Healthy Butterscotch Pumpkin Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Cinnamon-Spiced Icing and Pecans
Healthy Butterscotch Pumpkin Bundt Cake with Cinnamon Protein Icing

Besides that Spiced Pumpkin Maple Ice Cream I made last month, I have never had much luck with pumpkin.  I won’t get into the details, but I recall having four failed recipes using pumpkin …  within the last two months …  so sad.

Healthy Butterscotch Pumpkin Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Cinnamon-Spiced Icing and Pecans

But let’s get to the good part (where I finally struck luck with pumpkin):  this cake!  *points to picture above*

After making the Apple Cinnamon Butterscotch Cake, I’ve been dying to make something else with butterscotch extract.  And so, I gave pumpkin another try.

Healthy Butterscotch Pumpkin Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Cinnamon-Spiced Icing and Pecans

A very good decision!  Technically, I gave pumpkin two tries.  I mean, could you really see me–of all bakers–making a perfectly good cake in my first trial?  Um, no.  For a cake to taste this good, it is bound to have a dark past  (aka, a failed brother or sister recipe, or, was baked by someone struck with an unlucky “pumpkin curse”)

One of the problems I always seem to have with pumpkin, is that the end product always turns out bland.  Since this recipe uses oats, another bland ingredient, I had to try extra hard to squeeze in more flavor without ruining the texture of the cake.  That’s what I thought I did in the first trial, but what did I get?  A giant bundt cake with no flavor whatsoever, and along with that, it was much too moist with an almost mushy texture.  Not something I look forward to in a cake!

Healthy Butterscotch Pumpkin Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Cinnamon-Spiced Icing and Pecans

So along came the second trial.

For a better texture, I removed some of the oat flour and added in whole oats instead, omitted the applesauce and egg replacer, used pureed tofu instead of greek yogurt, and added one teaspoon of baking soda.

For a better flavor, I doubled the cinnamon, nutmeg and butterscotch extract, and added sucanat and maple sugar.  I also added the spiced icing because it felt like the cake was missing something …  or maybe I just wanted some icing …

Healthy Butterscotch Pumpkin Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Cinnamon-Spiced Icing and Pecans
Healthy Butterscotch Pumpkin Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Cinnamon-Spiced Icing and Pecans
And just look at what it adds to the cake!  Better looks and better taste!  This makes for a happy baker.  This cake was super moist, but not too moist like the first trial, and struck a perfect balance between soft and firm, something every bundt cake should have.  The icing (obviously) completed the cake, hands down.  It added even more sweetness and deliciousness.  It was simply scrumptious.  I was quite surprised as to how little I tasted the pumpkin, though, since I used a whole can of it!  But this is a good thing for me as I am not a pumpkin fan–I appreciate pumpkin flavor, I just don’t love it.  The pumpkin may be more prominent without the icing, but, would anyone sacrifice the icing for more pumpkin flavor?  I certainly hope not!

Butterscotch Pumpkin Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Cinnamon-Spiced Icing and Pecans

Yield: one large bundt cake


    Cake- Dry:
  • 144g (1+1/2 cups) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, blended to a flour
  • 144g (1+1/2 cups) Old Fashioned Rolled Oats, left whole
  • 160g (1 cup) Brown Rice Flour
  • 120g (1+1/2 cups) Whey Protein Concentrate
  • 96g (1/2 cup) Sucanat
  • 36g (1/4 cup) Pure Maple Sugar
  • 13g (2 tbs) Ground Flaxseed
  • 2 tbs Cinnamon
  • 1/16 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1 tbs Baking Powder
  • 2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Cake- Wet:
  • 255g (3/5 package) Firm Tofu, drained
  • 1 cup 100% Apple Juice
  • 56g (1/4 cup) Grapeseed Oil
  • one 15oz can 100% Pure Pumpkin Puree
  • 84g (1/4 cup) Pure Maple Syrup
  • 84g (1/4 cup) Molasses
  • 1 tbs + 2 tsp Butterscotch Extract
  • 1 tbs + 2 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tsp Butter Extract (or more butterscotch)
  • 1 tsp Maple Flavor
  • 1/4 tsp Lemon Flavor
  • 1 tbs Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Cinnamon-Spiced Icing:
  • 112g (5 tbs + 1 tsp) Honey
  • 14g (2 tsp) Molasses
  • 40g (1/2 cup) Whey Protein Concentrate
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1-2 tbs Chopped Pecans, for topping


