Sunday, November 1, 2020

Pumpkin Buttermilk Pound Cake

To cut down on grocery shopping I have been buying a gallon of milk with each shopping outing.  Since my husband and I are the only ones home these days we often don't finish the gallon before it goes a bit sour. Not one to waste anything I searched for ideas on using soured milk and the idea that it could be turned into buttermilk by adding a bit of lemon juice to it so that it thickens.  It is the same result with fresh or sour milk   When I have buttermilk I use it for baking everything from pancakes, biscuits, and cakes. This Pumpkin Buttermilk Pound Cake is amazing! It makes a heavy dense cake that is moist and full of spicy autumn flavor.  It's perfect anytime, but it is especially good this time of the year and as an autumnal holiday dessert.

Over the years I loved and purchased many different metal Nordic Ware brand bakeware pans, but I always seem to reach for their bundt pan the most.  I even have a full Pinterest board full of bundt pan recipesIt's just such a versatile panI just trust it will release the baked cake perfectly, and the slices I cut from it will be the perfect serving size.  As you can see in the photo above this Pumpkin Buttermilk Pound Cake recipe fills the pan completely after baking, when cooked in the standard 10-inch bundt pan.

Pumpkin Buttermilk Pound Cake


3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup buttermilk
2  teaspoons pure vanilla extract
1/2 cup butter softened
1/2 cup of vegetable oil
2 and 1/2 cups packed dark brown sugar
4 large eggs at room temperature
1 15- oz. can pure pumpkin purée 2 cups


Heat the oven to 350°F. Generously spray a 10- to 12-cup bundt pan with baking spray. Rub all over with a paper towel, then spray lightly one more time.

In a medium bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, salt, baking soda, nutmeg, and cloves. 

In a measuring cup, combine the buttermilk and vanilla.

In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat the butter on medium speed for 5 minutes. Slowly and gradually add the oil, beating until combined. Add the brown sugar. Increase the mixer speed to high and beat, scraping down the sides of the bowl as needed, until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the eggs one at a time, beating well on medium-high speed after each addition. Beat in the pumpkin.

Slowly pour in the buttermilk mixture, and mix until combined. 

Gradually add the dry ingredients to the batter, mixing just until combined. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, smooth the top, and tap the pan on the counter once or twice to settle the batter.

Bake until a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the cake comes out with just a few moist crumbs clinging to it, 45 to 60 minutes. Cool the cake in the pan for 10 to 15 minutes, invert the cake onto a rack, removing the pan, and cool completely for at least 2 hours before frosting.

I frosted my cake with melted bittersweet chocolate and added some pecans on top.  You could just shake some powdered sugar on top or use caramel icing drizzle or any icing you prefer.  If desired you could also add crushed nuts or dried fruit like raisins or currants or a finely diced apple to the batter before baking. 

My husband and I couldn't wait to have a slice of the cake the next morning with our coffee.  It smelled so good and tasted fabulous!  Just a small slice goes a long way with this cake as it is really rich and delicious. Enjoy!

I hope everyone had a safe and happy Halloween. Here are some fun Halloween memories throughout the years...

... and a winning face mask no matter what time of the year!

PS: Thank you to all who expressed concern in my prior post about the terrible wildfires in Colorado. We had snow last weekend which helped contain the fires a bit. The Cameron Peak fire remained at 208,663 acres Sunday, or about 326 square miles, and is 64% contained. The East Troublesome fire remained at 193,774 acres, or 303 square miles, and is 37% contained. As the snow melts and temperatures and winds begin to rise again firefighter crews are working to identify and extinguish hotspots, and they are reinforcing fire containment lines. We are so thankful for all their hard work and dedication. Please keep them in your prayers for safety. 

Stay happy, safe, and healthy!
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eileeninmd said...

Hello, Pat

Your cake looks delicious, I will have to try this recipe. Cute Halloween costumes and family photos. I am glad the snow helped the firefighters, the pictures of the fires looks scary. Take care and stay safe! Enjoy your day! Have a great week!

A Bit of the Blarney said...

Beautiful Halloween photos! I fully intend to try the cake mix!!! Thank you!! It looks just scrumptious!!! Have a wonderful week!

Rain said...

