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Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin Filling

Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin Filling

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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Servings: 12
Calories: 535kcal
Author: Karen Kelly


  • Cake:
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup water
  • cup canola oil
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour I used Bob's Red Mill Organic
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • Filling:
  • 1 8 oz package of cream cheese room temperature
  • cup canned pumpkin
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Ganache:
  • ½ cup whipping cream
  • 4 oz semisweet chocolate chopped


  • Preheat oven to 350º F.
  • Spray two round 9x2 cake pans with cooking spray and line with parchment. I buy the precut round parchment liners. Then spray the parchment too.
  • In a large bowl mix the buttermilk thru salt with a whisk.
  • Add flour and cocoa powder and whisk until combined.
  • Pour evenly into two prepared pans.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Do not overcook.
  • Mix all filling ingredients in a stand mixer (or hand mixer) until smooth. There might be some cream cheese lumpiness so keep mixing.
  • When cakes are completely cool you can assemble.
  • Spread filling over one layer of cake and top with a second layer.
  • Make the ganache by bringing whipped cream to a low boil of medium-high heat.
  • Remove from heat and add chocolate. Let it stand for five minutes then stir until smooth.
  • Let it cool for about ten minutes and stir again.
  • Pour over cake letting it drip down the sides. Put in refrigerator until set.


I have also made this cake gluten free using Bob's Red Mill 1 To 1 Gluten Free Flour.  Just sub out the regular flour for this one.


Calories: 535kcal | Carbohydrates: 64g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 72mg | Sodium: 205mg | Potassium: 248mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 1575IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2.7mg
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