Pumpkin Chocolate Pound Cake

Karen, FamilyStyle Food

This cake is a favorite in my baking file – the beautiful swirl of autumnal-colored pumpkin spice cake with dark, moist chocolate makes me think of big, chunky sweaters and falling maple leaves.

Make this cake a day or two before you plan to serve it or bring to a potluck; it keeps well and the flavors only get better.

Pumpkin Chocolate Pound Cake
By Karen
Makes 12 – 16 servings


2 ¾ cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
¼ teaspoon ground ginger
¾ cup unsweetened cocoa
3 sticks butter (1 ½ cups), softened
2 1/4 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
6 eggs, room temperature
1 ¼ cups canned pumpkin puree
2/3 cup plain yogurt


Preheat oven to 350°F. Butter a 12-cup Bundt cake pan and lightly dust with flour.

Stir together the flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl until combined. Remove 1 ¾ cups of this mixture to a second bowl and stir in the pumpkin pie spice and ginger. Stir the cocoa into the remaining flour in the first bowl.

Beat the butter in a stand mixer until creamy. Add the sugars and beat on medium-high speed until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Scrape out ½ the batter into another bowl and set it aside.

To make the pumpkin batter, add the pumpkin puree to the batter in the mixing bowl and beat briefly on slow speed to blend. (FYI, the batter might appear curdled at this point, but that’s fine – it will come together when you add the flour). Stir in the spiced flour mixture until just blended.

To make the chocolate batter, stir the reserved butter mixture into the cocoa mixture, alternating with the yogurt, until just blended.

Spoon half the pumpkin batter into the pan; drop half the chocolate batter by spoonfuls over the pumpkin batter, without covering it completely; repeat with the remaining pumpkin and chocolate batters. Put a small, thin knife into the batter and circle it around the pan a few times, then draw the knife back and forth across the width of the pan to swirl the batters together.

Bake about 1 hour, or until a tester emerges with a few moist crumbs. Cool the cake in the pan 15 minutes before inverting onto a rack to cool completely.

When the cake is cool, top with chocolate glaze (recipe below). Pour the glaze over the cake, letting some drip over the sides. Let stand until the glaze sets before serving, about 2 hours, or chill for 30 minutes if you’re in a hurry.

Chocolate Glaze


4 ounces chopped dark chocolate
1/2 cup heavy cream
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon butter
1 teaspoon corn syrup


Put chocolate, heavy cream, vanilla, butter, corn syrup and a pinch of fine salt in a heatproof bowl set over a saucepan of simmering water (but not touching) until melted, stirring until smooth.

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  1. rita said:


    This looks wonderful, but through my drool on the keyboard, I noticed that the amount of Heavy Cream to use in the glaze is missing from the ingredients list (but is listed in the directions text). Can you please correct this?


    • realbutter said:

      Thanks, Rita. The recipe has been updated.

  2. Jennifer said:

    Can’t wait to bake this cake for the weekend!

  3. This sounds lovely, I will certainly make it soon.
    thanks for the recipe.

    Michelle cano

  4. Dana Baljko said:

    this cake looks really good…..im going to try it

    thank you for sharing

  5. Beat the butter in a stand mixer until creamy. Add the sugars and beat on medium-high speed until fluffy. Beat in the eggs, one at a time. Scrape out ½ the batter into another bowl and set it aside


  6. Elizabeth said:

    This looks so good but I only have a 10″ tube pan. Would that be too small for this cake?

  7. jennifer Reeder said:

    Sirs” I would like to know if anyone has a Fudge Icing reciepe
    Thank You Jennifer

  8. Linda said:


    • realbutter said:

      Hi Linda – You should be able to substitute buttermilk for the yogurt – use the same amount of either. Let us know how it turns out!

  9. Jennifer Zimmer said:

    I just made this for Thanksgiving tomorrow. I used a traditional ganache for the sauce, it’s just something I’m used to. My kids and I snuck some of the high parts off of it before taking it out of the pan and it is amazing! I’m quite surprised at how moist it is without being raw. I can’t wait to have a full sized taste tomorrow!

    • realbutter said:

      Hi Jennifer! Thanks so much for sharing your baking story with us! How was the full-sized test? 🙂