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.
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.
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.
3. Almond, Ricotta, Olive Oil and Lemon Drizzle Cake
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.)
5. Mini Citrus Monkey Bread
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’.)
11. Lemon and Cherry Mini Bundt Cakes
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.)
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.
14. Devil’s Food Bundt Cake with Chocolate Espresso Ganache
15. Spiced Pecan Apple Cider Doughnut Cake
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.
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.
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.
19. Cream Cheese Swirled Coconut Tres Leches Cake
20. Chocolate Marble Banana Bundt Cake
21. Orange Glazed Bundt Cake
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).
23. Peach Bundt Cake with Brown Butter Icing
24. Buttered Rum Monkey Bread
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).
26. Pumpkin Cake with Pistachio Glaze
27. Mom’s Ridiculously Easy Butterscotch Monkey Bread
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.
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.
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.
31. Homemade Confetti Bundt Cake
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.
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.
34. Peach Pound Cake
Its Southern-inspired flavor is courtesy of homemade peach jam, spiced cinnamon streusel and three-ingredient maple glaze.
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.
36. Lemon Blueberry Bundt Cake with Lemon Glaze
37. Chai Spiced Cinnamon Swirl Bundt Cake
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.
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.
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.
41. Raspberry Chocolate Coffee Cake
Bookmark it now, bake it for Valentine’s Day later.
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.
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.
44. Almond Poppy Seed Bundt Cake
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).
46. Donut Cake
There’s a layer of sweet strawberry jam in every bite. Homer Simpson would be thrilled for a slice.