Pumpkin Mini-Bundts with Maple Icing (Gluten-Free!)

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Pumpkin Mini-Bundts With Maple Icing (Gluten-Free!)

Some desserts are clearly, obviously good. Nobody needs to advertise them. We’re talking brownies, chocolate chip cookies, cheesecake. Everyone loves cheesecake.

Then, there are the desserts that look unassuming and unexceptional, but they blow the popular choices out of the water. These mini-bundts are in that category. You know, the how-is-this-so-good-I-can’t-stop-eating-it category.

And they’re pretty healthy, too! These pumpkin cakes might be a baking miracle. They have no butter (I’m not counting the icing here) and they’re gluten-free. Let’s do a happy dance!

Pumpkin Mini-Bundts with Maple Icing (Gluten-Free!)

I’d like to do a shout-out here to my fellow bloggers who also work full-time on top of blogging. I’m not sure if anyone really takes the time to think about what it takes to essentially work two jobs. Every day, those of us who blog on the side engage in a crazy balancing act.

In case you think this is one of those my-life-is-crazier-than-yours assertions, it’s not. I’m not living your life, so I can’t speak to your stress level or the amount that you need to get done on a daily basis. Honestly, our modern lives dictate that we all engage in way too much at the same time. Every friend of mine is a professional when it comes to multitasking.

Pumpkin Mini-Bundts with Maple Icing (Gluten-Free!)

So as you observe these pumpkin mini-bundts that are not just smothered with lovely maple icing, but that are also gluten-free, remember that I probably baked them in the dead of the morning before rushing off to my day job wrangling teenagers. That will make them more delicious, right?

This my favorite pumpkin cake recipe, bar none. The fact that it’s gluten-free is just an accidental bonus. Kenny, who dislikes all things pumpkin, loves this recipe. He gobbles it up every time. And even better, there’s no mixer required. It’s just adding dry ingredients to liquid in a bowl. Simple!

Pumpkin Mini-Bundts with Maple Icing (Gluten-Free!)

What makes this pumpkin cake so irresistible is the oat flour. I know I’ve been promoting oat flour ever since this blog began, and it’s not because Bob Red’s Mill is paying me (they’re not, but I wouldn’t mind). It’s because gluten-free oat flour gives a special consistency to cake, making it even denser and more moist than cake baked with flour. If you haven’t tried it, in the name of all things holy, do it now.

Pumpkin Mini-Bundts with Maple Icing (Gluten-Free!)

And as for the maple icing, I strongly prefer an easy stovetop icing to a glaze. Glazes are nice, but this is much thicker and has more of a strong maple flavor, providing a perfect complement (yes, it’s spelled that way in this usage) to the pumpkin.

Well, kids, I gotta vamoose. I have a bazillion things to do because, well, I have two jobs and three small kids on the side. But I’ll catch you next week!


Pumpkin Mini-Bundts with Maple Icing (Gluten-Free!)


Mini-Cake Batter
1 and 3/4 cups oat flour (labeled gluten-free)
1 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon cloves
3/4 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1 can pumpkin puree
1/2 cup canola oil
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1/4 cup pure maple syrup
1 cup powdered sugar


  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spray a mini-bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix all the dry ingredients except the sugars until well incorporated. Set aside. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the eggs and sugars and mix well. Add the pumpkin and oil and stir again. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and beat until a smooth batter has formed.
  3. Spoon the batter into the mini-bundt molds, filling up about three-quarters of the way. This recipe makes about 18 little cakes, so you might have to bake two batches depending on the size and yield of your pan.
  4. Bake for 20-25 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely and remove the cakes carefully from their molds.
  5. When the cakes are out and ready, make the icing. Melt the butter and maple syrup in a saucepan, stirring to combine over low-medium heat. Remove the pot from the heat and add the powdered sugar, stirring until fully incorporated.
  6. Spoon the icing over the mini-bundts. Allow to set. Store covered.




I fulfill many roles in life: wife, mother, teacher, everlasting learner. This site is dedicated to one role that expresses my creativity in ways that I find consistently challenging and rewarding: baker. Inventing new ways to enhance food, especially if that food involves chocolate or peanut butter (or both!), is a passion of mine. I look forward to sharing my ideas with you.

This Post Has 18 Comments

  1. Gayle @ Pumpkin 'N Spice

    These are the cutest little bundt cakes, Mir! I would actually choose these over a chocolate treat any day. And I love the maple icing too, such a great touch! I bet these would be the hit of Thanksgiving!!
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    1. Mir

      Thanks, Gayle! These went FAST. I have to make more for the holiday!

  2. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Mir, I agree!!! hats off to the bloggers who also work full-time jobs! you guys ROCK! it’s gotta be so hard. . I have no idea. . because I use the day time to get so much done. . and I love these mini bundt cakes!!!!! that maple icing looks so good and hooray for the oat flour!!!! love these!
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    1. Mir

      I fantasize sometimes about having the day to bake. But I also love teaching, so I’ve just got to do both and suck it up, Alice! And maple icing makes everything better.

  3. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I seriously don’t know how people blog and work full-time. I spend about 18 hours a day on blog work, so I couldn’t fit anything else in.

    What I do have time to fit in is cute little desserts like this. They are so fun.
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    1. Mir

      18 hours?! Damn, girl. I could never. I hate sitting still and looking at computer screens. Probably not a good quality in a blogger. 🙂

  4. Rachelle @ Beer Girl Cooks

    Girl, I total get what you’re saying about working full time and having a blog. I have very demanding job and it’s sometimes exhausting to keep up with that and all things blogging, but I just can’t imagine my life without both now. It’s just so much fun and all of you are all such fantastic friends! I also can’t imagine my life without these pumpkin mini bundts because whoa!
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    1. Mir

      Yep, it’s such a challenge, but I agree that it’s worth it. You all are so much fun!

  5. Jen | Baked by an Introvert

    These mini bundt cakes are adorable, Mir! I love the maple icing, it sounds delightful!

    1. Mir

      Thanks, Jen! I love anything small!

  6. Manali @ CookWithManali

    I totally agree, hats off to you guys who also work full time with the blog.
    Blogging itself is a full time job on its own, I don’t think I can manage both! Love these cakes, mini dessert is always the best and the icing sounds delish!
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    1. Mir

      I guess I don’t do the full-time part of it, Manali. Wish I could, but I love my teaching job too much to ever stop!

  7. Amanda

    I want to shake the hand of whoever came up with the mini bundt pan. Thanks for making the world just a little bit cuter, whoever you are! 🙂 These look fantastic! That maple icing is where it’s at!
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    1. Mir

      They are worthy of our praise, Amanda!

  8. Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust

    The fact you made these before work makes me want to bow down to you. I’m a morning person but I can’t be in the kitchen that early, ever. Love these!
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    1. Mir

      Better in the kitchen early than late, Dorothy! Nothing feels more despairing than being in the kitchen late at night, fixing an epic fail of a recipe while the rest of the house sleeps!

  9. Michele @ Alwayzbakin

    These look fabulous Mir! I’m sure I could pop a whole lot of these in my mouth! 😮 Love that the frosting is maple too. Yum! And any dessert I don’t have to drag my mixer out for is an absolute plus. Thanks for the shout-out to the full-time working peeps. It IS stressful. We got this though!
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    1. Mir

      I’m still eating them, Michele. They are a perfect snack! And yep, we got it. But it’s totally an ongoing, stressful siege!

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