Spiced Bundt Cake with Orange Butter

shared-sugar-spiced-bundt-cake-3Sometimes the simplest things in life are the best. I received this recipe from a friend of my mom’s. The word on the street was that this bundt cake was devoured within hours of it being prepared but when I read the recipe I was not convinced. It seemed so basic.

shared-sugar-spiced-bundt-cake-2 By request of my mom, I made it for a family gathering. I was nervous about the outcome but didn’t taste it before sharing it with my family as to not ruin the beautiful shape of the cake. Little did I know, I had nothing to worry about.

shared-sugar-spiced-bundt-cake-1 I served it warm so the Orange Butter would melt into the cake. It was love at first bite. Unbelievable. It was so delicious. I wanted to have it for every meal. This is a great example of how the right combination of ingredients can still steal the show. This recipe will be in my baking archive for decades. Can’t beat simple pleasures like this.

    Spiced Bundt Cake with Orange Butter

    adapted from Kim’s recipe, friend of my mom
    serves 12-15

  • Ingredients

  • bundt cake
  • 3-1/2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 can pumpkin puree (16 ounces)
  • 1-1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • powdered sugar, for dusting
  • orange butter
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • zest of one orange
  • 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate, at room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups powdered sugar
  • Directions

  • make the bundt cake

    Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Butter and flour the bundt pan. In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients, and fill the well with the remaining ingredients. Using a whisk, mix thoroughly. Pour the batter into the bundt pan and bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Use a toothpick to check if the cake is done. Try and remove the cake from the oven right before the toothpick comes out clean. The top of the cake should be golden brown. Let the cake cool slightly. Then turn the cake out onto a serving plate and dust with powdered sugar.

    make the orange butter

    Using a mixer, beat the butter and orange zest until smooth. Then add the orange juice concentrate and beat until combined. Add the powdered sugar in increments and beat until smooth. Add more or less powdered sugar to taste. Serve in a bowl to spread on warm bundt cake.

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  1. Posted March 10, 2011 at 9:45 pm | Permalink

    Oh my goodness! This looks AND sounds delicious. If I ever needed an excuse to buy a bundt pan, this is it.

  2. debbie
    Posted March 11, 2011 at 10:20 am | Permalink

    This sounds really good. I have a whole set of mini bundt pans. I may try it in them.

  3. Yvonne
    Posted March 13, 2011 at 5:38 am | Permalink

    Hi, this looks amazing! I really want to try it, but pumpkin puree isn’t really available where I am in Ireland. Do you think that grated carrot might work as a replacement? Or mashed banana?

  4. Posted March 14, 2011 at 12:27 am | Permalink

    This really does sound like a great cake with lots of spice, just how I like it. Your cake looks beautiful. I have a sweet treat linky party going on at my blog and I’d like to invite you to stop by and link your cake up. http://sweet-as-sugar-cookies.blogspot.com/2011/03/sweets-for-saturday-8.html

  5. Posted March 14, 2011 at 10:04 pm | Permalink

    Hi Yvonne, thanks for your note! I am not sure if either of those would work but it sure is possible. The banana sounds like the best bet to me.

  6. Posted March 23, 2011 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    I just posted 3 pumpkin recipes in March – not just because the weather has been gloomy but, also, because I found a lonely can of pumpkin in the pantry. I only wish I had another can to make this luscious-looking cake. Think I might have to buy a can before Fall rolls around! Thank you for sharing.

  7. Posted March 25, 2011 at 10:25 am | Permalink

    The orange butter really sounds like it takes this cake over the top – in a good way. Yummmmm.

  8. Posted March 28, 2011 at 11:33 am | Permalink

    This looks so delicious! Sounds like a great recipe and the photos are lovely.

  9. jennifer
    Posted April 26, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    I made this for Easter, everyone LOVED it! The amount of spice is just perfect, it doesn’t overwhelm the cake and the orange butter is SO refreshing and delcious! I had to stop myself from eating a spoonful of it! Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  10. Sara
    Posted October 19, 2012 at 7:28 pm | Permalink

    This cake…soooo good! The orange butter spread with this beautiful bundt is fantastic!

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