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Holiday Ready Nutmeg Bundt Cake Recipe


This easy Nutmeg Bundt Cake recipe is the perfect dessert or coffee cake for all your holiday events. The vibrant seasonal flavors make it perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas. But I know you’ll want to eat this all year long! The cream cheese icing makes it the best way to end any meal! 

An icing covered nutmeg bundt cake on a white plate.
Let’s make this easy Nutmeg Bundt Cake recipe.

This Nutmeg Bundt Cake is a Holiday Classic

I love a good holiday tradition. But sometimes I like to try new recipes to mix in with the old standbys.

This Nutmeg Cake is an easy dessert idea that I love, especially during the fall and winter months. 

A bundt cake is my favorite type of cake to make for parties. They’re typically super simple to make and don’t require elaborate decorating, which I am terrible at. 

I mean, nutmeg instantly makes me think of Christmas. So this is the tasty dessert we serve any time we are hosting people in our home around the holidays. 

While I make my Sherry Wine Cake for Christmas breakfast every year, I know some people don’t want alcohol in their desserts.

This Nutmeg Cake recipe has all that bold nutmeg flavor I love and is perfect for any crowd.  

Candy cane martinis on a table with text next to it.


Classic nutmeg bundt cake on a cake plate with icing.

For the Bundt Cake

  • all-purpose flour
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • baking powder
  • brown sugar
  • salt
  • baking soda
  • unsalted butter
  • eggs

For the Cream Cheese Icing

  • cream cheese
  • confectioners sugar, aka powdered sugar
  • milk

The cream cheese icing is just the right amount of sweetness to finish off this recipe.

You can also do a simple sprinkle of powdered sugar if you don’t want to bother making icing. 

How to Make Nutmeg Bundt Cake

Woman taking a piece of nutmeg bundt cake sliced with cream cheese drizzle.

Steps for the Cake

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

2. Prepare the pan

Spray the bundt pan with cooking spray.

If that method hasn’t worked for you in the past, try to butter the pan and dust with some flour to prepare the dish.

3. Mix the dry ingredients

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

4. Mix the wet ingredients

In a large bowl combine butter, brown sugar and eggs.

5. Mix them together

Gradually add all dry ingredients to the butter, sugar and egg mixture.

6. Add to pan

Spoon the batter into the prepared bundt pan.

7. Bake

Bake for 50 minutes.

For the Glaze

  1. Combine cream cheese, confectioners sugar and milk.
  2. Stir until you have a thin mixture adding additional milk if needed.
  3. Drizzle over your cake and serve!

How to Get Cake Out of a Bundt Pan

Let the cake cool in the pan for a few minutes before trying to remove it. 

If the cake feels stuck here are a few things to try.

Run a knife or spatula around the edges of the bundt cake to separate it from the pan. Do the same around the center hole of the pan.

Turn a large plate over on the top of the bundt pan, then invert the cake. Did the cake fall out onto the plate? You’re all good.

If it’s stuck, shake it gently to see if it releases onto the plate.

If it is still stuck, grab a large towel and run it under hot water. Wring it out completely. Lay it on the counter and place the bundt cake pan, cake side down on the towel.

Let sit for 5 minutes. The steam should help loosen the cake from the sides.

If it doesn’t, run the spatula or knife around the edges again.

If that doesn’t work, I don’t know what to tell you. I suggest making the glaze and trying to hide any areas that got ruined by sticking to the pan.

You can use these tips to help you get my Sherry Cake and Cinnamon Rum Cake out of their bundt pans. 

This is the bundt pan I bought but there are so many gorgeous pans! I feel like I may need to start a collection! 

Slice of bundt cake with nutmeg on a small white dessert plate on a table next to a white cake plate on a party table.

I love the golden color of this cake! It’s so inviting. And it’s the perfect comfort food to eat on a cool night.

And this Nutmeg dessert would be just as good with a glass of port as it would be with a cup of coffee. 

The icing is the perfect finishing touch to make the cake look presentable with very little effort. 

I love to eat this while it’s still warm (or heat it up for a few seconds in the microwave!).

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you use something other than nutmeg?

If at all possible, try to make this recipe with nutmeg. It has that rich, warm flavor that makes this cake taste like Christmas. 

If you have to substitute, you can try using mace which is a different part of the same plant that nutmeg comes from. The flavor is a bit different but probably the most similar. 

If you leave it out altogether, you are basically making a cinnamon cake. Which is fine. But it won’t sing as this nutmeg cake will. 

Nichole of Casa de Crews put together this gorgeous table setting! 

Photos by: Caroline & Evan Photography

nutmeg cake for christmas

Nutmeg Bundt Cake From Scratch

This easy Nutmeg Bundt Cake is perfect for all your holiday entertaining!
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Course: Recipes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 50 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Calories: 398kcal
Servings: 12 servings


Ingredients for Bundt Cake

Ingredients for the Cream Cheese Icing


  • Heat oven to 350
  • Combine flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking powder, salt and baking soda.
  • Combine butter, brown sugar and eggs.
  • Gradually add all dry ingredients into the butter, sugar and egg mixture.
  • Spoon batter into a bundt pan.
  • Bake for 50 minutes.
  • For the glaze combine cream cheese, confectioners sugar and milk.
  • Stir until you have a thin mixture adding additional milk if needed.
  • Drizzle over your cake and serve!


Serving: 1g | Calories: 398kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 113mg | Sodium: 393mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 27g
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  1. Hi…I plan on making this recipe as mini Bundt cakes for neighbor Christmas gifts….does this hold up to making ahead and freezing?

    1. Hi Robin, I haven’t tried it but I am sure you can. Mini bundts are such a cute idea! Make sure you cool them completely, then wrap them in plastic wrap and aluminum foil and I would even put them in an air tight container before putting in the freezer. When you are ready to gift them, I would thaw them in the fridge overnight or at room temperature for a few hours. Let me know how it goes please! And be sure to send a photo if you take one. :)

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