Gluten-Free Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Ganache

Published on Sep 20, 2018

  by   Kristina Stosek

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Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 60 minutes Serves: 8
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OMG, this Gluten-Free Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Ganache dessert is heavenly! After tasting this three-layer dessert, nobody could tell that it is gluten-free. It’s rich, chocolaty, and moist. In addition, the superfood cocoa powder and pumpkin give it a tremendous wholesome boost.

And be prepared. This chocolate pumpkin cake is incredibly addictive.

chocolate pumpkin cake on a cake platter, gluten free


A Chocolate Pumpkin Cake with Ganache is a rich dessert that combines the flavors of chocolate and pumpkin into a rich, moist cake, topped with a smooth and luscious ganache.

This gluten free pumpkin dessert is typically associated with the fall season and is a favorite for those who enjoy the warm, earthy flavor of pumpkin paired with the indulgent taste of chocolate.


chocolate pumpkin cake with ganache topping on a cake stand

Elevate the Experience: Add Ganache Topping

What’s not to love about chocolate, pumpkin, and ganache all in one place? However, it is the velvety chocolate ganache topping that adds an extra layer of indulgence to the cake.


Today, I combined chocolate with pumpkin cake. This dessert has multiple layers of flavour working together to satisfy your sweet tooth and cravings for a decadent dessert.

The chocolate’s creaminess and the pumpkin’s sweetness complement each other so well. Adding ganache to the mix takes this healthy-ish gluten-free dessert recipe to the top of our list of fall desserts. The pumpkin cake is moist and flavorful complimenting the sweet chocolate.

a slice of chocolate pumpkin cake with ganache topping on a plate, gluten free


The base of this dessert is a homemade gluten free graham crust. To make the base for this dessert, you will need basic pantry ingredients such as gluten free flour, butter, milk, egg, a sweetener, baking powder, baking soda, and a pinch of cinnamon.

Once you mix the crust ingredients, the dough is spread over the bottom of a springform pan then baked before adding the next layer.


The second layer, the chocolate pumpkin cake, is ridiculously easy to make. Simply add all the cake ingredients into a food processor bowl and process until smooth. Then, pour the mixture over the graham crust and bake.


The ganache is made by melting semi-sweet chocolate chips with heavy cream. Once the ganache is ready, it is poured over the cooled cake, allowing it to flow and create a decadent, smooth, and glossy coating.

pumpkin cake on a cake platter decorated with ganache and flowers

The combination of the chocolate cake, graham crust and the ganache topping creates a dessert that’s perfect for autumn gatherings, Halloween parties, Thanksgiving feasts, or any occasion when you want to enjoy the flavors of the season in a sweet treat.

It’s a decadent dessert that will please chocolate and pumpkin lovers alike.


If you plan to keep the cake for a few days, you can store it in the refrigerator. Place it in an airtight container or wrap it with foil paper. Gluten-free cakes have a shorter shelf life than their gluten-containing counterparts, so refrigeration helps prolong freshness.


We love pumpkin dessert recipes. You can make many variations when making a pumpkin dessert, from Gluten-Free No Bake Chocolate Pumpkin Pie to Gluten-Free Baked Pumpkin Mousse Cake.

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Meet Kristina. Passionate about creating delicious, innovative gluten free recipes, and author of two gluten free cookbooks, “Entertaining The Gluten Free Way” and “Small Bites The Gluten Free Way”.

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fantastic, glad you enjoyed it!

Elizabeth. M

yummiest pumpkin cake I have ever made!!!

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