Why choose between cake, cookie or pie when you can have all three? This Chocolate and Pumpkin Pie Layer Cake has stacks of fluffy & moist chocolate cake alternated with creamy maple-infused pumpkin pie nestled on a sweet & crunchy cookie crust.
I’ve got a secret for you. But shhhh! You have to pinky swear not to tell anyone.
In all my twenty (err. . .maybe a little more) years I’ve never, ever . . .not in a million years. . . been trick or treating. Gasp! I know.
But before you start judging me for what you may be thinking was a deprived childhood, you should know that my wonder years were not completely devoid of all the festivities surrounding Halloween.
There was, of course, the yearly pilgrimage to the farms, where the perfect pumpkin was painstakingly plucked from the patch and lovingly transported back to its forever home. It was gingerly nestled on top of the Sunday newspaper when mom suddenly pulled out a knife fit for a horror story (cue horror film music) and performed a lobotomy that even Walter Freeman would be proud of.
My sister and I then rolled up our sleeves and proceeded to perform our best surgeon impersonations as we plunged our chubby, little fingers deep within the pumpkin’s cranium. We scooped out the slimy contents as we wrinkled our noses in disgust.
Mom, then separated the pumpkin seeds from the rest of the slimy mess so that they could be oven roasted & lightly salted – a tasty fall treat that we continued to enjoy long after the ghosts & goblins crawled back to their spiritual world.
And while she was readying the pumpkin seeds, with great precision, my sister and I performed flawless face lifts on these formerly roly poly pumpkins, transforming them into perpetually grinning jack-o’-lanterns.
And there was candy. Boy was there candy. Bags and bags of it – some of which made it’s way into our little, plastic pumpkin shaped bags. The rest we tossed into the sacks of eager trick or treaters who hoped and prayed that the next house would be the one to fling in a full sized candy bar.
But probably THE most anticipated activity for Halloween was the annual Halloween party at the Slovak Home. This was the big kahuna. The event of all events. Sort of like the Academy Awards. . .but for Halloween parties. And every year, Grandpa took all the grandkids to this glorious affair.
Now, a party such as this could not be taken lightly and lots of planning and preparation was put in the months leading up to the event. From the conceptualization of the outfit to the selection of the hair and makeup, no detail was spared.
I recall Mom spending hours upon hours sewing bright red yarn onto a swathe of fabric for the ultimate in Raggedy Ann wigs. And Grandma, she worked into the wee hours of the night tirelessly transforming an every day bed sheet into the most memorable Princess Leia gown to every grace a Halloween party.
Well. . .the party. . .imagine a giant hall full of rambunctious children. Every child’s dream, and every adult’s nightmare. There were fun games to keep everyone entertained for hours on ends and awards for the best costumes. And of course there was candy. Lots of it!! Because a hall full of out of control kids definitely needs more sugar.
Ahhhh. . .those were the days.
So in celebration of All Hallows ‘Eve, and the epic Halloween party at the Slovak Home, I baked you these teensy- weensy Chocolate and Pumpkin Pie Layer Cakes.
This recipe is part of a big, bad, awesome #virtualpumpkinparty hosted by Sara from Cake Over Steak and Amy from Twigg Studios. This is quite the shindig (almost as epic as the party at the Slovak Home) with bloggers from around the interweb developing brand, spankin’ new pumpkin recipes – all just for you. So grab a cup of coffee (or pot of tea) and your most snuggly of blankets and spend the afternoon perusing all these delicious pumpkin themed dishes. You can find the complete list and links of participating bloggers below the recipe for this Chocolate and Pumpkin Pie Layer Cake.
But on to this pie. Or is it cake? Well…whatever you decide to call it, it is an iteration of the Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin Pie Surprise I made last year (See it HERE).
This Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Layer Cake has stacks of fluffy & moist chocolate cake alternated with creamy maple pumpkin pie that has been baked on a sweet & crunchy Speculoos cookie crust. I absolutely adore the sweet and crunchy texture the cookie provides when you sink your teeth into this treat. It is quite the unexpected surprise as you don’t typically expect this from a cake or pie.
And if that weren’t heavenly enough, there is a smattering of super indulgent chocolate ganache in between each layer.
Now, I chose to make mini cakes by cutting 3 inch rounds out from each layer. But if you are not up for the challenge, or want to feed more people, you could easily keep this Chocolate Pumpkin Pie Layer Cake as a rectangle and layer the chocolate cake on top of the slab pie. If you do this, you may need to double the recipe for the chocolate ganache, depending on how much you decide to slather on each layer.
To finish these beauties off, I dotted them with the sweetest little meringues dusted with cocoa powder. You can chose to skip this step if you want, but you will be missing out on their melt-in-your mouth goodness.
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