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Cream Sherry Bundt Cake

This cream sherry bundt cake is my favorite part of the holiday season. It’s super simple to make and only uses 6 ingredients! Lightly dust with powdered sugar before serving.

Cream Sherry bundt cake sitting on a cake plate

This cream sherry bundt cake is my favorite holiday cake recipe!

The cake always turns out super light, super moist, and super delicious! 

I know that’s a lot of “super” qualities but it’s the superstar of the holiday baking season. 

The best part is that this recipe is “semi-homemade” so it doesn’t take up too much time to prepare. All you need is a yellow cake mix, vanilla pudding, cream sherry, and some freshly grated nutmeg. 

My favorite way of serving this cake is lightly sprinkled with powdered sugar but you can also feel free to top it with a glaze or a fluffy frosting. 

Slices of cream sherry bundt cake sitting on serving plates

What type of cake mix should I use?

I typically buy a 15.25-ounce yellow cake mix. 

I’m not loyal to any brand so I typically pick between Duncan Hines, Betty Crocker, and Pillsbury and pick which one is cheapest. 

I have in a pinch used a “butter” cake mix before and it’s worked out lovely. 

Can I use a different flavor of instant pudding?

Yes, but in my personal opinion, the vanilla blends best with the flavor of the cake mix and the cream sherry. 

If you wanted to try using a different flavor of instant pudding it would be an easy 1-for-1 switch but could change the final flavor of the cake.

Cream sherry bundt cake sliced on a platter

What is cream sherry?

Cream sherry is the sweet version of sherry which is an alcoholic beverage.

I have served this cake to my whole family and found no issues with the alcohol being cooked/baked out. 

The best part about cream sherry is that it’s very shelf-stable so my one bottle with last me years of making cakes. 

Even though the name makes it sound as though it might be creamy in texture it is not. It contains no dairy or emulsifiers. 

When you pour it should be a dark-colored sweet-smelling liquor. 

Where can I find cream sherry?

Since cream sherry is an alcoholic beverage you will need to buy it wherever you can buy alcoholic beverages in your state. 

It is typically very cheap and should not cost more than $10. 

Just make sure to buy cream sherry and not dry sherry. They are similar but the cream sherry is sweet. 

Can I use something else instead of cream sherry?

I have not tried using anything else in this cake so I cannot for sure make a recommendation. 

a close up slice of cream sherry bundt cake

How do I serve cream sherry bundt cake?

Shortly before serving I like to sprinkle my cake with a light layer of powdered sugar. 

I think the powdered sugar gives it a small bite of sweetness without being cloyingly sweet. 

If you want more sweetness you could make a simple vanilla bean glaze or cover it in a fluffy cream cheese frosting.

How do I store this bundt cake?

I keep my cake at room temperature covered by plastic wrap or foil. 

This cake is very moist so it can stay fresh for up to 5 days but typically never lasts that long in my home. I cannot stop snacking on this cake! 

cream sherry bundt cake on a serving platter with a serving knife

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This cream sherry bundt cake is my favorite part about the holiday season. It's super simple to make and only uses 6 ingredients! Lightly dust with powdered sugar before serving and watch your guests fall in love with this tasty treat!

Cream Sherry Bundt Cake

Author: Brandy O’Neill – Nutmeg Nanny
This cream sherry bundt cake is my favorite part of the holiday season. It's super simple to make and only uses 6 ingredients! Lightly dust with powdered sugar before serving and watch your guests fall in love with this tasty treat!
4.43 from 28 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 1 bundt cake


  • 1 15.25 ounce yellow cake mix
  • 1 3.4 ounce instant vanilla pudding
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup cream sherry
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg
  • Powdered sugar optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and spray a 10-inch bundt pan with non-stick spray, set aside.
  • In the bowl of an electric mixer add cake mix, instant vanilla pudding, eggs, cream sherry, vegetable oil, and nutmeg.
  • Mix on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  • Add the batter to the prepared pan and bake for about 45 minutes or until the cake is fully baked and lightly browned on top.
  • Let the cake rest for 20 minutes and turn out onto a serving plate.
  • Before serving dust with powdered sugar.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 399kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 21g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 79mg | Sodium: 374mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword bundt cake, bundt cake recipes, christmas baking, christmas cake, christmas dessert, cream sherry bundt cake, cream sherry cake, cream sherry recipes, dessert recipes
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Recipe Rating


Friday 23rd of June 2023

I’ve never enjoyed a cake without icing, frosting, glaze, filling, ganache, etc, more than I’ve enjoyed this cake. Ate almost half a bundt the night I made it!! Took to work, everyone loved it. Couldn’t stop thinking so I made it again the next night! This time only ate a quarter and again everyone thought it was amazing. So airy and moist at the same time, and the fruity, nutty flavors of the Sherry are on another level!

Went with Betty Crocker Super Moist Butter Recipe Yellow Cake Mix, ⅓ cup butter like the box says plus ¼ cup of canola, for almost as much fat as the recipe calls for. No other changes.

I’ve made it with macerated strawberries, creme fraiche whipped, and chocolate mousse - all are great but I honestly just love the cake all my itself!

Splurged on some Lustau East India Solera Cream Sherry, but it was almost as good (stronger flavor but less nuanced) with Hartley & Gibson’s.


Monday 24th of October 2022

Have you ever made cupcakes with this recipe?


Wednesday 10th of November 2021

Can I use powdered nutmeg?


Wednesday 10th of November 2021

Yes! Not a problem. I just usually freshly grate it because I have it on hand. It's a 1-1 swap.


Tuesday 29th of December 2020

I baked this for christmas eve took it to my sisters everyone loved it. SIMPLE & DELICIOUS.


Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Remember my mom used to bake this cake. Received some Harvey’s Bristol Sherry and decided to make this cake in honor of mom.


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