Chocolate Pumpkin Magic Cake

Easy Chocolate Pumpkin Magic Cake with a pumpkin pie layer and a chocolate cake layer! We’re on a pumpkin chocolate roll and let’s keep it going! Anyone else agree that pumpkin and chocolate are so good together?! While everyone is crazy about the PSL, I think Starbuck’s should offer a pumpkin mocha! I bet it’s on their secret menu.

Easy Chocolate Pumpkin Magic Cake with a pumpkin pie layer and a chocolate cake layer! While I love sharing over the top recipes (like this confetti cake) I realize not everyone (me included!) always has the time to make a 3 layer cake covered in buttercream. Sometimes it’s much easier and more practical to make a 9×13 inch cake, plus this cake pretty much does all the work itself!

It’s a magic cake because the layers magically know what to do while baking in the oven. I like to think of this cake recipe as an equivalent to a crock pot dinner recipe. Something is doing the work and it’s not you and it’s totally magical.

Easy Chocolate Pumpkin Magic Cake with a pumpkin pie layer and a chocolate cake layer! This easy chocolate pumpkin magic cake has one really fun ingredient! If you are a pumpkin lover or a big fan of pumpkin spice, you’ll understand my excitement over Rodelle’s new Pumpkin Spice Extract!! Now I really can add a little bit of pumpkin spice flavor to EVERYTHING!

I’m also excited to share that I’ll be partnering with Rodelle as a brand ambassador! I’ll be using their products in some of my recipes, and I hope you try out their products because you’ll love them!

Easy Chocolate Pumpkin Magic Cake with a pumpkin pie layer and a chocolate cake layer!
Easy Chocolate Pumpkin Magic Cake with a pumpkin pie layer and a chocolate cake layer!

Chocolate Pumpkin Magic Cake

Yield: one 9x13 inch cake
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours


  • 15 oz pumpkin puree
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp Rodelle Pumpkin Spice Extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • Chocolate cake mix plus the ingredients on the box to make it, typically 3 eggs, 1/3 cup oil, 1 cup water


  1. Preheat the oven 350º F. Lightly grease a 9x13 inch pan.
  2. Prepare the chocolate cake mix according to the instructions. Most likely the recipe will call for 3 eggs, 1/3 cup oil, and 1 cup water. Pour the cake mix into the pan.
  3. In a separate bowl mix together the pumpkin puree, eggs, evaporated milk, pumpkin spice extract, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and brown sugar until smooth.
  4. Evenly pour the pumpkin mixture over the chocolate cake mixture.
  5. Bake the cake for 55-65 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  6. Allow the cake to cool to room temperature before serving. You can also refrigerator the cake over night and serve it cold. Cut and serve the cake, top each piece with a dollop of cool whip before serving. Dust with cocoa powder, optional.
Easy Chocolate Pumpkin Magic Cake with a pumpkin pie layer and a chocolate cake layer!
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  1. I have never seen that pumpkin spice extract but I need it now! And chocolate and pumpkin may be the new chocolate and peanut butter ;) 

  2. I have to agree, as much as I love 3-layer covered cakes, it takes time and effort. I need to jump on the cake-sheet bandwagon because this cake of yours sounds delicious!

  3. I bet a pumpkin mocha would be SO good, almost as good as this amazing cake!!

  4. I’ve always wanted to try making one of these magic cakes. I love the chocolate pumpkin version you created and I love how easy it is to make!

  5. I’m so looking forward to making Stollen for the very first time, it’s something I’ve wanted to make for awhile now and finally have the courage to try!

  6. Really looking forward to making this. Looks good. Thanks for this giveaway!

  7. That pumpkin spice extract sounds AMAZING! And loooove the pumpkin ripple in this cake :)

  8. Keep the pumpkin and chocolate recipes coming, Beth. They truly are a wonderful combination. This one looks and sounds perfect and I love that it’s easy too – Win!  What a great giveaway and so perfect for this time of the year. I’m looking forward to baking my Bourbon Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving. It’s so rich and delicious, I only make it once ( maybe twice ;) ) a year.

  9. This looks delicious! I would love to bake some pumpkin chocolate chip muffins!

  10. Pumpkin spice mocha should DEFINITELY be on the menu at Starbucks! I love this cake, Beth! I’m always looking for easy recipes and this looks just about perfect :)

  11. This cake looks lovely Beth! Loving those gorgeous layers. Everyone needs a quick go-to cake that looks this scrumptious! 

  12. LOVE THIS! I’ve always wanted to make a magic cake, and this is the flavor combo for me! AMAZING!

  13. Can’t wait to bake Christmas cookies with my friends and family!

    p.s.  that cake looks AMAZING!

