Monday, October 7, 2013

chocolate pumpkin & brown sugar streusel coffee cake


A dear family friend forwarded a recipe similar to this one to me a few short days ago . . . and when I saw the ingredients and its preparation, I had to bake it! 

As always, I changed the recipe a bit. Because I've been craving chocolate lately, I used a Dark Chocolate box cake mix, instead of a yellow box cake mix . . . making this a Chocolate Pumpkin Coffee Cake. Either one, by the way, tastes great!  



I'm not sure how to describe THIS coffee cake. 

I hesitate calling it that, because THIS cake is incredibly MOIST . . . and tastes more like a guilty pleasure than a simple coffee cake. 

It's also unique in that 1 whole can of pureed PUMPKIN is added to the mixture, along with pumpkin pie spice, which enhances the flavor, as well as, the color of the chocolate. 

In bright daylight, the chocolate cake part has an amber orange hue. Beautiful!





So what makes this coffee cake over-the-top delicious? 

It's the combination of the crunchy brown sugar streusel topping, and the brown sugar GLAZE!! 

Part of this cake's preparation includes poking holes in the cake shortly after taking it out of the oven. So when you slowly pour the GLAZE over the top . . . it fills the holes and seeps into the cakes nooks and crannies. My, oh my! Even my husband ~ who does NOT like cake . . . ate every single bite, and asked for more!


If you're not a baker, or simply looking for a simple and scrumptious cake recipe . . . then THIS one's for you!



Ingredients
⅓ cup water 
⅓ cup vegetable oil
1 15-ounce can pureed pumpkin 
2 x-large Eggs 
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Extract 
2 teaspoons Pumpkin Pie Spice 
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 18-ounce box Chocolate Cake Mix 
((For a more traditional Pumpkin Coffee Cake, use a Yellow Cake Mix instead of Chocolate Cake Mix))



BROWN SUGAR STREUSEL
1 cup brown sugar
1 cup flour 
pinch of salt
8 Tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature
preparation
In a small bowl mix together brown sugar, flour, and butter. 
Use your fingers to sprinkle over the top of the cake. 

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GLAZE
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar 
1 cup brown sugar
2 teaspoon Vanilla Extract 
1/2 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
preparation
Combine the 1 cup brown sugar, granulated sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, 
and heavy cream in a saucepan and bring to a simmer. 
Remove from heat and stir until all sugar is dissolved.


Preparation
Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a large bowl mix together the water, oil, pumpkin, eggs, 1 Tablespoon of vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice until well combined. 
Add the cake mix and baking soda and mix until just combined.
Grease a 9×13 pan with butter and pour batter into pan.
Using your hands, crumble the streusel evenly over the top.

Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

When cake is finished baking, let cool for 5 minutes and then poke holes in the top with a toothpick. Using a spoon, pour glaze over the cake, making sure to cover all holes and surfaces. Serve cake warm or at room temperature.





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40 comments:

  1. This sounds sooooooooooooooooo good. Thanks for the recipe. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Hi Marty!
    I love that you can taste the pumpkin through the chocolate, and the glaze poured over at the end . . . makes this cake so moist! Yum!
    Fall has so many yummy Fall treats!
    Suzanne

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  3. Yum! This looks amazingly moist and delicious Suzanne. I've recently been gifted with a few cans of pureed pumpkin (from an American blogging friend, so lucky!) so its exciting to read recipes listing this as an ingredient. I love how this easy cake looks completely homemade from scratch. Delicious. Thanks hon! xx

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    1. Good morning, Laura!
      So happy to see that you came by!
      This cake is so delicious . . . and tastes like it was made from scratch. The pumpkin gives it its beautiful color and a tender crumb; and the GLAZE takes it to a whole new level when it seeps into the cake. After it's had a chance to cool . . . you'll notice that the cake jiggles (like a pudding). Ahhhh.
      It's a humble recipe compared to the masterpieces that I see come out of your kitchen, but nonetheless, I hope you give it a try soon.
      Sending hugs and happy wishes,
      Suzanne

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  4. Delicious! The pics are so clear and make the cake look so yummy. Of course, anything with the word coffee is definitely a winner. Could definitely have this as breakfast. Not sure if you're suppose to have as breakfast, but I would.

