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Yum Alert: Chocolate-Pumpkin Marble Cake w/ Cream Cheese Glaze

Written by emilyc

It’s only September, I know, but I figure since Starbucks has Pumpkin Spice Lattes, autumn is in full swing (pay no attention to the warm weather and green leaves on trees). This means that it is time to go crazy with cooking, baking, and drinking all things pumpkin. Let’s kick off the harvest season with a delish dessert, shall we? Recipe and image via Back to the Cutting Board.


1 1/4 cups pumpkin puree

1 cup sugar*

1 cup packed dark brown sugar*

1 1/2 cups unsalted butter, softened*

5 large eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 3/4 cups cake flour, divided

3 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp. baking powder, divided

1/2 tsp. baking soda, divided

1 tsp. salt, divided

3/4 cup Dutch-processed unsweetened cocoa

1 1/3 cup regular or low-fat buttermilk, divided

*To make this healthier, you can reduce the sugars to 3/4 cup each and the butter to 1 cup. The cake won’t be quite as moist as it should be, but will still taste good.

Cream Cheese Glaze:

1/2 cup powdered sugar

4 oz. (1/2 cup) regular or low-fat cream cheese

1/2 tsp. vanilla

3-4 tbsp. milk (or more if you want a thinner glaze)


For preparation instructions, click here.

About the author


Emily is a New Yorker trapped in a Floridian's body and loves every minute of her big city life. With a major in international business and years of being surrounded by ill-fitting suits and all the wrong shoes, she learned that the importance of fashion needs to be communicated to the world. To her, fashion is on the same level as charity work and feeding hungry children. Emily can be found frolicking the streets of her gayborhood enjoying the off-color humor of the gays.

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