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Pumpkin, Chocolate, Walnut Coffee Cake with Warm Toffee Sauce

Pumpkin Coffee Bundt cake with a slice on the side

This is most likely going to be my last post of my Fall Vegan Comfort Food Series for Vegan MoFo. I was striving to do 20 posts, but I only made it to 12. What can I say, life got in the way. I would love to do a few more this week, but on Sunday my husband and I are leaving for Costa Rica for my sister’s wedding! We will be spending 8 amazing days there and I still have a lot of packing and cleaning to do before we leave.

A slice of Pumpkin Coffee Cake on a plate

I always get super anxious before taking leave from work. I want to make sure every single little loose end is tied up and everything will run smoothly while I’m gone. And I know that won’t happen. It is hard to let that go. To just get away and relax and not worry about the stresses of work. But I am damn determined to relax and have fun! It is nice that we really can’t use our cell phones there. It forces you to cut yourself off. Which is also really good for my husband. Don’t even get me started with him and his work calls the day before our wedding and on our honeymoon… He isn’t even taking his phone this time. I love it!

Whole Pumpkin Coffee Bundt Cake on a wire rack beside plates

This month sure has flown by. I have had a blast being a part of Vegan MoFo this year! I am always looking to expand my baking skillz (yes, with a z) and I feel I have grown a lot this month! I am so much more confident with my vegan baked goods and I love that! I love to be able to bake things with confidence that whoever I share it with will be able to eat it!

This coffee cake was a huge hit at work. The warm toffee sauce really puts it over the top. Pumpkin, Fall Spices, Chocolate, Toasted Walnuts, and Toffee. Seriously. So good!

A slice of Pumpkin Coffee Cake on a plate

Whole Pumpkin Coffee Bundt Cake on a wire rack beside plates

Vegan Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Warm Toffee Sauce


  • 15 oz can pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 TBSP vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 cups vegan dark chocolate, chopped (I like Ghirardelli 72%)
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped (optional)
  • powdered sugar for dusting
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup soy creamer
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 TBSP earth balance vegan butter


For the Cake
    1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
    2. Grease a bundt pan and set aside.
    3. In a large bowl, stir the pumpkin, oil, sugars, almond milk, and vanilla together.
    4. Stir in the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and pumpkin pie spice.
    5. Fold in the chocolate and walnuts.
    6. Fill the prepared bundt pan with the batter.
    7. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until a knife inserted in the center of the loaf comes out clean.
    8. Remove cake from the oven and allow to cool.
    9. Turn out the cake onto a plate and dust with powdered sugar once completely cooled.
    10. Serve with warm toffee sauce on the side.
For the Sauce
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small heavy bottomed sauce pan over medium low heat.
  2. Stir until the sugar dissolves and the mixture begins to simmer.
  3. Stop stirring and allow the mixture the boil and thicken for 3-4 minutes.
  4. Allow to cool slightly and serve warm with the coffee cake.
Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0

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17 comments on “Pumpkin, Chocolate, Walnut Coffee Cake with Warm Toffee Sauce”

  1. This looks SO delicious! Your vegan baking recipes have been blowing me away lately! : ]

  2. That toffee sauce looks like…crazy mouthwatering-ly wonderful.

    I hope you guys have SO much fun in Costa Rica! That is so great!

  3. This looks incredibly fantastic. Wow. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I made a vegan carrot cake last week.. it was so pleasing to see how a few substitutions make it so easy to bake vegan. Your cake looks outstanding.. the next time my vegan friend comes over.. I'll be making this!

  5. Great minds think alike. I posted a (non-vegan) chocolate pumpkin bundt cake today. 🙂

  6. Looks delicious! I love chocolate in pumpkin baked goods, and I bet the toffee sauce puts it over the top! Have a wonderful trip!

  7. The inside of that cake looks delicious. Have fun in Costa Rica. I have always wanted to go there. One day…

  8. This looks absolutely wonderful and perfect for these cold mornings and windy afternoons. I love your photos. They truly make this irresistible to try. I am going to try this one and substitute an all-purpose gluten free flour blend to see if I can eat this. I’ll check with some of my resources to see if I have to add xanthan gum; or maybe you might know. If it turns out, I will let you know and what I used for the flours. Of course, if you don’t hear from me, I gave up and just made this yummy recipe for the rest of the family. 🙂 Thanks for this one Baker Bettie.

    • What gf flour blend do you use? A lot of those already have the gum added in the mix. But I am guessing you actually wouldn’t need it if it wasn’t already in there. The pumpkin kind of acts like its own glue, you know? That’s why this recipe doesn’t call for eggs or egg substitute. The pumpkin acts as a binder. Let me know how it turns out!

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  10. I. love. toffee. I love it so much. This looks delicious.

    I am the total opposite of you with my job right now. I go on vacation and essentially forget that I have a real job. Though I still check my site religiously, because apparently it’s the only thing I care about.

    Cut me off from my job and I will never look back. Cut me off from my blog and I will punch a baby. Or a grown man, because that is probably less cruel.

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  12. this looks AMAZING! it looks so delicious

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  15. I’m a little late to the party, but had to come by to say that this cake is AMAZING! I made it this morning, minus the walnuts because my friend is unable to eat them right now. I didn’t get around to making the toffee sauce, but truth be told, this cake is perfect as is. Thank you for such a beautiful recipe that my family and friends will enjoy for years to come. 🙂

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