46 of the Best Bundt Cake Recipes for Birthdays, Holidays and Every Fancy Dinner in Between

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Plop store-bought cake mix batter in a sheet pan and it’s nothing to write home about. Pour it into an ornate Bundt pan, and boom: It’s a million times more elegant and impressive. Rooted in the German word bund, meaning a gathering of people, a Bundt cake is a great way to serve dessert to a crowd. The round, fluted tube pan allows more of the cake to make contact with the pan’s edges, which disperses the heat and lets the whole cake bake evenly. Ready to get baking? Here are 46 of the best Bundt cake recipes to make for all occasions—they’re basically foolproof.

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1. Cardamom Cream-Filled Bundt Cake

This layered, light-as-air beauty is inspired by a Swedish dessert called semlor, a type of yeasted cream bun.

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2. Snickerdoodle Chocolate Chunk Bundt Cake

Two iconic cookies unite to create this cinnamon-laced cake. Don’t even get us started on the two-ingredient chocolate glaze on top.

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3. Almond, Ricotta, Olive Oil and Lemon Drizzle Cake

Lemon drizzle cake is a British essential (shoutout to you, Mary Berry). This take is just as delicious but modernized and simplified. You won’t even need to cream the butter, folks.

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4. Chocolate Dump Cake

Ah, the dump cake: Throw all the ingredients into a single mixing bowl, stir the batter, pour it into a pan and let your oven do the rest. This version has a secret ingredient that boosts the cake’s rich, bold flavor. (Psst: It’s brewed coffee.)

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5. Mini Citrus Monkey Bread

The only thing better than a Bundt pan is 12 teeny-tiny Bundt pans. The minis are the key to baking these orange-lemon gems. Did we mention they start with store-bought pizza dough?

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6. Baileys Pumpkin Spice and Original Irish Cream Bundt Cake

Due to the duo of liqueurs, this dessert is essentially two cakes in one. It’s begging for a spot on your Thanksgiving dessert table.

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7. Strawberry Rhubarb Bundt Cake

Spring has sprung in this light and fruity treat. Think an impossibly moist vanilla cake (thanks, Greek yogurt) studded with freshly chopped rhubarb and strawberries. Finish it with a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

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8. Gingerbread Bundt Cake

Not only is the batter loaded with spices like ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom, but it’s also spiked with molasses and buttermilk for depth of flavor and tenderness. Top it with a flurry of snow-like confectioners’ sugar.

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9. Glazed Vegan Chocolate Bundt Cake

Because no one’s diet should stand between them and dessert. Since the recipe is egg- and dairy-free and calls for vegan semisweet chocolate chips, it’s just the compromise for your plant-based dinner guests.

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10. Sweet Potato Bundt Cake with Maple Icing

Your go-to fall veggie side actually works wonders in desserts like pies, brownies and cookies, even without the help of mini marshmallows. (You can use butternut squash or pumpkin purée instead of sweet potatoes if you’d like…just sayin’.)

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11. Lemon and Cherry Mini Bundt Cakes

Since the recipe calls for dried cherries instead of fresh, you can whip these up no matter the season. Just don’t skimp on the syrupy glaze, made with almond extract, lemon juice and fresh rosemary.

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12. Cheesecake Swirl Carrot Bundt Cake

A generous scoop of applesauce infuses the cake with fruity flavor and extra moisture. But of course, the best part of this crowd-pleaser is the four-ingredient cheesecake filling. (The two-ingredient orange glaze is pretty great, too.)

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13. Rum Cake

Use your favorite dark rum in the basic yellow cake to infuse it with a ton of vanilla- and spice-laced flavor. Oh, and we could drink the sweet butter-rum sauce on top with a straw.

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14. Devil’s Food Bundt Cake with Chocolate Espresso Ganache

Bake it for Christmas Eve night and wash it down with homemade hot chocolate. Save on time (and pantry staples) by using store-bought chocolate cake mix. Your secret is safe with us.

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15. Spiced Pecan Apple Cider Doughnut Cake

The most beloved fall delicacy of all time has a whole new look, thanks to a stunning leaf-adorned Bundt pan. We’ll bring the mulled cider.

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16. Chocolate Peppermint Bundt Cake

We’re going out on a limb here, but we’re betting Santa Claus would prefer a slice of this sour cream cake over cookies. Top it with crushed candy canes or go wild with coconut flakes, powdered sugar and holiday sprinkles.

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17. Baileys Chocolate Bundt Cake

This one-hour wonder couldn’t be easier to pull off, since it starts with store-bought yellow cake mix and instant chocolate pudding mix. And just so the Baileys isn’t lonely, there’s also a glug of Jameson Irish whiskey in the batter.

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18. Key Lime Cake

Cream cheese adds tangy deliciousness to both the cake and the citrus glaze. Use sifted cake flour for an impossibly tender, light texture.

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19. Cream Cheese Swirled Coconut Tres Leches Cake

Complete with cinnamon-kissed condensed milk glaze. If you want to up the sweet-and-sticky ante, drizzle some canned dulce de leche on top to boot.

