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Chocolate-Caramel Pumpkin Torte

I'm pretty proud to say this is one of my first experiments in the kitchen that turned out "to-die-for" delicious. The key is to let the cake cool completely before cutting and assembling with the frostings. —Lauren Brennan, Hood River, Oregon
  • Total Time
    Prep: 35 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1-1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup caramel sundae syrup
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 3 tablespoons milk chocolate English toffee bits


  • Line a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan with waxed paper; grease the paper. Set aside.
  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla (mixture will appear curdled). Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, baking soda and nutmeg; add to the creamed mixture alternately with sour cream, beating well after each addition. Stir in walnuts.
  • Transfer to prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before inverting onto a wire rack to cool completely. Carefully remove waxed paper.
  • For caramel frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and sundae syrup until fluffy. Add confectioners’ sugar and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  • For chocolate frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter and cocoa until fluffy. Add the confectioners' sugar, milk and vanilla; beat until smooth.
  • Trim cake edges; cut widthwise into fourths. Place one layer on a serving plate; top with half of the chocolate frosting. Top with another cake layer and top with half of the caramel frosting. Repeat layers. Sprinkle with walnuts and toffee bits. Chill until serving.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 569 calories, 32g fat (17g saturated fat), 105mg cholesterol, 529mg sodium, 67g carbohydrate (48g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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  • JessBella6
    Sep 23, 2013

    Delicious! Make sure you use a 15 x 10 x 1 pan as instructed. If the cake is too thick... it will stack too high.