Marbled Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Marbled Pumpkin Bundt Cake on OvertimeCook

I feel like I spend a lot of time describing recipes as “the best” or “the most popular” or maybe “the most successful” of the sort that I have ever made. My editor mentioned it to me recently. “You know, Miriam, if you keep telling your readers that the recipe is “the best you ever made,” they might stop believing you. How many bests can you have?”

Well, I don’t know what it is with me and all of these superlatives, but this recipe? It deserves it. You’ll have to trust me where this cake is concerned.

Firstly, pumpkin has a magical effect on baked goods. It turns the treat moist and soft and so plain delicious. Add spices, chocolate and some other goodies, and you’re left with a bundt cake unlike any you’ve ever had before. Slather a whole bunch of sweet brown sugar glaze over the top and…are you getting the picture yet? Exactly. Just go make this. Bake the cake. Eat it. Then thank me. I know you will.

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Marbled Pumpkin Bundt Cake:

By Miriam Pascal, Overtimecook.Com. Originally published in Ami/Whisk magazine.

¾ cup (1 ½ sticks) butter or margarine

2 cups light brown sugar

4 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

2 teaspoons cinnamon

pinch nutmeg (optional, but recommended)

pinch ground ginger (optional, but recommended)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

¾ cup soy milk

2 ½ cups flour

1 15 ounce can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)

4 ounces chocolate, melted and cooled


Preheat oven to 350. Grease a bundt pan well with floured baking spray and set aside.

In the bowl of an electric mixer over medium speed, beat together the margarine and brown sugar until smooth.

Add the eggs, one at a time, beating to combine after each addition.

Add the vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, baking powder and baking soda. Beat to combine.

Add the soy milk and beat until incorporated.

Turn the mixer to low and add in the flour. Beat until just combined.

Add the pumpkin puree and beat until fully incorporated.

Remove a cup of the pumpkin mixture and add it into the melted chocolate.

Place about a third of the pumpkin batter into the bundt pan. Top with large dollops of chocolate batter, then repeat with remaining batter.

Bake at 350 for 50 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out with moist crumbs clinging to it.

Brown Sugar Glaze:


2 Tablespoons margarine

½ cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup powdered sugar

1-2 Tablespoons soy milk


In a small pot, melt together the margarine and brown sugar until smooth. Remove from heat and add the vanilla extract. Set aside to cool for a couple of minutes.

Add the powdered sugar and soy milk to the cooled brown sugar mixture. Stir to combine. Start with 1 Tablespoon soy milk and add more, as needed, to reach a thick glaze consistency.

Drizzle glaze over cooled cake.


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Thanks folks for stopping by! Hope you love this cake! -Miriam PS – Did you enter to win this fabulous cookbook yet? What are you waiting for?


    • says

      Hi Tina,
      I’m sorry that this cake didn’t work out for you, but without seeing what you did, I can’t know what you did wrong.
      Chocolate and cinnamon are actually a very well known and classic paring, and the dozens of readers who raved to me about this cake would attest to that!

    • Dani says

      Tina you must have read and made the recipe backwards. Mine came out great! This is definitely a keeper! @overtimecook keep em coming!

    • Mo says

      you must have accidentally put gefilte fish jelly in your recipe. My cake came out great. I am going to keep eating this cake until my dentist threatens me with 32 root canals.

    • Bentzion says

      I made this cake for shabbos and it was delicious! My whole family loved it.
      It was very important to follow the recipe exactly, but totally worth it!!!

    • Esti says

      I don’t know where you went wrong, but it seemed pretty straightforward to follow and turned out amazing. The smell alone…

    • dominique says

      I coldnt get the brown sugar granules to melt. I cooked for ages and they were still crunchy crystals in the sauce. Flavour was delicious though

  1. Brucha says

    My sister made this for the holiday, and everyone raved about it! Even my father who is so picky when it comes to cake! Try this for thanksgiving, you won’t be disappointed.

  2. says

    I’ve made a pumpkin/chocolate marble cake before, but this brown sugar glaze takes it to the next level! I’m going to give it a whirl this fall!

  3. Shaindy says

    BEST. CAKE. EVER. I don’t bake often, but I tried this one and it came out AMAZING. Seriously the best cake I’ve ever baked. My family loved it. Definitely gonna make this again!

  4. Sarah Levitan says

    I absolutely love your blog and have tried many of your recipes. They’ve all been a hit. I was wondering if I could borrow your expertise. You see my family has a very big sensitivity to margarine or shortening and so I can’t bake with it. For cookies I substitute apple sauce and with enough trial and error I have gotten the ratio down so that there is not too much of a difference between using the margarine and apple sauce. However apple sauce does not work for things like cakes, as I once embarrassingly learned right after I got married and of course served a dense rock of a cake to a table full of guests :-O. O well, you learn. Would you have any ideas of another substitute that would work? I would love to make the cake this shabbos that you just posted.


    Sarah Avigail

  5. says

    Tina..Tina..Tina!! I think you may have been doing the cinnamon challenge on to many times.. This resipe magically works with the pumpkins, chocolate and cinniomon…
    I happen to be a Huge pumpkin fan and who isn’t a chocolate fan!?!? Maybe you mixed up Tsp and Tbs??!? I would recommend you try this again.. Follow the steps very carefully. The results will be… You will have an awesome cake….

  6. Donna says

    Any suggestions for making these as minis? Or a different pan? Baking times? Size of pan? I hate serving everything looking the same.

    • overtimecook says

      Because they need to be marbled, I’m not sure that minis of this is the best idea. Maybe try it mini without the chocolate layer?

      • Barbra says

        Hi …this recipe looks amazing and I want to make it now for Rosh Hashana but not sure about the freezing part. I’m thinking to take it out of the baking pan when it’s cool..but what do I wrap it in for freezing? Plastic wrap, foil?


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