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Divine Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Pound Cake

Divine Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Pound Cake has FALL written all over it! With subtle hints of pumpkin and spices, the DARK CHOCOLATE is the STAR of this show!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time55 mins
Servings: 8
Author: Kim Lange

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or canola oil
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/3 cup + 2 tablespoons boiling water see note, divided
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips I used Ghirardelli 60%

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 F and lightly grease an 8 inch loaf pan.
  • Combine applesauce, coconut oil and cocoa powder in a mixing bowl.
  • In another bowl, sift together flour, spices, baking soda and salt.
  • Measure out 1/3 cup boiling water and pour into the chocolate mixture, and whisk briskly to make a smooth chocolate sauce. Add in the pumpkin, sugar and vanilla and whisk well.
  • Add in half of the flour mixture into the chocolate mixture and gently stir just to incorporate, then measure out 1 tablespoon of boiling water and stir again.
  • Add the rest of the flour mixture and another tablespoon of boiling water and stir just until smooth and mix until just combined.
  • Fold in the chocolate chips.
  • Spoon the thick batter into the prepared loaf pan. Smooth the top out with a spatula.
  • Bake for 55 minutes to an hour.
  • Check center of the loaf to check for doneness using a steak knife.
  • A little bit of wetness is okay since it could be from a chocolate chip, but the knife should come out mostly dry.
  • Let cool for 10 minutes, then invert pan and place loaf on a cooling rack to cool most of the way. It’s yummy a little bit warm, or thoroughly cooled.

Chocolate Glaze

  • 1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate, melted in microwave 2 minutes and drizzle on top using a ziplock bag. Pour chocolate into a ziplock bag, then snip one of the bottom corners to make a small hole and drizzle chocolate through zig zagging chocolate back and forth across bread.
  • (For a more of a chocolate ganache add 1/2 cup  heavy cream into the melted chocolate and whisk together well until shiny and smooth)  Drizzle!
  • Slice and serve!

Notes

Ghirardelli Unsweetened Cocoa Powder and Ghirardelli Premium Baking Chips with 60% Cacao Bittersweet Chocolate are excellent in this pound cake.