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Spice Bundt Cake With Salted Caramel Glaze Recipe

This spice bundt cake with salted caramel glaze recipes makes a dense, slightly spicy cake that's topped with a delicious sweet caramel glaze that has a nice crunch of sea salt to cut the sweetness.

Spice Bundt Cake With Salted Caramel Glaze Recipe

Mr. Savvy's birthday was back in December and each year I like to make him a homemade from scratch cake as part of his gift.

Most years he wants something pretty simple like the traditional yellow cake with chocolate frosting so I was pretty surprised when he said he wanted me to try making a spice cake with a caramel glaze as it was something he grew up with.

Spice cake is something I've only had a few times over the years and had ever made, but I, of course, wanted to make the cake he wanted for his birthday.

After looking at several different spice cake recipes and getting some input from Mr. Savvy I ended up putting together this spice cake with salted caramel frosting recipe.

Let me just say that it was so good I'm sure I'll continue making this one several times in the future.

Spice Bundt Cake With Salted Caramel Glaze Recipe

The cake is on the denser side, which Mr. Savvy assured it should be, and is full of spicy flavor.

The spiciness isn't a heat spice, but a warm spice from the variety of spices like cinnamon added to the cake.

It bakes up beautifully in a bundt pan, but I'm sure it would also work great in a tube pan, or even in layers or cupcakes.

My favorite part was, not surprisingly, the salted caramel frosting.

Mr. Savvy had just asked for a caramel glaze, but you see salted caramel everywhere you go these days, and, in my opinion, for good reason.

So, I decided to add some sea salt to the glaze and I'm glad I did because it is a very sweet and rich caramel and the salt does a lot to enhance the flavor while also cutting the sweetness.

This also makes the glaze and cake pair really well together as the cake isn't overly sweet and almost a bit more on the savory side like a gingerbread.

The glaze is also more of something in between a glaze and frosting.

It's not soft and pillowy like most frostings, but it's also not thin like most glazes that soak into the cake.

The salted caramel glaze is cooked in just a few minutes and firms up rather quickly giving you just enough time to drizzle it over the spice cake.

spice bundt cake with salted caramel glaze sitting on a white plate on top of a red plastic cake holder bottom

Recommended Equipment

I'm often asked what products I use when cooking and baking so I thought I'd share some of my must-haves to make this spice cake.

  • A bundt cake pan - I've always had good luck with Nordic Ware products and this bundt cake pan is no different. It has a non-stick finish that cleans up easily and should last a long time if you wash it by hand with a non-abrasive sponge.
  • A cooling rack - This is a cake you don't want getting soft and mushy on the bottom while cooling so a good cooling rack is a must.
  • A sifter - I honestly usually don't bother sifting powdered sugar for most recipes, but for this glaze, you want to sift the sugar to ensure it's smooth.
  • A mixer - I used my stand mixer to make this cake, but I also use my hand mixer quite often to make cakes in a hurry.
  • A cake plate/saver - This cake can be kept for several days in the refrigerator as long as it's covered. I like this one because it can go in the fridge or stay out while being easily transported.
A slice of spiced bundt cake with caramel glaze on a white round dessert plate.

Spice Bundt Cake With Salted Caramel Glaze Recipe

Yield: 1 cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

This spice bundt cake with salted caramel glaze recipes makes a dense, slightly spicy cake that's topped with a delicious sweet caramel glaze that has a nice crunch of sea salt to cut the sweetness.


Spice Bundt Cake Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt (I use sea salt)
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 ¾ cups dark brown sugar (can use light also)
  • ¾ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • ¾ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 4 large eggs (preferably room temperature)
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Salted Caramel Glaze Ingredients

  • 4 tablespoons of unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
  • ½ cup packed dark brown sugar (can use light brown sugar but it won't taste quite as caramel-y)
  • ⅓ cup heavy cream, or heavy whipping cream
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¾ - 1 cup powdered (confectioner's) sugar, sifted (make sure you sift before starting)
  • Additional sea salt (optional)


