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?
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.
Coming Tomorrow- Warm Butternut Squash and Chickpea Salad