Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake

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Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake ~ A tender lightly spiced gingerbread cake iced with a thin sugar glaze ~ this delicious cake is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.


Not being into elaborate desserts has its perks…like bundt cake, for instance.  Since I don’t indulge in rich layer cakes or over-the-top treats very often, I feel more than entitled to enjoy the occasional bundt cake.  If it’s breakfast worthy, all the better.

There’s nothing more luxurious, if you ask me, than waking up to a seriously hot cup of strong coffee and a little slice of something like this glazed gingerbread bundt cake.

The cake itself has a fine crumb, and is a little more lightly spiced than some gingerbread, making it a good choice if you like your winter spices on the mild side.  The glaze forms a sweet, crackly crust, much like on a glazed doughnut.  It’s all very very good.

I had to pull myself away from shooting this pretty cake I order to take my obligatory taste test.  I always like to do that while my cakes are still warm from the oven.  That’s the nice thing about a simple glaze like this one, you can apply it while the cake is still hot.  Just give the cake 10 to 15 minutes to cool in the pan, and a few more after you turn it out.

TIP: I apply several light layers of  a simple sugar and water glaze with a pastry brush ~ the first layer sinks right into the warm cake, and the subsequent layers build on each other to form a nice sweet crust.

This cake isn’t too sweet, and not super rich, either.  If you like your cake a little sweeter you could definitely do a thicker drizzle.  As is, the cake is perfect for breakfast or a mid morning coffee break.  I actually had a Starbucks gingerbread loaf for  breakfast the day I made this cake, and I can tell you, categorically, this cake is way better.

One note ~ be sure to prep your bundt pan well, especially if it’s an intricate one, like mine.  I brushed mine with melted butter and then dusted it with flour.  My pan is from Nordic Ware, and I love it because the pans are heavy and cook evenly.  Mine is call STAINED GLASS.  Its intricate lines are good for light glazes like this one, or a dusting of powdered sugar or cocoa powder that will highlight the pattern.

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Gingerbread is a favorite of mine…the scent of that particular spice mix plus the molasses just screams the holidays to me.  if you love it too, you should try my GINGERBREAD CRUMBCAKE, or my GINGERBREAD FRENCH TOAST ~ they’re just two more excuses to eat gingerbread first thing in the morning ;)

tvfgi recommends: Nordic Ware Stained Glass Bundt Pan

My gorgeous gingerbread bundt cake is all about the pan.  This pretty 9 cup pan from Nordic Ware creates an intricate pattern on the surface of the cake that just begs to be glazed.  (It’s already become a fall and holiday tradition in our family.)  I like to gift this pan, too.


*Recipe adapted from Lovely Little Kitchen

Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake
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Category: dessert, snack, breakfast

Cuisine: American

Yield: serves 12

Serving Size: one slice

Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake, partially sliced

Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake ~ A tender lightly spiced gingerbread cake iced with a thin sugar glaze ~ this delicious cake is guaranteed to get you into the holiday spirit.


    pan prep
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • flour
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/4 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup half and half, buttermilk, or milk
  • 2 cups confectioner's sugar, sifted
  • about 5 Tbsp water


  1. Preheat the oven to 350F
  2. Prep your bundt pan by brushing with melted butter and then dusting with flour. Be sure to get in all the crevices.
  3. Whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and spices together in a bowl.
  4. Cream the butter and oil together with the sugar. Blend in the eggs and molasses.
  5. Add the dry ingredients alternating with the half and half, beginning and ending with the dry. Mix just until thoroughly combined, but don't over mix.
  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 40-45 minutes, or just until done in the can check with a toothpick.
  7. Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then gently loosen the edges and carefully invert onto a cooling rack.
  8. Whisk the confectoner's sugar with the water to form a smooth glaze. Paint the glaze onto the cake with a pastry brush. The first layer will sink right in. Brush on 2 more layers to build up the glaze. (This makes a little more glaze than you will probably need, but better to be safe than sorry.)

Make it your own ~

  • Make a thicker glaze using milk or cream for a sweeter cake.
  • Substitute maple syrup for the water in the glaze, then thin with water if necessary.


