Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

You’ll also love my pumpkin cream cheese bundt cake.

Deliciously moist pumpkin bundt cake with chocolate chips and caramel sauce on top! Pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

I feel like it’s been the official Fall/pumpkin baking season for months now. But my brain is all skewed, my thoughts are all upside-down, I put my shirt on backwards this morning (No, really. I did.) and I haven’t slept more than 3 hours at a time in about a million years. Noelle is 7 weeks tomorrow, she’s the light of our entire world, and my socks are definitely mismatched right now.

But one thing is certain! We have less than 2 weeks until Thanksgiving and if pie just isn’t your thing, I give you a pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake.

And if you’re pumpkin-ed out by now, you certainly need more salted caramel and chocolate in your life. Because this pumpkin bundt cake has ’em both.

Deliciously moist pumpkin bundt cake with chocolate chips and caramel sauce on top! Pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Moist and dense, this pumpkin bundt cake delivers BIG. It’s not quite as heavy as a pound cake or quite as light as my favorite pumpkin cake. It meets somewhere in the middle and this place is called calorie-town.

ANYWAY! This bundt cake couldn’t be easier. You’ll need 2 bowls: 1 for wet and 1 for dry. The ingredients are all kitchen staples like flour, spices, vanilla, and eggs. The fat in the cake comes from oil, so you’re guaranteed a super moist cake from the start. If calorie-town isn’t a place you wanna be, you can sub unsweetened applesauce for half of the oil. Just as moist!

My favorite part, and this is just me being a total nerd… is that the cake uses an entire standard can of pumpkin. I always appreciate recipes calling for the whole can because you’re not stuck with a random 1/4 cup leftover. (Though it’s sooooo good stirred into oatmeal with a splash of pure maple syrup.)

Pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake on sallysbakingaddiction.com

Here’s my favorite bundt pan. Super quality, heavy-duty, great price, never warps, awesome rubber grips. You’ll need a 9.5 or a 10-inch pan.

Like the best things in the kitchen life, we’ll shower this pumpkin bundt with salted caramel. Even though salted caramel is legit liquid gold, it doesn’t hold anything to the delicious pumpkin crumb underneath. That’s saying a lot! Because you all know how much I love salted caramel.

Deliciously moist pumpkin bundt cake with chocolate chips and caramel sauce on top! Pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

You’ve Got Options!

Instead of salted caramel, try filling this pumpkin bundt cake with chai swirl. (Having a chai moment this fall, remember?) Pumpkin + chocolate + chai will definitely steal the spotlight at your Thanksgiving dessert table.

Or what about brown butter icing on top? Maple icing, perhaps? There are so many ways to dress up this pumpkin chocolate chip bundt cake and every last one of ’em is FANTASTIC.

This pumpkin bundt cake is joining my other basic pumpkin recipes this fall:

Let me know which you try!

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake

Ingredients:

  • 2 and ¾ cups (340g) all-purpose flour (spoon & leveled)
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 and ½ cups dark chocolate chips (or semi-sweet)
  • 1 cup (240ml) vegetable oil*
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • ¾ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)*
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • optional topping: salted caramelbrown butter icing, or maple icing

Directions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F (177°C) and grease a 9.5 or 10-inch bundt pan.
  2. Whisk the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg, allspice, and chocolate chips together in a large bowl. Set aside. Whisk the oil, eggs, brown sugar, granulated sugar, pumpkin, and vanilla extract together until combined. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a mixer or whisk until completely combined. Batter will be thick.
  3. Bake for 55-70 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the cake comes out clean with just a couple lightly moist crumbs. This is a large, heavy cake so don't be alarmed if it takes a little longer in your oven.
  4. Once done, remove from the oven and allow to cool for 2 hours inside the pan. Then, invert the slightly cooled bundt cake onto a wire rack or serving dish. Allow to cool completely before drizzling with salted caramel (or icing) and serving.
  5. Cover leftover cake tightly and store at room temperature for a couple days and/or in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Make ahead tip: You can make the entire cake ahead of time (before topping with salted caramel or icing). Cover cooled cake and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature before icing and serving. Baked cake can be frozen up to 3 months. Allow to thaw overnight in the refrigerator and bring to room temperature (if desired) before icing and serving.

Recipe Notes:

Instead of the 1/2 teaspoon of ginger, cloves, nutmeg, and allspice-- you can use 2 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice. (Still add the 2 teaspoons of ground cinnamon.)

*Instead of 1 cup of oil, try 1/2 cup (90g) unsweetened applesauce and 1/2 (120ml) cup oil. The cake is just as moist.

*I strongly recommend using canned pumpkin puree over homemade in this recipe, though 2 cups of homemade would work just fine. I found the flavor better with canned. I prefer Libby's brand for this cake.

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  1. Patience on November 10, 2017 at 1:23 am

    This is the truth. Looks beautiful and would definitely taste delish..

  2. Andrea @ Cooking with a Wallflower on November 10, 2017 at 3:23 am

    I love pie so we have to have that at the Thanksgiving table but this bundt cake looks absolutely amazing too. And I don’t see why I can’t have both =)

  3. Patricia @Sweet and Strong on November 10, 2017 at 7:12 am

    Looks so delicious.  I know I have said this before but I really need a bundt pan.  I’m putting kitchen essentials on my Christmas list this year!

    • Yvonne D. on November 10, 2017 at 6:38 pm

      In case you don’t get what you want, try the thrift stores. I bought my mom a brand new bundt pan for $3!

  4. felicia on November 10, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Hello! Can you use any other sort of pan and if so what would cooking time look like ? 

