Pumpkin Ginger Spice Cake with Brown Butter Buttermilk Glaze

It's the holidays and I'm so excited to share this super moist and delicious cake recipe! I actually love making this for special occasions as either a bundt or cupcakes! The bundt version holds up much better IMO and gives you even an excuse to eat cake for BREAKFAST. 

This is the perfect cake for pumpkin and ginger lovers. It also just radiates off the smell of Christmas which makes it extra fun to have around the house. 

This cake was featured as my Signature Recipe during Cake week on The Great American Baking Show and won the judges over with flavor! This won't disappoint you or your guests! Watch me make it here

Pumpkin Ginger Spice Cake
Featured on ABC's The Great American Baking Show Ep 1 - Cake Signature
Makes 1 x 10 cup Bundt Cake 

Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix Ingredients (Makes enough for 2 cakes): 
•   1 tablespoon + 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
•   1 teaspoon ground ginger
•   1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
•   3/4 teaspoon ground allspice
•   3/4 teaspoon ground cloves

Cake Ingredients:
•   3 cups all purpose flour
•   2 teaspoons baking soda
•   3 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice mix (above) 
•   1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
•   2 cups granulated sugar
•   1 cup canola oil
•   3 large eggs, room temperature
•   1 teaspoon organic vanilla extra
•   1 x 15oz. can of pure pumpkin puree

Filling Ingredients: 
•   1 1/2 tablespoons fresh ginger, grated
•   1 1/2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
•   1/2 stick melted butter
•   1/4 stick melted unsalted butter
•   1/4 cup granulated sugar
•   1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
•   1 tablespoon of all purpose flour

Vanilla Brown Butter Buttermilk Glaze Ingredients: 
•   1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted and browned
•   2 cups powdered sugar
•   1 vanilla bean pod (or 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract) 
•   3-4 tablespoons of buttermilk
•   Super Red food coloring gel
•   Leaf Green food coloring gel

1.  Preheat oven to 350°F / 176°C and spray 10 cup bundt pan with nonstick spray generously.

2.  In a small bowl, add all the ingredients for the pumpkin spice mix, mix well and then set aside. 

3.  In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, pumpkin spices and salt then whisk together to combine. Set aside.

4.  Take stand mixer bowl and combine sugar and oil together. Beat with the paddle attachment on medium until smooth. Could take 2-3 minutes.

5.  Make the filling next so that it's ready to go when your batter is done. Start peeling off the skin on the fresh ginger and then grate with a micro plane. Place butter in a heavy small stainless steel pot to melt then turn off stove and remove from heat. Once butter has cooled off, add ginger, both sugars and slowly add in butter until just wet and combined.

6.  Go back to the stand mixer and start beating in eggs, one at a time, beating well after each time. Add in vanilla extract until well combined.

7.  Incorporate the flour mixture and pumpkin puree by alternating into the beaten egg, sugar & oil mixture. Start with the flour mix then pumpkin puree and let it mix well after each addition. Taste to ensure there is enough pumpkin to spice to sugar ratio.

8.  Get your filling ready and start transferring cake mix into the well-greased bundt pan.

9.  Add in 1/2 of your cake filling, then add a thin layer of the ginger cinnamon filling. Try to break up the sugar clumps as best as possible. Cover with the remaining amount of cake batter. Make sure you cover all the filling with mix.

10.  Bake for 55-60 minutes or until took pick comes out clean. Rotate the pan half way through baking. If the top begins to brown too much, wrap the pan in foil. You know when the cake is done after inserting a toothpick and it comes out clean without cake batter. Note: you may hit some wet spots with the filling so be mindful when checking the toothpick. 

11.  While cake is baking, make the frosting.

12.  Melt butter on stovetop pan over a medium low heat. Gently stir every now and then and watch it brown. Shouldn’t take longer than 4-6 minutes. Do not let the butter burn! Only brown enough till you can smell nuttiness.

13.  Sift powdered sugar into a stand mixer bowl and add the scraped vanilla bean pods. Gently mix together with a whisk attachment.  Once brown butter is cooled, add to the mixer bowl and begin to combine together. Mixture will be very thick.

14.  Slowly add in 1 tablespoon of buttermilk and 1 tablespoon of half and half. Watch consistency so frosting isn’t too runny. Whip it on high till the butter and sugar come together. These will be used to pipe decorations so should be able to hold shape. If butter is too hot then put in the fridge for a minute. When it has the consistency of buttercream, take out about 1 cup and divide into two bowls. The remaining frosting will be thinned and used to pour over the cake whiles still hot.

15.  Color the separated frosting with red & green the place into piping bags with couplers and wilton #66 tip (green) and a wilton #3 tip (red).

16.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and pipe as many holly plants on there. Make sure it’s thick enough to remove later. Place back into the freezer until ready to decorate on the cake.

17.  With remaining frosting, add more buttermilk and half/half until mixture is thick but pourable. If mixture is still too thick and cannot be poured, add a little more milk, if it becomes too thin, add more sugar.

18.  Once cake is complete, remove from oven and allow to cool in the pan on a cooling rack for 10 minutes. Shake to ensure cake isn’t stuck to the pan. Invert the cake to the cooling rack and unmold from the pan.

19.  If you're in a rush, place cake in freezer for at least 15 minutes to cool. Or allow to properly cool on the wire rack until it’s warm to touch.

20.  Pour glaze on top of cake while sitting on cooling rack with a flat cookie sheet underneath. Careful, icing may drip heavily depending on how warm cake is. Allow the cake to come to room temp.

21.  Place completely cooled cake on presentation plate then decorate with buttercream holly designs.  Don't put the decorations on too early or they will melt!