Chocolate Harvest Cake
This recipe came out of a Better Homes and Gardens magazine and it is one of the prettiest and best-tasting cakes I've ever made
- Ready In:
- 1hr 35mins
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 1 cup water
- 2⁄3 cup cooking oil
- 2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 2 cups flour
- 3⁄4 cup cocoa powder
Pumpkin Cream Filling
- 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (softened)
- 1⁄3 cup canned pumpkin
- 1⁄4 cup sugar
- 1⁄4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1⁄2 cup whipping cream
- 4 ounces semisweet chocolate
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Grease (and flour) two 9"x1 1/2" round baking pans.
- Combine and whisk all cake ingredients BUT flour and cocoa powder.
- Add flour and cocoa powder and whisk until even.
- Spread evenly into the two pans.
- Bake for 30-35 minutes until top springs back or toothpick comes out clean.
- Let cool.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together Pumpkin Cream Filling ingredients. (Make sure cream cheese is soft enough so you don't end up with cream cheese chunks!).
- Spread Pumpkin Filling on top of one cake and top it with the other.
- Boil whipping cream over medium-high heat.
- Remove from heat and add chocolate, DO NOT stir.
- Wait 5 minutes until chocolate is melty, then stir until smooth and chocolate is liquid.
- Wait until glaze has thickened (10 minutes) and then pour over top of cake.
- Refrigerate cake or let set until glaze is fairly solid (15-30 min).
- OPTIONAL: top with seasonal berries or nuts.
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Thank you! I tore this recipe out of the Better Homes and Gardens Magazine in 2006 to make for my daughter's birthday, which happened to fall on Thanksgiving that year. It was such a huge hit, I've been making it every year since. When I went to pull it out this year, I could find only the page with the picture, not the actual recipe. My daughter, age 111) suggested "researching it on the net" Since I had the magazine page with the date, I was able to go right to this recipe because of the description. My family will be thrilled that the recipe was not lost forever! BTW, my cake has looked like both these pictures. I find that it helps to let the chocolate sit and thicken. And don't spread it, let it move slowly towards the edges of the cake. Thanks again!
When I made this I ended up calling all the neighbors because I wanted to show it off. Also because I did not want to be alone in the house with any leftovers the next day. Chocolate and pumpkin happily combine in this delicious dessert. I garnished with blackberries, red seedless grapes and hazelnuts and almonds. It was just beautiful.