  14. Um, yum Beth! This looks so delicious! I am so fascinated by magic cakes. So cool!

  15. Everything pumpkin but pumpkin cheesecake bars!!!

  16. Beth everytime I see your photography I am so impressed! You have absolutely gorgeous photos.  And Pumpkin Magic cake?! I wish it would magically appear in front of me right now!

  17. Pumpkin Apple Crumble cake!

  18. I love easy recipes lately & this one looks delish!

    I have so many cookie ideas floating around in my head – these next two months are gonna go quick.

  19. This looks awesome! I’m looking forward to baking for all of our family holiday events. I get my kicks when people go back for seconds!

  20. Woops! Read the giveaway wrong – I’m looking forward to making my classic pumpkin pie! I also have an awesome left-over Halloween candy cheesecake I do that will be happening soon :)

  21. I’m looking forward to making pies for my husband!

    I really need to give Rodelle products a try…especially since I live all of 5 minutes from them.

  22. I’m really looking forward baking gingerbread this season! The only dessert in the world I love even more than pumpkin! :-) 

  23. I bet this tastes so good! I am a chocolate lover!!! Would love to win!

  24. I am looking forward to baking sticky buns for Thanksgiving day breakfast with my. family :)

  25. This looks fantastic, festive, chocolatey and yummy. Perfect combo with the convenience of a box cake. I can’t wait to try it.

  26. Congrats on being a Rodelle Ambassador! That pumpkin spice extract looks so intriguing!! Beautiful cake, as always, Beth!

  27. Looks great! I love the addition of the pumpkin spice extract! I gotta try that! :) 

  28. I’m looking forward to baking pumpkin maple cinnamon rolls, pumpkin pies & lots of holiday baking! I love fall baking. 

  29. SOOOOO perfect, Beth! Pumpkin spice extract seriously has to be the best invention in the history of mankind!

  30. I absolutely love that extract and this gorgeous looking cake, Beth!  Can’t wait to give it a try!

  31. I’m looking forward to baking EVERYTHING! It’s been years and I’m getting excited about it again! This recipe looks AMAZING! I will definitely try it! 

  32. I would have to say that I would love to bake pumpkin cheesecake, chocolate pecan brownies and vanilla buttercake.

  33. I love making pumpkin pies. I know, not very creative but they are my favorite pie & pumpkin dessert.

  34. I’m looking forward to baking cookies this fall, a little bedtime treat with a tall glass of cold milk!

  35. I would love to try Rodelle’s products. I have never heard of Pumpkin spice. Just sets the mind off what can be done with it. Thanks for offering!!

  36. I look forward to making pies, cookies and cakes with my kids this holiday season.

  37. The Chocolate  pumpkin magic cake looks great , I think I will make it …Check it out for Thanksgiving…Thanks so much

  38. I look forward to trying this recipe. My husband loves the pumpkin spice, but put chocolate with it and he is in heaven. Can’t wait for the finished product.

  39. I have never heard of Pumpkin extract, I make my own Vanilla extract and think it would be nice to try a new one,and this season is for baking Christmas cookies with my grand daughter and blowing my kids minds with Chocolate Yule Logs with marzapan mushrooms and Snowman cheese balls.Thats my idea of fun.

  40. Looking forward to my daughter coming over her Christmas break so we can have a bake-a-thon together!

  41. This extract sounds perfect for my pumpkin banana chocolate chip loaves I bake for my family for the holidays! Would love to try it!

  42. I can’t wait to make this i’m going to make one for church. Thanks 

  43. HI Beth,
    Your chocolate pumpkin magic cake  is out of this world!! It taste so good!! My husband and I also love your chocolate pumpkin cupcakes and your pumpkin buttercream!! I love baking at Thanksgiving, Christmas!! I bake a lot of pies, cakes, cookies!! Thank you so much for sharing all your wonderful recipes!!

  44. I forgot to say I also got a jar of the pumpkin pie extract and it flavors every thing so good!

  45. wow, this would really impress my family, escpecially when I tell them I used pumpkin spice extract!
    who knew!

  46. I can’t wait to make a pumpkin roll. The family loves it!

  47. This cake looks wonderful. I love November. We have pumpkin in everything until the Christmas baking season starts.

  48. I am an avid baker and have never heard of pumpkin pie spice, will definitely buy it and try in this cake. Looking forward to baking some new and creative recipes that I have found on Pinterest from other passionate bakers!

    Also loved reading the other comments – nice to see other gearing up for family holidays!

  49. I am looking to baking pies for Thanksgiving: pecan and sweet potato, and of course, the main thing: chicken and dressing!  

