It's relatively easy to sneak some calorie-reducing ingredients - like applesauce, Greek yogurt and egg whites - into a gooey chocolate cake. I dare anyone to pick this cake out of a healthy desserts lineup!
Recipe courtesy of Joanne Lusted
Save Recipe Print
Total:
12 hr 40 min
Active:
40 min
Yield:
Serves 12 (makes one 9-inch round layer cake)
Level:
None

Nutrition Info

Healthy

Ingredients

Icing
Cake

Directions

Prepare icing: In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, or in a bowl using a whisk, combine yogurt, cocoa powder, melted chocolate and icing sugar until smooth. Cover and refrigerate for at least 12 hours, to firm up. 

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease and flour two 10-inch cake pans. 

Prepare cake: In a medium bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. 

In a food processor, pulse applesauce, yogurt, honey, sugar, butter and vanilla until smooth. Gradually mix into dry ingredients until just combined; do not overmix. 

In a separate dry bowl, using an electric beater on high speed, whisk egg whites until soft peaks form. Using a spatula, fold egg whites into batter. (Batter should seem a little lumpy; do not overmix.) 

Pour batter into prepared cake pans. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out almost clean. Transfer pans to wire racks to cool for 20 minutes, then turn out cakes onto wire racks to cool completely. 

Remove icing from the fridge and allow to warm at room temperature until easily spreadable, about 1 hour. Using a serrated knife, slice a small portion off the top of each cake so that the top is flat. Place 1 cake on a stand or flat plate; using an offset or regular spatula, spread a layer of icing over cut side. Place remaining cake cut side down on top of iced cake. Thinly spread about one-third of remaining icing all over cake to form a crumb coat (see Note). Refrigerate for about 1 hour until set, leaving remaining icing at room temperature. Once crumb coat has set, cover cake with remainder of icing. Serve immediately or refrigerate, bringing cake to room temperature before serving.

Cook's Note

The icing must be prepared in advance so the layers don't slide off each other. What is a crumb coat? This is a thin preliminary layer of icing that traps all the loose crumbs, so the final layer of icing glides on smoothly.

Trending Videos 6 Videos

Get the recipe

Grilled Sheet Pan Paella 00:48

A grill and a sheet pan are all you need to whip up paella for a crowd.

Similar Topics:

IDEAS YOU'LL LOVE

Mini Chocolate-Cherry Bundt Cakes

Recipe courtesy of Ree Drummond

Basic Chocolate Cake

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Venita's Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Trisha Yearwood

Chocolate-Hazelnut Gelato

Recipe courtesy of Giada De Laurentiis

Gina's Pimento Cheese Cakes

Recipe courtesy of The Neelys

Chocolate Truffles

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Fresh Peach Cake

Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten

Southern Red Velvet Cake

Recipe courtesy of Cakeman Raven

Chewy Chocolate Chip Cookies

Recipe courtesy of Food Network Kitchen

Browse Reviews By Keyword

          On TV

          The Pioneer Woman

          9:30am | 8:30c

          Cupcake Wars

          10am | 9c

          Cupcake Wars

          11am | 10c

          Cake Wars

          12pm | 11c

          The Pioneer Woman

          1:30pm | 12:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          2:30pm | 1:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          3:30pm | 2:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          4:30pm | 3:30c

          Chopped

          6pm | 5c

          Chopped

          7pm | 6c

          Chopped

          8pm | 7c

          Chopped

          9pm | 8c
          On Tonight
          On Tonight

          Beat Bobby Flay

          10pm | 9c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          10:30pm | 9:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          11:30pm | 10:30c

          Chopped

          12am | 11c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          1:30am | 12:30c

          Beat Bobby Flay

          2:30am | 1:30c

          Chopped

          3am | 2c

          Mystery Diners

          4:30am | 3:30c

          Get Cooking

          Food Network Apps

          In the Kitchen

          Get over 70,000 FN recipes on all your mobile devices.

          Facebook Messenger

          Ask our bot for recipes, meal ideas and daily food trivia.