25 Nothing Bundt Cakes Flavors, Ranked Worst To Best

Bundt cakes refer to cakes that have been baked in a special donut-shaped pan. The pans often have unique patterns within the round shape and can create everything from simple circles to beautiful terraced creations. This type of cake has its origins in Europe, where it was likely inspired by the Gugelhupf cake of Central Europe (via Food52).

While the Gugelhupf is a yeast-based cake often cooked with raisins, bundt cakes in the United States are not linked to any particular recipe. They rose to popularity in the U.S. in the 1960s and have remained a popular cake for parties and formal gatherings.

Nothing Bundt Cakes was founded in 1997 by Dena Tripp and Debbie Shwetz, two women who were known among friends for their delicious bundt cakes. They now have locations all over the country and continue to be a fast-growing franchise. Their cakes (which are available full-sized and as mini Bundtlets) are known for being flavorful, moist, and delicious. However, not every flavor can be a winner. Here are all the Nothing Bundt Cakes flavors ranked from worst to best.

25. Carrot

People either love carrot cake or they hate it. Even fans of this flavor agree that there's little room for error when it comes to making a carrot cake taste good. Nothing Bundt Cakes' version has all of the classic flavors we're looking for: cinnamon, nutmeg, and, of course, carrots. It even features pineapple chunks for added sweetness and texture. Unfortunately, the final product doesn't live up to the same hype as many of this company's other delicious cakes do.

Although this cake has a vegetable and a fruit inside, it is surprisingly dry considering those ingredients. "Let me tell you, it's hard to make a dry carrot cake because it's typically an oil-based cake and those suckers are moist almost by definition," wrote The Pastry's Chef Baking. "For an oil-based cake to become dry, you've either overbaked it or it's been refrigerated for too long. So my taste buds went, 'Meh.”" 

While the flavor is good, it's not as strong as we would like. The cream cheese frosting complements the cake really well, but we wish there was more to compensate for the lack of moisture in the rest of the dessert.

24. Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl

Peanut butter and chocolate is a winning pairing, which is why we're genuinely shocked to rank Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl so low. The issues surrounding this cake come not from the quality of the bake — by all accounts, it's not a bad dessert — but from the combination of flavors. Facebook commenters found that the signature cream cheese icing actually clashed with the peanut butter cake in an unpleasant way. One person wrote, "The cake flavor itself is ok but mixed with the icing it tastes strange. Wouldn't recommend." Another complained about the small amount of chocolate in the batter, which kind of defeats the purpose of the word "swirl" in the name. How can it be called Peanut Butter Chocolate Swirl if there's barely any swirl to be found? 

All the cakes' components are tasty on their own — the cake, the frosting, and the peanut butter and chocolate, of course. But paired together, it's a surprising let-down. We think using peanut butter or chocolate-flavored icing instead would be a massive improvement, as did many of the reviewers above. There are so many delicious Nothing Bundt Cakes flavors to choose from that get it right. Compared to hits like Lemon Raspberry or Pumpkin Spice, this one sadly doesn't cut it.

23. Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookie

This Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake is the shop's only gluten-free item, but you wouldn't know it by tasting. It channels everything about the classic sweet treat, only without the allergens that would leave many consumers out of the experience. As The Food Allergy Mom writes, "The cake had a nice texture and was not crumbly. The icing gave it just the right touch of sweetness." And if you want to recreate the feel of cookies fresh out of the oven, you're in luck too, as "the cake tastes even better when warmed in the microwave for about 20 seconds." 

We commend Nothing Bundt Cakes' efforts towards inclusivity. However, we can't give this one a rave review. Despite its label, gluten-free dieters still have to be careful about consuming it. According to the bakery's Frequently Asked Questions, gluten-free goods are not prepared separate from the rest of the menu, meaning there's a possible chance of cross-contamination. While bloggers like Gluten Free Deliciously didn't experience any problems, many commenters on this article from the Gluten Intolerance Group of Northeast Ohio report becoming sick. This is disappointing, considering how hard finding good dietary substitutes can be. Kitchen conditions seem to vary by store, so unless you know exactly how it was prepared, we would avoid this one if you can't eat gluten. 

