Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

Have I mentioned that this is my favorite time of year? There’s nothing I love better than spice cake, so whenever I can break out pumpkin and add it in, I am a happy girl. This year, though, I thought of a little addition that would make it even better: chocolate chips.

When this cake is served warm, the chocolate is deliciously melted, and, at room temperature, ever so slightly crunchy. Next time I make this cake, I may throw in some pecans or walnuts too because I can never have too much of a good thing.

The batter is nice and thick, and this will make a large cake that will last at least…several days. You know, depending on how many people you have on hand to eat it…or how much you like pumpkin and chocolate.

You could easily put a glaze on this cake, but we like it just fine without one. Maybe I am already shifting into a Thanksgiving mindset, but I can’t help but think that a nice big dollop of vanilla whipped cream would be a perfect addition to this cake. Mmmmm.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake
Adapted from Martha Stewart

3 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 1/4 teaspoons coarse salt
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
2 cups canned pumpkin puree
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1 cup butter, softened
1 cup chocolate chips

-Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease an 8-to 10-cup Bundt pan; set aside.
-Sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and nutmeg together into a medium bowl; set aside.
-In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, cream together butter and sugar. Add pumpkin and eggs, one at a time, on medium speed. Add flour mixture and chocolate chips; mix on low speed until just combined.
-Pour batter into prepared pan and transfer to oven. Bake until a cake tester inserted into the center comes out clean, 70 to 80 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and let cool for 20 minutes before inverting cake onto rack or serving plate.

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