Move over pumpkin pie, these mini pumpkin bundt cakes with cream cheese frosting are perfect to serve in the fall. Just the right size, and so cute with a candy pumpkin on top. These cakes are made with a doctored up boxed cake mix. So EASY. This post contains affiliate links.
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I took a series of cake decorating classes years ago, and one of the biggest takeaways that I got from my instructor was that boxed cake mixes are the way to go 90% of the time. She shared several tips for doctoring up a cake mix to make it your own and I’ve found it super helpful over the years! Some add ins she recommended are butter (instead of oil), sour cream, pudding, and milk (instead of water). Cake mixes are such a great starting point and are fun to customize.
You can use this method for doctoring up so many different cake mix cakes like lemon (add a couple of tablespoons of lemon zest for even more flavor), chocolate, red velvet, carrot (makes a fun Easter dessert!) and more! Today we’re adding a can of pumpkin for the perfect fall cake.
These mini pumpkin bundt cakes are perfect for fall. Wouldn’t they be darling served at Thanksgiving? To make them we start with a spice cake mix. If you’d like to make your own cream cheese frosting, I’ll share the recipe that I use, but guess what? A tub of store-bought cream cheese frosting is JUST the right amount to frost 6 mini bundt cakes. You’re welcome.
EASY Pumpkin Bundt Cakes
- 1 15 oz. box of spice cake mix
- 1 15 oz. can pumpkin puree
- 3 eggs
- Cream cheese frosting
Best Pan for Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes
There are many different sizes of cake molds and mini bundt cake pans. The bundt cake pan that I have is 16″ x 10″ and bakes 6 (4″) cakes. You can also buy a 12 cavity pan that makes even smaller cakes. I like the larger 6 cavity pan because the cakes are just the right size for an adult. The perfect single portion to wrap up and give as a gift. This recipe makes 6-8 mini pumpkin bundt cakes (depending on how high you fill them).
How To Frost Pumpkin Bundt Cakes
I watched a news clip from a local morning last year, and one of the managers from Nothing Bundt Cakes was on the show sharing how they frost their cakes! It isn’t rocket science, but I still found it helpful.
- The first thing you need is a good frosting. Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered (see recipe below). Cream cheese frosting is creamy and perfect for frosting bundt cakes. I find it easier to work with than buttercream frosting.
- You’ll also need a #12 frosting tip and a disposable icing bag. Trim the bottom of the icing bag just enough to be able to slide the tip inside. Alternately, if you have a frosting coupler you can use one. I like using a coupler because I think it creates a better seal without any frosting leakage from the bottom.
- Begin icing from the BOTTOM and work your way up, ending in the center of the bundt hole. Frost on each side of the ridge. You can see in the photo above that I am icing the right side of the ridge. After that I iced the left side. Any excess frosting falls into the bundt hole. Then I swirled a small circle to close up each hole. For a step by step guide, see my video above!
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MINI Pumpkin BUNDT CAKES WITH CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes With Cream Cheese Frosting
- mini bundt pan
- frosting bag, tip and coupler
- bowls, measuring cups, and spoons
- electric mixer
- 1 spice cake mix
- 3 eggs
- 15 oz. canned pumpkin (1 regular sized can)
- 8 oz. cream cheese (salted or unsalted butter)
- 1/4 cup butter softened
- 2 cup powdered sugar
- 2 teaspoon vanilla
- 6 candy pumpkins optional
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix cake mix with eggs and canned pumpkin in a large bowl.
- Spray a mini bundt cake pan with nonstick cooking spray.
- Spoon batter into each cake cavity (3 medium cookie scoops in each).
- Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean.
- Allow cakes to sit in pan for 5 minutes. Turn pan over to remove cakes and let cool completely on a wire rack.
- Mix frosting ingredients together using an electric mixer on high speed.
- Fill frosting bag and ice cooled cakes starting at the bottom and finishing in the center of the bundt hole. Repeat until the cake has lines of icing all the way around.
- Add candy pumpkin on top, optional.