Pumpkin Chocolate Cream Cake

I REALLY loved this pumpkin chocolate cream cake. The description likened it to a pumpkin-flavored Boston Cream Pie, and that is absolutely correct.

I needed a Thanksgiving recipe for my Reddit bake challenge, so pumpkin it was!

If you haven’t tried chocolate with pumpkin before, let me tell you, it rocks! They make a great pair. I went with regular cocoa for this cake, instead of my standard dark cocoa, and I’m glad I did. As much as I love all things dark, it would have overshadowed the pumpkin spice in this.

Here we have layers of chocolate sponge cake, sandwiched with pumpkin pastry cream and pumpkin whipped cream. This is yet another *texture* dessert, i.e. spongy cake combined with smooth, cold, and creamy. Don’t leave out the toasted pecans on the top for the crunch. Worth making!

Original recipe here.

Mint Chocolate Cream Pie

Fun fact about myself – I’m too cheap to buy cookbooks and only get them from the library. After dog-earring everything that looks fabulous, I’ll make copies to be placed in my TO-BAKE file.

This mint chocolate cream pie came into the world the same way! Being a big fan of Sally’s Baking Addiction blog, I was stoked to check out her book, Sally’s Candy Addiction. Candy recipes galore and even non-candy things like this pie. Right up my alley, as I *ahem* apparently have both a candy and a baking addiction.

This pie has a silky smooth chocolate filling with a crunchy, buttery crust. It also came together quickly and easily; just make sure you leave time for firming up in the fridge. The only bake time is the for Oreo crust, and I even bought mint Oreos to boost the mint flavor. However, this pie had a perfect amount of mint in it. Not at all overwhelming, but you definitely knew it was there.

A few things I did differently: The recipe calls for chopped semi-sweet chocolate added to the custard; I used chocolate chips and they worked just fine. I also prefer to strain my pudding, even though this recipe didn’t call for it. I’m glad I did it anyway because I prevented a whole bunch of little clumpy bits from messing up my smooth pudding.

In the future I’m going to attempt this minus the mint. I think it would make an awesome basic chocolate cream pie.

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