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This super simple recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cake starts with a boxed cake mix and comes out perfectly every time. The best fall treat that’s easy to make!

I love a simple fall treat and this pumpkin chocolate chip cake fits the bill. It’s quick and easy to whip up and the end result is indulgent and sweet.

It’s everything I love about fall flavors in one tasty treat. You can top it with your favorite icing and serve it up for parties, family gatherings, and more!

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Pin showing the finished pumpkin chocolate chip cake ready to eat.

Once you try this chocolate chip pumpkin cake a time or two you’ll be hooked. Feel free to use gluten free or dairy free mixes as needed. The options nowadays are vast and it’s very simple to make this recipe allergy friendly!

I love the Pillsbury GF cake mixes and these allergy friendly chocolate chips!

What kind of a cake is this?

We’re starting with a boxed yellow cake mix. Starting with a boxed mix gives us a few benefits and I’ll explain!

Boxed mixes already have all the ingredients you need mixed up, perfectly portioned, and ready to go. I love that I don’t have to drag out ALL the baking supplies when I’m starting with a cake mix from the box.

Another reason to love a boxed mix is the fact that you know it’ll work out well. If you don’t like baking or you just aren’t very good at it, boxed mixes are a great way to start.

We will be spicing up this boxed cake mix to create something unique and delicious without the stress of a from scratch type recipe.

This cake will come out pretty firm which means you can also serve them up as cake bars if you need a more portable treat to share.

Ingredients needed for pumpkin chocolate chip cake:

For this simple pumpkin chocolate chip cake recipe we will need a boxed yellow cake mix, water, eggs, pumpkin in a can, cinnamon, chocolate chips, and some vanilla frosting.

You can also definitely use cream cheese frosting if you like that! I enjoy it and sometimes will make pumpkin chocolate chip cake with cream cheese frosting for an extra decadent treat.

You can find the full amounts and ingredient list in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post. It’s a great spot to check for the estimated nutritional info, shopping links, and more!

Ingredients needed to make pumpkin chocolate chip cake.

Kitchen Essentials for Cake Mix Recipes:

If you are trying to pick out some of the best supplies to stock your kitchen for cake mix recipes and baking in general, these are some of our favorites and must have items.

I like half sheet baking pans that are quality (hello no noisy pops or sloshed cookie dough from twisting), I line my cookie sheets with silicone baking mats. These are a must when doing cake mix recipes which can settle and become thin at lot easier than traditional cookie dough.

Of course mixing bowls, a mixer, spatula, and some whisks should be on your list if you don’t have ones that you love. I also like to have a set of cooling racks so that my recipes can properly cool before they’re scarfed down by my family!

How to make a chocolate chip pumpkin cake:

Great ready to be blown away. This chocolate chip cake with pumpkin and cinnamon is delicious and it is super simple to make.

You’ll love it once you try it. It’s not an overwhelming flavor of pumpkin or cinnamon so don’t worry about the flavors being too strong. We are not making a spice cake here, this is a slightly amped up yellow cake with pumpkin and cinnamon flavors added!

One really nice perk of the added pumpkin is that the cake stays really nice and moist. The pumpkin retains moisture, adds fiber, and overall just boosts the excellency of this chocolate chip cake recipe.

In a large mixing bowl combine the cake mix, water, and eggs.

Cake mix being prepared.

Mix until well combined.

Then add the pumpkin, cinnamon, and chocolate chips and mix until incorporated.

Mix ready to have the pumpkin chocolate chips and cinnamon added.

Pour into a sprayed 9×13 baking dish.

Bake at 350 degrees for about 28-30 minutes 

Add in's being mixed into the cake batter.

Let cool completely.

Microwave the can of frosting (cap and foil removed) for about 25-30 seconds and stir.

Ready to be baked.

Then pour over the pumpkin bars and spread.

Let the frosting set and then cut into bars and serve. 

featured image showing the finished pumpkin chocolate chip cake ready to eat.

Do you want to make more cake mix recipes?

If you are looking for more cake mix recipes you could not have landed in a better spot on the web. Here’s a few of our favorite recipes made with boxed cake mixes that I think you’ll love.

There’s something for everyone and each of these recipes is simple and straightforward, no muss, no fuss. Just simple desserts that the whole family will enjoy.

Try out Apple Pie Cookies, Mint Chocolate Chip Cookies, Twix cookies, brownie batter dip, key lime cookies, chocolate cherry cookies, vanilla cake with strawberry filling, or Instant Pot Apple Spice Cake.

More options are these butter pecan cookies, banana bread with cake mix, 3 ingredient cake mix cookies, cinnamon donutsfunfetti sugar cookie trufflesStrawberry Cake Batter Dip, Firecracker Poke Cake, Layered Red White and Blue Cupcakes, Pineapple Coconut Poke Cake, Chocolate Peanut Butter Dump Cake, and red velvet cake mix cookies.

There’s more! Don’t miss out on these lemon cake mix cookies, Soft Cake Mix Sugar Cookies, Cake Mix Air Fryer Cookies, and Chocolate Chip Cake Batter Cookies!

Printable Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake Recipe:

As promised here is the printable recipe card for pumpkin chocolate chip cake. It’s a great one page sheet that you can keep on hand for preparation, shopping, etc!

I love using this as a reference while I’m grocery shopping and while I’m baking. It is really nice to have everything in one spot so there is no confusion when preparing the cake.

Yield: 12 Servings

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake

featured image showing the finished pumpkin chocolate chip cake ready to eat.

This super simple recipe for pumpkin chocolate chip cake bars starts with a boxed cake mix and comes out perfectly every time.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (15.25 oz) Box Yellow Cake Mix
  • 1 Cup water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 (15 oz) can pumpkin
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 (16 oz) can vanilla frosting

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the cake mix, water, and eggs.
  2. Mix until well combined.
  3. Then add the pumpkin, cinnamon, and chocolate chips and mix until incorporated.
  4. Pour into a sprayed 9x13 baking dish.
  5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 28-30 minutes
  6. Let cool completely.
  7. Microwave the can of frosting (cap and foil removed) for about 25-30 seconds and stir.
  8. Then pour over the pumpkin bars and spread.
  9. Let the frosting set and then cut into bars and serve.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 234Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 343mgCarbohydrates: 44gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 4g

All nutrition information is calculated as a courtesy to the reader. Please do your own calculation for complete accuracy.

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