22. Salted Caramel

Salted caramel is a tricky flavor to master. Too little salt and it ends up being overly sweet. Too much and it turns out, well, too salty. This seasonal cake, which is only offered periodically, errs on the side of being too sweet and doesn't give us the quintessential salted caramel flavor we're looking for. According to one review on TripAdvisor, "Some of the monthly flavors can be a hit or a miss. The salted caramel tasted more like a maple pancake. It wasn't my favorite choice."

The cake itself is a little dry, and unfortunately, the hints of caramel and salt don't help. More caramel ribboned through the cake would be a significant improvement to both the taste and texture. The frosting is tasty but doesn't really enhance the overall flavor. We'd rather just eat real salted caramel candy and order a different Nothing Bundt Cake flavor. 

21. Classic Vanilla

Most of Nothing Bundt Cakes' selections are really tasty, so we've already reached the point on this list where it becomes increasingly difficult to rank them. This vanilla cake isn't bad by any means. In fact, many customers are huge fans of the simple flavor. "Everyone has their favorite flavor," wrote one reviewer on TripAdvisor. "For my brother it's vanilla. He said he couldn't find a good, moist, delicious cake, so I took him to this location and he loved it. He's so picky and now he has his favorite cake anytime he wants it." 

So why do we rank this cake so low on our list? Although nothing is inherently wrong with vanilla, it's kind of boring. There are plenty of places to get a good vanilla cake with cream cheese frosting, so we don't feel like this version warrants a spot above any of the remaining flavors. It's also very sweet with no other spices or flavors for relief.

20. Confetti

Nothing Bundt Cakes' confetti is very similar to its classic vanilla flavor, but it ranks slightly higher because it's more fun. No surprise, there are plenty of fans of this cake. "I ordered a 10-inch Confetti Cake with extra frosting because I love sweet cakes," one customer wrote on Yelp. "The cake was really nice — it had a homemade-style taste to it and the frosting was SO good. The frosting is a cream cheese frosting, which goes well with all of their cakes." 

Each slice includes colorful sprinkles that don't add any flavor or texture, but make the cake more exciting to eat (think Funfetti cake). However, the confetti cake is kind of boring overall, and doesn't offer much relief from the super sweet flavor that permeates every bite. While it's great for a birthday party or other celebration, we generally wouldn't pick this flavor over most other Nothing Bundt Cakes offerings.

19. Marble

Here is another example of a Nothing Bundt Cakes offering that looks better than it tastes. Again, this cake isn't bad by any means. It is, however, a little disappointing. When we dig into a marble cake we want to taste an equal amount of the two flavors that make up the baked good. This cake is a mix of yellow cake and chocolate cake, but heavily favors the former. "I love marble, however as I dug into it there was only a small stripe of chocolate through it so I was disappointed," wrote one person on Yelp. "However the gold cake was very fluffy and delicious. I just wish there was more chocolate and less frosting." Another Yelper had a similar complaint, noting, "Strangely, this was 95% yellow cake and 5% chocolate cake. That doesn't make for a lot of marbling," 

If you can get past the lack of chocolate in this cake, it's pretty good. It's always moist and the cream cheese frosting compliments both flavors really well. With a more even marbling, this cake would get bumped up a few spots on our list.

18. Peppermint Chocolate Chip

Available during the holidays, this seasonal specialty features a rich chocolate cake packed with chocolate chips and peppermint candy pieces. There is enough candy inside each bite to really bring that peppermint flavor home. The cream cheese frosting on top adds another layer of flavor that makes some people love this cake and others disappointed.

