Friday, March 13, 2009

Chocolate-Pumpkin Marble Cake

Do you ever feel like you have to have an excuse to bake? Sometimes, I feel like I have to have a good reason. I don't know why. It just seems like if you have a reason, it makes it okay.
My good friend was visiting and had missed a couple of the delicious baked goods we had tried. She wasn't going to be here for much longer and she had mentioned how much she liked pumpkin and chocolate when they were combined in desserts. I showed her the recipe for this cake and she thought it was a great candidate for a middle-of-the-week, no-special-occasion dessert.
I had her approval and some sort of an excuse, so I mixed it up. We got alot of servings out of this cake, by making the slices very thin. Delish and Decadent. Which is okay is small amounts, right?

Chocolate-Pumpkin Marble Cake from Sunset Magazine
1 1/2 cups (3/4 lb.) butter, at room temperature
3 cups sugar
6 large eggs
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 1/4 cups canned pumpkin
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa
2/3 cup buttermilk
Chocolate glaze (recipe follows)
1/2 cup chopped roasted, unsalted peanuts (optional)
1. In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat butter and sugar until well blended. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in vanilla. Scrape half the mixture into another bowl.
2. To make pumpkin batter: Beat pumpkin into half the butter mixture until well blended. In another bowl, stir together 1 3/4 cups flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Add flour mixture to pumpkin mixture and beat on low speed or fold in with a flexible spatula just until blended.
3. To make chocolate batter: In another bowl, mix remaining 1 cup flour, 1 teaspoon baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and the cocoa. Add flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk to the other half of the butter mixture (starting and ending with flour mixture), beating after each addition just until blended.
4. Spoon half the pumpkin batter into a buttered and floured 12-cup bundt-cake pan. Drop half the chocolate batter by spoonfuls over (but not entirely covering) the pumpkin batter. Repeat to spoon remaining pumpkin and chocolate batters into pan. Gently run the blade of a butter knife around the center of the pan several times, then draw the knife across the width of the pan in 10 to 12 places to swirl batters.
5. Bake in a 350° regular or 325° convection oven until a wood skewer inserted into center of cake comes out with a few moist crumbs attached, 55 to 60 minutes. Let cake cool 10 minutes in pan, then invert onto a rack, lift off pan, and cool cake completely.
6. Pour warm chocolate glaze over the top of the cake, letting it drip down the sides. Sprinkle glaze with peanuts if desired. Let stand until glaze is set, about 2 hours, or chill about 30 minutes.
Chocolate Glaze:
In a heatproof bowl or the top of a double boiler, combine 4 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate, 1/2 cup whipping cream, 1 tablespoon butter, and 1 teaspoon corn syrup.
Bring an inch or two of water to a boil in a pan that the bowl can nest in or in bottom of double boiler, then remove from heat.
Place chocolate mixture over water and let stand, stirring occasionally, until melted and smooth, about 10 minutes.

Coming Tomorrow- Warm Butternut Squash and Chickpea Salad


Marie Rayner said...

That looks really, really good Mary Ann. I wish I did need to have an excuse to bake. Maybe then I would bake less often, and then maybe I would eat baked goods less often, and then maybe I would lose some of this weight!

The Food Librarian said...

You know I just love the Bundt and Sunset this is so on my list. The marbling looks fantastic!

Engineer Baker said...

I'm thinking that would be good in *large* amounts. I absolutely love bundts, so why is that the only random baking pan I don't own? Yours looks lovely!

Barbara Bakes said...

I usually feel I need an excuse to bake too! I hope I have a good reason soon. This cake looks fabulous!

Meghan said...

I always feel like I need an excuse to bake - even if it means making one up! I LOVE chocolate and pumpkin too. Your marbling is so pretty!

Maria said...

I always make up my own reasons to bake! The cake looks awesome! I love the swirl! Glad you could spoil a friend!

Netts Nook said...

This looks so yummy. Thanks for sharing.

Kirsten said...

That cake looks fantastic. Great photos!

Dicentra said...

Holey wow. That looks awesome!! Hubby won't eat pumpkin or I'd be making that RIGHT NOW. I don't dare - I'd have to eat the whole thing myself... LOL.

La Bella Cooks said...

That looks absolutely gorgeous and I love the flavor pairing of chocolate and pumpkin. Perfection on a plate!

Anonymous said...

Awesome - love the texture and the fudge icing!

Steph said...

I know exactly what you mean. My excuse usually is I can't focus on studying for a test unless I bake something.. haha. The marbling looks so good.

Donna-FFW said...

This looks so delicious. Your choices of recipes are outstanding. Glad I ran across your blog. I love your photos , also.

Cathy said...

I totally know what you mean about needing an excuse! TWD is the worst, because I am baking these super rich desserts with no excuse and nobody but me to eat them half the time (hubs doesn't eat chocolate, kids don't eat anything). Oh well, I wouldn't need much of an excuse to make this cake - it looks amazing!!!

Anonymous said...

Your cake is gorgeous. The swirls are perfect. I just bake when I feel like it. No excuse needed. :P

Creative Classroom Core said...

I love pumpkin! I bet the chocolate and pumpkin combo is heavenly!

Karen said...

Hmm, I've never thought of choc & pumpkin. Why not??? It looks delicious and the marbeling effect in the cake is gorgeous!

Not Another Omnivore said...

Your stuff always looks fabulous! I feel like I need a reason to bake simply because recipes for baked goods always make like a whole cake, or a dozen + cookies, and there's not a real reason any one person needs that much. So I tend to bake only when with people...