Chocolate Chunk Pumpkin Cake

A basic chocolate cake mixed with pumpkin and topped with a maple glaze makes a great fall dessert.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Cool Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
45 mins


  • Nonstick spray for baking

  • 3 cup all-purpose flour

  • 2 ¼ cup granulated sugar

  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice or apple pie spice

  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • 6 ounce bittersweet or semisweet baking chocolate, chopped into chunks (1 1/2 cups)

  • 1 1.5 pound pie pumpkin, shredded* or one 15-oz. can pumpkin

  • ¾ cup butter, melted

  • 6 eggs, slightly beaten

  • Molasses Glaze (below)

  • Molasses Whipped Cream (below)

Molasses Glaze

  • ¼ cup butter

  • cup packed brown sugar

  • ¼ cup dark-color corn syrup

  • 2 tablespoon molasses

Molasses Whipped Cream

  • 1 cup whipping cream

  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

  • 2 teaspoon molasses

  • Pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice or ground cinnamon


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. With the nonstick spray for baking, generously coat a 10-inch square tube pan without removable bottom or a 10-inch fluted tube pan. Set aside.

  2. In a small bowl set aside 1/2 cup of the flour. In a large bowl combine remaining flour, granulated sugar, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. To the reserved 1/2 cup flour, stir in chocolate chunks; toss to coat.

  3. In another bowl combine pumpkin, melted butter, and eggs. Add pumpkin mixture to flour mixture; stir until combined. Add chocolate mixture. Stir until combined. Pour batter into tube pan.

  4. Bake for 60 to 70 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Gently remove cake from pan; cool 30 minutes. Brush with Molasses Glaze; cool. Served with Molasses Whipped Cream. Makes 12 to 16 servings

Molasses Glaze

  1. In a small saucepan melt butter; stir in brown sugar, corn syrup, and molasses. Bring to simmer. Cook, uncovered, 3 minutes or until slightly thickened. Cool 5 minutes; spoon over cake.

Molasses Whipped Cream

  1. In a chilled mixing bowl combine whipping cream, powdered sugar, and molasses. Beat with electric mixer until soft peaks form. Spoon into serving bowl. Sprinkle lightly with pumpkin pie spice, apple pie spice, or ground cinnamon.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

683 Calories
31g Fat
98g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 683
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 31g 40%
Saturated Fat 17g 85%
Cholesterol 176mg 59%
Sodium 464mg 20%
Total Carbohydrate 98g 36%
Total Sugars 70g
Protein 8g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 181.7mg 14%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 418mg 9%
Folate, total 72.6mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.