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Chocolate Pumpkin Pound Cake Recipe

This Chocolate Pound Cake Got an Autumnal Makeover

Chocolate lovers looking to put a Fall spin on their favorite baked goods will love this recipe from Chocolate, Chocolate, and More.

Chocolate Pumpkin Pound Cake — rich dark-chocolate, moist cake with just a subtle hint of pumpkin flavor.

It's that time of year. Pumpkin season.

I'm not a big fan of pumpkin. It's a fact. My family has to suffer through every year without pumpkin pie. I refuse to make one. Honestly, I don't even know if I dislike pumpkin pie, it's been so long since I last tried one.

There are just so many other desserts I'd rather have. Like ones that involve chocolate!

Every year, I work towards getting over my pumpkin aversion. I open up a can of pumpkin puree and stare it down. Then, I challenge myself to make something with it.

This year, it was just too easy. I was in the mood for a pound cake. I almost went with spice version but I had dark chocolate chips on the counter and . . .

A chocolate cake happened.

I have to share with you an awesome tip for greasing your pan. If you are making a chocolate cake, instead of using shortening or a cooking spray, combine a tablespoon of melted butter with a tablespoon of unsweetened cocoa powder. Stir until it's completely combined, then brush on your pan with a pastry brush. This isn't my idea, I found it on this tunnel of fudge cake recipe from Beantown Baker and have been using it for every chocolate cake now.

My cakes are moist, no floury taste or overly crisp outsides, and it's a little bit extra chocolate flavor.

You could certainly serve this cake plain, or with a dusting of powdered sugar, but a drizzle of chocolate ganache turns ordinary into elegant.

Chocolate Pumpkin Pound Cake

From Chocolate, Chocolate, and More


You can bake these cakes in either 8 x 4-inch loaf pans or 8.5 x 4.5 loaf pans

Chocolate Pumpkin Pound Cake Recipe


  1. Pound Cake
    1 cup butter, room temperature
    1 1/2 cups brown sugar
    4 eggs
    15-ounce can pumpkin puree (almost 2 cups)
    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    2 teaspoons baking soda
    1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Ganache
    3/4 cup dark chocolate chips
    1/4 cup cream


  1. For pound cake: In a large mixing bowl, cream butter with mixer on medium speed. Add brown sugar and continue to beat until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition. Add in pumpkin puree and mix again. Mixture will be soupy.
  2. Sift together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Slowly add flour mixture to butter/pumpkin mixture, with mixer on low speed, until completely combined.
  3. Pour batter into 2 greased and floured loaf pans. Bake in a preheated 350°F oven for 40-45 minutes, until toothpick inserted in center, comes out clean. Let cakes rest in pans for 30 minutes, then turn out onto racks to cool completely.
  4. For ganache: Place chocolate chips and cream in a microwave safe dish. Heat on high for 1 minute in microwave then let rest for 2 minutes before stirring until completely smooth and all chocolate is melted. For easy drizzling, place ganache in a plastic freezer bag, then cut a small hole in one corner of bag. Squeeze chocolate to drizzle over cakes as desired.
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