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Pumpkin Marble Cake

Moist pumpkin spice cake with a rich chocolate swirl throughout
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 300kcal
Author I Heart Eating


Pumpkin Cake

  • 1 ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar packed
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk lowfat ok
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 15 ounce can pumpkin puree1
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour properly measured2
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Chocolate Swirl

  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 tablespoons buttermilk


  • Powdered sugar


  • Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 10-12 cup bundt pan. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine sugars, oil, and buttermilk until blended.
  • Add eggs, one at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Stir in vanilla extract and pumpkin puree.
  • Add flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.
  • Stir into batter until combined.
  • Scoop out 1 ½ cups of batter into a separate bowl.
  • Add cocoa powder, granulated sugar, and buttermilk to the batter you just scooped out.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Add pumpkin spice to pumpkin batter, and mix in.
  • Add one cup of pumpkin batter to bundt pan.
  • Top batter with 1/4 cup chocolate batter.
  • Repeat with 1/2 cup pumpkin batter on top of chocolate batter.
  • Continue repeating layers with remaining batter.
  • Bake 50-65 minutes, or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack.
  • Remove pan, and cool completely.
  • Dust with powdered sugar just before serving, if desired.


  1. Be sure to use pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie mix.
  2. To properly measure the flour, stir, lightly spoon into the measuring cup, and level. 
  3. Nutrition values are estimates. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 54g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 169mg | Potassium: 179mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 34g | Vitamin A: 4184IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg