Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake — This soft and moist pumpkin cake is loaded with chocolate in every bite!! An EASY one-bowl fall dessert that’s perfect for impromptu entertaining or anytime a pumpkin craving strikes!!
Easy, One Bowl, No Mixer Cake
This is a fast, easy, one-bowl, no mixer pumpkin cake recipe that everyone loves. When you’re sitting around the house craving a piece of Starbucks pumpkin bread, you need to make this cake instead. It has a ton more flavor and it’s so easy.
It’s a spinoff of this Pumpkin Spice Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting. Which is a spinoff from a pumpkin cake recipe in my second cookbook, Cooking With Pumpkin. It’s a recipe that has been around the block and it’s always a crowd pleaser.
It’s great on chilly fall mornings with a cup of coffee or tea, served at a casual brunch, or as an easy-breezy fall dessert to serve when you’re entertaining but don’t want to slave over dessert. Yet it still tastes like a million bucks, no frosting needed.
What’s in Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake?
For the easy pumpkin cake recipe, you’ll need:
- Granulated sugar
- Pumpkin puree
- Canola oil
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Vanilla extract
- All-purpose flour
- Baking powder and baking soda
- Mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
How to Make Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake
In a large bowl, stir together the wet ingredients followed by the dry. Gently fold in the chocolate chips.
Turn the batter into a greased 8×8-inch baking dish, then bake until center is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, no batter. That’s it!
Can I Make This Recipe as Cupcakes?
I haven’t tried that myself, but I bet it would work out okay. Check your cupcakes around the 20-minute mark to see if they’re finished.
Can I Double This Recipe?
Yes, I think you could easily double this recipe and bake it in a 9×13-inch pan. It’d probably need to bake for roughly the same amount of time, but I can’t say for sure since I’ve only ever made this cake in a smaller pan.
Tips for the Best Pumpkin Cake
I used oil rather than butter, which keeps the cake extra moist and since pumpkin naturally makes everything moister, there’s no chance of a dry cake.
Between the 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice and the 1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon, there is plenty of robust fall-infused flavoring going on. I despise pumpkin or carrot cake recipes that don’t have enough oomph with the spices and that is impossible here. Add more or less spices as you see fit.
I used mini semi-sweet chocolate chips and recommend them rather than regular chocolate chips. They disperse more evenly and don’t tend to sink to the bottom of the cake like regular chocolate chips so that you get bites that are perfectly studded with chocolate throughout.
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- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 1/2 cup canola or vegetable oil
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste
- 1 to 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
- 3/4 to 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips (See NOTE below)
- Preheat oven to 350F. Line an 8×8-inch pan with aluminum foil for easier cleanup and spray with cooking spray; set aside.
- To a large bowl, add the eggs, sugar, pumpkin, oil, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, vanilla, and whisk to combine.
- Add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and stir until just combined, don’t overmix.
- Add the chocolate chips and stir to combine.
- Turn batter out into prepared pan, smoothing the top lightly with a spatula. Bake for about 35 to 40 minutes (I baked 36 minutes) or until center is set and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean or with a few moist crumbs, no batter.
- Allow cake to cool in the pan for at least 1 hour before slicing and serving.
Chocolate chips: I highly recommend MINI chocolate chips for this recipe rather than regular chocolate chips. They disperse more evenly and do not sink to the bottom like regular chips are prone to doing.
To store: Cake will keep airtight at room temp for up to 5 days and in the freezer for up to 4 months.
Adapted from Pumpkin Spice Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 275Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 196mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 2gSugar: 25gProtein: 3g
More Pumpkin Dessert Recipes:
My FAVORITE PUMPKIN RECIPES on my blog!
My cookbook, Cooking With Pumpkin: Recipes That Go Beyond the Pie is my second cookbook and there are over 50 pumpkin recipes including sweets, savory, drinks, and a photo for nearly every recipe. I’d be super grateful if you headed over to Amazon to check it out!
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Originally published September 2, 2019 and republished with updated text October 22, 2021.