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  • Reply
    December 23, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Hi there
    Im dying to try this
    Can I use the Nordic ware Pine forest bundt pan or would it be too small?

    • Reply
      December 23, 2018 at 8:38 am

      I believe both pans have a 9 cup interior capacity Alejandra, so it should work.

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    Maura M
    December 2, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    This is a gorgeous cake! Is your pan a 9 cup bundt pan? I have both a 12 cup and a 9 cup. Thanks for the beautiful food!

    • Reply
      December 2, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      Mine is a 9 cup, Maura.

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    November 24, 2018 at 11:38 pm

    Hi Sue,
    Would this recipe work with your all purpose flour / oat flour combination? Or best to stick with the all purpose for this one?

    • Reply
      November 25, 2018 at 5:22 am

      I’m sure it would be really good with that blend, Kirsten :)

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    Carol Amos
    November 10, 2018 at 4:01 pm

    I want to make this cake but am wondering how sweet this cake is. 1 cup of sugar doesnt sound very sweet. Most cakes I make have at least 2 cups. I was wondering how much sweeter it would be to add another fcup of sugar.

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      November 11, 2018 at 6:37 am

      This is less sweet than a dessert cake, it’s more of a coffee cake. You could double up on the glaze for more sweetness. Not sure how an extra cup of sugar would affect the batter, you might try a smaller increase first.

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    October 7, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Do you have a recipe for gingerbread
    waffles?Or pancakes.

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    Jess D
    December 20, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Made this for a work event, it was a huge hit! I have a mini bundt pan that does 12 adorable little cakes and this recipe easily made 24, baked for about 15-18 minutes. I made the glaze with maple syrup and dipped the tops. Everyone loved them! I will admit I like a wicked strong gingerbread, so I doubled all of the spices. I’m planning to make another batch Friday and will probably try tripling or at least adding candied ginger for extra zing!

    • Reply
      December 20, 2017 at 7:18 am

      That sounds amazing Jess, I can just imagine all the little glazed bundts together, it must have looked stunning!

  • Reply
    December 13, 2017 at 5:47 am

    My daughter and I made this last night. We ate it warm with the glaze. It was DELICIOUS! I will definitely make it again. What a wonderful Christmas treat! Next time I’ll add a little less of the glaze. We tend to like things a little less sweet around here. Thank you for the wonderful recipe. I’m sure it will become a Christmas tradition at my house.

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    Laura | Tutti Dolci
    December 7, 2017 at 3:32 pm

    So gorgeous, I’m in need of a slice now with my afternoon coffee! :)

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    Lori Rice
    December 6, 2017 at 7:41 am

    This looks outstanding! Gingerbread of any kind of is all time favorite. Such a lovely cake.

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    December 4, 2017 at 9:55 pm

    Cake looks amazing! Just wondered if you could tell me the conversion from cups to grams or if you have the recipe in grams?
    Aldi is there an alternative to using molasses as do not have any

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      December 4, 2017 at 10:05 pm

      Hi Pippa! For the molasses, you can substitute two-thirds black treacle and one-third golden syrup. And here’s a pretty good site for conversions, Hope this helps, and hopefully I will have both weight and volume measurements in my recipes soon.

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    December 4, 2017 at 6:25 pm

    A day that starts with coffee and gingerbread cake is already a great day! haha This looks amazing but I don’t think it would even last till the next morning in my family table. We all love cake! This recipe looks delicious! Thank you for sharing.

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    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    December 4, 2017 at 3:28 pm

    So, so pretty! Love that glaze and of course, gingerbread is a favourite this time of year. Beautiful!

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    Toni B
    December 4, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    I’m new to your posts, and I subscribe to your emails. This could get me baking again. Already picked out a pan on Amazon.
    A request on your emails – can you put the name of the recipe in the subject line? It would make it so much easier to scan thru the emails (which I save in an email folder). Right now only some of the emails contain the recipe name; others just have a generic title that it’s a brand new recipe.

