait to see what you'll post next!

Maria said... [Reply to comment]

What a fun event! I love all of your bundt cakes. I might make this one today. Thanks!

Mary Ann said... [Reply to comment]

I just popped this in the oven. When I saw you said it was suitable breakfast food, I couldn't resist. Smells delicious already!

Snooky doodle said... [Reply to comment]

oh this looks really good! I've just posted a pumpkin bundt cake recipe too here's the link :)

Natalie said... [Reply to comment]

umm.. this is the best title for a blog series ever!

2.46% said... [Reply to comment]

The best part about fall is pumpkin everything! I am so going to make this tomorrow!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

What a fabulous idea - you cracked me up with your title! That pumpkin bundt is one I'd like to try to commemorate the final issue of Gourmet. Now marking National Bundt Day on my calendar...

Esi said... [Reply to comment]

I like big bundts too! So excited to see all the bundts you're baking up.

Barbara Bakes said... [Reply to comment]

I love love love the bundt cake too! I agree with all your reasons! Especially the frosting/cake ratio. I'm going to love visiting every day!

mike said... [Reply to comment]

It's like the 25 Days Of Holiday Cookies emails from Food Network! Terrific - looking forward to watching every day!

Jennifer said... [Reply to comment]

The theme alone made me laugh!

This cake looks delicious!!! Making it soon!

Rosa's Yummy Yums said... [Reply to comment]

Your cake is fabulous! Exactly the kind of recipe I love!



Audrie said... [Reply to comment]

I believe this is a contender for Thanksgiving dessert! My husband's bugging me to make it asap but he can wait :P Your 30 days is off to a great start!

oneordinaryday said... [Reply to comment]

Mmmm. Lovely!

Nancy/n.o.e said... [Reply to comment]

Way to celebrate a beloved baking form! I'm going to love this series - you've kicked it off with a great looking one. Pumpkin spice baked goods may beat chocolate ones for me. Yum!

Amy Kathryn said... [Reply to comment]

How wonderful! I love the bundt and can't believe I had no idea about National Bundt Day. Now to choose which pan will get a chance to shine...maybe I will have to get yet another one in celebration.

Melissa said... [Reply to comment]

I love bundts, too! I agree, much easier than dividing between pans, blah blah blah. Can't wait to see what's coming up. :)

Karly said... [Reply to comment]

Mm, that looks delicious! I don't have a bundt pan. I should remedy that immediately.

Damaris @Kitchen Corners said... [Reply to comment]

I like making flan in bundt pans. I love bundt pans too.

Nanette said... [Reply to comment]

That sounds (and looks) amazing! Strangely, I don't think I own a real bundt pan. Hmm...I must remedy that. And I must try that recipe!

Great job on the logo, JustJENN!

Katie said... [Reply to comment]

Great Bundt. And Pumpkin Bundts are one of my favorites. I made one that made it into their last contest. You are making me wish I could make it today!

Amanda said... [Reply to comment]

I love all your bundt cakes! I love seeing the different bundt pans you have too. The reasons above are great, especially like the breakfast reasoning LOL

Yudith said... [Reply to comment]

You know--I *love* bundt cake!! I always try to bake my cake in them ;-) I can't wait to see what you'll be making in the next 30 days!!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

I'm excited to see what you're going to be post for the next 29 days! This one looks amazing - I will definitely be giving it a shot!

Kerstin said... [Reply to comment]

I don't make bundt cakes nearly often enough. I should though, because this looks SO good!

Hennifer said... [Reply to comment]

This is so awesome. What a wonderful idea!

What is this about a pumpkin shortage? I just saw tons of it at my local grocery store.

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

Love it. I don't make bundt cakes often enough. I may actually get motivated to make one with your 30-day tribute.

Monica H said... [Reply to comment]

Your bundt looks just like the one on Epicurious' website.

I wish it were Nov, 15th already so i could see all our bundts at once.

Janssen said... [Reply to comment]

That looks DELICIOUS.

I love that bundts don't need to be frosted to look lovely. It's hard to frost a cake so it looks really really nice!

Pamela said... [Reply to comment]

You know that every time I come to your blog, I will be singing Sir Mix-A-Lot for the rest of my day, right? I love this idea and this cake looks wonderful. The frosting looks perfect. Can't wait to read all about the bundts!

Ingrid_3Bs said... [Reply to comment]

MMmmmm, what a great start to 30 days of bundt!


Eliana said... [Reply to comment]

This is similar to Martha Stewart's pumpkin cupcakes. I love how the spices pair with the pumpkin. Incredible flavor.

Bec said... [Reply to comment]

Ok, I tend to make a big mess of bundt cakes but this recipe will get me to try again. I'll let you know how it goes!

Di said... [Reply to comment]

Yum. One of my favorite bundts is pumpkin & ginger. I'll have to try this one and see how it compares. I love your reasons for liking bundt cakes, too. =)

eatme_delicious said... [Reply to comment]

Mmm this looks like the perfect bundt for me! I must admit that I've only read day 1 of 30 days of bundts (catching up on posts in google reader) and I already want to go and make a bundt!!

Jennie said... [Reply to comment]

I am loving the month of bundts! I can't wait to come online in the a.m. and see the new cake. :) I made this one the other night for friends and everyone loved it! It makes an excellent breakfast as well! Can't wait to see what else you have in your bundt arsenal.

Maryanna said... [Reply to comment]

I just made this for a friend. I left a little batter out to make 1 cupcake for me (so I could taste it), and it was really delicious. I'm enjoying looking at your bundts. :)

Madam Chow said... [Reply to comment]

I agree with all the reasons you gave! I've got one more: they look beautiful with minimal effort on the part of a decorating-averse baker!

Anonymous said... [Reply to comment]

I just made these (and blogged about it) for the SECOND time. Love it! I also did some in little loaves and they turned out great too. I'm all about using buttermilk for icing now. Cinnamon rolls will taste EVEN better! Loving the bundt posts!

Bec said... [Reply to comment]

I finally made this bundt! It was my first try with that Pam spray with flour and it worked beautifully. Enjoyed the cake very much!

Beth said... [Reply to comment]

I just made this bundt and posted about it on my blog-http://www.990square.com/2009/11/pumpkin-spice-bundt/.

I'm loving all the bundts--so many good ideas for Thanksgiving!

Anna said... [Reply to comment]

This Bundt cake experiment just rocks my world. Maybe you've mentioend it and I missed it, but do you have a favorite of the bunch? At least so far?

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