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Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

5 from 19 votes

Ultra rich and chocolatey, this dark chocolate pumpkin cake recipe is the perfect Fall dessert for chocolate lovers!

Chocolate cake with canned pumpkin

Easy chocolate pumpkin cake recipe

With just eight ingredients, this simple pumpkin dessert can be all yours.

One taste will make you completely forget about pumpkin pie.

After all, who needs pie when you can enjoy a velvety chocolate layer cake, spread with homemade thick chocolate or pumpkin cream cheese frosting?

Prep work takes about five minutes total. And it can be made in one bowl, meaning very little cleanup required.

The recipe is almost too easy!

Try serving it with a Pumpkin Spice Latte

Pumpkin Chocolate Cake

The best pumpkin chocolate dessert

Have you ever seen those recipes where you take a box of cake mix, add a can of pumpkin, and it magically turns into a fluffy chocolate cake?

This one bowl chocolate cake will remind you of that idea.

However the results of making your own cake instead of going with the box are markedly better.

The decadent homemade pumpkin cake will be much richer, with both a better texture and much more depth of flavor.

You will never go back to boxed cake mix again!

Step by step recipe video

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Pumpkin Cake Ingredients

Pumpkin chocolate cake ingredients

To make the pumpkin layer cake, you will need the following ingredients.

Cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, pure vanilla extract, water, granulated sweetener, oil or almond butter, fresh or canned pumpkin puree, and optional mini chocolate chips.

Unsweetened cocoa powder should be readily available at most regular grocery stores, as well as at places like Target or Trader Joe’s.

I highly recommend using Dutch cocoa powder as well. It is a little harder to find but should still be sold at many food stores. Look for the words “processed with alkali” on the package to ensure that what you are buying is Dutch cocoa.

The cake works with spelt flour, white all purpose flour, and with some brands of all purpose gluten free flour.

If you prefer to use almond flour, I have included a flourless, sugar free, and keto option in the recipe below as well. (To turn the keto cake into a pumpkin cake, simply replace the water in the keto version with canned pumpkin.)

Canned pumpkin puree is the easy option. If you are adventurous, you can roast and puree a fresh pumpkin. Canned or roasted sweet potato puree also works here.

Whole Chocolate Cake With Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate pumpkin layer cake frosting

One of the best things about this cake is its versatility.

Spread it with homemade or canned frosting, dust with powdered sugar, or sprinkle chocolate chips all across the top of the cake.

If you are a pumpkin cheesecake fan, top the cake with Pumpkin Dip.

It is equally wonderful served with whipped cream and cherries, chocolate ganache or sprinkles, or chai frosting and roasted pecans. For a low fat and low calorie option, top with caramelized mashed banana and fresh blackberries.

I frosted the cake in the photos with my Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting.

Then I used a small bag fitted with icing writing tips to draw on little pumpkins and decorate with leaves and vines.

Double Layer Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

How to make a chocolate pumpkin cake

Gather all of your ingredients.

Line the bottom of two eight inch round pans or one nine by thirteen inch rectangular pan with parchment paper. Or skip the paper and simply grease the pans very well.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

In a large mixing bowl, combine all dry ingredients. Stir to break up any clumps of sugar, cocoa, or baking soda.

Whisk in the remaining ingredients, just until evenly mixed. It is important to not over mix the dough, which could result in a dense cake after baking.

Spread into the prepared baking pans, and sprinkle chocolate chips on top if desired.

Place the pans on the center rack of the oven. Bake for twenty five minutes.

Let the cakes cool completely. Once cool, cover very loosely with a towel overnight, either in the refrigerator or on the counter.

The cake tastes even better the next day!

Is this recipe vegan?

With no eggs, butter, or dairy, this is already a vegan chocolate pumpkin cake without needing any modifications whatsoever.

If you do add the optional chocolate chips and want to keep it vegan, just be sure to choose a dairy free brand of chocolate chips.

Aside from being plant based, the cake can also be soy free, nut free, oil free, refined sugar free, low calorie, and gluten free.

Also try my Vegan Pumpkin Pie and Vegan Pumpkin Bread

Frosted Pumpkin Chocolate Cake (Vegan)

Serving suggestions

Serve this festive pumpkin pie cake at Halloween parties, autumn book club gatherings, costume parties, or birthday celebrations.

It is a lovely addition to any Thanksgiving dessert table and would be wonderful for eating after Christmas dinner as well.

Of course, you do not need an excuse to make a fancy chocolate cake.

Packed with vitamin A and fiber thanks to the pumpkin, the dessert is great for any average weekday or weekend where you find yourself craving chocolate cake!

Chocolate Pumpkin Dessert Fudge Layer Cake

The recipe was adapted from this Vegan Chocolate Cake Recipe.

