Triple Layer Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake


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I’m clearly having a moment when it comes to cakes and this Triple Layer Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake is absolutely not to be missed!

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I mean – is that not the most crazy fun fall themed cake you’ve ever witnessed? Not only is it crazy beautiful but it doubles as a centerpiece for your table because hello – is there anything else you’d rather look at than that?!?

Layers of chocolate chip chip pumpkin cake get layered on top of each other and filled with a ganache, a cream cheese frosting and then decorated on top with truffles and edible gold beads (which you can find at your local craft store) OR you can get creative with the topping and add some fresh flowers for an organic vibe! So next time you need a show stopping dessert – look no further! Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake is your jam!

Triple Layer Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake



For the Cake

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp allspice
  • 1/2 tsp cloves
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup white sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips plus 1/2 cup extra for topping

For the Topping

  • Cream Cheese Frosting recipe below
  • Chocolate Truffles recipe below
  • Store bought honeycomb

For the Chocolate Truffles

  • 15 ounces bittersweet chocolate finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoon light corn syrup
  • 1/3 cup coffee liquor

For the Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 4 oz cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/4 cup butter at room temperature
  • 4 cups powder sugar
  • 1 tablespoon heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste


For the Cake

  • Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, cloves, baking soda and salt. Give the dry ingredients a quick whisk and then set this mixture aside.
  • In a large stand mixer, combine the butter, white sugar and brown sugar. Turn the mixer on medium high and cream together the butter and sugars, making sure to scrape down the sides so everything is incorporated. Add the egg, vanilla and pumpkin and combine. Add the dry ingredients into the mixer and mix until the dry mixture is just combined. Add in 1 1/2 cups of the chocolate chips and mix to combine.
  • Spray 3 6-inch baking rounds with non-stick baking spray. Divide the mixture into the baking pans and level it out. Sprinkle on the remaining chocolate chips.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes and then remove from the oven. Let cool before turning out from the baking rounds. While cooling - make the chocolate truffle

For the Chocolate Truffles

  • Place chocolate in a heat safe bowl. In a medium sauce pan combine heavy cream, butter and corn syrup and place over med high heat. Bring to a simmer and pour over the chocolate. Let this sit for 1 min then slowly stir until the mixture is fully combines. Stir in coffee liquor. Cover and place in the refrigerator for 30 mins.
  • To make the truffles, use 1/3 of the chocolate mix and scoop out different size balls, you can use a small ice cream scooper for a teaspoon, roll in dutch process cocoa and refrigerate till ready to assemble the cake.
  • When ready to assemble the cake fill a piping bag fitted with a 1/2 inch round tip with remaining 2/3 of the chocolate. Place one cake layer on serving plate and pipe a spiral starting from the inside out on the first layer, use an offset spatula to smooth it out. Place the second cake layer on top and repeat smoothing it out with the off set spatula. Place the 3rd and last layer on top and make sure the sides are even and the cake is level.
  • At this point you can fill in any side gaps with the chocolate creating a smooth side. Place cake in the refrigerator while you make the cream cheese frosting.

For the Frosting

  • Combine the cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar in a large stand mixer and whip for 4-5 minutes. Add the heavy cream and vanilla bean paste and continue to whip until smooth. Remove and use to frost.
  • Place 1/3 of the frosting on the top of the cake and work the frosting to the sides with an offset spatula. Drag the frosting down the sides to the cake plate, and continue all the way around. Remember you want about a 1/4 inch thick later on top and a very thin coating on the sides. Use the offset spatula to scrape the sides and remove excess frosting.
  • Place in fridge till you are ready to decorate.
  • Decorate with honeycomb, chocolate truffles, olive branches, gold dragees or any holiday candy you like!

Photo by Matt Armendariz / Food Styling by Adam Pearson / Recipe by What’s Gaby Cooking

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  1. Mandy Landefeld

    Cake is stunning! Making it to take for Thanksgiving in Louisiana. My 14yr old can’t wait to make the carnitas pizza!

  2. June @ How to Philosophize with Cake

    Another gorgeous cake! Love this pumpkin + chocolate flavor, especially with the addition of homemade chocolate truffles on top–such a great idea!

  3. Heather Christo

    truly one of the most stunning cakes I have seen. The truffles are amazing!!!

  4. Julie @ Table for Two

    Helloooo gorgeous!! Wow, this is definitely very ‘anthro’ feel!

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  8. Griselda

    Hi, I would love to make your cream cheese frosting but I don’t understand how much butter is needed. Do you mean 1/2 cup?

    • Griselda

      Thank you so so so much, I’m actually making the slutty brownie cake for my son’s birthday, which is today, but he does not like buttercream icing. You have saved my life. Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes.

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  10. Ani

    trying this cake this weekend! just wondering what’s sprinkled on top?? more chocolate chips? wild blueberries? thanks in advance!

  11. Sam

    I’m making this at this very moment… is the cake supposed to be cookie like.? I did everything according to the steps here. But it looks like a cookie

  12. Morgan

    Hi Gaby- want to try this- where do u find honeycomb? Never heard of buying it. Thx!

    • Gaby

      whole foods has it!! as does specialty cheese shops usually!

  13. Talia

    Is it possible to make this cake ahead of time? I.e. freeze the rounds and assemble day of? (trying to break-up thanksgiving cooking!)

    • Gaby

      Haven’t tested it for those sizes so I can’t say for sure. But just do the knife test – insert a knife in the center and when it comes out clean, it’s done

  14. Gina

    Stunning cake! What kind of greenery did you top the cake off with? It also looks like chucks of cookies on top or is that the honeycomb? Thanks!

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