Pumpkin Pound Cake With Maple Pecan Glaze

Pumpkin Pound Cake With Maple Pecan Glaze
Pumpkin Pound Cake With Maple Pecan Glaze. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 75 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: 12 to 16 servings
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Serve this great tasting pumpkin pound cake with the included maple pecan glaze or simply dust it with powdered sugar. I've also included instructions for an uncooked maple glaze in the tips and variations. It's a great cake for Halloween or any other fall or winter holiday gathering. Also, feel free to leave the pecans out; it's delicious with or without the nuts.

This is a popular cake, and a Bundt cake pan makes it an easy cake to mix and bake. It's very moist and the maple glaze adds amazing flavor.

What You'll Need

  • For the Cake:
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon (ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg (ground)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger (ground)
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves (ground, or allspice)
  • 8 ounces butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 can pumpkin (15 ounces, solid pack)
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • For the Maple-Pecan Glaze:
  • 4 tablespoons butter (unsalted)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • Optional: 3 tablespoons pecans (pieces, or finely chopped pecans)

How to Make It

  1. Preheat the oven to 325. Grease and flour a 12-cup Bundt cake pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, soda, salt, and spices; set aside.
  3. In mixing bowl with an electric mixer, cream the butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla.
  4. Slowly beat the dry ingredients into the batter. Continue beating on medium speed until the batter is smooth and well blended. Spoon the cake batter into the prepared Bundt pan and bake for 55 to 60 minutes, or until a wooden toothpick or cake tester comes out clean when inserted in center.
  1. Cool for 15 minutes in the pan on a rack; invert onto a serving plate to cool completely. Glaze with the Maple Pecan Glaze or dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Maple Glaze

In a small saucepan, combine the butter, maple syrup, and cream; bring to a boil. Continue to boil for 1 minute. Remove from heat and sift the confectioners' sugar into the hot mixture. Whisk until smooth. Let cool for about 15 to 20 minutes, until slightly thickened. Stir in the finely chopped pecans, if using. Drizzle over the cooled cake.

Tips and Variations

  • For a tall cake like this, it's a good idea to have longer wooden picks on hand. Consider buying some wooden skewers to test deep Bundt or tube cakes.
  • Uncooked Maple Glaze - Combine 1 cup of confectioners' sugar with 1 tablespoon of soft butter, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla, and 1/4 cup of pure maple syrup. Blend well and add more confectioners' sugar, if necessary. If desired, add a dash of cinnamon to the glaze. Drizzle over the cooled cake.

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Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
Calories 307
Total Fat 18 g
Saturated Fat 10 g
Unsaturated Fat 6 g
Cholesterol 95 mg
Sodium 256 mg
Carbohydrates 36 g
Dietary Fiber 1 g
Protein 3 g
(The nutrition information on our recipes is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate. Individual results may vary.)