    • Sally on November 10, 2017 at 12:10 pm

      This cake should fit into a 9×13 pan. Only fill 3/4 fill. With extra batter you can make cupcakes (19-22 mins). I’m unsure of the exact bake time for the cake. Same oven temp.

      • Tammy Spencer on November 10, 2017 at 8:01 pm

        Your recipe is very similar to a chocolate chip pumpkin bread I’ve been making for years, only you include a mixture of brown & granulated sugar (instead of all granulated) as well as cloves and ginger. I bake it in 2 loaf pans for about an hour, or 8 mini loaf pans for 30-40 min (not sure about that timing). It’s a must for Thanksgiving…my Father-in-law lets me in the door when he sees it! 😉



  5. Lou B. on November 10, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I love your sense of humor when writing, it gives your blog that little extra something that keeps me coming back! Good thing is you planned all these recipes in advance, or else you’d lose your mind! Happy friyay!

  6. Hanna on November 10, 2017 at 10:30 am

    For the record – I am a taxpaying resident of calorie town. Unabashedly so.

    • Janelle King on November 10, 2017 at 12:52 pm

      Oh I am making this on a shirt. LOL

  7. Melissa Howell on November 10, 2017 at 11:05 am

    I have taken up permanent residence in Calorie Town. If this bundt cake is also there, I will never leave 🙂

  8. Michelle on November 10, 2017 at 11:13 am

    Do you have a link for the stand the Bundt is sitting on in the picture with the caramel being poured?

    • Sally on November 10, 2017 at 12:08 pm

      It’s Juliska brand from the “berry and thread” line. I love it!

      • Michelle on November 10, 2017 at 1:55 pm

        Thank you!



  9. nancy k on November 10, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    Mid October, I used your favorite pumpkin cake recipe to make a three tiered 6″ birthday cake for a friend. I used your cinnamon cream cheese icing for the filling and the sides. I smoothed a thin layer on the top then drizzled a layer of chocolate ganache over it…letting it drip over the sides…and finished with fall sprinkles. Oh my gosh, I tested the cake when I cut off the tops it even up the layers. It is beyond delicious and sooooo moist. My friend and her husband told me it was one of the best cakes they had ever had…so thanks, Sally for the great recipe(s).
    I have a feeling I will be baking this bundt version sooner rather than later.

    • Susan on November 11, 2017 at 8:00 am

      Hi,

      I love your recipes!  I can’t find the cinnamon cream cheese icing recipe; could you please help me?

      Thank you!

  10. Wendy on November 10, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    Sally, your flour measurement for grams is missing (2 3/4 cups). Do you have the measurement?? Can’t wait to make this a reality. That salted caramel looks like liquid gold☺

    • Sally on November 11, 2017 at 8:58 am

      Wendy, I’m so sorry! I just added it.

  11. Kirsty Vittetoe on November 10, 2017 at 6:35 pm

    Yummy!!!!

  12. Paige Flamm on November 10, 2017 at 11:42 pm

    This cake screams fall! It looks amazing!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

  13. Laura | Tutti Dolci on November 11, 2017 at 6:58 pm

    I adore the bundt and caramel sounds like the perfect choice to me! 🙂

  14. Nancy on November 13, 2017 at 7:48 pm

    Oh for the love of pumpkin!  This is a delicious pumpkin cake! I mean deeeeeeee-licious!  We used salted caramel and I followed the recipe as written. Thank you again Sally!  Happy Holidays with your little Punkin!

    • Sally on November 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Happy holidays to you too!

  15. Becca on November 15, 2017 at 10:13 pm

    Hi! I really want to make this but need to do it non-dairy… is there a topping you’d suggest? Thanks!

    • Sally on November 16, 2017 at 8:31 am

      I’d make this maple icing and use non-dairy milk.

      • Becca on November 16, 2017 at 4:13 pm

        Thank you!



  16. Ana Walker on November 19, 2017 at 4:22 pm

    Which do you prefer the light or dark brown sugar for this pumpkin chocolate bundt cake?

    • Sally on November 20, 2017 at 7:20 am

      Either are great! The dark brown sugar yield a slightly darker cake with a slightly deeper brown sugar/molasses background flavor.

  17. Ana on November 20, 2017 at 8:44 am

    Thanks Sally,
     The pictures of the cake has a nice color to it. I was wondering is that what it would look like with the light brown sugar?  Thanks

    • Sally on November 20, 2017 at 11:27 am

      Yes, I made the pictured bundt cake with light brown sugar.

  18. Trixie in CT on November 25, 2017 at 11:34 am

    Hi Sally!

    I’ve been remiss in congratulating you on your beautiful new baby, handsome new pup and all your successes in publishing, tv, etc…… all well deserved! But I have been busy baking your wonderful recipes, such as this terrific cake!

    I’ve already made 6 of them and plan to make a couple more this week. I’ve used milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips and both work great…I’ve also used your Salted Caramel and a cream cheese glaze and both complement the cake so well! One thing though….I never let more than 10-15 minutes pass before I take the cake out of the pan and I haven’t had a problem. Use only Nordic Bundt pans sprayed with Baker’s Joy and every little detail comes out pristine. Anyway, this cake is just divine and very subtle in taste and texture and a breeze to make so thanks for another winning recipe. BTW, I don’t eat all these cakes myself — friends have “placed orders” for their Thanksgiving dinners so I’ve been a baking fool haha.
    Much love to you and your beautiful family this holiday season and always!

  19. taxwell on November 26, 2017 at 11:32 pm

    I love everything that has caramel in it. pictures are amazing. thanks for sharing this great recipe with us. My God Bless You.

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