Pumpkin chocolate cake

The buttermilk makes this pumpkin chocolate cake light, soft and crumbly and the melted chocolate on top makes it perfect for Halloween and not only.

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This is the most Halloween-ish I can get.

It may not be spooky, it may not be scary, it may not have a web and 8 legs but it’s my Halloween treat.

Take it or leave it, although I highly advice you to take it.

The cake is soft, moist, crumbly and topped with some melted pumpkin spice kisses, a duo fit for Halloween.

Pumpkin chocolate cake | roxanashomebaking.com

From the moment they first mention Sandy will be rolling into town soon, I think most of the people in my neck of the woods got out of the house and did their grocery shopping.

By the time I got to the store there were empty shelves, you’d think they were going out of business that’s how empty it was. Milk? Egg? Butter? you kidding me? nowhere to be found!

I just don’t get it. Why would you pile up food in the fridge if you know the power might go out? When there’s a storm announced I try to keep perishable  food as low as possible since I don’t want to throw anything. Maybe they have big enough cooler to host all that food, maybe. well, I don’t.

The only two “milk” bottles left at the store were two cartons of buttermilk, which is perfectly fine with me. I love buttermilk more than milk, actually except baking with milk or pouring some in my tea/coffee I don’t drink any.

Now my husband and our little lady bug on the other hand, they have to have some milk at every meal. Not yesterday. I’ll probably go to the store in a little bit hoping they brought some milk. Pumpkin chocolate cake | roxanashomebaking.com

With just a few ingredients on hand (good thing I bought lots of candy last week) i took out my Taste of home magazines and Baking book hoping to find something I can whip without too much fuss.

If you’re a fan of Taste of Home magazines and books, you know what I’m talking about. They never disappoint. Sometimes the recipe needs just a little bit of tweaking, but most of the time they are spot on Lemon Sugar Cookies, Walnut Blondies, Tiramisu Brownies, Triple Chocolate Brownie Cookies just to name a few.

This pumpkin chocolate cake calls for 1 egg and 1 stick of butter and a buttermilk-water combo. With absolutely no milk in the house, that sounds like a must try recipe.

And I’m so glad I did. I don’t know if I would have given this recipe a try wasn’t for my lack of milk.

The buttermilk keeps the cake moist, makes it crumbly and light. Top it with some melted Hershey’s Pumpkin Spice kisses and let it rain while you stay inside, with a cup of tea, reading and enjoying one of these square cakes

Pumpkin chocolate cake

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

1 hour

Yield: one 11X7 baking pan

Pumpkin chocolate cake

The buttermilk makes this cake light, soft and crumbly and the melted chocolate on top makes it perfect for Halloween and not only.


  • 1/2 cup (113 grams) room temperature butter
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 cup (180 grams) all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup (40 grams) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spices
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • Half bag of Hershey's Pumpkin Spice Kisses


  1. Heat the oven to 375F. Line a 11X7 pan with parchment paper and set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg, scraping the sides of the bowl. In a separate bowl mix the flour, cocoa, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spices.
  4. In a cup mix the water with the buttermilk.
  5. Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk-water combo.
  6. Mix until well combines.
  7. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.
  8. Leave to cool completely.
  9. Meanwhile unwrap the Hershey's Kisses and melt them in a microwave safe bowl (about 45 seconds)
  10. When the cake is completely cooled you either cut it into squares and pour some melted chocolate on top of each piece of cake or you pour the chocolate on top of the cake and cut it into squares after. It's your decision, I choose the first.
  11. Enjoy!

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  1. says

    Oh, melted pumpkin Hershey’s Kisses!? Yes, please!! I’d give just about anything to have a slice (or 2) of this cake, right now! 😀 Beautiful photos!

  2. says

    Oh how creative, we love buttermilk too but I don’t think my cake would look even close to yours. Beautifully made, and great recipe as well as pictures! Stay safe sweetie, and I hope it will not go through your town. Take care!

  3. Jocelyn @BruCrew Life says

    I love that you melted the kisses down for a yummy topping for that delicious looking cake! I never understood why people went crazy buying perishable foods either. Maybe a bag of powdered milk and some bread…that I understand:-)

  4. Anita @ Hungry Couple says

    I know what you mean about the frenzy at the supermarket. After all, it’s only a couple of days. How much can you eat?? Anyway, I love chocolate and pumpkin together and your photos came out stunning.

  5. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork says

    Beautiful!!! Looks like the perfect Halloween Cake. The icing is so creative! Thanks for posting! Pinning!!!!

  6. Kitchen Belleicious says

    the first pic of the icing drizzling over the cake- wow! took my breath away- it looks absolutely delicious

  7. says

    Wow! I just found the Christmas striped kisses but never found the pumpkin spice ones?! Oh well, time to move on to Christmas baking but next year I will be looking for the pumpkin spice kisses earlier! Love the colors in your photos,very striking;-)

  8. Larissa says

    What do you mean by “add egg scraping the sides down” please explain further for me, it’s confusing. I don’t know if you mean to the parchment paper, to a bowl, or what. It seems out of place to me where the direction is? I really want to try this next halloween as my sister’s bday is halloween so I’d like to write it in my recipe book. thank you!

    • says

      Hi Larissa,
      Sorry for the confusion. After you add the egg to the butter mixtures you’ll have to scrape the sides of the bowl. I re-write the instructions, hopefully no confusions from now on. If you still have questions, don’t hesitate to ask me.

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