Pumpkin Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin Frosting

Happy Wednesday! This doesn’t happen often but I feel like this week is flying by. No complaining here. Winking smile

We’ve got a jam-packed post with WIAW eats, an awesome 2 minute microwave pumpkin chocolate cake and the Chickbands giveaway winners at the end so let’s get to it!

Pumpkin Chocolate Cake with Pumpkin Frosting


Strawberry coconut oats for breakfast.

strawberry oats

I’ve been waking up at 7am which is about 45 minutes earlier than my normal wakeup. It’s great because I feel much more productive, it’s not so great because earlier breakfasts lead to earlier hunger for lunch.

lunch with kale chips

I fought the hunger for a bit and actually went for a test run at lunch to see how my knee would hold up. It still didn’t feel 100% but I wanted to see how running would feel so I could figure out what to do with my training plan between now and the half marathon.  I was supposed to run 12 miles as my last long run but decided to just test it out with a shorter run instead. Good news, after 5 miles it felt fine! It still feels a bit “off” when I’m not running but I’m pretty much convinced after reading Chelsey’s post that it’s a sore/slightly inflamed IT band as my symptoms are almost identical. So, I’ve basically been stretching every hour and finally bought myself a foam roller today. O-U-C-H. Now I know what people mean when they say it hurts so good. That’s really the perfect description. I’ll take it though because my knee already feels better. I feel a bit relieved as I was starting to freak out with the half marathon so soon.

After the run, I ate an entire head of kale for lunch in the form of kale chips. Salty and addictive. Bread + goat cheese + sliced chicken apple sausage and leftover butternut squash soup.

A healthy lunch was no accident because I’d been scheming my afternoon snack since before breakfast.

Oh, hello pumpkin chocolate cake with spiced pumpkin cream cheese frosting!

Pumpkin chocolate cake

The chocolate cake is Katie’s genius creation but I ended up:

  • halving the sugar
  • replacing the oil with pumpkin
  • microwaving it for 3x as long (it just wasn’t fully “baked” in 30-40 seconds)

Since I made the cake with pumpkin, I wanted a pumpkin frosting too. It was super simple:

  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons pumpkin
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Mix it all up and frost.

I’m not sure you can get anything more delicious than that for all of a minute and a half baking time.

I don’t know what it is, but the second we hit October, I became a tea drinking, dessert eating maniac. In addition to my 2 morning cups of coffee, I drink tea in the afternoon and at night after dinner usually accompanied by some sort of sweet. This could get dangerous when this half marathon is over and I’m not training at the same intensity!

Newman's pizza

For dinner, we tried out a Newman’s thin crust pizza that I had a coupon for with some sautéed collard greens on the side. I’ve become obsessed with collard greens all of a sudden and could pretty much eat them every night. I just sauté them with olive oil, one garlic clove and lemon. Easy, quick and tastes so clean & healthy. That sounds like a weird way to describe a vegetable but hopefully you get what I mean.

The pizza was ok. I don’t normally buy frozen pizzas and here’s the reason why: I could eat the entire thing myself! The box said there were 3 servings per pie at 240 calories a serving. Um, I eat about 3 times that many calories for dinner. The crust was super thin so even making it into 2 servings, (we split it down the middle) it was barely enough food for me. That’s ok though because it just became an excuse for a couple of these later on.

Chocolate chip dough balls

Dough balls from Saturday night. With tea of course.


Do you have a foam roller? What’s your favorite stretch using it?

Have you ever made dough balls? What’s your favorite kind?

Anyone else notice your dessert appetite increase with the change of seasons?


      1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

        Haha, thanks girl! I also saw somebody’s snickerdoodles & whip cream on there recently ;) Congrats to you too!

  1. Kat @ living like the kings

    that setup for the cake photos is incredible. I’m always scared to mess too much with baking recipes bc it’s “chemistry” and just one ingredient being off can result in terribleseness (ask Jon, he’s eaten plenty of weird things I’ve attempted to make) (yes, I’m making that a word).

  2. kari @ Running Ricig

    I had some crazy bad ITB issues right before the marathon. I had it worked on by my massage therapist friend and my chiro friend. The chiro said to foam roll, but be careful because you can over foam roll and that’s worse. JUST foam roll the attachment points (knee and hip), but not the band itself.

    I hate foam rolling. I do it, but I hate it.

    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Ahh, good to know! I definitely didn’t do that yesterday. Maybe I should ease up a bit today.

  3. Amanda

    I can also polish off an entire head of kale when it’s in chip form. I like to sprinkle a little nutritional yeast over them, too. Highly addictive!

    I crave sweets pretty much all year, but have noticed it a bit more now that the weather is getting colder. I’m thinking of buying a few “dessert” teas to try to keep the sugar cravings in check.

  4. Allie

    Great looking eats! And congrats to your giveaway winner, of course. Love the idea of adding coconut to oats, adding shredded coconut to my shopping list!

  5. Jess

    I know, I say this in practically every comment – but OMG that pumpkin cake concoction is amazing! I’m bookmarking this to make later, fo sho!

    PS. So glad your knee feels better…I bet it was a slightly inflamed IT band. I think mine is inflamed too. Just slightly. Taking a few days away from running and hope it clears.

  6. emily

    The changes you made to the chocolate cake sound delicious! I happen to have some leftover pumpkin sitting in my fridge and I definitely know what I’ll be using it for!
    I have yet to make dough balls but I need to! I think having them around might be slightly dangerous, though. (Not that that’s ever stopped me from making something before!)
    Glad to hear that your knee is healing! You’ll be fully recovered before you know it. :)

  7. Jen @ Light Enough to Travel

    This cake looks amazing. And so fast!

    I have recently acquired a roller and I am not sure if it’s helping yet, but it feels good. So what the heck, right? Can’t be a bad thing.

    I definitely want sweets more when the weather is cold. Sweets, soups, and carbs. I know I don’t crave salads or smoothies as often, that’s for sure. I’m not even sure cold is the factor, because in California right now it’s still pretty warm during the day. Might be a lack of daylight thing.

    Thanks for the giveaway! I’m psyched!

  8. Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte

    I’m drooling over that chocolate cake with pumpkin cream cheese frosting! When fall comes around not only do I want MORE desserts, but I want PUMPKIN-everything!

    I’ve never made collard greens before, LOTS of kale but never collards – I’m not sure why! I’m thinkin’ I’m gonna have to mix it up a little!

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