Last year or the year before last, I discovered the wonderful Melissa Block's All Cakes Considered. Her very first cake was a detailed description of how to bake a bundt cake! I was excited to try again. Thanks to her wonderful instructions, I got it right and turned out a bundt cake that was not marred but had the pretty top. Emboldened, I tried again with the banana chocolate cake posted by Heidi Swanson of 101cookbooks (love her blog, her recipes and her photos). It turned out beautifully. I have since acquired the Anniversary bundt pan.
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Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake with Buttermilk Icing
3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 ts ground cinnamon
2 ts baking powder
1/2 ts baking soda
1 ts ground nutmeg
1 ts allspice
1/2 ts ground ginger
1/2 sea salt
2 3/4 cups sugar
1 cup sunflower oil (or canola)
One 15-ounce can solid-pack pumpkin
1 1/4 cup confectioner's sugar
2 tbs well-shaken buttermilk
The Cake: Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease a 12-cup Bundt pan with shortening and flour it then tap out excess. I find the easiest way to do this is to use a oil spray with flour. Spectrum sells it and I believe Trader Joe's has a version too. You can also use a pastry brush to fully oil the pan's inside.
Whisk together the flour, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, salt, baking powder, baking soda in a bowl.
Combine the sugar and oil in a large bowl with an electric mixer at low speed, using the paddle attachment. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after adding each egg. Beat in the pumpkin. Slowly beat in the flour ingredients, beating until just blended and smooth. No need to overbeat. Pour into the Bundt pan. Smooth the top.
Bake for 55 minutes or until a small skewer or cake tester inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Invert the cake onto the wire rack and remove the pan.
While cake is cooking, whisk together confectioner's sugar and buttermilk until smooth. Drizzle over warm cake. Continue cooling cake on rack.