Thursday, October 27, 2011

Chocolate Harvest Cake

If you're looking for a new Thanksgiving tradition, look no further. Say hello to the Chocolate Harvest Cake.

My friend Tamara and I already tested it out for ya. {Hey, somebody's gotta do the dirty work!} It's a winning recipe--chocolate cake, pumpkin cream cheese filling, and chocolate ganache top. Oh my stinkin' word. This was only the second time I've ever made something with actual cocoa powder in it and let's just say it won't be my last.


1 cup buttermilk
1 cup water
2/3 cup cooking oil
2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/3 cup canned pumpkin
1/4 cup sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup whipping cream
4 ounces semisweet chocolate, chopped


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two 9x1-1/2-inch round baking pans; set aside.

2. In an extra-large bowl combine buttermilk, water, oil, sugar, eggs, baking soda, and salt. Using a large wire whisk, whisk until well combined. Add flour and cocoa powder; whisk vigorously until smooth. Divide batter between prepared pans.

3. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes until top springs back when lightly touched in center. Cool in pans on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pans and cool completely.

4. In a medium bowl whisk together cream cheese, pumpkin, sugar, and cinnamon until thickened. Place one cake layer on plate. Spread filling over top. Top with second cake layer.

5. In a saucepan bring whipping cream just to boiling over medium-high heat. Remove from heat. Add chocolate (do not stir). Let stand 5 minutes. Stir until smooth. Cool 15 minutes or until slightly thickened. Pour over cake, allowing glaze to drip down sides. Chill until set, about 30 minutes. Top with grapes and/or other desired toppers. Makes 14 servings.

Stash this in your must try recipes. I promise, it's quite delightful. Whether you make it for Thanksgiving, Christmas, or St. Patty's Day, your family and friends will be coming back for more. That is if you save any for them in the first place.


  1. Pumpkin + chocolate = amazing! This recipe looks divine, I'm definitely trying :)

  2. That looks sooo good! Anything with ganache is a fav of mine.

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  4. After applying the glaze and cooling it up, you could decorate it using chocolate truffles. It would look and taste even more delicious!

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