Wow! That cake looks so delicious, it looks very moist! It's hard to find buttermilk around here so I use the lemon in milk trick too, either that or I use sour cream and it always works out really yummy!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

That cake looks and sounds amazing. Your food photography is exquisite! No wonder you are tops on Pinterest (as well as in Blogland). The Halloween memories are great and I kind of want a tiger mask like that last one for my Covid protection one )))! Happy November ... I’m glad the snow slowed down the awful fires.

Lisa said...

Oh, does that ever look good! I love pumpkin cake, and with chocolate? Perfect! That is an adorable mask!

Lydia C. Lee said...

Love the facemask! Glad you're ok - fires are so devastating.

Nellie said...

What a wonderful recipe! The cake looks delicious! I’ll be trying it, I think! So glad to hear you are safe from the fires! A real tragedy for everyone involved.

Rambling Woods said...

Oh I love the photos..we didn't hand out candy for the first time ever as it isn't safe here..That cake. I love pumpkin everything...

stevebethere said...

Oh my your cakes look fab I want some immediately LOL

I liked the halloween photos such fun ones and nice smiles :-)

Have a buttermilktastic safe week 😷😷😷

Ciao Chow Linda said...

Darn you, Pat. Now I want this cake and I don't have any pumpkin!! I need to get some asap to make this delicious looking dessert. I love the photos of the grandchildren dressed for Halloween. You are so lucky to live near them.

Tamar SB said...

That looks delicious!

Carol @Comfort Spring Station said...

that cake looks so yummy - hmmm great combination of flavors

Marielle said...

This sounds delicious and perfect for this time of year. I love bundt cakes too. Thanks for sharing! I'm visiting today from the Wonderful Wednesday link up. Have a great week!

The Joy of Home with Martha Ellen said...

I would love to have a slice of your beautiful cake, Pat! I try to never waste food and your idea to make buttermilk is perfect. Your grands are darling and I love the costumes and the darling mask.
Keeping you in my prayers for more snow and the safety of the brave firefighters. Stay safe.

Angie said...

Pat - I love pumpkin no matter what time of year, but during this season I crave it. I will be making waffles and pumpkin bread sometime this week. I will have to add this to the list! What elevation are you? Do you ever have problems with your cakes not rising? Thanks for linking to Mosaic Monday with this mouth-watering recipe!

Create With Joy said...

Boy does that look good! :-)

NCSue said...

It sure is pumpkin season - I even saw pumpkin flavored breakfast cereal!
Thanks for sharing at

Gillena Cox said...

LOL cute spooky face mask😷 and yummy cakes
Nice mosaics
Stay safe


Jeanie said...

It's just stunning, Pat. And it looks so delicious. That's a good hint on the buttermilk, too. I knew you could sour milk with lemon but didn't know you could take it that far. I'll remember that!

Pauline said...

That cake is mouth-watering! I have an overabundance of pumpkin so will make use of your recipe and really good, clear instructions. Love the face mask of our times.

Linda W. said...

Oh that cakes looks absolutely scrumptious! I'll have to try your recipe.

Lorrie said...

That's a beautiful and delicious looking cake, Pat! I'm glad the fires have eased somewhat and I hope you get more precipitation to dampen them further.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Plenty of reds and blues here. Thanks so much!

Lady Fi said...

That cake looks amazing!

Donna @ Modern on Monticello said...

This looks just so delicious and yummy. Thanks so much for visiting this week and sharing your recipe. #HomeMattersParty

Lowcarb team member said...

That cake looks delicious.

Many thanks for sharing your Halloween photographs.

All the best Jan

Dawn said...

Adorable mosaic with everyone dressed up. I love pumpkin and pound cake so this looks fabulous.
Dawn aka Spatulas On Parade

Joanne said...

That cake looks amazing! I rarely think to make a bundt cake. Pinned.

betty-NZ said...

What a yummy recipe! I will have to try it. Thanks for the tip about making buttermilk, too.

It's great to see your link at 'My Corner of the World' this week! said...

Your pound cake looks beautifully baked and delicious! Thanks for sharing it at Happiness Is Homemade, I will be featuring you on Happiness Is Homemade 348. Stay safe and well!

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diane b said...

I wish I could cook like you.

Jenna H. said...

YUM - that looks amazing! I love pumpkin recipes in the fall :)
Jenna ♥
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Jerri at Simply Sweet Home said...

Your pound cake looks delicious! Thanks for joining us for Friday Favorites. I'm featuring you this week.