"I like it!! Perfect mix of peppermint & chocolate!" wrote one fan on Facebook. But another commenter wasn't so thrilled, complaining, "Not trying to be negative, but I want to give honest feedback. I am a regular at my local shop and love your cakes! I tried this flavor last year and it tasted like toothpaste to me."

We think the cake itself is tasty and perfect for the holidays. However, the cream cheese frosting on top is a little odd mixed with the peppermint. This cake would be fantastic with a peppermint icing instead, or perhaps a plain icing. That all being said, it's still a great dessert that we look forward to every time it's available.

17. Cinnamon Swirl

Are cinnamon rolls breakfast or dessert? As Nothing Bundt Cakes proves, they can be both. This airy yellow cake features rich swirls of cinnamon and sugar and a thick dollop of cream cheese frosting to bring it together. It resembles the breakfast pastry in all its sticky, sugary glory, only it's socially acceptable to serve after dinner or at a party with friends.

Reviewers on Yelp couldn't get over how delicious the flavor was. "The cinnamon swirl was amazeballs, like a light and fluffy cinnamon bun," one person said. Others called it "perfectly moist" and "a great change from chocolate." The only possible complaint about this one is the lack of flavor from the cinnamon swirl, as it's definitely not as intense as in a real cinnamon bun. But in our opinion, the classic notes of sugar and spice, combined with its unique place in the Nothing Bundt Cakes flavor lineup, make this one worth having. Warm this up in the microwave and have it with a hot cup of coffee. You won't regret it.

16. White White Chocolate

White chocolate, while delicious, can also be incredibly sweet. Unless you use it sparingly as a garnish, it can be overpowering or even saccharine if you're not careful. Somehow Nothing Bundt Cakes avoids this pitfall with White White Chocolate. The strong flavor is evenly infused throughout the cake and frosting, producing a light essence that's pleasant on the palate. The best part? It's not sickeningly sweet. A Yelp reviewer raved about this in particular, saying "I'm not a white chocolate fan, but this was amazing. Not overly sweet, had a delicious buttery frosting." 

However, the simplicity of this one could be a little underwhelming for some people. There are no fruits, nuts, or other add-ons to round out the sweetness, and it doesn't have the same oomph as a double chocolate dessert, for instance. Still, the cloud-like texture and flavor represent what Nothing Bundt Cakes is all about. Whether you adore white chocolate or feel like shaking up your dessert ritual, try it the next time it shows up as a Featured Flavor. 

15. White Chocolate Blueberry

White chocolate and fruit go hand-in-hand, so it's no wonder White Chocolate Blueberry knocks it out of the park. Composed of a white chocolate cake stuffed with blueberries, the luscious cake is further elevated by a generous layer of sweet icing. It's a big hit among fans of the bakery. One delighted Facebook commenter wrote, "I got it as a gift and it was the BEST cake I've had in a long time!!!" Another loved the fruity dessert so much, they stockpiled it in the freezer so they could experience it anytime they wanted. "Let's just say I never run out of these yummy cakes!" they gushed. 

While some found it too reminiscent of Blueberry Bliss (another fan fave), we can't fault Nothing Bundt Cakes for going all-in on this pairing. For one, it tastes exactly like blueberry muffins, which are always delicious. For two, the tartness marries well with the notes of sweet white chocolate.

14. Pecan Praline

Pralines are a classic candy from the South made with sugar, corn syrup, milk, butter, and pecan halves. Due to their popularity, they have been incorporated into other desserts like ice cream, cookies, and cake. Nothing Bundt Cakes does a great job of capturing those flavors in their pecan praline cake. Rich yellow cake is packed with pecans and covered in cinnamon sugar under the cream cheese frosting. It's a cake your grandma would have baked.

"The pecan praline cake was my favorite. The sweet cinnamon-sugar-coated pecans reminded me of breakfast, and the stronger flavors paired well with the rich frosting," one happy customer told The Repository. "So love Nothing Bundt Cakes! My favorite is the Pecan Praline cake. So incredible, moist texture," wrote another fan on Yelp.