  50. This looks absolutely sinful. I will be making this one. I cannot wait to start making my Christmas cookies.  It makes everything seem like the holidays when there are homemade cookies o=piled on our dining room table. 

  51. I like baking pies in the winter!!

  52. cant wait to make Chocolate pie corn pudding and coconut pie

  53. Man Oh Man….that cake looks super delicious.  Thank you for the recipe.  I will definitely be trying this.  I had no idea that pumpkin extract existed.

  54. I’m looking forward to baking traditional pumpkin pies for my 92 year old Dad..that’s his favorite!

  55. Sounds delicious!!! Love pumpkin AND chocolate!

  56. I love, love love pumpkin and I need the flavoring for all my baking. Pumpkin bread, muffins and cookies, sounds so yummy!

  57. That cake looks delicious!!  I have never seen a pumpkin Spice Extract.  That is really different!!  Thanks for the wonderful baking giveaway!  

  58. I am a new subscriber to this page, I am looking forward to trying different recipes but especially the pumpkin bread which is my husband’s favorite.

  59. I’m with Meg!  I haven’t seen pumpkin spice extract either and it NEEDS to be in my cabinet.  That cake looks so moist and chocolate-y.  Looks like we’ll baking even more items this season than were originally expected….  Major Yum!

  60. I will be baking LOTS of cookies – the grandkiddies always look forward to them.

  61. All the holiday cookies for gift giving

  62. Looks great!

  63. Any type of cake is my favorite, especially if it’s homemade

  64. Pumpkin and chocolate always go together. I make an awesome pumpkin bread with mini chocolate chips. I’ve always substituted applesauce for the oil because it is less fat and leaves the bread moist.

    I’ve never heard of pumpkin spice extract, but it sounds wonderful. The cake recipe has been printed and I will be on a mission to find the pumpkin spice extract. I will substitute the applesauce for the oil in the cake mix though.

    Thanks Beth for doing this – love what you do.

  65. I would love to make this but the extract is sold out on Amazon and I can’t find it near me. Is there something else i can use or some other way to get it?

    • Oh bummer! I know it’s a new product that a lot of people have bought, so hopefully they’ll get it back in stock soon!!

  66. Recipe sounds wonderful. I hope to make it for Thanksgiving dinner. Please enter me in your contenst for the basket.

  67. Chocolate extract — count me in! Around here in Mount Dora the stores have a void. Looking forward to its use! Thank you for all these recipes. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  68. I can’t wait to make any flavor pie into a cupcake! =]

  69. Can’t wait to try this yummy looking cake!!! I always make several desserts for the Thanksgiving get together and will make my Cherry Dump Cake.

  70. I am looking forward to making breads-banana, cranberry, cinnamon, white, wheat. Nothing like bread when the fall winds are cool and winter begins!

  71. I love everything in this cake…and I never heard of that extract but I think I need it in my life.

  72. I love pumpkin and chocolate together. I have a YouTube channel called THE BAKING DIVA. With summer coming to an end I will begin posting fall recipes soon. Would love to win the goodies in addition to the recipe you just shared????

  73. I am most looking forward to trying new recipes with pumpkin, and this  recipe sounds like a must try!  I can’t wait!!

  74. I start baking my autumn goodies as soon as I put my Autumn wreath up, then it’s time for pumpkin anything and everything pumpkin..YAAAAY PUMPKIN….by the time my family and I are so burned out on pumpkin we have to give the pumpkin pie from Christmas away…lol..oh well mkes a happy neighbor, and I know some of you are going to say, nope, never enough pumpkin stuff, however I do soups and stews and braised and fried pumpkin pancakes, just to name a few, not just the sweets…I love pumpkin.

  75. I have never heard of the pumpkin spice extract. I feel I need to have it.

  76. Now, I am looking forward to making this cake! Sounds so yummy. I will do that first and soon.
    But in general, I love baking and have been looking forward to the holiday season so that I can bake all the things I think about and find new recipes for during the year!
    My favorite Cranberry cookies, my sons favorite Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies, sprinkled with pretty green sugar, pumpkin rolls and festive cheesecakes!
    The list goes on and on. The holidays are such a fabulous excuse to bake (and eat) all the sweet treats we miss during the rest of the year!

  77. I want to make this but I cannot find pumpkin spice extract, what can I use instead? 

  78. Hello Beth! This recipe looks easy and sounds amazing! I can’t wait to try it this Thanksgiving! I just have one question I know it calls for Pumpkin Spice Extract but I can’t seem to find that anywhere would I be okay without using it?

  79. Could I make this as cupcakes?

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