Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Brown Butter and Bay Leaf

by Irvin on November 11, 2013 · 9 comments

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Brown Butter and Bay Leaf. By Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. | www.eatthelove.com | #pumpkin #bundtcake #cake #thanksgiving

So are we all tired of pumpkin yet? Last year I found myself dreading November as I felt like everything out there was pumpkin this and pumpkin that. I had absolutely no desire to make anything pumpkin at all, though in the end, I did create a popular Pumpkin Pie Cheesecake Bar with White Chocolate Swirl. Yet this year I’m slightly obsessed with pumpkin. First I made these Halloween inspired Pumpkin Cheesecake Brownies and then my Pumpkin Chess Pie Tart. It’s as if I’m making up for missing out last year. Perhaps that explains why I found myself back in the kitchen, busting out the canned pumpkin one more time to make a Pumpkin Bundt Cake.(Jump directly to the recipe.)

Thankfully my friend Peter was having a brunch a few days after I whipped it up. He had requested that I bring something sweet for it, and here I was, with bundt cake that needed eating. I apologized to him when I had brought it though, as I had already partially sliced it up to photograph. Yes, I’ve become that blogger. The one that brings a cake already sliced up to a party. I hang my head in shame. Thankfully no one at the brunch minded. Of course, I was sure to bring another baked good that was unadulterated and untouched. I’m not THAT rude.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Brown Butter and Bay Leaf. By Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. | www.eatthelove.com | #pumpkin #bundtcake #cake #thankgiving

Of course, the cake was quite popular. My friend Hadley loved it, despite it arriving in the state that it was. I don’t think I’ve seen his eyes light up like it did when he took a bite since we went shopping at the Saks Men’s store and he came across a full length Yves St. Laurent overcoat. On the other hand, my friend Annie was not as impressed with the cake, but then she’s more of a salty savory person, not so much a sweets person. Thankfully in the Venn diagram of food that we appreciate together where I veer into the sweet and she veers into the salty we have the overlapping section of French Fries. We’ve had many a conversation over a pile of crisp and salty pomme frites!

But back to this cake, this lovely, sweet, dense, rich cake. I want to use all the accolades that you would normally pour onto a cake that is this good. Perfect for Thanksgiving! Smells like Fall! Comfort food at its best! But I can’t. I can’t demean this cake in that way, reducing it to clichés. All I can tell you is that I’m happy that my pumpkin kick hasn’t worn off. Pumpkin this, pumpkin that, bring it on! I’ve got three more cans of pumpkin in my cupboard. I can’t wait to see what I make with them.

Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Brown Butter and Bay Leaf. By Irvin Lin of Eat the Love. | www.eatthelove.com | #pumpkin #bundtcake #cake #thankgiving

If you like this bundt cake, check out my other bundt and tube cake recipes:
Apple Cranberry Bundt Cake
Chocolate Marble Bundt Cake
Sour Cream Blood Orange and Cocoa Filled Bundt Cake
Bergamot Orange and Thyme Semonlina Olive Oil Cake
Seville Orange & Noyaux Semolina Pound Cake

And while you at, check out these awesome bundt cakes from around the web:
Use Real Butter’s Chocolate Chunk Bundt Cake
Cake Duchess’ Peach Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake
The Baker Chick’s Caramel Latte Bundt Cake
Completely Delicious’ Burnt Sugar Bundt Cake
Baker’s Royale’s Zebra Bundt Cake

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Rosa November 11, 2013 at 5:28 am

Beautiful and ever so tempting! I’m bookmarking this recipe.




Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar November 11, 2013 at 6:17 am

Mmm this cake is straight up fabulous. Lovely!


Sabrina Modelle November 11, 2013 at 9:24 am

Though I’m a bit of a curmudgeon about pumpkin spice, I too, am in the mood. Last night I made raw vegan pumpkin pie macaroons. So so good! Canned pumpkin can be so handy.


Irvin November 15, 2013 at 1:16 am

That sounds delightful! I’m really enjoying pumpkin this season…


Nicole November 12, 2013 at 8:08 am

I love how you incorporated the flavor of bay leaf into this cake. I’m going to give this a try so I can redeem myself after yesterday’s bundt cake disaster. :-)


Maggie @ A Bitchin' Kitchen November 12, 2013 at 8:55 am

I would very much like to take a bath in that glaze. This whole cake looks amazing – I’m definitely not tired of pumpkin yet!


Megan November 12, 2013 at 10:55 am

Sadly, I don’t get sick of things. I worked at Corn Dog on a Stick (so sad) when I was in high school & I could (and did) eat corn dogs and cheese bars every day I worked. Never got sick of them even til this day! And I’m so glad to hear you cut into the cake & brought it to a party. You have given me permission to do the same! haha Thanks!! And thanks for the recipe!


Irvin November 15, 2013 at 1:16 am

Is Corn Dog on a Stick the same as Hot Dog on a Stick? Because those outfits are ADORABLE! Did you have to wear the hat too?


Liz @ Life Made Sweet November 13, 2013 at 7:08 am

Irvin your cakes are always absolutely gorgeous! In the words of Taylor Swift I will never ever ever get tired of pumpkin! Yay for the 6 cans still in my pantry!


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