Old-Fashioned Chocolate Fudge Cake
- Servings Per Recipe: 16
- Amount Per Serving
- Calories: 286.1
- Total Fat: 7.9 g
- Cholesterol: 17.0 mg
- Sodium: 198.6 mg
- Total Carbs: 52.6 g
- Dietary Fiber: 4.6 g
- Protein: 6.9 g
IntroductionThis cake is similar to one I made on Top Chef that was also featured in Food & Wine magazine. In this version, Iíve cut the fat without sacrificing flavor. The secret? Greek yogurt! This cake normally contains an entire cup of oil, which is about 1,800 calories, compared to only 120 calories in a cup of Greek yogurt! This cake is similar to one I made on Top Chef that was also featured in Food & Wine magazine. In this version, Iíve cut the fat without sacrificing flavor. The secret? Greek yogurt! This cake normally contains an entire cup of oil, which is about 1,800 calories, compared to only 120 calories in a cup of Greek yogurt!
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for coating pans
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup unsweetened cocoa, Dutch-processed
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
1 1/4 cups low-fat buttermilk
1 cup plain Greek-style nonfat yogurt
4 egg whites, from large eggs or 3/4 cup liquid egg whites
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2/3 cup (loosely packed) finely grated beets
8 ounces (1 cup) reduced-fat cream cheese, room temperature
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
2 cups powdered sugar
6 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa, Dutch-processed
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
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In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. In a second large bowl, whisk the buttermilk, yogurt, egg whites and olive oil until the mixture is smooth. Stir in the beets. Create a well in the center of the flour mixture and pour in the contents of the bowl with the beets. Whisk until thoroughly combined.
Transfer the batter to the prepared pan and bake for about 40 minutes, until the cake is slightly domed in the center and a knife inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer the pan to a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes, then run a knife around the edge and invert the cake directly onto the rack, about 1 hour longer to cool completely.
To make the frosting: Using a standing mixer and the paddle attachment, beat the cream cheese and butter on medium for about 1 minute, until the mixture is smooth. Sift in the sugar and cocoa and continue to mix, starting on low and increasing to medium as the sugar is incorporated, until the frosting is completely smooth. Add the vanilla and mix until it is incorporated.
Use an offset spatula to frost the top of the cake first, starting at the center and pushing the frosting out to the sides.
Cut the cake into wedges to serve.
Serving Size:†Makes 16 servings
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The AHA recommends that women consume no more than 6 tsps added sugar a day and 9 tsps for men. This cake contains 3.5 cups of sugar. One piece of this cake puts both men and women over.
This recipe uses low fat everything and no egg yolks.
Good health is not all about cutting fat. - 4/13/15
is this a 9" one layer cake? for 16 slices? Seems like very small slices for almost 300 cals per piece....is that correct? - 2/26/15
Reply from MARISACHURCHILL (2/26/15)
You can bake the cake as either one layer 10" or a two layer 9" cake. The 10 " will be a large cake wedge the 9" will be thinner cake layers with a bit of frosting in the middle too. Hope this clarifies it! :)
It was a lot of work for a so so cake, my family prefers the simple zuchinni chocolate loaf cake more than this one, but it is worth a try for someone new to trying to change over recipes. Some work out ok, and everyone loves them, and some don't. Give it a try. - 8/2/15
While I wouldn't invest that much time and energy in a cake, there are people who want to have a treat now and then. No one is going to swear off sugar forever, not even a diabetic like me. Not everything here is for everyone. Let others live their lives, too. - 5/24/16
I don't think SP should have crowned this the "Sweet & Skinny Cake" award. It isn't skinny on any level and I don't understand why something with so much added sugar is touted as anything good for you. I don't usually comment on recipes like this, This comment is directed at SP, not the contributr - 4/17/16
Just because you remove the oil doesn't make this healthy. This is why some people never lose. They think they can still eat processed junk because they made a small change. Recipes like this should never be used on a website promoting clean and healthy eating. - 6/27/15