Here is a chocolate cake with hidden veggies that the kids will NEVER know are there!


  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1 tbsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 egg plus 1 egg yolk
  • 1 cup  chocolate chips
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree

For the ganache:

  • 1 1/2 cups chocolate chips
  • 3/4 cup cream


  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees.
  2. Whisk  flour, cocoa powder, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together.
  3. In another bowl, combine melted butter, sugar, sour cream, vanilla, egg and egg yolk until smooth. Pour wet ingredients over dry and stir until combined, then fold in chocolate chips and pumpkin puree.
  4. Transfer mixture to prepared pan and bake for an hour. Let it cool.
  5. Make ganache: In a saucepan heat cream just until it bubbles. Pour cream over chocolate chips and let stand 2 minutes then whisk until smooth.
  6. Pour ganache over pumpkin bread and serve.

My kids love this – don’t waste any time; bake it today!

Do you ever add veggies in your sweet treats?

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  • What is pumpkin pie sauce? I’d love to try this first if someone else is making it!! Anyone??


  • using fruits and veg as sweeteners in cakes is a great idea, but I hate the term hidden veges, it doesn’t help the kids make “good” choices later


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  • Love recipes that use veggies in sweet foods! Saving this one for later….


  • Sounds delicious but I’ve never seen pumpkin pie spice in any shop.


  • I love my veggies but my son refuses to touch any food that is orange! I will test out this devious little creation, and if he still magically can detect it, no worries, more for me!!!!


  • This sounds great as I have the worlds fussiest child but he love chocolate & cake it sounds great with hidden veggies never thought of doing that


  • What a great idea, although I am a little unsure of the healthiness of this with the ganache. And also not sure where to buy pumpkin pie spice – I’ve never heard of it!


  • I’m not too sure about this one.


  • Wow, what a fabulous idea. I’d love to try this. Thanks for sharing.


  • Yes I always add veggies to my sweet treats and try to skip the sugar as much as possible. For this recipe I would use apple, banana or pear instead of sugar. And instead of refined multi purpose flour I often use almond meal, lentil flour or chick pea flour (I even don’t have multi purpose flour or plain flour at home anymore).


  • Complete trickery – but if it works, why not?


  • Looks more like chocolate cake. Shame you can’t get flavours through your computer yet.


  • A great treat to try out Pumpkin Spice I just made up. Plenty of pumpkins around at the moment to use up.

    • Would you like to share your pumpkin spice recipe please ??


  • Certainly not a healthy cake! Just because it has pumpkin in it doesn’t mean you are feeding your children a healthy dessert.


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