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20. Chocolate Marble Banana Bundt Cake

Admit it: You baked more than enough banana bread in quarantine. Repurpose your overly ripe bananas in this cake instead since it’s guaranteed to impress your guests.

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21. Orange Glazed Bundt Cake

Sorry, eggs Benedict, but this citrusy beauty is going to steal your thunder at brunch. Might we suggest pairing the buttermilk cake with fresh fruit and a mimosa?

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22. Cookies and Cream Bundt Cake

Not a single person will be able to tell that you used boxed white cake mix. Chalk that up to the Bundt pan’s elegant design (and all the crumbled Oreos).

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23. Peach Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Icing

The fresh peaches are combined with cinnamon and sugar before being added to the cake. And the brown butter icing? Revelatory. Bring it to a summer barbecue and let the praise roll in.

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24. Buttered Rum Monkey Bread

Fall’s most delicious flavors (brown sugar! cinnamon! pecans! spiced rum!) in every bite. It tastes even more heavenly with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

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25. Red Velvet Bundt Cake

We’ll never get sick of this timeless dessert. Store the leftovers in a cool, dry place for up to five days (if there are any, that is).

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26. Pumpkin Cake with Pistachio Glaze

For your classy, grown-up Halloween soirée. Be sure to toast the chopped pistachios before sprinkling them onto the cake for maximum flavor. (Feel free to add toasted pepitas, too.)

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27. Mom’s Ridiculously Easy Butterscotch Monkey Bread

You’re only four ingredients away from this caramel-drenched stunner. How, you ask? The two main ingredients are defrosted bread dough and boxed butterscotch pudding mix.

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28. Praline Apple Bundt Cake

Anyone up for a swim in a vat of brown sugar praline glaze? Use Pink Lady, Honeycrisp, Granny Smith or Golden Delicious apples, since their tart-sweet flavor makes them ideal for baking.

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29. Mini Citrus Bundt Cakes with Sweet Lemon Glaze

A flourish of edible flowers and lemon zest on top make these cuties look like they came from a fancy bakery.

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30. German Chocolate Bundt Cake

German chocolate cake is traditionally topped with frosting made from evaporated milk, brown sugar, butter and egg yolks. Once it’s frosted, the cake is finished with sweet coconut flakes and chopped pecans.

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31. Homemade Confetti Bundt Cake

Surprise the kids with this sprinkle-laden masterpiece at one birthday and they’ll request it for years to come. Sour cream and buttermilk in the batter boost the cake’s moisture big time.

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32. Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake

A wintry confection that’s eager for an invite to Christmas breakfast. There’s a surprise inside too: cinnamon swirl filling.

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33. Raspberry Swirl Pound Cake

Nailing the marbled interior is easier than you might think. Simply separate the batter, spike a third of it with raspberry jam and alternate pouring them into the Bundt pan.

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34. Peach Pound Cake

Its Southern-inspired flavor is courtesy of homemade peach jam, spiced cinnamon streusel and three-ingredient maple glaze.

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35. Marble Bundt Cake

Like a vanilla-chocolate swirl cone in cake form. Instead of being topped with a thin, runny glaze, it’s enrobed in thick, decadent chocolate ganache.

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36. Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze

Sure, this sweet-tart dessert was made for summer picnics and cookouts. But since the recipe calls for fresh or frozen blueberries, you can make it in the dead of winter if a craving strikes.

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37. Chai Spiced Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake

If you’re not washing it down with a soul-warming chai latte (or a PSL), you’re doing it wrong.

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38. Pistachio, Coconut, Lime and Rosewater Bundt Cake

It may sound fancy, but it’ll take you less than an hour to pull off. Feel free to drive the floral flavor home with a sprinkle of edible rose petals atop the lime glaze.

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39. Banana Pudding Bundt Cake with White Chocolate Ganache

Who knew boxed banana cream pudding mix could do all this? Don’t look now, but we’re crowning it with a layer of crumbled vanilla wafers for good measure.

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40. Strawberry Lemonade Cake

Every bite tastes like straight-up sunshine. Freeze-dried strawberries star in the interior strawberry swirl, while strawberry preserves turn the glaze on top a pretty shade of pink.

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41. Raspberry Chocolate Coffee Cake

Bookmark it now, bake it for Valentine’s Day later.

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42. Glazed Apple Bundt Cake

Not only is this bad boy loaded with fall spices, apples and a whole tablespoon of vanilla extract, but it’s also drenched in creamy brown sugar glaze.

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43. Red Wine Chocolate Bundt Cake

Red wine and chocolate is like the grown-up equivalent to a PB&J. Use a vino that’s fruity and medium-bodied, like Pinot Noir or Cabernet Franc.

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44. Almond Poppy Seed Bundt Cake

Almond paste, almond extract and slivered almonds unite for a nutty treat that tastes just as good first thing in the morning as it does after dinner.

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45. Sour Cream Cinnamon Coffee Cake

Meet your daily cold brew’s new best friend. Bake it on a Sunday and you’ll have breakfast for the week (and then some).

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46. Donut Cake

There’s a layer of sweet strawberry jam in every bite. Homer Simpson would be thrilled for a slice.

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