Spice Bundt Cake Recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F and grease your bundt pan. I like to use a baking spray that has flour in it.
  2. In a large bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cloves until thoroughly combined. Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, add brown sugar breaking apart any large clumps.
  4. Add in butter and applesauce and beat until well combined. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula.
  5. Add in the eggs and vanilla all together and mix until well combined. Scrape down the bowl again if needed.
  6. While mixing on low, add in half of the flour/spice mixture until well combined. Then add in all of the buttermilk and mix again.
  7. Lastly, add in the last half of the flour mixture until well combined. Make sure to give one last stir with a spatula to make sure you don't have any flour pockets at the bottom of the bowl.
  8. Pour the cake batter into your greased bundt cake pan and bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your oven and the size of the bundt pan used. You should be able to stick a toothpick or knife into the cake and have it come out clean to know it's done.
  9. Once the cake is done, allow it to cool for about 10 minutes in the pan on a cooling rack. After 10 minutes, run a knife around the edges of the cake if needed and invert the cake onto the cooling rack to finish cooling completely. You won't want to make the glaze until the cake has thoroughly cooled. You can also cover and store the cake in the refrigerator overnight before glazing.

Salted Caramel Glaze Recipe

  1. Please note that this glaze firms up rather quickly so be prepared to make it and pour over the cake immediately.
  2. In a medium-sized saucepan over medium-high heat, add the butter and melt. Whisk in the brown sugar, salt, and cream until thoroughly combined. Bring the mixture to a rolling boil and then let it boil for about 1 minute without stirring.
  3. Remove from heat and whisk in powdered sugar until you reach your desired consistency. The more sugar you add, the thicker the glaze will be. I started with ¾ cup and ended up using the whole cup.
  4. Once the sugar is thoroughly incorporated into a smooth glaze, immediately pour or spoon the glaze over the cake.
  5. Sprinkle a small amount of sea salt over the glaze while it's still warm, if desired.
  6. Let the glaze cool for at least 30 minutes before serving. Store leftovers tightly wrapped in the fridge for up to one week.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 16 Serving Size: 1 slice
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 375Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 345mgCarbohydrates: 56gFiber: 1gSugar: 41gProtein: 4g

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Monday 20th of November 2023

Any chance you have the conversion time for mini bundts? I’m thinking 20ish min but thought I’d ask

Smart Savvy Living - Michelle

Monday 20th of November 2023

@GoodOleRaeRae, I haven't baked this particular recipe as mini bundts to give a certain answer but I would start checking around 15 minutes just to be safe. Hope this helps!


Saturday 25th of February 2023

What size Bundt pan did you use? 10 cup?

Smart Savvy Living

Tuesday 14th of March 2023

Hi Corey, thanks for stopping by. I used the bundt pan that is linked to, which is 12 cups. Hope this helps!


Saturday 1st of January 2022

This is one of the best cakes I have ever made. Thank you for not being shy on the amount of spices! I made it last Sunday for a family party and making it again today for my neighbor that will be removing 9in of snow at some point in the next 24hrs lol

Smart Savvy Living

Monday 17th of January 2022

I'm so happy that you enjoyed the spice cake so much, Linda! Thanks so much for trying my recipe and taking the time to share how it turned out.


Sunday 23rd of May 2021

I made this for my husbands birthday since he always loved spice cake as a kid (and loves salted caramel). It was SO good, so moist and full of flavor! It looked pretty too, I wish I could post a photo. Only thing I changed was that I used vanilla Greek yogurt. Thanks for this great recipe that I will definitely be making again!

Smart Savvy Living

Monday 24th of May 2021

@Amanda, so glad you liked the recipe and Happy Birthday to your husband! Thanks so much for trying my recipe and taking the time to share how it turned out.

Rhonda King

Thursday 6th of May 2021

I didn’t make the spice cake but the salted caramel glaze is amazing! I made it for cinnamon rolls and can’t stop eating it! Yummm!

Smart Savvy Living

Monday 10th of May 2021

Sounds like another delicious way to use the glaze, Rhonda! Thanks so much for trying my recipe and sharing how it turned out.

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