Sunday, August 16, 2015

FABBY: Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Swirl Cake

Hello sweet friends!

No! I'm not implying you give up on summer in the middle of August; it's just that I ran into a Better Homes and Gardens magazine from last November 2014, where this lovely cake was on the cover and I just couldn't help but make it, easy and simply delish!

I'm sharing the recipe right here in this post, so you can make it once Fall really officially comes, lol..

I did set a little tea just for Mr. Living and me, right on top of our den's coffee table, in sort of a 'Fall fashion,' (I couldn't help it).

I simply love decorating for Fall. With that said, here is my tea table for two.

It was such a pretty sunny afternoon here in our family room, so we had some tea with hubby to try the new 'Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Swirl Cake' recipe I just made.

I used yellow plates and teacups for this table as in real life this rooms looked so bright and sun bathed all around it!

Cute daisies orange straw weave placemats. Polish yellow with birds teacups and of course, sunflower plates.

Here is the cake... really pretty and delish
The recipe plus tip at the end of this post, if anyone wishes for it.

This entire room is yellow, plus it was such a sunny afternoon.

My vintage Dutch pewter tea set is always good to go with any china I choose.

My DD Alex gave me for my birthday several years ago two adorable Polish made teacups with a little bird on one side and another bird on the other.


My cake didn't come out to 'swirly' because I noticed the recipe says to divide the batter in two parts 'equally' to mix with the chocolate in one; but I immediately thought this wasn't right, that it should be a cup of batter 'only' for the chocolate mixture, to be able to do a swirl pattern and show against the light batter.

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"Dark Chocolate-Pumpkin Swirl Cake"




    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9x5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottom of pan with parchment paper and coat the parchment paper with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
    2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
    3. In a medium bowl whisk together eggs and sugar. Add melted butter, buttermilk, and vanilla. Whisk until combined. Fold in pumpkin.
    4. Add the wet ingredients all at once to the dry ingredients and whisk just until no lumps remain.
    5. Divide batter in half. Add the melted chocolate and cocoa powder to half of the batter; stir to combine.
    6. Add the two batters to the loaf pan, alternating between pumpkin and chocolate. Using a table knife, swirl through the batter. Bake for 55 to 65 minutes until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Remove and cool in pan for 20 minutes. Remove and cool completely on a wire rack.
    7. In a small bowl stir together the powdered sugar, half of the orange peel, and enough of the orange juice to make of drizzling consistency. Spoon over cooled loaf. Top with remaining orange peel.
    MY TIP: Where it says to divide the batter in half...DON'T divide in half, but in a quarter only, because the chocolate part of the batter needs to be less quantity in order for it to swirl into the light batter.

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    1. Fabby, the cake sounds fabulous! I am already in such a baking mood - must be having my son home from his mission and someone else to cook for besides hubby!!!
      The setting is so pretty with the sunflower plates against the beautiful couches! You always have the most elegant touch!

    2. Fabby, As usual you make me smile from ear to ear....the table is gorgeous and the pumpkin cake is a sweet thing to eat at the pretty table. We love pumpkin foods here. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

    3. Oh wow, this looks so good and your table setting is gorgeous. I will definitely have to make this one.

    4. Fabby, The cake looks divine!! I am so ready for some tasty baking. It is still way to hot (90 degrees today) to heat up the oven. In a few short weeks it should start cooling down enough to try out this recipe. The sunflower plates look glorious on the pretty daisy placemats. What a pleasant setting to enjoy desert in the evening. Have a wonderful week.... Candy

      PS: Please stop by to visit, I would love for you to have an opportunity to win my second blog anniversary giveaway.

    5. I bet it is wonderful! I like how you set the table. Love the sunflower plates!

    6. I can't blame your for decorating for Fall already Fabby, it's beautiful and that pumpkin cake looks fabulous! Will try it this Fall, hopefully!

    7. Looks very festive, Fabby. Everything! Susan

    8. Hi!

      The cake looks delicious, but especially noticed the decor is very beautiful.


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    10. Yum!!! The cake looks so delicious and yummy!!! Beautiful setting and what a great way to spend time with Hubby!

    11. Dearest Fabby,
      As always you know how to set a very special table for presenting this delicious cake!
      Love the sunflowers you used as theme.

    12. Hello Fabby,

      Happy Monday. I love pumpkin cake and this one combined with chocolate sounds amazing. I love the sunflower plates too. Very pretty setting to enjoy a little afternoon tea.

      Have a great week.



    13. This is just lovely to see. I'm feeling like autumn and this fits right into my mood. Thanks for recipe...looks good too!

    14. Oh, be still, my heart!!!! I LOVE your tea table and the beautiful settings and colors! I am so excited that August is playing down and then Beautiful September shall step onto the stage!
      Your every photo is like eye candy to me and I always have to go back and study each picture once more before I leave.
      Thank you for sharing the recipe!

    15. What a pretty tea table for you and your hubby, Fabby! I always love your pewter tea service and your plates are just adorable! Your gifted teacups look so pretty for your tea, and what a perfect looking treat for today. Thank you for your tips on making it, too.

