pumpkin-chocolate swirl bundt cake

October 1, 2012

in Cakes & Tea Cakes

Baking with pumpkin is a cherished part of this season; I love the texture and moistness it gives to cookies and muffins, and pumpkin is the ideal backdrop to my preferred warming spices – cinnamon, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. Last October, I made pumpkin-chocolate chip bars and fell for pumpkin with chocolate in a big way. I have long wanted to make a swirl bundt cake, so adding a rich devil’s food chocolate swirl to my pumpkin spice batter was a natural next step.

Pumpkin-Chocolate Swirl Bundt Cake | Tutti Dolci

When the cake is served warm, you’ll discover that the chocolate swirl becomes deliciously gooey – I recommend having a cold glass of milk or a steaming mug of coffee at the ready. I’m sharing this recipe as part of October’s Chocolate Party; see more scrumptious pumpkin and chocolate creations below!

Pumpkin-Chocolate Swirl Bundt Cake
Pumpkin Batter
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp cloves
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
3 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 large eggs
1 cup pure pumpkin
2 Tbsp maple syrup
1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt
2 Tbsp low-fat milk

Whisk together flour, spices, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes); add eggs one at a time and beat well. Combine pumpkin, maple syrup, yogurt, and milk in a small bowl. Add half of flour mixture to sugar mixture and beat until just combined. Add pumpkin mixture, then finish with remaining flour mixture.

Chocolate Batter
1/2 cups boiling water
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 1/4 cups flour
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 Tbsp unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1/3 cup plain fat-free yogurt
1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips

Whisk together boiling water and cocoa, then set aside to cool. Whisk together flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt in a medium bowl. Beat butter, sugar, and vanilla extract in a large mixer bowl at medium speed until well blended (about 3 minutes); add egg and beat well. Whisk yogurt into cooled cocoa mixture. Add half of flour mixture to sugar mixture and beat until just combined. Add cocoa mixture, then finish with remaining flour mixture. Fold in chocolate chips.

Preheat oven to 350°F and coat a 12-cup bundt pan with nonstick spray. Spoon half of pumpkin batter into prepared pan and smooth with an offset spatula. Layer with chocolate batter and remaining pumpkin batter, smoothing each layer. Insert a skewer about 2 inches into batter and gently swirl the chocolate and top pumpkin layers together. Smooth top and tap pan sharply to remove air bubbles.

Bake 35 to 36 minutes, until cake begins to pull away from edges of pan and a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes; carefully invert onto rack and cool completely. Store leftovers in an airtight container at room temperature up to 3 days.

Yield – 16 servings (serving size: 1 slice)
Calories – 215
Carbs – 36

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1 Valerie October 1, 2012

The swirl of chocolate in this cake is so pretty! And the fact the recipe calls for fat-free yogurt and milk means that it’s okay to indulge in more that a few slices! :D


2 Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel October 1, 2012

Goooorgeous. Pumpkin + chocolate will be the new chocolate + pb, just you wait.


3 Carol | a cup of mascarpone October 1, 2012

Laura, I adore every recipe you create – but I have to say, this is my absolute favorite ever! I love it! It is so beautiful and looks absolutely delicious!!!


4 Paula @ Vintage Kitchen October 1, 2012

This is a beautiful cake, and even better with yogurt. Wonderful combination and perfect for the party!


5 Nami | Just One Cookbook October 1, 2012

Morning Laura! Your bundt cake looks beautiful – the presentation on silver platter and dark background… really stunning! The chocolate swirl in the pumpkin cake looks very appealing. Just saw your pumpkin chocolate bars too. I’ve never tried this combination before and I’m very curious. I know it’s good!! Lovely autumn dessert. By the way, the pumpkin decoration in the back is made of fabrics or paper? They are pretty!


6 Deb October 1, 2012

A beguiling autumn treat! I agree, a swirl of chocolate adds a luscious richness to the creamy pumpkin, an outstanding Bundt!


7 Flavia October 1, 2012

Laura, this looks lovely. I love the combination of chocolate and pumpkin. The Fall spices work so well with chocolate too. Your Bundt cake came out perfectly and your photographs are wonderful as always. :)


8 Suzanne October 1, 2012

Yum looks like a lovely cake Laura, choclate and pumpkin go together really well.