Have this cake in the morning with a warm cup of coffee or tea, or enjoy it at dessert time with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

13. Lemon

This lemon cake is bright and refreshing which makes it perfect to pair with some fresh fruit or tea. The combination of the bright lemon with the zesty cream cheese creates a great bite that is a welcome break from the more decadent cake flavors. We're consistently surprised at how much lemon flavor is packed into this cake. Nothing Bundt Cakes finds a great balance between sweet and tart, creating a sort of lemonade flavor in the end. If you think lemon cake is boring, you're sleeping on a great dessert. "The cake wasn't dry at all and it had the perfect amount of sweetness," one happy reviewer wrote on Yelp

"I think I'm in love with the lemon bundt cake," admitted another. "So much so that I tried to recreate it ... and failed miserably. Guess I'll have to keep coming back here for my little addiction." Give this one a try the next time you stop by Nothing Bundt Cakes and you'll know what all the hype is about.

12. Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Fun and retro, pineapple upside down cake features colorful pineapple rings and Maraschino cherries. When baked in the oven, the fruits form a sticky syrup that coats the cake. In Nothing Bundt Cakes' version, the caramelized fruits soak into the yellow sponge cake, which then gets a smear of creamy frosting. Fans can't help singing the tropical cake's praises. "Someone just gave me one of these as a birthday gift. It was seriously THE BEST cake I have ever had!!!" one commenter on Facebook wrote. Another raved about the cake's texture, saying "The flavor is amazing and the cake is so moist!" Like an island getaway, minus the plane ticket!

Considering this recipe's been around for over a century, Nothing Bundt Cakes' twist on the classic makes it new and exciting (via What's Cooking America). Not only is delicious, but it's a welcome addition to the bakery's usual lineup of chocolate and vanilla cakes. Pick this one up the next time your local shop brings it back into rotation. Or if they don't have it right now, you can try making our recipe for pineapple upside down bundt cake.

11. Blueberry Bliss

This is another one of Nothing Bundt Cakes' seasonal flavors that is a win in our book. The light vanilla cake is bursting with juicy blueberries and gets an additional punch of flavor from the signature frosting. It tastes reminiscent of a blueberry muffin, albeit a more rich and decadent one. "This is amazing! One of your best flavors yet!" one fan wrote on Facebook. "It should be against human nature to make something this delicious," another commented.

This cake is sometimes offered in the spring and is the perfect treat for a sunny afternoon. It also pairs beautifully with a cup of coffee in the morning. (It contains blueberries, so it's healthy, right?) Some reviewers have found the blueberry taste to be slightly artificial, but we think it's about as close to the real thing as a premade cake can be. We're sad that this flavor is only offered occasionally and we recommend running to the store the next time it's for sale.

10. Snickerdoodle

Snickerdoodle cookies are known for their signature cinnamon sugar coating. This flavor combination has become wildly popular over the years and has inspired a variety of cakes, drinks, and ice cream flavors. This Nothing Bundt Cakes' seasonal flavor (it pops up during the winter) takes everything we love about snickerdoodle cookies and puts it in a cake. The cinnamon vanilla cake is covered in a generous coating of cinnamon sugar before being topped with Nothing Bundt Cakes' cream cheese frosting.

"Came here for the 1st time to pick up some cakes for my husband's birthday, and was immediately greeted by a friendly man who offered us both samples to their newest flavor (Snickerdoodle). It was SUPER yummy!" wrote one customer on Yelp. "The December flavor of the month has to be my favorite: Snickerdoodle! I am tormented by the thought of cream cheese frosting. Gracious Goodness!!!" said another. Our general impression: The flavors are warm, comforting, and nostalgic. You won't want to skip on this flavor the next time it's offered.

