Gluten-Free Baked Pumpkin Mousse Cake

Published on Oct 30, 2021

  by   Kristina Stosek

3 reviews

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 80 minutes Serves: 10
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Pumpkin lovers…this one is for you.


baked pumpkin mousse cake, gluten-free, grain-free


There really are no words for this Gluten-Free Baked Pumpkin Mousse Cake other than incredible. The base is like an almond shortbread cookie, the cake layer is the creamiest, silkiest, pumpkin mousse, and the top is a drizzle of chocolate ganache. Could it get better? I think not.


pumpkin mousse cake


The very best baked pumpkin mousse cake. Mascarpone and ricotta cheese, unsweetened pumpkin puree, eggs, coconut flour, vanilla, pumpkin spices and…..what sets this pumpkin dessert apart from most, orange zest. The orange flavour adds freshness making this pumpkin mousse cake out of this world!

And did I mention a drizzle of delicious chocolate ganache? OMG, this Holliday cake is a roll your eyes back kind of gluten-free dessert. Another Holliday dessert you may enjoy is the Gluten-Free Strawberry Tiramisu.

Let me show you step by step how easy it is to make this baked pumpkin mousse cake.

The base; almond flour, coconut or brown sugar, coconut flour, nutmeg, baking soda, salt, butter and one egg. Everything is mixed together to a paste-like texture and spread on the bottom of a springform pan. The base is then baked for 10 minutes. It tastes just like an almond shortbread cookie.


almond base for a cake


For the mousse layer, I used two types of cheese, ricotta and mascarpone. Both added to the creaminess and kept the cake light. Then, egg yolks, vanilla, freshly grated nutmeg and cinnamon and unsweetened pumpkin puree. To keep the mousse grain-free, healthy coconut flour.


ricotta, mascarpone, eggs, spices


pumpkin mousse cake


I used sweetened condensed milk to sweeten the cake to keep the mousse extra silky and orange zest for a fresh flavour. 


baked pumpkin mousse cake, grain-free


And finally, I added whipped egg whites. This is what will keep the baked mousse super light and airy.


chocolate ganache


For the chocolate ganache, the easiest thing to make and is optional. You will need good quality gluten-free chocolate or chocolate chips and cream. Melt the chocolate with the cream in a double boiler, and the ganache is ready. You can drizzle as little or as much as you like over the cake. 


pumpkin mousse cake


Chocolate and pumpkin are a great combo, but you can replace the chocolate ganache with whipped cream if you prefer. Or, use both, so good!

There is nothing hard or complicated about this grain-free mousse cake. In fact, it is easy, just a lot of mixing and chilling.


grain-free pumpkin mousse cake



All the ingredients must be at room temperature! This baked mousse cake needs to chill, so plan ahead. And be sure to keep it in the fridge until ready to serve.


pumpkin mousse cake


No matter what the Holliday is, this chilled creamy baked pumpkin mousse cake is one that I would definitely add to the list of gluten-free desserts. Enjoy!

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Alene, although I have only used coconut flour in this recipe, if I were to replace it, I would use equal amount of cassava or rice flour. Please let us know how it turns out, thank you.


I can't eat coconut right now. I would love to make this though. For the crust, maybe I can use a little tapioca flour? For the mousse layer, I'm not sure at all how to replace it. Can I even do that? Thank you!


I am so happy to hear that Sheryl, thank you!


I made this pumpkin mousse cake yesterday, OMG it is so good. A big thank you Kristina, you are the best!!!

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