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Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Rich and chocolatey, this dark chocolate pumpkin cake recipe is a perfect Fall dessert for chocolate lovers.
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Yield 1 double layer cake
5 from 19 votes


  • 2 cups flour (Or here is a Keto Chocolate Cake)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tbsp Dutch cocoa powder or additional unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 tsp each: baking soda, salt, and optional cinnamon
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 1 1/2 cup sugar (unrefined or xylitol if desired)
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin puree (sweet potato puree also works)
  • 1/2 cup almond butter or oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp pure vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup mini chocolate chips (optional)


  • *Frosting ideas are included earlier in the post. The recipe works with spelt, white all purpose, or some brands of gluten free all purpose flour. There is also a flourless version included above.
    To make the chocolate pumpkin cake, line the bottom of two 8 inch pans (or one 9×13 inch pan) with parchment paper. Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine dry ingredients, and stir very well. Evenly stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into prepared pans. Sprinkle chips on top if desired. Bake on the center rack for 25 minutes. Let cool completely. Cover loosely with a towel overnight, either refrigerated or on the counter – it’s best not to eat the cake until the next day, because taste and texture are much better!
    View Nutrition Facts


Use leftover pumpkin to make a Crustless Pumpkin Pie.

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Published on October 8, 2023

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  1. Deb-do says

    Mm yes! This cake looks scrumptious. Also Katie, you should do more posts about yourself! I miss all the story/life posts about you?

    • Sharon says

      This is a very good snack cake. For the sugar I used coconut sugar. I used 1/2 the amount of cinnamon. I mixed chips into the batter. Yum 😋

    • Jason Sanford says

      It would be changing the liquid-solid balance, so you’d probably have to make some other changes. But be sure to report back if you experiment!

  2. Macarena says

    Hi Katie! Would you mind to put how many grams a portion is? You used to put that information in the nutricion facts and it was very useful. But I noticed there are a lot of new recipes that haven’t got it.

    • Jason Sanford says

      We liked that feature as well! Unfortunately it was a change in the online counter from Calorie Count that doesn’t offer it anymore. Hopefully they will bring it back in the future!
      Jason (media relations)

  3. Katie says

    These look delicious, might have to cook up the pumpkin decor. 🙂
    Just thinking about other delicious things and haven’t made monster cookies for my husband since going DF. He’d live off of them if I let him! I haven’t dug into your site extensively but enough to not find something.. do you happen to have ideas for M&Ms? Any brands that you’ve tried that are good? Or…. is it possible to make such delicate little candy covered chocolates at home??

  4. M says

    Oh my!! I made this cake for a group of mostly non-vegans (only a couple are vegan) and everyone LOVED it! No one could tell it was vegan – simply a delicious chocolate cake! Will definitely be keeping the recipe for future use. Thank you!

  5. Lisa says

    Yum! I used a premium grade unbleached non gmo organic flour, avocado oil, pumpkin purée and golden cane sugar. I also tossed in two eggs and as per recommendation waited until the following day to indulge. It was delicious and a keeper for the recipe book. Rodelleorganic baking cocoa dark pressed gives a true chocolate after taste that makes you want to eat this cake in one sitting. Thank you.

  6. Deena says

    Wanted to report back: I used 2 tbsp earth balance (made with olive oil) + 2 tbsp unsweetened applesauce instead of the 1/4 cup oil/nut butter and it worked GREAT. Also used erythritol instead of sugar. Great recipe thank you!!

  7. Lucy C Karwoski Korpi says

    I used 1 cup butternut squash, 1 T olive oil (no nut butter), added one large egg, and since the day was super hot– I microwaved this for 3 minutes on high. I put some chocolate chips and pecans on the top for the last 20 seconds. Turned out perfectly!

  8. Jennifer H says

    Very moist, chocolatey and delicious! I used almond butter, whole spelt flour, and replaced 1/4 cup sugar with Swerve sugar substitute. Baked it after dinner, covered it and ate the next morning. Super easy recipe, thank you 🙂

  9. Kelly Tan says

    Hi would like to check how many this would make if I bake it in standard muffin pan? Also for gf ap flour do I need to add xanthan gum if my flour doesn’t contain it? Thanks!

    • Jason Sanford says

      Hmm I guess it depends on the brand of flour! Katie usually uses Bob’s cup for cup and doesn’t add any xanthan gum. We haven’t tried it as muffins so don’t know how long it would take for that. Good luck experimenting!

  10. Lisa says

    Delicious And super easy recipe!! Used coconut oil and added some chocolate chips to the batter. Turned out super moist and chocolatey but not overly sweet. Will definitely be making this again ?

  11. Mimi says

    FIVE STARS! I love recipes that you can toss together in one bowl and easily clean. I left out the cinnamon and used a mix of dark chocolate and semi sweet chocolate, and used peanut butter. This tasted like brownie batter, AMAZING! I will be using this recipe on repeat!

  12. Audrey says

    Made these last week. They tasted was great but doesn’t leave you satisfied afterward (at least for me) and were pretty flat. If I make again, I’ll try using 100% whole wheat flour next time and maybe add zucchini for extra fiber.

    Any suggestions appreciated

    • CCK Media Team says

      Hi, did you mean to leave this comment on a different recipe? This is a cake recipe, but your comment makes it sound like you made bars?

  13. Lynn Armstrong says

    Finally! A vegan chocolate cake with the right texture! All the other cake recipes I’ve tried come out too dense, too gummy, or too crumbly! This one has the right moisture and holds together but still has a light texture. I think it’s thanks to the pumpkin purée. 5 stars! Thanks Katie❣️

  14. Juanita says

    I’d like the recipe for the dark chocolate icing that is shown on your Chocolate Pumpkin Cake … the video shown has cream cheese in it and is a light brown color.
    Thanks! Nita

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