9. White Chocolate Raspberry

This cake has a perfect balance of flavors. The white chocolate cake is rich and decadent but nicely balanced by swirls of bright raspberry puree. The cream cheese frosting on top adds another tangy layer of flavor that keeps this cake refreshing. It's a great pick if you want a rich cake but think flavors like chocolate and caramel are too decadent.

"White chocolate raspberry is our favorite! Delicious every time They do not disappoint!" wrote one fan on Yelp. Another raved, "The White chocolate raspberry is heaven! I've ordered it twice already. I'm just too scared other flavors won't live up to it." 

The raspberry puree tastes natural and not like the gooey artificial fruit filling you can expect from many bakeries. The entire cake is super moist and has just enough frosting to add an extra layer of flavor without overpowering the rest of the dessert. It's a fan favorite for a reason.

8. Gingerbread

Gingerbread would be a welcome sight at any holiday gathering. The cake has a hearty mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, all of which add a nice kick that's balanced out by pretty ribbons of cream cheese icing. If you flock towards the gingerbread men on the annual cookie platter, just wait until you try them in cake form. One Facebook commenter wrote, "My very favorite. Love surprising people with this special cake."

One thing to note is the possible similarity to Pumpkin Spice. Since they're both seasonal varieties with festive spices, you might be tempted to lump them together. In reality, they have several differences that set them apart from each other. One person who's tried both said, "From what I've sampled, it is not quite as dense of a cake as the pumpkin. It is quite tasty and moist as the other cakes." Traditional gingerbread loaves can sometimes skew chewy or stodgy. In contrast, this cake has a light, fluffy texture that isn't arduous to eat. Those who already love gingerbread will be hard-pressed to find anything wrong with this cake.

7. Pumpkin Spice

This seasonal flavor is offered in the fall and is a perfect autumn treat. The cake is full of zesty pumpkin flavor and has lots of spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. The cream cheese frosting on top adds the perfect addition of flavor to round out the entire dessert. "The pumpkin spice cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes is absolutely to die for," exclaimed Chat, Chew, Review. "Each bite of moist cake features a hearty pumpkin flavor with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. The cream cheese frosting piped on top compliments the cake perfectly, adding a new layer of texture and sweetness. This cake provides the fall flavors that we all know and love."

If you're one of those people who wants to try every pumpkin-flavored item that comes out in October, keep your eyes peeled for this cake. It's the perfect addition to any pumpkin lover's must-try list.

6. Chocolate Chocolate Chip

Chocolate lovers will flock to this decadent flavor. The chocolate cake is super moist and flavorful. "​​First tried one of these at a friend's birthday party, his wife got a 10-inch ... Chocolate Chocolate Chip pair and I was stunned at how moist the cake was," wrote one Yelp reviewer. "Not good for my waistline but good for my soul," another admitted.

The only issue we have with this cake is that it isn't as chocolate-y as true cocoa fans may be looking for. It still features Nothing Bundt Cakes' signature cream cheese frosting, which cuts through the chocolate flavor. While this may be a plus for fans of that added tang, others (including us) would probably enjoy this cake better if it was topped with chocolate frosting. Those are really our only complaints though. If you're looking for a moist, decadent chocolate cake, this is a great option.

5. Chocolate Turtle

A candy store staple, chocolate turtles contain chopped pecans, caramel, and a rich chocolate coating (via The Spruce Eats). It's an unbeatable trio of flavors, and Nothing Bundt Cakes' spin on the crunchy confection just exudes decadence. It's like a gooey, chocolatey brownie. Except unlike plain chocolate, this cake contains loads of texture from the candy and pecans. 

This Featured Flavor never fails to be a crowd-pleaser when it's available. "Please add permanently to your menu!! My new favorite!!!" one Facebook commenter raved. For another happy fan, the Chocolate Turtle flavor seems to take the cake for overall tastiness. "I LOVE this one and best of all no one else in my family does meaning I can have the entire thing and not have to share or worry about them taking any of mine."  The moistness of the cake itself, combined with the fillings and frosting, makes this a great indulgence during the winter months. Take it to the next level by heating it up in the microwave and scooping your favorite ice cream on top. It's a match made in dessert heaven.

