A homemade pumpkin bundt cake filled with cream cheese and topped with an easy vanilla glaze. This Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bundt Cake is a perfect dessert for fall!
Bundt cakes are one dessert that I love to make because they always turn out so beautiful. There’s absolutely no need to have any cake decorating skills, you can top them with a simple glaze and they always turn out impressive.
This Pumpkin Bundt Cake may just take the cake (no pun intended) because it’s filled with a delicious cream cheese filling. It’s like the best of both worlds, cake + cheesecake.
And since this bundt cake is best served cold, because of the cream cheese layer, it’s a perfect dessert to make ahead of time. In fact, I think this cake tastes even better the next day!
To make this cake I worked off of my pumpkin cream cheese crumb cake recipe that I posted back in 2015. That’s still one of my favorite pumpkin recipes to date because, well, pumpkin. I doubled the pumpkin cake recipe with a few small tweaks to ensure that there was enough batter for this bundt cake and it worked out perfectly.
Let me just start by saying that the ingredient list may seem long for this recipe, but I assure you it’s not too difficult. You’ll be using all-purpose flour (just be sure to spoon & level your flour), baking powder, baking soda, several different spices, and some salt.
When it comes to the spices in this pumpkin cake, I prefer to use a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. I’ve tested this cake with store-bought pumpkin pie spice and while it tastes good, the flavor is better with the ratio of spices listed in the recipe. I’m actually posting a homemade pumpkin pie spice recipe soon as I think it tastes much better than the store-bought versions and it’s easy to make your own too.
For the wet ingredients, you’ll be using some oil, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract. When it comes to the pumpkin puree, just make sure to use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin puree is just pureed pumpkin (makes sense, right?) and the only ingredient listed on the back of the can will be pumpkin. Pumpkin pie filling is actually pumpkin puree that’s been sweetened with spices added to it, so just be sure to use the correct one.
I also love to use a mix of brown sugar and granulated sugar in this cake versus just granulated sugar. Brown sugar adds some extra flavor and moisture to this cake that I really love.
And then comes the cream cheese layer that’s right in the middle of this cake. It’s just a simple mixture of cream cheese, sugar, vanilla, and an egg. Once the cake cools and is refrigerated it’s like a layer of cheesecake inside the pumpkin bundt cake. Pure heaven. I actually prefer to make the cream cheese layer first, then prepare the bundt cake so I can just layer everything and pop it into the oven.
Once the cake has cooled, you can top it with a simple vanilla glaze. The glaze is completely optional and you can just leave it off if you don’t prefer the extra step.
Baking Tips for Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
- Make sure your cream cheese and egg are at room temperature before getting started. This will ensure a much smoother layer of cream cheese in your bundt cake.
- When measuring your flour, avoid scooping it out of the container with your measuring cup. It’s best to stir the flour around, spoon it into the measuring cup, and level it off with the back of a knife.
- Be sure to use pumpkin puree in this recipe and not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin puree will just have pumpkin listed as the only ingredient on the back of the can.
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bundt Cake
For the cream cheese filling:
- 1 (8-ounce) package brick-style cream cheese, softened to room temperature
- 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
- 1 large egg room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
For the pumpkin bundt cake:
- 3 cups (375 grams) all-purpose flour, spooned and leveled
- 1 and 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (240 ml) canola or vegetable oil
- 1 (15-ounce) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- 1 cup (200 grams) brown sugar
- 3/4 cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
- 4 large eggs room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
For the vanilla glaze:
- 1 cup (120 grams) powdered sugar
- 1-2 tablespoons (15-30 ml) milk use more as needed
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 10-inch bundt pan with nonstick cooking spray or grease with butter and dust with flour. Set aside.
To make the cream cheese filling:
- In a mixing bowl using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese, granulated sugar, and vanilla extract for about 1-2 minutes or until smooth. Add in the egg and mix on low speed until just combined, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl as needed. Set aside.
To make the pumpkin bundt cake:
- In a large mixing bowl whisk together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, baking powder, baking soda, and salt until well combined. Set aside.
- In a separate large mixing bowl, whisk together the oil, pumpkin puree, brown sugar, granulated sugar, eggs, and vanilla extract until fully combined. Combine the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.
- Pour half of the batter into the prepared bundt pan, carefully pour the cream cheese filling on top of the batter, then pour the other half of the batter on top of the cream cheese layer and smooth it out.
- Bake at 350°F for 60-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean. Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack for 25-30 minutes, then invert the cake onto a wire rack, remove it from the pan, and allow to cool completely.
To make the glaze:
- Add the powdered sugar, vanilla extract, and milk to a small mixing bowl and whisk until well combined. If the glaze is too thick, add a little more milk. If the glaze is too thin, add a little more powdered sugar. Pour onto the cool pumpkin bundt cake and allow to sit for 10-15 minutes to harden.
P.S. If you want to make a smaller cake, you can use my recipe for this Pumpkin Cream Cheese Crumb Cake and omit the crumb topping.