Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake

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Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake-with or without frosting, this cake is delicious!
Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake-with or without frosting, this cake is delicious!
I did It! Remember my confession with the Pumpkin Spiced White Hot Chocolate where I admitted that I’ve never had pumpkin. I can now say I’ve had it, and so far, I love it! And it wasn’t just a teaspoon of pumpkin. I used 2 whole cups of pumpkin in this cake. This cake was so good, when the kids had a choice of this cake or a few other goodies available, they asked for this cake! That’s high praise in my house. Even my picky eater, knowing it wasn’t just spice, wanted this cake.

I’m so glad Roxana created the Chocolate Party. Last month we created Chocolate with Apples. I made Crepes with Caramelized Apples and Chocolate Sauce. I even made my own Chocolate Syrup to use. I may never go back to the bottled stuff again.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake adapted from Cookstr

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake


  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup bittersweet chocolate, chopped (I chopped up bittersweet chips)


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Lightly grease and flour (or spray) a bundt pan.
  2. Cream butter in a large mixing bowl, add in brown sugar and continue to cream until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time and then pumpkin puree. Beat until well combined.
  3. Sift together flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and spices. Slowly add flour mixture to butter mixture, mixing on low speed. Fold in chopped chocolate. Spoon into prepared bundt pan. Bake for 45-50 minutes until toothpick inserted in cake comes out clean. Let cake cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto rack to cool completely.


Top with powdered sugar or White Chocolate Buttercream Icing. Both are excellent on this cake.

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 And if you want more pumpkin recipes
 Pumpkin Pie Crunch-a perfect balance between pumpkin and my favorite sweet potato soufflé topping!
 Spiced Pumpkin Bundt Cake-the blend of spices and pumpkin come together to create this flavorful cake!
  Pumpkin Spiced White Hot Chocolate
 Pumpkin Spiced White Trash-a great way to clean out the snack cabinet! (oh and Pumpkin Spiced M&Ms-awesome!)
 ~Pumpkin FB Collage
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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. Looks amazing. I love dense thick cake, and it has pumpkin in it so it is healthy right?!

  2. I love the sound of this recipe and will try to get pumpkin puree to give it a go xoxo

  3. Wow, your chocolate pumpkin spice cake looks just amazingly delicious! It’s fun to see all the creations for the chocolate party;-)

  4. Beautiful bundt cake! Love that you used 2 whole cups of pumpkin. Yum!

  5. Joan! I am so glad you are a new pumpkin lover convert! This cake looks incredible…nice and fudgy and I bet that pumpkin keeps it nice and moist, too! It turned out beautiful and a great idea for this month’s theme! : )

  6. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel says:

    Look at you, pumpkin baking your fear away! My little Joan has grown up *tear* This looks fantastic!

  7. Good for you! Pumpkin is wonderful. Chocolate and pumpkin is even better! Now, I may have to make this cake… 🙂

  8. Oh, my does this look amazing! What a great Bundt cake…plus who can resist anything covered in buttercream? Great pumpkin/chocolate dessert for the Chocolate Party 🙂

  9. I love that it has both dark and white chocolate, now that is what I call a chocolate party! Beautiful pics, I find it so hard to photograph bundt cakes.

  10. I can’t wait to try this! I love pumpkin and chocolate together!

  11. I love your spice cake, Joan! The white chocolate buttercream is a perfect topping. Pinned!

  12. Wowsers…now there is a cake I MUST make! Yummy!! 🙂

  13. That cake looks so chocolately and delicious. Love pumpkin and chocolate together!

  14. I can go to bed satisfied now, I made you step out of your chocolate zone and blend it some pumpkin.
    Love love love your cake, no wonder your picky eaters asked for more. I would have totally eaten the whole cake!
    Thanks for sharing it with us at the #chocolateparty

    • Roxana, you are a true friend, staying by my side as I venture into unknown waters! So glad you chose the pumpkin, can’t wait for next month’s challenge!

  15. Joan, this is incredible! Your cake looks amazing – so dense, rich and moist. And that thick frosting slathered all over the top is to-die-for.

  16. Looks delicious! You can’t go wrong with such wonderful flavors.

  17. Oh, my! That looks delicious! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from House on the Way. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  18. Looks GREAT! I love a good bundt cake! Sadly, I don’t have anything pumpkin and chocolate to add to the links…

  19. WOW! Amazing. I’ve got to pin so that I can find this great link up again!

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  20. That cake looks amazing! Pinning this recipe asap. 🙂

  21. A chocolate pumpkin party?! I love it! I’m hosting a Fall Food Party today, we’d love to see you there!

  22. The combination of chocolate and pumpkin just sounds SO good right now. I don’t know if I should thank you or not for sharing this recipe ;).


  23. Chocolate pumpkin party! Sounds fabulous. I love this recipe…

  24. This looks amazing!!! Thanks for sharing your recipe at the Riverton Housewives Round Up!

  25. Hi Joan,
    Great Chocolate Party and your Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Cake looks amazing! Enjoy your weekend and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

  26. Oh goodness. This looks so good! Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!


  27. I am so proud of you for conquering your pumpkin fears!!! This cake is awesome!!!! I just love the frosting on the first picture:-)

  28. This is amazing! Love this cake, and I’m so glad you’re totally into pumpkin now. 🙂

  29. Looks delicious! Chocolate and pumpkin, oh my! Thanks for linking up to Frugal Food Thursday, and come on by and check out my cheap recipes!

  30. Joan,
    This cake looks amazing! I can’t wait to taste it. I’m so glad you’re trying more pumpkin too, it’s one of my favorites 🙂 Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.

  31. This looks absolutely divine! I want to invite you to link up all of your oh-so-yummy chocolate recipes at our Iron Chef Mom party this week. {} This week’s featured ingredient is right up your alley 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout! Hope to see you back tonight!


  32. Alessandra (Adventures of a Homeschool Mom) says:

    Looks delicious! I have a question, can I use regular flour instead of cake flour?

  33. I so want a slice, right now! It looks so moist and so delicious. Congrats on 10,000 FB fans.
    I added few of my chocolate recipes to you Chocolate Party. Have a wonderful week Joan.

  34. Hello! This looks amazing and I pinned it to my pumpkin board (I’m following you on Pinterest, too!) I’d love for you to link up at the Pumpkin Patch Blog Hop!

  35. Looks amazing! What size Bundt pan did you use?

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  39. Hi Joan,

    I see your recipe calls for cake flour. Did you make yours from scratch? If so, how? OR, Did you buy it? If so, what brand?


  40. I just made this and it was amazing! Thank you for sharing! I will pass it along on my facebook so others can enjoy it as well.

  41. Can you use AP flour instead of cake flour? Maybe sift it it something? Thanks!

  42. do you have a link to the white chocolate frosting?

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