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Low FODMAP Pumpkin Layer Cake with Black Cocoa Frosting

Our Low FODMAP Pumpkin Layer Cake is easy to make, and yields dramatic results. Make sure to read the recipe through before starting. You might need to order the black cocoa ahead of time.

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Makes: 12 Servings
Calories: 413 kcal
Author: Dédé Wilson


Pumpkin Layer Cake:

Black Cocoa Frosting:


  1. Make the Cake: Position rack in center of oven. Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Coat the inside of a three, 6-inch (15 cbaking pans with nonstick spray, line with parchment paper, then spritz the paper, too. Set aside.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to aerate and combine. Make a well in the center of the dry mixture and set aside.
  3. In a separate bowl, whisk together the oil, pumpkin, sugar, brown sugar, eggs, cinnamon, ground ginger and vanilla until well blended. Scrape this pumpkin mixture over the dry and whisk everything together very well. Scrape into prepared pans, dividing evenly, leveling the top. Batter will be thick.
  4. Bake for about 30 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center tests clean. Cool pans on rack for about 5 minutes or until just warm. Unmold onto rack, remove parchment and cool completely.
  5. Make the Frosting: Pour the melted butter into a mixing bowl and beat in the cocoa on medium speed using an electric mixer until combined. Slowly beat in confectioners’ sugar alternately with 3 tablespoons of milk. Keep beating until super silky smooth, scraping down bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla and beat in additional milk if needed to make a smooth, spreadable frosting.

  6. Assembly: Trim cake layers if needed to create level layers. Place one cake layer, top side up, on display plate and frost the top. Place second cake layer, top side up down top of frosting and frost that layer’s top as well. Place final layer bottom side up on top of your stacked layers and frost the top and sides either generously with the icing for a smooth look, or use less icing for a schmeared-on look allowing the orange cake to show through. An icing spatula will help make the process easy in either case. Cake is ready to serve or may be stored under a cake dome at room temperature for up to 2 days.



  • A cake decorating turntable and a few different icing spatulas of various shapes and sizes will make decorating any cake easier and help you achieve professional looking results. They are not necessary, but if you like to bake and decorate cakes, I highly suggest looking into these tools.
  • I sourced many of the decorations that you see in the images at the dollar store! Always a great source for holiday décor.
Nutrition Facts
Low FODMAP Pumpkin Layer Cake with Black Cocoa Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 413 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 1g5%
Sodium 315mg13%
Carbohydrates 49g16%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 24g27%
Protein 5g10%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.