9 Cassie October 1, 2012

So much pumpkin going on today! I love it. And the chocolate addition is perfect!


10 Kimberly Mele October 1, 2012

Looking forward to trying the Pumpkin-Chocolate Swirl Bundt Cake. Thanks and blessings to you! Kim


11 Ali | Gimme Some Oven October 1, 2012

Wow – this looks amazing!!! Cheers to a season of great pumpkin recipes! :)


12 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts October 1, 2012

Love the layer of chocolate – sounds so good! Loving all the pumpkin recipes today!


13 Averie @ Averie Cooks October 1, 2012

I love that you made up two separate kinds of batter ( now that’s dedication!) and swirled them – outstanding!


14 Alyssa (Everyday Maven) October 1, 2012

Love this! What a great combo and the though of eating that warm on a cold evening sounds amazing.


15 Liz October 1, 2012

I hope you saved me a slice! What a gorgeous dessert!!!


16 Patty October 1, 2012

Such a beautiful bunt cake, love the pumpkin and chocolate swirled together, this would be such a wonderful cake to bake for company;-)
I love baking this time of year too;-)


17 Roxana | Roxana's Home Baking October 1, 2012

A beautiful bundt cake Laura. I have a hard time getting the bundt out of the pan and I always admire people that master this technique.
Thanks for bring in to our #chocolateparty


18 Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet October 1, 2012

Great minds think alike :) Your bundt cake is absolutely beautiful, Laura!


19 Jen @ Savory Simple October 1, 2012

Gurl, this is straight up food porn! I want!


20 foodwanderings October 1, 2012

Love this pumpkin chocolate bundt cake, they are my favorites along with a cup of tea. Great post and perfect welcome of the fall season!


21 The Café Sucré Farine October 1, 2012

Yum, I love anything pumpkin and this looks scrumptious! Such a pretty combination too.


22 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) October 1, 2012

That top picture is so pretty! I love the way you styled it with that one slice cut out of cake. The colors are so fall-perfect and of course, since you baked it, I’m sure it’s just as tasty as it is beautiful. :)


23 Angela @AnotherBitePlease October 1, 2012

Pinned and so making…looks yum combination!


24 Anne@FromMySweetHeart October 1, 2012

Laura…this looks absolutely delicious! All of those ‘warming spices’ that go well with pumpkin…..I love in chocolate too! This look so moist. Such a pretty cake and a great way to use our main ingredients! (going to check out your pumpkin chocolate chip bars too!)


25 brighteyedbaker October 1, 2012

Pumpkin and chocolate are always so good together, and that gooey chocolate cake sounds heavenly! I like it. :)


26 Jen L | Tartine ans Apron Strings October 1, 2012

How do you make those lovely swirls in the your cake?? Beautiful! Perfect treats for Halloween – my kids’ fave ‘holiday’!


27 Ravishing Hunger October 1, 2012

I am very excited to change up my same old pumpkin bundt cake recipe this year with the addition of chocolate thanks to you. Looks so delicious!


28 Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious October 1, 2012

Pumpkin is definitely my go-to spice too! And those swirls are just to die for!


29 Rosa October 1, 2012

A fabulous Bundt cake and delightful combination!




30 Karen (Back Road Journal) October 2, 2012

I’ve never tried the combination of chocolate and pumpkin…it sounds terrific. I love serving a bundt cake on a buffet. It is a sturdy cake that makes serving easy and will be perfect for a Halloween party.


31 Jennifer @ Mother Thyme October 2, 2012

Wow! This is an amazing bundt cake. Such a great recipe for this time of year.


32 claire @ the realistic nutritionist October 2, 2012

Absolutely stunning!!


33 Sandra's Easy Cooking October 2, 2012

I wish that my bundt cake ever come out like yours. Wow..looks so fantastic and delicious! I need to take some classes from you:) Stunning pics and yummy cake for sure! Thanks sweetie for sharing and have a lovely week!!!!!


34 Hannah October 2, 2012

Hooray for pumpkin season! Fall baking is the best. Your cake is just lovely, and I always appreciate chocolate and pumpkin together.


