Love and Confections: Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

September 18, 2014

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake #BundtBakers

Moist and delicious, this Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake 
is sure to start the Fall baking season off right!

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake by Love and Confections

Truth be told, this cake almost didn't happen, for many, many reasons.  I am actually sitting at the computer well past midnight in order to get this post done. I like to schedule and get ahead, but as usual, life gets in the way. Baby L&C started crawling 2 weeks ago, while we were on our beach vacation, as well as cutting 2 teeth that same week. 

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake by Love and Confections

Since learning to crawl, she has started to pull herself up on everything, including her crib. Every night, and now sometimes during the day for naps, she refuses to lay down and instead rolls over, sits up, and tries to stand up in her crib. I have done the stay there and repeatedly put her back down and rub her back or tummy, as well as the cry it out method. Sometimes one works, sometimes the other works, then there are nights like tonight. Her bedtime was 9pm, but she did not fall asleep until 12:50am. After much crying, patting and 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' rounds, I am officially spent after only having about 3 hours of sleep the night before. Oh, but wait, that isn't everything.

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake by Love and Confections

I have been sick for over a week now. I have a cold, and this cold is, pardon my language but for lack of better words, kicking my ass. Prescription cough meds along with expectorants, nasal sprays and vitamins have minimally helped. Taking care of yourself while sick is one thing; you can usually lay up on the couch with a box of tissues, hot tea and watch the original 'Star Wars' trilogy, hopelessly romantic comedies and catch up on your DVR. Well, when you're sick and a Mom things are totally different, that of which I have now learned. I have a 9-month old to take care of and 'Star Wars' has to wait. 

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake by Love and Confections

So back to the cake. It's a bundt cake and for a bundt cake you need a bundt pan. Did I mention we are moving? This coming weekend actually. We found a rental house and are finally moving out of this horrible apartment and away from the family of elephants upstairs and the "I have to rev my motorcycle engine every time I drive it no matter what time of day it is" (including 3am and waking up the baby) neighbors. I am so glad we are moving. I am not glad that my kitchen is all boxed up. Luckily the bundt pan was one of the last things to get packed so I was able to bake this cake. 

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake by Love and Confections

Do you know how hard it is to pick out sprinkles from a mix? Well I found out the other day. I decided to forego the chocolate chip topping in the original recipe and make it festive (read: usually more work for myself). Well, it happened to be one of those glorious days when Baby L&C actually went down for a nap without fighting. The Angels were singing and I was doing a happy dance, until I realized that the orange sprinkles I thought I had, turned out to be red sprinkles. Red sprinkles?!?! I can't make a pumpkin cake with red sprinkles. I went to check on Baby and she was down for the count, so there was no way we could go to the store for sprinkles. I searched through my hoard of sprinkles, cupcake liners and other decorating paraphernalia to discover I had a quin Halloween mix of neon green, black and Angels singing again orange. In case you missed the lovely picture I posted the other day on Instagram of my sprinkle-picking adventure, here it is. 

Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake by Love and Confections

Sorry for the rant about everything, I just needed to let you know why this cake almost didn't exist. You really should make this cake. The chocolate and pumpkin pair so well together and with the addition of my Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice it is pure perfection. Even my dad who doesn't like pumpkin and says I never make "normal cakes" ate it. He likes plain and simple flavored desserts, just chocolate, just vanilla, etc. But he still ate it and said it was good, so that's a thumbs up in my book.

Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake
adapted from A Dash of Sanity

Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake Ingredients:
- 2 cups Granulated Sugar
- 3/4 cup Vegetable Oil
- 3 large Eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
- 2 & 1/2 cups All-Purpose Flour
- 1 teaspoon Salt
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- 1 & 1/2 teaspoons Baking Soda
-1/2 cup Cocoa Powder
- 1/4 cup Heavy Cream
- 1-15 ounce can Pumpkin Puree (make sure it is just puree and not pie filling)
- 3 tablespoons Unsalted Butter, room temperature
- 3/4 cup Chocolate Chips
-1 tablespoon Corn Syrup
- Mini Chocolate Chips or Sprinkles for topping (optional)

Triple Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bundt Cake Directions:
1. Heat oven to 325°F. Spray bundt pan with nonstick baking spray and set aside. 
2. In a medium bowl, or the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the Sugar, Oil, Eggs and Vanilla Extract.
3. In a separate bowl, sift together the Flour, Salt, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Cocoa Powder and Pumpkin Pie Spice. 
4. Slowly incorporate the flour mixture into the egg mixture, in three additions, alternating with the Heavy Cream. Add in the canned Pumpkin Puree and mix briefly, so as not to over-mix the cream. 
5. Pour into prepared bundt pan and bake for 50-60 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool in pan on cooling rack while preparing the glaze.
6. For the glaze, combine and heat the Butter, Chocolate Chips and Corn Syrup in a double boiler over medium heat until melted.
7. Turn out cake onto cake plate, pour glaze over it and decorate with sprinkles. Enjoy!

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  1. So delicious!!! and I love sprinkles... it's a touch of colour :)

  2. Oh my goodness you sure did have a struggle to get this cake done. I'm smiling over separating the sprinkles (I've done it too so I know how that goes). The cake is worth all the struggle though. It's a stunner.

    1. Thanks Renee. It definitely took some time and added a little more stress over here.

  3. Looks lovely Terri and what dedication creating this with all you have going on!!!

  4. This cake sounds so good- worth all the trouble I hope!
    I love a good rant- and you had some serious obstacles this month. I'm glad you made it though, up against all of that I probably wouldn't have!
    The image of you picking the orange sprinkles out of the halloween mix totally cracked me up!

    1. It is definitely funny now, not while it happened, as most things are. Sometimes you just need a good rant. I honestly don't know how I got it all done.

  5. It was worth the 'separation' time. That was one of the first things I noticed and thought---How festive to have the orange sprinkles on---its a special touch. Just putting a cake in a bundt pan adds a special touch in my world. The cake looks so moist and it has to be delicious with chocolate and pumpkin spice.

    1. It was very delicious Carol. I always love using festive decorations and I think it adds such a special touch.

  6. How festive and delicious...this looks so good..all that chocolate...Mmm save me a slice! :)

  7. I need a slice with a cup of coffee :)

  8. That looks so good! And, chocolate and pumpkin are great together!

  9. You're a few months ahead of me in the mommy world - I'm nervous for when my little one starts to crawl! It's already hard enough getting things baked and cooked!
    Your cake is beautiful and I'm glad you're getting to share it with us. The use of the orange sprinkles make it perfectly festive, too.

    1. Thanks. I knew I had to deco it up somehow. Crawling is so great, until it's not. I was thinking to myself as I was encouraging her to crawl that I will wish she was still stationary. Boy was I right, especially with everything going on.

  10. Chocolate and pumpkin! Yes please.

  11. Oh wow, so pretty, a great bundt for Halloween too!!

  12. Wowwww, love the cobination of pumpkin and chocolate! It looks great and like the sprinkles over of it!

  13. I have to laugh at.separating sprinkles. I'd definitely do that. Gorgeous bundt! I hope that your move went smoothly.