Chocolate Marble Pumpkin Loaf Cake

Dark chocolate and pumpkin meet each other in this fabulous Fall dessert. The cocoa glaze is the perfect topping.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword loaf cake, pumpkin cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 9 servings
Calories 391 kcal
Author Anna


  • 2 large eggs room temperature
  • 1 1/4 c granulated sugar
  • 6 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 c milk
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 c canned pumpkin about half of the 15 oz. can
  • 1 3/4 c all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp ground cloves
  • 3 oz . dark chocolate chopped
  • 1/4 c salted butter
  • 3 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1,5 Tbsp milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 3/4 c powdered sugar
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  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Grease and dust with flour a 9"x5"x3" loaf pan. Set aside.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients ( flour, baking powder, salt and spices ). Set aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl of a stand mixer, beat together the wet ingredients ( eggs, sugar, butter, milk, pumpkin and vanilla ). Beat until smooth, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Slowly add the dry ingredients and beat on low until just combined.
  6. Melt chocolate in a double boiler.
  7. Scoop out 1/3 of the pumpkin batter into a small bowl and add the melted chocolate. Stir with a wooden spoon until uniform in color.
  8. To achieve the marbled effect, scoop 1/4 cup pf pumpkin batter onto the bottom of your loaf pan. Top with 2 tablespoons of chocolate batter and do not stir. Repeat until you used up both of the batters.
  9. Bake for 65 to 70 minutes, or until the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  10. Cool cake in pan for 10 minutes, then transfer onto a cooling rack.
  11. Cool completely before glazing.
  12. Make the glaze, by melting the butter in a double boiler. When the butter has only few pieces left to melt, add cocoa powder and whisk until all combined. Remove from heat.
  13. Add milk and vanilla and whisk well.
  14. Add powdered sugar, 1/4 cup at a time and whisk well.
  15. Pour over cake.

Recipe Notes

Recipe for loaf cake adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Magazine November 2011 issue Recipe for cocoa glaze: Crunchy Creamy Sweet original

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Marble Pumpkin Loaf Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 391 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Fat 14g22%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 71mg24%
Sodium 135mg6%
Potassium 197mg6%
Carbohydrates 61g20%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 39g43%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 4705IU94%
Vitamin C 1.2mg1%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.