Chocolate Pumpkin Icebox Cake


Chocolate Pumpkin Icebox Cake | From My Sweet Heart

I’m going to a party!  A Chocolate Party!   And if you LOVE chocolate as much as I LOVE chocolate, then you should come, too!  Many of your friends will be there with some of their best chocolate recipes! 

It is hosted by the wonderful and creative Roxana, from Roxana’s Home Baking!  Once a month we vote on a seasonal ingredient to pair with chocolate.  This month, the majority ruled on PUMPKIN!  I love pumpkin, but I will tell you that of all the baking and desserts I’ve made with this ingredient, I’ve never paired it with chocolate.  Until now!  The cocoa stenciling on the top of this pumpkin icebox cake is a pretty effect.  But just check out these layers of chocolate graham crackers and spicy pumpkin cream cheese . . . . .

. . . . . an unlikely, but delicious match!


Chocolate Pumpkin Icebox Cake | From My Sweet Heart

Oh.  And did I mention there is NO BAKING involved here?!  I think this chocolate pumpkin icebox cake will be such an easy and unique addition to your fall and holiday dessert tables.  Plan a bit ahead, because it needs to chill for 12 hours.  But the prepping is quick.  And you may have many of the ingredients on hand already.

Yields:  12 servings

Level of Difficulty:  Easy


  • 3 (8 ounce) packaged of cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup of firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can of pumpkin
  • 2 Tablespoons of cream
  • 3/4 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon of ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
  • 12 ounces of chocolate graham crackers (about 28 crackers)
  • unsweetened cocoa powder for dusting


Chocolate Pumpkin Icebox Cake | From My Sweet Heart


Beat the cream cheese with both sugars in the bowl of your electric mixer on medium speed until smooth.  Then beat in the pumpkin, cream, salt, spices and vanilla until the mixture is smooth and fluffy. 

Place a layer of graham crackers to cover the bottom of a 9 x 9 inch pan or dish.  You may need to cut some crackers to fit.  Spread a quarter of the pumpkin mix over the crackers and smooth with an offset spatula.  Layer 3 more times ending with the pumpkin mix.  Cover and chill for 12 hours or overnight.


Remove the cake from the fridge.  Use any pattern of stencils you would like.  You can trace the pattern onto a thick piece of paper.  At my local craft store, I could not find any seasonal stencils that were small for the size of this cake.  But I did find a variety of small felt leaves.  I simply placed these over the top of the cake, and dusted the top with cocoa powder.  I removed the leaves carefully with kitchen tweezers.  Cut and serve!


Chocolate Pumpkin Icebox Cake | From My Sweet Heart

If you’ve ever made an icebox cake before, you know that no matter what type of graham cracker, cookie, or even biscotti you use; it really softens up under the cream mixture you place on top.  And it really does feel like you are eating a cake.  This cake layered and softened so nicely, I really felt like I was eating a fancy torte!  The pumpkin mix is sweetly spiced with all the flavor of a pumpkin pie and paired well with the deep bittersweet chocolate.


Chocolate Pumpkin Icebox Cake | From My Sweet Heart

I hope you enjoy this quick and easy recipe.  And don’t forget to check out all the other luscious chocolate and pumpkin creations at the Chocolate Party!


Recipe adapted from Sunset.





  1. This looks incredible. The cocoa dusting with the leaf shapes is my favorite part though, so smart and gorgeous!

  2. I love this! I’ve never had an Ice Box Cake so I think yours will have to be my first! Pinned.

  3. How creative! I haven’t tried making an ice box cake yet. Time to change that! :)

  4. Anne!!!!!!! Okay… let me shout it again Anne!!!!!!!! You know I think you are an amazing baker and most of your beautiful baked goods intimidate me a bit (okay more than a bit) since baking is not my strong suit. But holy heck… I CAN DO THIS!!!! It’s my favorite way to make desserts… NO Bakes. :) I love everything about this dessert…the preparation, the ingredients… the beautiful silhouettes of leafs you have on here. If I could grade you on this one… A++++++++ ! Okay, can you tell I love this dessert?? Take a bow my friend. :)

  5. A wonderful cake Anne! I make a similar one with dulce de leche and chocolate wafers. I´m dying to try the chocolate graham crackers! A great addition to our party!

