CHOCOLATE CREAM CHEESE PUMPKIN CAKE

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Ingredients

2 cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil
4 large eggs
2 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups pumpkin puree or cooked mashed pumpkin
chocolate cream cheese frosting (see below)
1/2 cup chopped pecans(optional)

Directions:

For the cake:

Combine sugar, vegetable oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl; mix well. Sift dry ingredients into a separate bowl; stir into oil mixture, beating well. Stir in pumpkin puree.

Pour batter into two greased and floured 9-inch round layer cake pans. Bake at 350° for 35 to 40 minutes. Turn out onto racks to cool. Frost pumpkin cake with cream cheese frosting and sprinkle with chopped pecans (if using pecans)

For the chocolate cream cheese frosting:

Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter, softened
8 ounces cream cheese, softened
3 ounces (3 squares) unsweetened chocolate, melted
dash of salt
3 cups confectioners’ sugar
1/3 cup half-and-half
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions:

Cream together the butter and cream cheese. Add melted chocolate, salt, sifted confectioners’ sugar, half-and-half, and vanilla. Beat until smooth and spreadable.

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