I have many recipes for pumpkin cakes, but I wanted to make something just a tad different. So I added the dark chocolate and the cranberries. This cake has a subtle spiciness to it. The chocolate and cranberries together are a nice surprise to bite into. And the frosting, with the hint of maple and pumpkin, with the creaminess of the cream cheese frosting is a delight. My husband couldn't stop eating it, lol.
1Set oven to 350. Lightly spray a 9" x 13" baking pan w/ cooking spray. In lg mixing bowl, using mixer, blend first 10 ingredients until smooth.
2With lg spoon, blend in flour until fully blended. Stir in dark chocolate chips and cranberries. Pour into pan, even out with the back of a spoon. Bake 30-40 mins depending on your oven. It took my oven 43 mins. So test around 30 mins with a toothpick inserted in center. If it comes out clean, it's done. Don't over bake. It'll be dry if you do.
3Let cake completely cool. In medium sized bowl, blend frosting, pumpkin and maple flavoring until smooth. Frost cake. Sprinkle with the sprinkles, cut into whatever size bars you want. and enjoy with a hot cup of coffee, maybe pumpkin spice? YUM!