Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf Cake


The leaves are finally starting to change colour, during a gusty breeze they flutter through the air, landing on the ground, blown into crunchy, golden piles. Autumn is here and with it comes the need to snuggle under soft blankets, while watching telly on a chilly evenings. Warming, comforting food is an absolute necessity. Gone are the salads of summer, instead soups, stews and puddings taking their place. Baking this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf Cake fills the house with pumpkin spice scent, welcoming all who come home after a busy day at work or school.

Autumnal bake on a white plate with bright orange large squash to the side.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf Cake

As the days become increasingly colder, what better than warm pumpkin spices combined with chocolate chips in a moist pumpkin cake, to make you feel ready to tackle the rest of the day?  Sliced and wrapped, this Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf Cake is perfect for packed lunches. While at school or work, the taste and warmth of home can be with us, wherever we are.

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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf Cake gorgeous autumnal colours.

Pumpkin And Chocolate Combination In A Cake

Creating this loaf cake was a real triumph. Successfully combining pumpkin, pumpkin spices and chocolate into a tasty, moist, healthier cake. Since loaf cakes are so much easier to cut, wrap and pack to go, this has been a huge hit here, especially with hubby. Therefore you will see more loaf cakes appearing on Feasting is Fun.

Starting with the recipe for Spiced Pumpkin Walnut Muffins, while delicious, I wanted to add chocolate chips and increase the size of the bake. Because I wanted a cake that was full of flavour, skimping on the chocolate chips was not an option. Deciding to hold back one third to top the cake with, added to the cake’s overall aesthetic.

Recipe: Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf Cake serves 8-10

125g Unsalted Butter melted and cooled plus 1tbsp extra for greasing the loaf tin

3 Large Free Range Eggs

200g Pumpkin Purée

200g Natural Yoghurt – I use full fat Yeo Valley

125g Plain White Flour

150g Wholemeal Flour

3tsp Baking Powder

175g Soft Light Brown Sugar

150g Milk Chocolate Chips or Chunks – I use Callebaut

1/4tsp Salt -I use  Maldon 

2.5tsp Pumpkin Spice

Method: Preheat the oven to 180C/160C fan, gas mark 4, 350F.

A loaf tin that measures 25cm x 11.5cm x 7.5cm (10″ x 4.5″ x 3″) approximately, is needed for this recipe. Grease the tin with butter and line the base with baking parchment.

Making The Cake Batter

  • First of all, weigh and melt the butter. Then pour the butter into a separate, medium sized bowl or jug to cool.
  • While the butter is cooling assemble the dry ingredients. In a large bowl add the plain and wholemeal flour together with the baking powder.
  • Next add the sugar, salt and pumpkin spice to the flour. Use a balloon whisk to mix the dry ingredients thoroughly, ensuring any clumps of sugar are broken up. Finally add 100g of chocolate chips and set the bowl to one side.
  • Now check the melted butter, it should be just warm. Add the eggs, yoghurt and pumpkin purée. Use a fork to break up the eggs and lightly whisk all the wet ingredients together until they are combined.
  • With both bowls in front of you make a well in the centre of the larger bowl containing the dry ingredients.
  • Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and then stir with a spoon until everything is just combined. Over mixing will result in a heavy cake.
  • Now spoon the Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf Cake batter into the loaf tin, then add the remaining chocolate chips evenly on to the top of the cake.
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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf Cake ready for the oven.

Baking The Loaf Cake

  • Place the loaf tin into the centre of the oven and bake for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
  • Insert a skewer into the centre of the cake. When it comes out clean the cake is ready.
  • As soon as the cake is fully baked remove it from the oven.
  • Place the loaf tin on a trivet or cooling rack and allow the cake to fully cool in the tin.
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Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf Cake cooling in the tin.
  • When fully cooled run a palette knife around the edges of the cake. Turn the cake out of the tin and carefully remove the baking parchment from the base of the cake.
Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf Cake

Since this cake is so delicious, it is perfect for sharing. Invite friends round for a coffee morning and I guarantee that this cake will be a hit. It is also ideal to serve with frothy hot chocolate after a family walk on a chilly day out. Sharing food with others makes it taste infinitely better, simply because it is a experience that engages others while also creating memories.

If you have enjoyed this recipe for Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Loaf Cake you may also like these:

Spiced Pumpkin Walnut Muffins 

Individual autumnal squash breakfast bakes in red tulip wrappers, displayed in a rustic tray with a large orange, autumn squash in the background.
Spiced Pumpkin Walnut Muffins

Baked Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts

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Baked Pumpkin Spiced Doughnuts

Double Cherry Drizzle Oat Bars

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Double Cherry Drizzle Oat Bars

Baking can be a very therapeutic and rewarding experience. Working  methodically through a recipe, from start to finish, I find myself relaxing in the process. While baking and giving a cake to friends or family shows that they have been thought of and most of all, are cared about. As a result of a little fore thought and preparation, it is really possible to change someone’s day in a positive way.

So, whatever you are making, baking and creating in your kitchens, have fun preparing and sharing your feast.

Sammie xx

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Autumnal squash dessert sliced at one end to show the tender crumb. Sized for Pinterest with descriptive graphics.