Healthy Recipes: Glazed Chocolate-Pumpkin Bundt Cake

Servings: 16

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 3 1/2 hours (including cooling time)

To Make Ahead: Prepare through Step 4 up to 1 day ahead. Glaze and garnish (Step 5) shortly before serving. Equipment: 12-cup Bundt pan

Recipe Description:

You don’t have to have pumpkin pie to still enjoy pumpkin and spice in a holiday dessert. This tender, moist cake uses pureed pumpkin to replace much of the fat and is delicately seasoned with classic seasonal flavors.

Recipe Ingredients:


  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 3/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  3. 1 cup granulated sugar
  4. 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder (not Dutch-process)
  5. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  6. 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  8. 1/4 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 cup nonfat buttermilk
  10. 1 15-ounce can unsweetened pumpkin puree
  11. 3/4 cup dark brown sugar packed
  12. 1 large egg at room temperature
  13. 1 large egg white at room temperature
  14. 1/4 cup canola oil
  15. 1/4 cup light corn syrup
  16. 1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Glaze & Garnish

  1. 1/2 cup packed confectioners’ sugar
  2. 1 tablespoon nonfat buttermilk
  3. 2 tablespoons mini chocolate chips or toasted chopped nuts (see Tip)

Recipe Steps:

  1. To prepare cake: Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray.
  2. Whisk all-purpose flour, whole-wheat flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt in a medium bowl.
  3. Blend 1 cup buttermilk, pumpkin puree and brown sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer on low speed. Beat in whole egg and egg white. Stir in oil, corn syrup and vanilla. Gradually add the dry ingredients, stirring until just combined. Transfer the batter to the prepared pan.
  4. Bake the cake until a wooden skewer inserted in the center comes out with only a few moist crumbs attached, 1 to 1 1/4 hours. Let cool on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove from the pan and let cool completely on the rack, about 2 hours.
  5. To glaze & garnish cake: Combine confectioners’ sugar and 1 tablespoon buttermilk in a small bowl, stirring until completely smooth. Place the cake on a serving plate and drizzle the glaze over the top; garnish with chocolate chips (or chopped nuts) while the glaze is still moist.

Recipe Tips & Notes:

  1. Tips: To warm an egg to room temperature, either set it out on the counter for 15 minutes or submerge it (in the shell) in a bowl of lukewarm (not hot) water for 5 minutes.
  2. To toast chopped nuts & seeds: Cook in a small dry skillet over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Recipe Nutrition:

Per serving: 235 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 13 mg cholesterol; 47 g carbohydrate; 4 g protein; 3 g fiber; 237 mg sodium; 141 mg potassium

3 Carbohydrate Servings

Exchanges: 3 other carbohydrate, 1 fat