    For the Cake:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit and thoroughly spray your bundt pan with cooking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  3. In a blender, puree the tofu and apple juice, and pour into a separate large bowl (the larger the better). Whisk in the rest of the wet ingredients.
  4. Slowly add in the dry to wet, big scoop by big scoop, folding to combine. Once all the dry has been added, quickly stir the batter for 20 seconds to break up any flour chunks. Pour into the prepared pan and bake for ~55-60 minutes, or until the surface is firm to touch.
  5. Flip cake onto a plate and leave uncovered for about 30 minutes. Cover with the cake with the bundt pan and leave it like that overnight (the flavors develop around each other and taste 1293487x better... and no, that isn't an exaggeration). The next day, top with the icing.
  6. For the Icing:
  7. Warm the honey and molasses for about 10-15 seconds in the microwave, or until it is runny and not too hot
  8. Stir in the whey protein concentrate and cinnamon until evenly distributed and scoop over cake. I had to spread mine with a knife, but very carefully, as it doesn't want to stick to the cake! It does eventually stick if you go slowly, though.
  9. Press pecans onto icing, then slice and serve. Do not let anything (like plastic wrap or foil) touch the surface of the cake otherwise the icing will come off.


*This is a high altitude recipe (for about 2,500 feet), so if you live at sea level don't attempt this recipe without making your own adjustments to the liquid and moisture level!

This recipe is: low fat, high fiber, high protein, gluten free

Healthy Butterscotch Pumpkin Gingerbread Bundt Cake with Cinnamon-Spiced Icing and Pecans
PS: the lucky winner of the brand new baker’s scale is commenter #41:  Audrey!

Labels: Brown-Rice-Flour, Butterscotch, Cakes-and-Cupcakes, Eggless, Flax, Gluten-Free, High-Altitude, High-Protein, Honey, Icings-Frostings-and-Spreads, Maple, Molasses, Oats, Pumpkin, Sucanat, Tofu, Whey-Protein-Concentrate

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Comments (8)

  1. Sonia The Healthy Foodie: October 27, 2011

    Jess, this cake is just out of this world gorgeous. How did you ever think of making icing out of protein powder? It looks so yummy! I just have to try it. Now stevia is one ingredient that I still haven’t worked with, but it looks like I’m gonna have to get me some, because I just have to try some of your recipes. This cake is definitely one of them! :)

  2. Audrey: November 5, 2011

    Thank you for hosting this, Jessica! Did you get my email? I just saw that you commented on Nov. 1 saying you never heard from me. I had emailed you on Oct. 25 but perhaps it was sent to your spam or something?

  3. blondiebakesandbikes: November 18, 2011

    Oh my goodness this cake looks incredible! Same with all of your other recent creations. S’mores pie? Thats healthy?! I’m so in! Haha, just found your blog and I love it!!

  4. JoAnna: November 22, 2011

    This looks so good! I would really like to make it for Thanksgiving, but you said it is a high altitude recipe. Do you by chance know an estimate of how the recipe would differ for low altitude? Please let me know!

  5. JoAnna: November 23, 2011

    Thanks for the tips! I’m not sure I’ll have time for a trial run before Thanksgiving so maybe I’ll just wing it :-/

  6. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: November 23, 2011

    I would recommend reducing the tofu by 85g (or 1/5 of the package) as well as 1/4 cup of the pumpkin. I think reducing the moisture level is the main thing, but I would recommend a pre-run trial before Thanksgiving to make any needed adjustments (plus, you can add some ginger or more nutmeg if you feel it needs it). I wish I could be of more help, but I am still learning the ins and outs of different-altitude-baking.

    Good luck! :) Tell me how it goes.


  7. Jessica | Desserts With Benefits: November 23, 2011

    It’s a very easy recipe, all I did was dump the dry ingredients in a bowl and pour the wet ingredients on top. I hope this all turns out *crosses fingers* but if it doesn’t, I hope you find a good back up plan!

  8. Bruce: November 24, 2011

    Thanks for a great blog
    Ginger Bread cake

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