This cake is packed with rich decadent flavor and a super fun presentation! The magical combination of pumpkin and chocolate is intensified with the smooth, creamy textures in this perfect recipe!

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

I have been wanting to make my Chocolate Pumpkin Cupcakes into a cake for a while but wanted to try something different.  So this cake was inspired by a Ho-Ho.  Or a Ding-Dong.  Whatever its called, it is cake and a whipped cream filling.

And this cake, well… all that beautiful whipped deliciousness up there… is Pumpkin Whipped Cream.

Want to know what it tastes like?  Light, airy, delectable pumpkin pie.  It’s pretty much the most awesome thing I have ever made.  I know I say that all the time but this time I mean it.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Pumpkin Whipped Cream and Chocolate Ganache

How to Make Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

I started by make my Chocolate Pumpkin Cake in 2 square cake pans.  As soon as those bad boys were in the oven I started making my favorite Ganache recipe. (below)

After the cakes were out of the oven and cooled, I placed one on my cake stand and one on a baking sheet.  I poured just enough ganache over each of them to cover the top of the cake, hardly letting any spill over. (You can have it spill over as much as you want!)

I then let them sit overnight.  (They were ready to assemble in about an hour, I was just tired!) The next day I made the Pumpkin Whipped Cream.  Place it in the fridge for about 15 minutes before assembling the cake.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Why Straws in this Cake?

I knew that my light and airy whipped cream was not going to stand the weight of a cake on top of it, so I took a plastic straw and cut it into 4 pieces.  I inserted those pieces near the four corners of the cake and then covered it in a thick layer of the whipped cream. (See how I did this here) This is for stability. Yes, it could be annoying to cut into a cake and have a straw there, but the cake will not stay sturdy without them. If you want to use an edible product, you could make some chocolate covered stick pretzels and use them in the same way.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Pumpkin Whipped Frosting


Trying to keep your fingers out of the ganache, carefully place the other square cake on top of the cake covered in whipped cream.  It should be sturdy.

I put the remainder of my Pumpkin Whipped Cream is a plastic disposable pastry bag with a 1M tip.  Just pipe out little clouds of pumpkin heaven and cover with sprinkles.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake Recipe

I really can’t say enough good things about this cake.  It’s one of the best tasting cakes I have ever made.  The taste, the textures, the cake to whipped cream ratio… it just all works together perfectly.

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Pumpkin Whipped Cream


Three tips for the PERFECT Layer Cake!

  1. Cold cake, room temperature frosting. Cake can be fragile, but having it chilled is a great way to assemble it without breaking. Room temperature frosting is easier to spread and will not pull at your cake.
  2. Prepare your pans correctly. You can use GOOP, or butter & flour, or lining them with parchment… but just make sure your cake comes out clean.
  3. Level cakes. Assembling a layer cake is easy… when your cakes are flat and level! You can use a leveler or a long serrated knife to create a level cake. (More tips here)
4.56 from 9 votes

Chocolate Pumpkin Cake

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 32 minutes
This Chocolate Pumpkin Cake is packed with rich decadent flavor and a super fun presentation!



  • cups (192g) all-purpose flour
  • cup (85g) unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup (120g) buttermilk room temperature
  • 1 cup (225g) canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup (200g) brown sugar
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • ¾ cup butter, room temperature
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature

Whipped Cream

  • cups (357g) heavy cream
  • 1 cup (225g) pumpkin puree
  • 2-3 cups (384g) confectioners' sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon all-spice


  • 12 ounces bag milk chocolate chips
  • 6 ounces heavy cream
  • chocolate jimmies for garnish, optional



  • Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare two 8x8-inch square baking pans with butter & flour or GOOP or non-stick spray.
  • In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set Aside.
  • In a small bowl combine buttermilk and pumpkin. Whisk together until incorporated.
  • In a mixer, beat the butter, sugars, and vanilla together until light and fluffy. Add in eggs, one at a time, until fully incorporated.
  • Alternatively add the flour mixture and buttermilk mixture to the sugar mixture, beginning and ending with the flour mixture.
  • Mix for 1 minute on low until fully combined. Divide batter evenly between two prepared baking pans.
  • Bake for 18-26 minutes. The cake is done when an inserted toothpick comes out mostly clean.

Whipped Cream

  • Add heavy cream to a stand mixer and whip on med to medium-high speed until soft peaks. (usually about 2-3 minutes)
  • While the cream is mixing place pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and all-spice in a bowl. Stir until combined.
  • Once the cream is at soft peak stage, add confectioners' sugar in 1 cup at a time. After one cup, turn off mixer. Gently fold in pumpkin puree mixture to cream. If the consistency is not firm enough, add more confectioners' sugar, about a ¼ cup at a time until you reach desired consistency.


  • Bring heavy cream to a boil and remove from heat.
  • With chocolate chips in a heat safe bowl, pour cream over chips and slowly stir until all chips are melted.

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Reader Comments

  1. I just love your recipes & I can’t wait to try them all this holiday season. Thank you for taking your time for putting your recipes out

  2. Taste and texture was excellent and method was spot on.

    Only challenge was the whipcream “rosettes”… there was no way my cream was stable enough to pipe (fine for filling). I added more sugar, even corn starch. Bowl (stainless steel) and beaters were chilled beforehand… no luck. Where did I go wrong?!

  3. I am assuming you can make this in two round cake pans if you don’t have square ones??? Would the time be the same ? You don’t say what size 8″ or 9″? thanks…

  4. Couldn’t get the frosting to work out… used canned pumpkin… is that why? Peaks of whipped cream were firm and then added a cup of sugar and was doing well. Then stirred in pumpkin and it just became runny. 🙁 so sad

  5. This cake was wonderful…pretty much made it as the recipe except used semisweet chips for the ganache. Added pumpkin a tablespoon at a time. Very pretty and fantastic taste.

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