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Pumpkin Chocolate Dessert Cake Recipe
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Pumpkin Chocolate Dessert Cake

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"This fabulous pumpkin cake is so moist you may weep, and the creamy frosting will satisfy anyone's sweet tooth!"

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Original recipe makes 1 - 9 inch layer cake Change Servings
  • PREP

    20 mins
  • COOK

    40 mins

    1 hr


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9 inch Bundt pan.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix the flour, cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder and baking soda. In a large bowl, beat together 3/4 cup butter, 2 cups sugar, applesauce, and eggs. Mix in 1/2 cup heavy cream and pumpkin. Stir into the flour mixture just until blended. Spread evenly in the prepared pan.
  3. Bake 40 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan over a wire rack. Invert cake onto a serving plate.
  4. Place the brown sugar, 1/2 cup butter, and 1/3 cup heavy cream in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil while stirring to blend until smooth. Cook until sugar is dissolved. Whisk in the confectioner's sugar, and drizzle over the cake immediately.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Nov 08, 2003

YUMMY! This is a wonderfully moist, rich cake.... mmm-mmm! I used evaporated milk as a cheap substitute for the heavy cream, and margarine for butter - it turned out wonderful and got rave reviews! I would recommend sifting your icing sugar before adding it to the recipe for the icing, as you will get lumpy icing otherwise. Thanks for a great recipe, Sara - I will definitely make this again!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Sep 01, 2011

I would have liked to taste more pumpkin flavor as well as the spices. I think the chocolate overpowers this recipe. The frosting is very sweet.

Mar 15, 2004

My 5 year old daughter and I made cupcakes from this recipe last night. I accidently left them on the baking rack last night and they are PERFECT this morning. Not dry at all. I did NOT use the pumpkin pie spice and they do NOT taste like pumpkin at all. Just chocolate cupcakes. Thank so much. We love these! (I also substituted a tiny (5oz) can of evaporated milk for the heavy cream. I used a 4oz kids sized applesauce pack and 1/2c butter because it's what I had.)

Oct 02, 2006

Great recipe made even better by suggestions found in earlier reviews, made a few changes subsituted half wheat flour and half brown sugar. Used evaporated milk instead of heavy cream. Didn't have pumpkin pie spice, so found the substitution for it and added maybe a 1/2 Tbsp more cinnamon and ginger and tsp more nutmeg and allspice. ( really wanted to taste the pumpkin spices) Also added chocolate chips as mentioned in other reveiws, sprinkled some on top of cake as well. Loved it very moist, cake and the icing was extremely sweet but perfect for spicy chocolate cake. Looked fabulous too served this at a dinner party and it was ooohed and ahhed!!

Nov 08, 2003

This was good, dense almost like a torte. It's not as rich as I expected, more of a mild chocolate flavor. I would recommend sifting the powdered sugar before adding it to the frosting, it was lumpy.

Jan 12, 2005

I have made this recipe FIVE times since I first saw it two months ago! My family doesn't even like chocolate, but they gobbled this up. My son even requested it for his birthday cake! I live overseas in a country that doesn't have premade pumpkin puree or applesauce, so I made them myself (thanks, phatcat, for the Sarah's applesauce recipe!). It does take my cake at least an hour to cook, but it's still moist, and I like for my frosting to cool a bit and become more solid than a glase. The last time I made the frosting I even added some caramels to make it even sweeter. This one is a keeper!

Sep 27, 2005

I'm eating this cake as I write this review. Yum! It's so good, moist, and the frosting is delicious!! I will make this recipe many times I'm sure. I will try chocolate chips next time for a new touch and when making the frosting make sure you move your hot syrup mixture away from the heat and sift your powdered sugar before wisking it in if you don't want any lumps.

Oct 24, 2003

This is a wonderful cake recipe. Moist, somewhat dense, just the way I like it - not too dry or light. Anyway, I had no applesauce so used sour cream. It turned out fabulous and everyone has LOVED it. Will definitely make this again!


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  • Calories
  • 613 kcal
  • 31%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 90.2 g
  • 29%
  • Cholesterol
  • 120 mg
  • 40%
  • Fat
  • 27.7 g
  • 43%
  • Fiber
  • 4 g
  • 16%
  • Protein
  • 6.6 g
  • 13%
  • Sodium
  • 334 mg
  • 13%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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