07 November 2011

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

I made this for a dinner party that I went to this weekend, and I already miss it. There isn't much to say other than a) it's warm and gooey and delicious and loaded with pumpkin-y flavor, and b) it's incredibly easy to make. I under-baked it and wound up with an odd (but tasty) combination of cake around the edges and something more akin to pumpkin pie in the center, so be sure to bake until it's fully done (unless the idea of gooey pumpkin pie topped with frosting and chocolate chips appeals to you...it certainly didn't stop us from enjoying it...). Also, a word of warning: I attempted to make the frosting with fat-free cream cheese at first, and wound up with a thin, drippy mess. The cake itself is relatively healthy (no butter, lots of pumpkin), so definitely spring for the real cream cheese.


1 cup pure pumpkin puree
1/3 cup canola oil
2 eggs
1/2 cup white sugar
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 cup all purpose flour
(*for an extra light cake, use 1/2 cup all purpose flour and 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour)
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/8 tsp cloves
1/2 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

4 oz cream cheese
2 tbsp butter
1 tsp milk
1 tsp vanilla
2 - 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 cup chocolate chips (for topping)

Preheat oven to 350
Spray 8 x 8 pan with nonstick spray
Add first five ingredients to large mixing bowl and stir until combined
Add remaining ingredients and stir until batter is lump-less and smooth
Bake until top is golden brown and center is set, 30-40 minutes
While cake is in the oven, beat cream cheese, butter, milk and vanilla until smooth
Slowly add in the powdered sugar, 1/2 cup at a time, until desired consistency/taste is achieved
Wait until cake is cooled to frost, and sprinkle with chocolate chips

8 - 10 servings

*picture from recipegirl.com
  (I always take my own pictures, but shortly after I'd frosted it, this cake had all but disappeared.
   Guess i'll just have to make it again...)

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