I put it off as long as I could. People told me to hold off. I tried to listen. I tried to be strong. I tried to wait. But I just couldn’t. I caved. What can I say? When it comes to pumpkin I’m weak. My calendar says September so obviously, my mind says PUMPKIN ALL THE THINGS. This scrumptious Pumpkin Cake with Mocha Buttercream is the first of the pumpkin deliciousness I’ve made this year. And it’s perfect for all you pumpkin coffee lovers out there.
I mentioned in this Malted Mocha Chocolate Chip Ice Cream post that I just recently started drinking coffee. I also mentioned that I now like to get it pretty much any way I can. So it should really come as no shock that I’ve made yet another dessert with it.
I may not have been a regular coffee drinker for long but every year, at least once, I always make sure to get myself a pumpkin spice latte. It’s kind of my way to start of the fall season. It’s because of this that I just knew that I would love the combination of pumpkin and coffee together. And because of this Pumpkin Cake with Chocolate Ganache, I knew that I also love pumpkin and chocolate together. Therefore, it only seemed logical that I would love Pumpkin Cake with Mocha Buttercream right?
And boy do I.
The cake itself is so tender. Which is one of my favorite things about pumpkin cakes. The pumpkin seems to always add just the right amount of moisture. The cinnamon and ginger in this cake add just the right amount of spice without totally overpowering it.
And then of course we’ve got the Mocha Buttercream.
Ohhh the buttercream. It is so decadent. So rich. Yet it is also light and fluffy. It’s full of chocolate coffee goodness and it is the perfect frosting for this pumpkin cake.
So whether you’re on the pumpkin in September band wagon, or not, I’m pretty sure you need to make this cake. Pronto.
Anissa Colaço SouzaSeptember 12, 2015 at 12:04 pm
I really want to make this it looks amazing, I have one query though, do you roast the pumpkin first or is it raw??
cathy- Noble PigSeptember 10, 2015 at 8:33 am
Oh my gosh friend, you’ve outdone yourself!! I just did some brownies in this type of flavor and yeah it’s the bomb as a combo!
foodnessgraciousSeptember 9, 2015 at 9:46 pm
Amazeballs..that is all!
Andi G.September 9, 2015 at 9:28 pm
Ooh it’s like a pumpkin latte but a cake. I want!
Allie R TaylorSeptember 9, 2015 at 6:26 pm
Hey Des – Gorgeous cake! I need this in my life stat!!! That and the mocha Buttercream!
Cate @ Chez CateyLouSeptember 9, 2015 at 1:05 pm
We wrote pretty much the same blog post today…pumpkin is just too hard to resist! I love your first pumpkin recipe of the season!! And since there is coffee, this is breakfast right?? Yum!!!
Lora CakeDuchessSeptember 9, 2015 at 11:02 am
This cake is the way to ring in pumpkin baking season! This is just gorgeous!
Emily | Rainbowdelicious.comSeptember 9, 2015 at 10:14 am
A pumpkin spice latte does seem like a good way of kicking off the fall season… followed by this dessert of course! You can tell by your picture how moist this cake is, it would be great for a Thanksgiving/Friendsgiving dessert!
Florian @ContentednessCookingSeptember 9, 2015 at 8:59 am
Looks amazing! Just in time for fall!
Tonia@thegunnysackSeptember 9, 2015 at 7:36 am
Love it! Chocolate and pumpkin are so fantastic together!
bellalimentoSeptember 9, 2015 at 6:35 am
We dig pumpkin all year long. This looks delicious. Pinned and Yummed for later.
Shashi @ RunninSrilankanSeptember 9, 2015 at 6:08 am
OH MY GAWSH!!! I am so glad you didn’t wait any longer – this is one GORGEOUS slice of pumpkin cake! So tender and moist and luscious!
Dorothy at ShockinglyDeliciousSeptember 9, 2015 at 5:49 am
You went there, and we are so glad you did!
Kristen (amindfullmom)September 9, 2015 at 4:57 am
Thanks for NOT waiting, this looks incredible! So ready for full blown fall!!
Chicago JoggerSeptember 9, 2015 at 4:38 am
Once it hits September, anything pumpkin is on the table! This cake looks insanely good. Pinning for later :)
marye audetSeptember 9, 2015 at 4:34 am
This cake sounds amazing! I am going to save this for future baking!
Rebecca P.September 9, 2015 at 4:29 am
If pumpkin can be added…DO IT!
Katie @ Recipe for PerfectionSeptember 9, 2015 at 3:28 am
Eek! The pumpkin avalanche has begun! Just kidding- it looks delicious! :)
Lady GourmetSeptember 9, 2015 at 3:26 am
Dear Des, what a beautiful cake! I love the combination of mocha and pumpkin…I have to give this a try this season. xo, Catherine