Can you believe it’s October already? It really snuck up on me.

I hurried to the supermarket this weekend to buy some pumpkin puree to get started on some fall baking. First up, these mini pumpkin cakes with a Nutella filling.

I bought a mini pumpkin baking pan last year. Unfortunately, the leaves and vines are hard to see.

My favorite fall pumpkin good is probably pumpkin bread and it’s almost always the first thing I start off with. I decided to bake them in these molds. Last year, I made a Nutella swirl pumpkin bread. While I enjoyed it, the Nutella overwhelmed the pumpkin bread a little.

This time I decided to try filling them with Nutella. This would allow me to eat the outside pumpkin bread by itself but at the same time, have a taste of Nutella on the inside mixed with the bread. These came out just as I hoped.  And tasted absolutely delicious.

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Pumpkin cakes with Nutella filling


* 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin puree
* 4 eggs
* 1 cup vegetable oil
* 2/3 cup water
* 3 cups white sugar
* 3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
* 2 teaspoons baking soda
* 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
* 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
* 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
* 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
* 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
* 3/4 cup nutella


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease molds with pam spray (my pumpkin molds are about the size of muffin/cupcake molds)
2. In a large bowl, mix together pumpkin puree, eggs, oil, water and sugar until well blended. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger. Mix in the dry ingredients until it is just blended. Pour into the molds, about 2/3 full.
3. Take a spoonful of Nutella and place in the middle of the batter. Using your finger, gently push the Nutella down. It will bounce up so do it a few times until it is mostly sunken in (it's okay if it stick up a little). Be careful not to push too far down. You don't want it to hit the bottom of the pan. You also don't want it to mix too much with the rest of the batter.
4. Bake for about 12-15 minutes in the preheated oven (It also depends on the size of your molds). Pumpkin cakes are done when toothpick inserted comes out clean (Try to inset toothpick into a section of the pumpkin cake that doesn't have Nutella. The batter portion should come out clean, but the nutella will be gooey and stick to toothpick)

Adapted from All Recipes



12 Responses to “Pumpkin cakes with Nutella filling”

  1. Kay — October 3, 2011 at 5:24 am

    I love pumpkin and Nutella, these look amazing!

    • Kirbie replied: — October 3rd, 2011 @ 8:35 am

      I really enjoyed these. you should try it out when you get a chance!

  2. Barbara @ Barbara Bakes — October 3, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    I have the same cute mold and made spicy pumpkin mini cakes with it just yesterday. Love your idea of a Nutella filling.

    • Kirbie replied: — October 3rd, 2011 @ 2:21 pm

      Oh I made spicy pumpkin mini cakes with these molds last year!

  3. Aby — October 4, 2011 at 2:07 am

    Cupcake molds are okay too, right? I mean I just don’t want to spend the money on the tray unless I have too. Can’t wait to try these out!!

    • Kirbie replied: — October 4th, 2011 @ 7:42 am

      Yes you can use cupcake molds but be careful on the timing. You may want to reduce the timing first and test it and add time as needed during baking

  4. Lisa @ The Cooking Bride — October 4, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Oh, these look soooo good. I just pinned it so I could remember to make this.

    • Kirbie replied: — October 4th, 2011 @ 2:18 pm

      i was really happy with how they turned out. I hope you like them too!

  5. LisaJo — October 5, 2011 at 4:01 am

    You could always “paint” the vines and leaves with green icing to make them stand out.

    • Kirbie replied: — October 5th, 2011 @ 9:53 am

      I thought about that actually! Maybe next time

  6. Maria @ — December 8, 2011 at 2:19 pm

    This looks so good – I never would have thought these two would could – I can’t wait to try this recipe out. I know my gang will go nuts over it! I can’t wait – of course, it is not just for their benefit, I want them too! lol

    • Kirbie replied: — December 8th, 2011 @ 3:31 pm

      This was one of my fav recipes this year. I hope you enjoy!

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