35 Susan October 2, 2012

Beautifully done, Laura! Chocolate & pumpkin is a winning combination in my book!


36 Jen @ Jen's Favorite Cookies October 2, 2012

This is gorgeous! So impressive, with the marbling! Love it!


37 Faith October 2, 2012

Such a beautiful cake that’s full of the flavors of fall — I love it!


38 Marina {YummyMummyKitchen.com} October 2, 2012

Pumpkin and chocolate… what a wonderful combo! I love both (and my carbs) so I am really wishing I had a slice!


39 Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} October 2, 2012

Laura – so loving all of the recipes with pumpkin in them! This bundt cake looks and sounds simply wonderful. Pinning to make during the season!!!


40 Nancy @ gottagetbaked October 2, 2012

I love bundt cakes and the marbling of this one looks delicious! And the velvet pumpkins in the background of your photos are just adorable.


41 Baker Street October 2, 2012

Oh yum! We are so in sync today. I absolutely adore the chocolate pumpkin combination and will surely be baking it again and I’m going to try your recipe next. :)


42 The Squishy Monster October 2, 2012

I could write sonnets and love poems about pumpkins and this cake is definitely something to write home about!


43 Maureen | Orgasmic Chef October 3, 2012

Oh wow, this is such a pretty cake – all swirly. Looks yum.


44 Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella October 3, 2012

Hehe I love that we’re on different sides of the world and we’re both posting pumpkin recipes! :D


45 Rowena @ Apron and Sneakers October 3, 2012

You and baking are really meant for each other. Whatever you touch turns to something beautiful and delicious. A Midas to baking! I would like to try baking a bundt cake with pumpkin someday. This is a keeper!


46 Kate October 3, 2012

This looks delicious! A beautiful recipe too, just perfect for the fall weather as it approaches us. I’ll be trying this one soon. I hope you enjoy your week. Be well!



47 Nancy/SpicieFoodie October 3, 2012

Laura you have the best treats! I could, and have, spend hours looking through your blog for inspiration. Pumpkin and chocolate are two of my favorite things in this world. Your bundt cake looks out of this world:) Love the colors in your photos too.


48 fabiola@notjustbaked October 3, 2012

Hahahaha first I have to lol at Jen’s comment on food porn! She is so right, this with the chocolate swirled in, shut up! It looks soooo good.


49 Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today October 3, 2012

Yummy! It’s like not a cake, because with vegetables :) So I can bake it and eat as much as possible.


50 Kankana October 3, 2012

Autumn is here after all and I am getting inspired by so many bloggers. Love those pumpkins cushions as the backdrop :)


51 Suzanne perazzini October 4, 2012

As we travel around Italy, I often see heaps of pumpkins sitting in front gardens, right on the road. I haven’t worked out if that is to encourage us to stop and relieve them of some of the excess or just for show. I think the combination of chocolate and pumpkin is ingenious.


52 Laura @ Family Spice October 4, 2012

Gotta love a bundt! This looks amazing- I love the swirl of chocolate!


53 Melissa @ Bless This Mess October 4, 2012

Mm. Pinned for this weekend! I’m so excited to try this. Great photos too…


54 Mercedes October 4, 2012

Chocolate and pumpkin are such a great combo and I love that you use low fat yogurt and milk in this recipe!


55 the wicked noodle October 5, 2012

I’m with you, Laura, pumpkin and chocolate are a fabulous combination!


56 Lora @cakeduchess October 5, 2012

Nothing like pumpkin and chocolate. I think I need to make another bundt after seeing your beauty:)Love it. xx


57 Amy @ Spin The Meal October 6, 2012

I am so hung up on Bundt recipes right now. It’s hard to believe I live a few miles from the Nordicware factory here in MN, and I recently bought my first Bundt pan. Who knew how pretty and fun Bundt recipes could be?

Your recipe is next on my list!


58 Kiran @ KiranTarun.com October 7, 2012

Bundt cake with pumpkin and chocolate swirls?! That looks too beautiful to eat!


59 Frank @ Kraemers Culinary Blog October 8, 2012

What a beautiful cake, perfect for the season. I love the chocolate in this cake.




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