Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake

sliced gingerbread bundt cake

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

gingerbread bundt cake for breakfast, brunch, or tea

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.

Gingerbread bundt cake on a piece of parchment paper, sliced.

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.

what you’ll need for this simple gingerbread bundt

  • flour
  • butter
  • cornstarch
  • baking powder, salt
  • ginger, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, nutmeg
  • vegetable oil
  • sugar, both granulated and confectioner’s for the glaze
  • eggs
  • molasses
  • half and half ~ you can use buttermilk or milk if you prefer.

what exactly is gingerbread?

The basic category of gingerbread baked goods means that they are made with ginger (either fresh, candied, or ground,) other spices, and molasses. That makes up the flavor profile that can become a cake, or soft or crunchy cookies, depending on the other ingredients and how it is baked. The flavor can be sweet and mellow, like this bundt cake, or quite spicy and peppery. Gingerbread has been around since the Middle Ages!

my gingerbread cake is better than Starbucks gingerbread loaf, and prettier too

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.

the glaze is the final sweet step

I had to pull myself away from shooting this pretty cake in 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.

pan prep for bundt cakes is key

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 called 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. The right bundt pan can make a cake look spectacular with no effort or design skill on your part!

can you make this gingerbread cake in a different bundt pan?

Yes, absolutely. If you have a different pan, this will work. Mine is 10 1/4 in diameter, and a 9 1/2 cup capacity, so just make sure your pan is large enough for this batter.

don’t save gingerbread just for the holidays!

Gingerbread is a favorite of mine…the scent of that particular spice mix plus the molasses just screams the holidays to me. But I start enjoying it the minute fall hits…

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.

Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake, partially sliced
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Glazed Gingerbread Bundt Cake

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.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Yield 12 servings
Calories 380kcal
Author Sue Moran

Ingredients

pan prep

  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • flour

cake

  • 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 (you can also use buttermilk or milk)

glaze

  • 2 cups confectioner’s sugar sifted
  • 5 Tbsp water, approximate

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350F
  • Prep your bundt pan by brushing with melted butter and then dusting with flour. Be sure to get in all the crevices.
  • Whisk the flour, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and spices together in a bowl.
  • Cream the butter and oil together with the sugar. Blend in the eggs and molasses.
  • 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.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for about 40-45 minutes, or just until done in the middle…you can check with a toothpick.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 15 minutes, then gently loosen the edges and carefully invert onto a cooling rack.
  • 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.)

Cook’s notes

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 380kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 135mg | Potassium: 232mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 269IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 2mg
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although theviewfromgreatisland.com tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

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  • Reply
    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
      Sue
      December 4, 2017 at 10:39 am

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

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

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

    • Reply
      Sue
      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.

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      Sue
      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
        Kit Broihier
        November 26, 2019 at 5:55 am

        I bought the pan last year and will be making this! Question re the milks, is it buttermilk, or half and half, or regular milk?

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    [email protected]
    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!

    • Reply
      Sue
      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.

  • Reply
    Sandi
    December 4, 2017 at 8:29 am

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

    • Reply
      Sue
      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. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Sue
      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!

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      Sue
      December 4, 2017 at 8:20 am

      Gingerbread affects me this way too Shadi ๐Ÿ™‚

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    December 4, 2017 at 4:01 am

    Such a beautiful bundt cake! I must bake one for the X’mas morning ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply
      Sue
      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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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!

    • Reply
      Sue
      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply
    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!

    • Reply
      Sue
      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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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