Chocolate pumpkin loaf

A perfect storm of circumstances went into the creation of this luscious snack cake. First, I saw this beautiful chocolate loaf cake recipe and knew I had to bake it (and I still fully intend to bake it!). Then I made pumpkin purée for a pie and had some extra so decided to use it instead of butter. Then I helped Miss D make macarons for a party and had egg yolks to use up but no ground almonds left. So, yeah… this isn’t Belle’s chocolate loaf cake after all, but is a scrumptious loaf cake anyway. It’s also low fat, with no added butter or oil.


Makes one small loaf


125g (1 cup) all-purpose (plain) flour
1 tbsp cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
125g (1/2 cup) pumpkin purée
100g (1/2 cup) granulated (white) sugar
1 tsp vanilla essence
5 egg yolks (or 2 large eggs)
55g (2 oz) dark chocolate, chopped and melted


Preheat oven to 175°C (350°F). Line or grease and flour a small loaf pan (mine was approximately 20 x 11cm or 8 x 4″).

Whisk together flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt in a bowl and set aside.

In another bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, beat pumpkin purée and sugar until well combined. Add vanilla and egg yolks (or eggs), one at a time, beating on medium speed until fully combined. Add melted chocolate and mix until combined.

Use a spatula to fold in dry ingredients until just combined and there are no traces of flour visible.

Pour batter into pan and bake in centre of oven for 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan then turn out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

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8 Responses to Chocolate pumpkin loaf

  1. Charisma says:

    That looks great. Love the combination. Colour looks good.

  2. Our Adventure in Croatia says:

    looks great and what a combination, never tried chocolate together with pumpkin, was it very tasty?

  3. pizzarossa says:

    Thanks, Ms E! It was really tasty – chocolatey and rich 🙂 I used potimarron pumpkins, which have a chestnutty flavour and it went perfectly with the chocolate.

  4. G’day and yum! I never tried the combination of chocolate and pumpkin too!
    Might have to put this on my list to do!
    Cheers! Joanne

  5. Amanda says:

    Looks delicious, have you ever tried to freeze it? Does it hold up well?

  6. toko tommee tippee says:

    how beautiful

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