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Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Chai Glaze

A wonderfully autumnal pumpkin bundt cake with chai glaze – rich, moist and delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Cake
Servings: 12 slices
Author: Lucy Parissi


  • 185 g | 6oz unsalted butter softened
  • 200 g | 7oz caster sugar
  • 85 g | 3oz dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 eggs
  • zest of an orange
  • Dry ingredients
  • 450 g | 1lb plain all purpose flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/4 tsp greshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
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  • Wet ingredients
  • 200 ml | 6.7fl oz whole milk + 1 tsp lemon juice
  • 50 ml | 2fl oz strongly brewed chai tea using 3 Twinings chai teabags
  • 350 g | 12.3oz canned pumpkin purée or see notes
  • To soak optional
  • Mix together 100g | 3.5oz condensed milk
  • and 50ml | 2fl oz strongly brewed chai tea
  • Glaze
  • 200 g |7oz icing sugar
  • a few tablespoons strongly brewed chai tea


  • Preheat the oven to 180C (350F). Brush a 22cm (9in) bundt tin with softened butter and dust with flour shaking out any excess.
  • Put the butter, sugar and vanilla in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment. Beat until light and fluffy, scraping the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, and beat until combined. Mix in the orange zest.
  • Sift all the dry ingredients together in a bowl. Mix the milk, lemon juice and chai together in a measuring jug.
  • Alternate adding the dry and wet ingredients into the batter, starting and ending with the flour.
  • Mix in the pumpkin purée until batter is smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the prepared tin and leve;.
  • Bake for 50-55 minutes on the lowest oven shelf. The cake is ready when a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean.
  • Poke holes into the cake with a long skewer (this is optional) then spoon over the soaking mixture until it gets absorbed into the cake. Do not saturate the cake (you may not need to use it all).
  • Let the cake cool in the tin. Carefully invert onto a platter, loosening the edges with a knife if necessary.
  • Mix the icing sugar with enough hot chai tea to reach a pouring consistency. Drizzle the glaze over the cake. Dust with a little ground cinnamon and serve.


If you can't find canned pumpkin, you can steam or roast a large butternut squash (at least 1kg/2lbs) and then mash it. Cool completely before using.