  6. I’ve read so much about ice box cakes lately and this sounds like a winner to me. Any time I get to have something yummy to eat and save on the utility bill I’m all for it. Love your stenciling and this looks like seconds would be in order.

  7. This is so gorgeous! I love the leaves on top, Anne!

  8. Your creativity always amazes me, sweet Anne! This cake should appear on every table this Thanksgiving. I know it will be on ours. Xoxo

  9. Look at the amazing layers! YUM! I love the chocolate pumpkin combination (which I’ve never tried before!). The decoration on top is very pretty! Very beautiful cake Anne!

  10. Oh wow – love this! And the decor is beautiful!!

  11. OMG, Anne!!! This looks sinfully delicious! I LOVE it! What a wonderful addition to our chocolate party!

  12. Anne, this is too pretty to eat! Wow!

  13. An amazing icebox cake! So elegant and pretty.

  14. I love the autumn design on top and what delicious flavours :D

    Choc Chip Uru
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  15. Beautifully done, Anne!!! LOVE the stenciling and LOVE the dessert! Great Chocolate Party post :)

  16. Your desserts are too pretty to eat!! But they also sound divine and delicious. I would not hesitate to eat this entire cake myself. :)

  17. It was a bad idea to come here before dinner! Now this is all I want! It looks delicious and I love the cocoa powder dusting!

  18. Look at all those glorious layers!! Gotta love chocolate and pumpkin together!

  19. Wow, that’s incredible! I really thought you worked hard making all those layers but sounds so easy to make and just look at it! So festive, so elegant! And the leaves on top, so creative Anne!
    Thanks for joining the chocolateparty and for bringing this delicious treat!

  20. I’ve never seen a chocolate pumpkin icebox cake and I like what I’m seeing;-)
    The stenciling on top is perfect for the fall season, wow would I love a taste of this very creative cake that you’ve specially made for the chocolate party;-) Very fun!

  21. I just tried chocolate and pumpkin together for the first time this year too – such a good combo! This looks like a great make-ahead dessert!

  22. That quote is so true, Anne! What a beautiful cake, I love the way you stenciled the leaves on top – so pretty! :)

  23. I have no words…that gorgeous cocoa stenciling…those perfect layers of smooth, creamy pumpkin separated by crisp, crumbly cocoa wafers…this looks absolute incredible! And I love the quote at the beginning of your post – I almost always bring chocolate with me wherever I go, so I’m a good friend indeed ;)

  24. I have never seen anything like this. What a gorgeous and incredibly great dessert!

  25. Your cocoa powder dusting designs are wonderful! Very professional.

  26. What a gorgeous dessert! Love the cocoa powder designs!

  27. I don’t know what to say except “I want this!” Not only is it just gorgeous both from the top view and the cut view, it sounds delicious with all of those layers of chocolate crackers and cream cheese mixture. What an awesome creation!

  28. the leaves you stenciled on top are just so pretty! this looks absolutely incredible, anne!

  29. Wow, terrific recipe! I don’t think I’ve had a chocolate and pumpkin cake before – nice combo of flavors. And this is pretty easy to put together, which is always a big plus in my book! Really nice decorating job, too. Good stuff – thanks.

  30. What a beautiful and delicious looking cake you’ve made! I adore pumpkin and chocolate together and the leaves on top look so fun for fall!

  31. My goodness this cake looks amazing! o.o

    Anyways, I recently found out you joined the Cake Slice Bakers. I just wanted to say Hi and welcome.

    Beautiful blog by the way :)

  32. Was there ever a truer quote regarding friendship? This looks amazing! I love those “longer it sits, the better” desserts and this takes the cake…literally!

  33. What a gorgeous cake…so beautiful and delicious…Oh my save me a slice! Blessings my dear, Catherine

  34. I’m definately going to try this one! Super Yum! Welcome to our baking group glad your on board :)

  35. I loveeeeeee chocolate! This looks so good!!

  36. No baking involved sounds exactly like my kind of dessert! :D It looks so delicious and indulgent, and LOVE the stenciling on top!

  37. Good friends and chocolate. It’s the perfect combination. Hope the party was fun.

  38. NO baking?! This cake is just stunning, Anne! I love the little stencil designing you’ve done on top.

  39. Beautiful presentation! I love the leaves! What a great cake to bring to a harvest party!

  40. I love those decorations and I”m so wanting to pair chocolate with cream cheese myself. Looks so earthy good.

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