    Sharon
    Make It Or Fix It Yourself

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    1. Thanks for coming by, Sharon!
      I've had them for breakfast and dessert . . . both delicious ;0)
      Happy Fall,
      Suzanne

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  5. of course i love the topping, but the cake looks SO moist and delicious

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    1. Hi Heather!
      Thanks for coming by!
      This cake tastes like it's made from scratch . . . and is absolutely moist!
      Enjoy :0)
      Suzanne

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  6. Oh my word - this chocolate pumpkin cake sounds and looks totally amazing! I'd be thrilled if you'd come on over to Pink Recipe Box and link up at Creative Wednesdays: http://pinkrecipebox.com/creative-wednesdays-with-pink-recipe-box-13

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  7. Everything tastes better with streusel and glaze! I bet you can't even taste the pumpkin in this cake! Thank You so much for sharing it at the Fluster Buster party Suzanne! Lizy party co host

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    1. Hi Lizabeth!
      Thanks for coming by!
      This is one of my favorite Fall cakes. I LOVE chocolate all year, and the pumpkin in this cake makes it extra special.
      Happy Fall baking,
      Suzanne

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  8. Hi Suzanne, this cake really does look so moist! I am not a chocolate cake lover so I would have to go with the white. Most people would love the chocolate. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

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    1. The yellow cake version is also moist and delicious and rich :0)
      Happy Fall baking,
      Suzanne

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  9. I love your blog and your fall recipe, so delicious looking ! I would like to invite you to join my blog party Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage to link up your vignette or anything else you'd like to. ( I usually start the link up on Saturdays) Hope to see you there, Mary

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  10. Your photographs are beautiful. And my oh my, that cake looks decadent. No wonder your husband asked for seconds. Who could resist it?

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  11. Ohhhhh, this makes my mouth water! I'd love to have you share this or any of your amazing posts at our weekly Super Saturday Link Party. It starts Friday's at 7pm, hope we see you there!
    (Please remember to add a link to Made From Pinterest at the end of each post you link up!)

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  12. This cake is great! Super moist and flavorful. I made it yesterday for our small group at church and everyone loved it. Using the chocolate cake mix really makes it unique. Who would have known that pumpkin and chocolate could taste so delicious together? Thanks, Suzanne for the recipe and the inspiration:)

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    1. You made my day!
      So happy that you stopped by to share that the cake was enjoyed . . . and a success!
      Have a beautiful weekend,
      Suzanne

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  13. Hmmm, pumpkin and chocolate sound like a winning combo, and I like this kind of cake without goopy icing.

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  14. I am dying to try this...so many of my favorite flavors!

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  15. Suzanne, This sounds like the perfect Fall cake! Thanks for sharing the recipe at the Open House party and check out this week's party for your feature.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  16. This sounds delish!! I'm hosting a pillow cover giveaway that you should enter. http://homecomingmn.blogspot.com/2013/10/pillow-covers-giveaway.html

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  17. What a fabulous and beautiful creation! I love everything pumpkin and the streusel topping on this makes it extra special. SO glad you shared at Weekend Potluck. Please come back soon.

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  18. Oh my! This sounds amazing!! I just love everything you do :) Thanks so much for sharing this with us!!

    Fotini

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  19. I need to make about 40 cupcakes for a Sunday class. How do you think this would work for that ? I suppose I would have to make double the recipe as well ? Please answer as quick as you can. It's already Friday pm ! Thanks Denise

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    1. Hi Denise,
      I apologize for not responding sooner!
      Did you make chocolate pumpkin cupcakes for Sunday class? If so, how did they turn out?
      I suppose you could make these into cupcakes/muffins. They might be a little gooey with the glaze, but incredibly yummy. I hope everything worked out!
      Have a beautiful day,
      Suzanne

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  20. Looks fantastic, I like the idea of using chocolate cake! Come over from Weekend Potluck! Would love for you to come over and link up at my party http://mommyondemand.com/create-bake-1-2/

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  21. All the recipes look so yummy! I especially am fond of the pumpkin chocolate streusel coffee cake! Thanks for sharing all the wonderful recipes!

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  22. This cake looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

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  23. Love this looks awesome and I love the idea of a brown sugar streusel.

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  24. This sounds awesome, Suzanne - I bet it is super delicious and moist! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,
    Kathy

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  25. Hi this looks and sounds so delicious. I saw it on posed perfection party.
    Julie at julieslifestyle.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Julie!
      It's truly a delicious (and easy to make) dessert. I hope you give it a try soon.
      Happy Fall baking,
      Suzanne

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  26. I bet the pumpkin flavor is outstanding in this! Looks yummy! Thanks for linking to Less Laundry, More Linking Party!

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  27. I want to try it with a yellow mix . Thanks for sharing.
    http://xoxograndma.blogspot.com/

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    1. Hi Joy!
      Thanks so much for coming by!
      Here it is with yellow mix . . . http://simplysuzannes.blogspot.com/2013/10/pumpkin-coffee-cake-with-brown-sugar.html
      Happy Fall baking!
      Suzanne

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  28. I have not had chocolate and pumpkin together before, but it sounds amazing. This cake looks incredibly mourish!

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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  29. Yumm! This cake looks super moist. I love that it has so much pumpkin but it looks to deliciously chocolaty.

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  30. Oh my! This sounds fabulous. My mouth is watering just thinking about it! Can't wait to try it out.

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  31. Hmm the entire cake sounds good, love the shade of the crumb too. Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great day!! Laura@Baking in Pyjamas

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