Pumpkin Carrot Bundt Cake has the all year around appeal and favorite flavors of a carrot cake with the added bonus of a creamy cheesecake layer, accentuated by the fall flavors of pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice syrup. All those delicious flavors in the dramatic form of a bundt cake with cream cheese drizzle running down the spiral sides.
Hello my friends. This week’s recipe is inspired by Geoffrey’s favorite dessert which is carrot cake. He is crazy for this dessert and he actually has a tally in his phone rating each carrot cake that he has tried, and where he tried it, as he searches for the very best carrot cake. For this fall season I wanted to make his favorite cake, but for this recipe I also was looking to include spices from the autumn season. So, I came across a recipe from the food blogger Jo-Anna at her blog called a Pretty Life. She has a beautiful carrot pumpkin bundt cake, which she adapted from the book Looneyspoons.
I picked that recipe because knowing Geoffrey, he would love this Pumpkin Carrot Bundt Cake recipe with the cheesecake filling. I tried to keep the recipe similar to the original but of course I made some modifications. For example for the drizzle I substituted buttermilk for cream and butter, as well as added Pumpkin Spice Syrup for an additional taste of fall spices. Also, I wanted the color of the drizzle to be in the beige/cream tone. Ohh.. I almost forgot to mention that I also used Pure Cottonseed Oil for two reasons. First because I already have a jar of this oil open and second, because I didn’t have vegetable oil in my pantry. In this house we don’t leave any half unused jars sitting in the refrigerator. We always find a way to use what we have even if we need to create a new recipe. That’s how we also help our friends and clients – by making sure ‘no jars get left behind’ – and how we became known as ‘your recipe concierge’.
Another reason why I want to make a Bundt cake is that throughout this year, I have been buying so many cake molds in different shapes and sizes because I wanted to try them all. I now have so many that they are stacked up in the shoe closet because I ran out of room in all the other pantries. 🙂 So, I knew that the next cake I made had to use one of those cake molds. I find their shapes so intriguing, moody and dramatic…. and Geoffrey would kill me if they just sat there any longer without using at least one. Don’t believe me? Here’s a picture of them in our shoe closet. I’ll spare you looking at our shoes on the other shelves below.
My Photography Inspiration for this Pumpkin Carrot Bundt Cake
Honestly, I don’t yet have a signature food styling preference for my photographs. But, I’m leaning toward rustic elements, wooden boards, brown & dark tones, and the food must be bright and mouthwatering. I believe besides the beautiful pictures, the photos need to inspire you to go to the kitchen and start to cook or bake. I hope that I am at least accomplishing that part.
Of course, my main inspiration for this Pumpkin Carrot Bundt Cake was to make Geoffrey’s favorite dessert. But other elements inspired me as well like the fall season, and the sexy shape and golden color from the Heritage Bundt Pan. Lately, Instagram has been an excellent source of inspiration for me through the different food bloggers and food photographers that I follow there. If you want to see who I follow, follow us on Instagram and see.
For this Pumpkin Carrot Bundt Cake recipe, I was inspired to re-create an old bodega or food market in the middle of nowhere in the 1940’s. I think I did pretty well with the final result. What do you think?
Inside the Pumpkin Carrot Bundt Cake
Now, let’s talk about this Pumpkin Carrot Bundt Cake because this cake tastes pretty damn good!! This bundt cake has all the great flavors of a traditional carrot cake like coconut flakes, walnuts, raisins and aromatic spices. The pumpkin puree adds the memorable flavors of the fall season. Then, when you get to the center of the cake, you find a delicious cheesecake layer. Ohh.. and then the drizzle takes this cake over the top with the combination of cream cheese, pumpkin spice syrup, powdered sugar, and buttermilk. What else can you ask for in a perfect pumpkin carrot cake?
You may not know this but I have three official recipe testers; Geoffrey and two of my neighbors. My neighbor next door Jose sent me a text message after he tried this Pumpkin Carrot Bundt Cake saying: “Oh.. my goodness that cake was something else. It was like eating a cheesecake and carrot cake at the same time. So freaking delicious. The cake was everything!”
If this bundt cake inspired you, check out our other top favorite fall desserts & our readers’ favorite pumpkin recipes:
- Pumpkin Tiramisu Cake Recipe with Pumpkin Spice Mascarpone Cream
- Cherry Pumpkin Scones
- Roasted Pumpkin Bisque
- Pumpkin Hummus
- Pumpkin Coconut Panna Cotta with Pumpkin Spice Syrup
So now it’s up to you to tell me what you think about this special Pumpkin Carrot Bundt Cake. It’s easy to make and even easier to eat! Leave me a comment below.
Happy November! Happy Thanksgiving! Happy Pumpkin Seasons!
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- Pumpkin Tiramisu Cake with Pumpkin Spice Mascarpone Cream
- Pecan Pie Bundt Cake
- Lingonberry Cake
- Lingonberry Hazelnut Coffee Cake
- Hazelnut Citrus Torte
- Persian Almond Cardamom Pistachio Cake
- Death by Chocolate Cake
Pumpkin Carrot Bundt Cake with Cream Cheese Filling
Just imagine the combination of a moist carrot cake, pumpkin puree, and a layer of cheesecake all in the form of a bundt cake for a dramatic effect. And as if that isn’t enough, this Pumpkin Carrot Bundt Cake has a cream cheese pumpkin spice drizzle all over the top.
Carrot Pumpkin Bundt Cake:
- 1 3/4 cups flour
- 1 TableSpoon cinnamon
- 2 teaSpoons baking soda
- 1 teaSpoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaSpoon nutmeg
- 1/2 teaSpoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaSpoon salt
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 cup lightly packed brown sugar
- 3/4 cup buttermilk
- 1/4 cup Pure Cottonseed Oil, or vegetable oil
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaSpoon vanilla bean paste
- 2 cups finely grated carrots
- 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
- 1/2 cup walnuts, finely chopped
- 1/2 cup raisins. I use more because we love raisins
- 12 ounces (1.5 packages) cream cheese at room temperature
- 1/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1 large egg, at room temperature
- 1 teaSpoon pure vanilla bean paste
Cream Cheese Drizzle:
- 8 ounces (1 package) of cream cheese at room temperature
- 5 TableSpoons buttermilk
- 1/4 cup + 3 TableSpoons Pumpkin Spice Syrup
- 1 cup powdered sugar
Carrot Pumpkin Bundt Cake:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- Prepare a bundt cake mold by greasing and dusting it with flour. This cake is very moist so you need to do this step!
- In a bowl combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, nutmeg, ginger and salt. Set aside.
- In a mixer, combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, buttermilk, Pure Cottonseed Oil, eggs and vanilla. Mix well.
- Add the dry ingredients slowly to the wet mixture, and gently combine.
- Stir in the carrots, coconut, nuts, and raisins.
- Pour half the cake batter into the prepared bundt pan
In a medium bowl using a hand-held or stand mixer equipped with whisk attachment, beat the cream cheese for 1 minute on medium speed until completely smooth and creamy. Add the sugar, egg, and vanilla. Beat on high speed until completely combined.
- Spread the cheesecake mixture in an even layer on top of the cake batter. It’s thick so do your best.
- Pour the remaining cake batter on top.
- Bake for 1 hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. NOTE: Ovens vary and this is a moist cake. Don’t be discouraged if your cake takes longer than 1 hour. It’s done when the toothpick comes out clean.
- Cool the cake in the pan for at least 15 minutes before turning it out onto a cooling rack.
Cream Cheese Drizzle
- Beat together the cream cheese until it is smooth. Add in the buttermilk and Pumpkin Spice Syrup, and mix until smooth. Slowly add the powdered sugar, and mix until smooth.
- Drizzle the icing all over the cake. You can be creative where you want to icing to be
Vitamin A 44%, Vitamin C 6%, Calcium 19%, Iron 25%, Vitamin B12 17%, Vitamin E 4%, Vitamin K 20%
Courses Dessert, Holidays
Serving Size 12
Amount Per Serving
% Daily Value
Total Fat 19.5 g
Cholesterol 74.3 mg
Sodium 486.6 mg
Total Carbohydrates 67.8 g
Dietary Fiber 3.3 g
Sugars 49.6 g
Protein 5.7 g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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