Pumpkin season means farmers’ markets and local growers have pumpkins galore in the mountains. They’re technically a squash and extremely healthful. But combine pumpkin with chocolate chips in this delicious cake and you’ve got a match made in heaven.

Preheat oven to 325˚F.

In a large bowl combine with a mixing spoon:
1½ cups sugar
1 cup vegetable oil

Beat in one at a time:
3 eggs

Mix in:
2 tablespoons vanilla
2 cups pumpkin, cooked and pureed*

In a separate bowl, whisk together:
3 cups self-rising flour
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup chocolate chips

Add to wet ingredients. Pour batter into a greased tube pan. Bake for 40–50 minutes or until top is golden brown and cake tester comes out dry.

Drizzle the cooled cake with a glaze made from:
2 tablespoons butter
½ cup chocolate chips
2 tablespoons heavy cream

Melt these ingredients together over low heat in a small saucepan. Serves 8–12.

*Or use 1 (15-ounce) can of pureed pumpkin. Sweet potato or butternut squash can also be substituted.

Recipe from The Folk School Cookbook.

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