Rum Glazed Pumpkin Bundt Cake #BundtaMonth

10.03.2012



As we get into October, things are turning many shades of orange and that includes our bundt cake group. Last month it was zucchini, which resulted in a very tasty zucchini raisin cake with cinnamon streusel. This month is, of course, pumpkin. 
So a pumpkin bundt cake with rum glaze is what I baked for Bundt A Month, the group created by the Baker and the Duchess.


I like bundts that are medium tall or just plain tall. There´s no such thing as a low-rise bundt cake for me. If you want a low cake go bake a sheet cake. My first attempt was a completely different cake. Pumpkin and orange too but without spices. It came out of the oven a beautiful bright orange and tasted so good. But it was a sad excuse for a bundt. Didn´t come even halfway up the sides of the pan. It was a tough decision, based mainly on my interest in baking another one. You know how it is. The cake is baked, it is the right flavor, and has a beautiful color. If  I could only make it grow a bit more and then take a picture to make it look even taller. Well, if I had done that we wouldn´t be having this conversation. So after deciding to make it again some other time using a completely different pan, I ended up baking a pretty traditional pumpkin bundt cake.


This time I used only cinnamon. I want to explore a bit this pumpkin flavor, and the traditional spices tend to even things a lot. Like they all end up tasting pretty much the same. The pumpkin together with the cinnamon taste like, well, like they should. Nice and comfortable, like an old sweater. The addition of orange and then rum in the glaze makes for a wonderfully tasty cake. Any liqueur when mixed with powdered sugar makes a bit crackly, glassy glaze. I love that.


HARVEST PUMPKIN CAKE
barely adapted from Kiss My Bundt, by Christa Wilson

Ingredients
3 cups flour
1 Tbs baking powder
1 Tbs baking soda
1 Tbs cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
4 eggs, room tº
1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup light brown sugar, packed
15- 16oz pumpkin puree
1 cup vegetable oil
Zest of 1 orange

Rum glaze, see below

Directions
Preheat oven to 350º. Butter a large bundt cake pan.
In a bowl sift together flour, baking powder, soda, pie spice and salt.
In a large bowl beat eggs 3 minutes, until frothy. Add both sugars and beat 1 or 2 minutes, until thick.
Add pumpkin puree and mix. Gradually add oil and zest and beat until well incorporated.
Add flour mixture in two addition beating only until well mixed.
Pour into prepared pan and bake about 40 minutes, or until a tester comes out clean.
Let cool a few minutes in the pan, invert onto a wire rack and cool completely.
Glaze and decorate with some orange zest if desired.

For rum glaze: Mix 1 cup powdered sugar with a few (1 or 2) Tbs rum. Pour on top of the cake and let it run to the sides.
  

18 comments:

  1. Wow! Your bundt looks so perfect!! That icing on top looks flawless. It looks almost too pretty to eat... Almost ;)

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  2. Such perfection, Paula! Your bundt looks absolutely stunning. I always feel icing a bundt can be a pain but you have done such a fabulous job here. Glad you could bake with us today. :)

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  3. What a gorgeous Bundt! I like your minimalist approach to the spices so the flavor of pumpkin can shine through. I just picked up that book recently, but have yet to dive in. Judging from this I will definitely do so soon!

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  4. That looks absolutely delicious. And I love the idea of the rum icing, it should add some nice spice complexities!

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  5. Your photos are gorgeous, Paula. Really pretty lighting and such a beautiful bundt cake. Thank you for baking with us again for #BundtaMonth:)

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  6. That is one tall cake! And very very pretty!

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  7. That's a gorgeous cake. And I love the shot of the slice with the cake. I hate photographing sad, lonely bundt cake slices--I might borrow this trick the next time around.

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  8. the cake looks so good..I am going to have to make it soon!

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  9. Such a glamorous and impressive dessert. Would be a great swap for pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving!

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  10. Paula, one beautiful colored Bundt cake - it has this fantastic warm hue from the pumpkin and the dripping glaze makes me want a piece right now - right away with my cup of earl grey. Fantastic fall cake!

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  11. What a beautiful looking cake my friend, glazed perfectly :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. I am really craving for bundt cake after having a look at this lovely cake that you have made.. And the rum glaze sounds like a perfect finishing touch :)

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  13. Perfect looking bundt! And I am so stealing that rum glaze recipe. How festive for the holiday season.

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  14. Oh, boy, does this look outstanding! I love the touch of orange :)

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  15. Gorgeous bundt, I love the rum glaze!

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  16. Frosting, and glazes are my weakness! So I am pretty much in love with that glaze, and want a slice now:-) Love your addition of rum, delicious:-) Hugs, Terra

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  17. This is a perfect example of bundt cake with frosting and glaze. It looks so delicious and perfect for any occasion. I really impressed with this blog that is very informative and well managed. Great job. Thanks for share this helpful share.

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