4. Lemon Raspberry

This summer seasonal flavor is a perfect afternoon pick-me-up. Nothing Bundt Cake's bright lemon cake is perfected with swirls of raspberry puree. The tartness of the lemon and raspberry is beautifully balanced with the super sweet frosting. 

"The Lemon Raspberry deserves to be promoted to a permanent flavor," wrote one happy customer on Yelp. "What am I going to do at the end of July when something else takes over as the Featured Flavor?! Om nom nom. So delicious and sweet and moist." Another passionate patron wrote, "I have found, in you, my one true love. She goes by the name of Lemon Raspberry and she has my heart." One minor quibble is that we would love to see more raspberries in each bite, but the product is fantastic nonetheless. But our main beef with this cake: It isn't offered year-round! We'll just keep our fingers crossed that it comes back next summer.

3. Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip

Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip nails the peanut butter and chocolate combo. The moist peanut butter cake, combined with chocolate chips and the signature icing, meld seamlessly into a rich dessert that fans of both flavors will crave. It also has a homemade feel to it, like something your mom would bake for your birthday. Customers across the board seem to agree this flavor is one of Nothing Bundt Cakes' absolute best. "This one is a KEEPER" one Facebook commenter gushed, while another wrote "Why would you get rid of this delectable peanut butter flavor??? It is SO heavenly!!!"

Considering how many delicious recipes Nothing Bundt Cakes whips up, it's impressive how many people say this is their favorite. Heck, it's even good enough to serve at the most special of occasions. "You have to make this a permanent flavor," one Facebook commenter implored. "It's by far your best, and that's saying something since everything you make is great! Side note: I ordered this flavor for my wedding, and everyone loved it." It's surprising a flavor like this is limited-edition, but if Nothing Bundt Cakes is reading this, maybe they'll start offering it all the time. Take it from us and order it when it's in stock. It really is that good. 

2. Strawberries and Cream

Nothing Bundt Cakes' seasonal flavors are clearly a big hit, and their strawberries and cream cake is our favorite limited release by far. (it's a shame that it's only offered in the spring.) The cake is packed with a strawberry fruit filling and contains white chocolate notes that pair beautifully with the berries. The flavor is reminiscent of strawberry shortcake, and it's one of the best things you could hope to eat in the spring.

"This flavor is bomb! I tried it today! I wish it was something you can order every month!" wrote one happy customer on Facebook. Another exclaimed, "So, just had my first strawberry & cream, there is nothing like it! The best! My husband agrees." 

The balance of creamy white chocolate and sweet plump strawberries creates the perfect dessert that isn't too rich or sweet. This cake is great on its own but would be even better served alongside some freshly chopped strawberries to further pull out those berry notes.

1. Red Velvet

One of Nothing Bundt Cakes' most popular flavors is their signature red velvet cake. The moist, decadent cake has plenty of cocoa flavor and was practically made for the cream cheese frosting on top. Each bite has the added bonus of chocolate chips packed inside. This is one of the best pre-made red velvet cakes money can buy, period.

According to one happy customer on TripAdvisor, "The cake itself was the best red velvet I've ever had, very moist with a few large chocolate chips sprinkled in and great chocolatey flavor, and the frosting had good cream cheese flavor, as opposed to the grainy, sugar frosting you often get. Loved it!" 

This cake leaves us wanting more with every bite, no matter how full we are. It's always available at Nothing Bundt Cakes and is appropriate for any birthday, family gathering, or party. For those reasons, this is our pick for Nothing Bundt Cakes' best flavor. If you don't believe us, head to your nearest Nothing Bundt Cakes location and try it yourself ASAP. You can thank us later.