Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 50 mins

A Native American recipe, this unusual combination of pumpkin & chocolate makes a delicious cake. I never frost it because it doesn't last long enough!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, sugar, soda, cinnamon and cocoa.
  3. Add pumpkin, oil, eggs, vanilla and blend well.
  4. Pour into greased and floured bundt pan or ring mold and bake 40-50 minutes.
  5. Frost with creamy chocolate frosting if you like.
Most Helpful

I'm posting this as an fyi, rather than as a review, because I made a major change in the recipe. When I read this recipe, I thought it sounded good, but surely the 1 1/2 cups of oil must be a typo. Since it already has one review that doesn't mention changing any ingredients, I guess not. But it's way too much oil for me, especially given the amount of pumpkin and the 4 eggs. When I made it, I used only 3/4 c. of oil, and it was still very moist and good. I may even go to 1/2 cup next time. Also, I don't have a bundt pan, so I used a 9x13 pan and baked it for 30-35 min. Due to careless reading of the ingredient list, I put in 2 Tbsp. of cocoa instead of 1. It was still very good, but the pumpkin was totally overpowered, so next time I'll be more careful--and I don't recommend that particular change.

Jo Ann L November 21, 2003

This is not actually a Native American recipe but it is really, really good. I make it every year around the holidays.

I use only 1 Cup of oil, bump up the cinnamon to 2 Tablespoons and top with a cream cheese glaze. I also make muffins instead sometimes, with no glaze. They are just as good. This is a long time fall/winter favorite at my house.

T.Doll November 21, 2012

I also used only 1/2 cup of oil and it still turned out very moist. I really don't think it needs 1 1/2 cups of oil. It could've used a little more pumpkin flavor. I put some cream cheese icing on it, since I also reduced the sugar by 1/2 cup and decided it wasn't sweet enough. Plus I had some leftover icing to get rid of... A nice cake overall.

Amandochka April 13, 2008