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Brown butter pumpkin spice cakes are sized to share, perfectly spiced and dipped in an irresistible brown butter glaze. Baked in a mini bundt cake pan, these mini bundt cakes (also called cakelets or bundlettes) are so simple to make and a delicious addition to your Thanksgiving table. Recipe makes 10 to 12 mini bundt cakes.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Cakes
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Perfect Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Cakes

A few tips: I transfer the batter to a large piping bag and pipe it into the pan, just like I do when I’m making doughnuts. Depending on the pan you use, the recipe makes 10 to 12 mini bundt cakes.

Dip the tops of the cakes in glaze, or drizzle the glaze over the tops of the cake before decorating as desired (gold pearl sprinkles add a festive look that I just love for fall entertaining). And if you find yourself with any leftover cakes, enjoy them for breakfast the next day with coffee!

Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Cakes

How to Make Mini Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

Baking pan – Spray a mini bundt pan or bundlette pan with nonstick spray. Most mini pans have 6 cavities, so you’ll bake the batter in two separate batches.

Make cake batter – Whisk together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and sugars in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low and add eggs one at a time. Combine pumpkin, buttermilk, and vanilla in a small bowl. Beat in flour mixture in three additions, alternating with pumpkin mixture (begin and end with flour mixture), just until incorporated.

Fill baking pan – Spoon batter into a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip and fill each cavity 2/3 full. Smooth batter with an offset spatula and tap pan sharply to reduce air bubbles.

Bake – Bake at 350°F for 19 to 22 minutes, until cakes are golden, spring back to the touch, and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Cool cakes in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before inverting onto rack to cool completely.

Brown butter glaze – Cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown. Pour brown butter into a glass bowl and let cool for 5 minutes.

Whisk in 1 cup powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, and milk until smooth. For a thicker glaze, add remaining 1/4 cup powdered sugar, whisking until smooth.

Glaze cakes – Set rack with cooled cakes over a piece of waxed paper. Dip cake tops into glaze, top with gold pearl sprinkles, and let glaze set before serving. You can also drizzle glaze over the cake with a small spoon.

Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Cakes
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Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Cakes

Brown Butter Pumpkin Spice Cakes

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  • Author: Laura Kasavan
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Cook Time: 22 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 2 minutes
  • Yield: 10-12 mini bundt cakes
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Bake
  • Cuisine: American
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Description

Simple and delicious brown butter pumpkin spice cakes topped with brown butter glaze are the perfect mini bundt cakes for fall! Recipe makes 10 to 12 mini bundt cakes.


Ingredients

Cakes

  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour (see note below)
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 cup pure pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat buttermilk, at room temperature
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Glaze

  • 3 Tbsp unsalted butter
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 Tbsp milk
  • gold pearl sprinkles (topping)

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F and spray a mini bundt cake pan generously with nonstick spray.
  2. Whisk together cake flour, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter and sugars in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until creamy. Reduce speed to low and add eggs one at a time. Combine pumpkin, buttermilk, and vanilla in a small bowl. Beat in flour mixture in three additions, alternating with pumpkin mixture (begin and end with flour mixture), just until incorporated.
  3. Spoon batter into a pastry bag fitted with a large round tip and fill each cavity 2/3 full. Smooth batter with an offset spatula and tap pan sharply to reduce air bubbles.
  4. Bake for 19 to 22 minutes, until cakes are golden, spring back to the touch, and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few crumbs attached. Cool cakes in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes before inverting onto rack to cool completely.
  5. For the glaze, cook butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, stirring constantly until it foams, turns clear, and then turns a deep brown. Pour brown butter into a glass bowl and let cool for 5 minutes before whisking in 1 cup powdered sugar, salt, vanilla, and milk until smooth. For a thicker glaze, add remaining powdered sugar, whisking until smooth.
  6. Set rack with cooled cakes over a piece of waxed paper. Dip cake tops into glaze, top with gold pearl sprinkles, and let glaze set before serving.
  7. Store leftover cakes in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Notes

To make your own cake flour: place 2 tablespoons cornstarch in an empty 1-cup measure, then top up with flour. Sift the mixture several times to evenly distribute the cornstarch.

Baking pan: I used this Nordic Ware Mini Heritage Bundt Cake Pan.

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Hi, I'm Laura and I'm so happy you're here! Welcome to Tutti Dolci Baking Recipes, a baking blog celebrating all things sweet! I share approachable baking recipes and elevated classic desserts for every home baker. My goal is to inspire you to bake from scratch with kitchen-tested recipes you can count on.

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9 Comments

  1. Stellar recipe! The cake is tender and perfectly spiced and honestly I could eat the brown butter glaze with a spoon. So amazingly delicious! Thank you for the recipe!






    1. So happy to hear that, thank you Ana! I agree, that glaze is incredible by the spoonful. 🙂 Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  2. Your photos alone make we want to start baking. You have given us such wonderful items lately, perfect for Thanksgiving. Thank you!

  3. Such pretty little cakes! So perfect for holiday desserts. And you can never, ever go wrong with anything that starts with brown butter 🙂

  4. What a grand recipe! Seasonal, scrumptious and easily packed up and taken along to any number of get togethers, fabulous!