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.

Mango Charlotte Russe

Have you ever seen a Charlotte Russe before? I saw it once on the Great British Bake Show (best baking show in the world, BTW). It’s mainly ladyfingers with mousse or something else creamy, plus gelatin layered inside sponge cake. I’m pretty sure this Mango Charlotte Russe isn’t authentic, but oh well!

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