    16. Fabby, I love your coffee table setting with the beautiful cake. If I was able to reach into the photo I would love to try a slice. The sunflower place mats and sunflower shape plates are a great touch for early fall. Have a lovely week!


    17. Yum, I love pumpkin anything and I love your pretty yellow room with the yellow furniture. What a pleasant spot to enjoy some cake and tea. Thank you, Fabby, for sharing and joining my little tea party.


    18. Your sunflowers plates are so beautiful Fabby, I love them :) whoo your cake looks beautiful too..

      Thanks for sharing at Creative Mondays

    19. You can set such a lovely table, whether it's a formal dinner for 12 or a delightful tea for two!! Those yellow tea cups/saucers are so pretty and go so well with your sunflower plates. I'm also pinning this recipe for this fall. Thanks for sharing it! Happy week, Fabby! Zenda

    20. What a pretty table! I would love to have a slice of your yummy dark chocolate pumpkin swirl cake. Bring on the pumpkin flavoured treats!

    21. Fabby,
      "Mr. Ed" l o v e s chocolate. . .I l o v e pumpkin!!!
      This recipe could be a win~win, dear friend!!!
      You have stolen my heart with your sunny yellow tablescape, dear one!!!
      I L O V E Sunflowers!!!
      Thanks for sharing. . .and congratulations on being a featured guests!!!

    22. Hi Fabby! You have set up such a pretty tea table and my mouth is watering seeing that beautiful cake you made! How do you stay so slim? :) Those cups are truly gorgeous! Thanks for popping in to see me and hope all is well.
      be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

    23. That cake looks so good and just love your sunflower plates.


    24. Simple yet elegant table with pretty things on it. Your room looks lovely and the cake looks delicious with your preparation. Sun flower brings brightness to any setting. Have a beautiful morning dear Fabby. Hugs Sujatha:)

    25. Hi Fabby. Doesn't that look delicious! I actually saw a few leaves falling while I was out for me walk, so you aren't far out of season Love the cheerful sunflowers and the pressty teacup. Your tea setting looks so inviting! Thanks for sharing the recipe too, and linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

    26. It's beautiful, Fabby! Love the hint of fall you have going on! Won't be long, now!!

    27. Hi Fabby: Thank you for the beautiful words and prayers. I love your table today. It is always a pleasure to visit and see your beautiful home. Hugs, Martha

    28. Fabby, I love the sunflower plates! Sylvia D.

    29. What a lovely tea setting, Fabby. Your Sunflower plates and daisy placemats give the setting such a happy vibe. Your cake looks beautiful, and as a chocolate lover, I know it tasted wonderful. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

    30. Your pumpkin cake looks so good Fabby! Wishing you a wonderful week!

    31. Fabby, I actually think that sunflowers are a great summer to fall transition. After all, I have lots of them blooming in my garden. Your table is lovely! The placemats are so unique and I love the plates! The cake does look super yummy.

    32. Hello Fabby,
      I wanted to finally stop by and say hello. Your tea for two with a fall theme is refreshing in all the heat we have been having. I love every thing pumpkin, so your recipe sounds delicious to me. Thank you for sharing it.

    33. Hi Fabby, Everything looks absolutely gorgeous! I love Sunflowers for Fall and Dark Chocolate anything. Your cake looks fantastic! I'm definitely making this! Thank you for sharing and linking at OhMyHeartsieGirlWW! Have a beautiful day!

    34. Hi Flabby, what a lovely setting for tea, everything is so beautiful, I love the tea set i is gorgeous!! The place mats set the tone for the wonderful sunflower plates and your cake sounds delicious, which I am promptly bookmarking to try.

      Thank you for stopping by to visit and share on the Oh My Heartsie Girls ww this week, I appreciate it.

      Have a beautiful week!

    35. Will try this one, Fabby. Thanks! Looks pretty and delicious. '-)

    36. This post should BE in Better Homes and Gardens magazine! How beautiful and how delicious the cake sounds! I, too, love autumn - but you "do" it better than anyone I know.

    37. Oh I love the sunflowers! How pretty. The pumpkin cakes looks delightful! Gonna have to pin it! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    38. Good morning, sweet Fabby! My, what a lovely tea time! Your tea cup with the bird on it is simply precious! And the cake....yes please! I thoroughly enjoyed my visit :) Thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

    39. Oh, that tea cup is just so lovely. Bright and sunny d├ęcor with that lovely feel of early fall. I, too, am dreaming of fall. I just can't wait. The cake looks absolutely delicious!

    40. Your place setting is just gorgeous, love the sunflower plates and they go perfectly with your placemats. That cake sounds wonderful!

    41. Looks delicious Fabby! I've pinned, will surely give this a try!
      Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

    42. Very beautiful display for Fall. I'm glad someone likes "drizzle" as much as me. How fun to see all the wonderful Fall in everyones home.

    43. Hi sweet Fabby! I just wanted to let you know that this post will be featured at Roses of Inspiration later today. Thank you for sharing and have a beautiful day :) Hugs!

    44. I love summer but have to admit that fall and all her gorgeous colors has my heart. Your cake looks and sounds wonderful. I love pumpkin in baked goods so will definitely have to try this recipe out. I am visiting today from Roses of Inspiration. Nice to meet you!


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