    • Reply
      December 4, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks Toni, I’m so excited that I’ve motivated you to get baking! As for the emails, I go back and forth on what’s best, but I’ll take your suggestion into consideration :)

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        Toni B
        December 6, 2017 at 10:29 am

        Thanks. I hope you’ll consider it. With the number of your emails I’ve saved, titles will make it a lot easer to quickly scan when looking for ideas for dinner vs for dessert. Otherwise I have to open each email – and I simply don’t have the time or desire to do that when planning a meal.

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      December 5, 2017 at 9:33 am

      Toni – I agree that the name of Sue’s recipe in the subject line would be very helpful for me also.

      • Reply
        Toni B
        December 6, 2017 at 10:31 am

        Thanks for adding your comment. I think lots of people who store emails would find it helpful.

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    susan hoffman
    December 4, 2017 at 11:21 am

    How many cups capacity is your pan?

    • Reply
      December 4, 2017 at 11:36 am

      This particular pan is a 9 cup capacity, Susan.

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    Patricia Roberts
    December 4, 2017 at 10:13 am

    I believe that what visually enhances this yummy looking bundt cake is the design resulting from the pan! Going to look for a beautiful pan to try the recipe

    • Reply
      December 4, 2017 at 10:39 am

      So true, that’s the nice thing…the pan does all the work!

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    Kate | Veggie Desserts
    December 4, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Okay, gingerbread is amazing. But THAT GLAZE!!!! I’m seriously swooning over it.

    • Reply
      December 4, 2017 at 9:25 am

      Thanks Kate ~ it was either a light glaze or a sprinkle of confectioner’s sugar…I couldn’t bear to hide that pattern.

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    Kit Broihier
    December 4, 2017 at 9:08 am

    Got to make this–it looks fabulous! I have no less than 6 Nordicware bundt pans….not this one tho–guess I need to expand my collection by one more!

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      December 4, 2017 at 9:17 am

      I bet this cake would look gorgeous in lots of other pans Kit ~ but then again, I’m glad to give you an excuse to build your collection…

  • Reply
    December 4, 2017 at 8:29 am

    I love all the spices you used in this cake. It would be perfect to serve with morning coffee for such a special treat!

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      December 4, 2017 at 8:31 am

      I find that you can mix up the spices in gingerbread as long as you use the main ones like cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Sometimes I really amp up the fresh nutmeg, or add cardamom.

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    December 4, 2017 at 8:29 am

    This is a gorgeous bundt cake…I love that pan!

    • Reply
      December 4, 2017 at 8:32 am

      Thanks Sandi, I’m always looking for a new excuse to haul it out!

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    Ali from Home & Plate
    December 4, 2017 at 8:27 am

    I don’t indulge in many sweet treats but would make an exception in this case. This gingerbread bundt cake would be the perfect thing to wake up to especially Christmas morning. :)

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      December 4, 2017 at 8:33 am

      I’m just like you, I really try hard not to indulge and I hardly ever eat dessert, but I do reserve the right to treat myself in the morning!

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    Shadi Hasanzadenemati
    December 4, 2017 at 8:14 am

    This cake is so festive! I bet my family will love having this by our Christmas tree! Oh how I love this festive holiday!

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      December 4, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Gingerbread affects me this way too Shadi :)

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes
    December 4, 2017 at 4:01 am

    Such a beautiful bundt cake! I must bake one for the X’mas morning :-)

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      December 4, 2017 at 7:30 am

      It is lovely, Angie, although the credit has to go to my bundt pan! And I guess that gorgeous gingerbread color has something to do with it, I love molasses. I’m having a slice right now as I go through my mail ~ wish I could hand you one :)

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    Chris Scheuer
    December 4, 2017 at 3:48 am

    This is the kind of cake that would make me squeal just a bit when I opened the oven door to remove it. Beautiful!

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      December 4, 2017 at 7:31 am

      The real squeal came when I lifted the pan off the inverted cake, that’s always a nail-biter :)

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    December 4, 2017 at 3:43 am

    Well this is the most beautiful cake I’ve ever seen. Your photos are gorgeous, the texture looks amazing and that glaze! Wow!

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      December 4, 2017 at 7:34 am

      Thanks Tricia, I’m obsessed with bundt cakes this year, not sure why, but it’s been a delicious obsession. I also have way too many pans all of a sudden :)