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Died and went to heaven chocolate cake

By Hilary Meyer, October 12, 2009 - 10:37am

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Died and went to heaven chocolate cake

The name says it all. This “Died and Went to Heaven” Chocolate Cake is one of my favorite cake recipes to whip up for guests. Why? It’s full of chocolaty goodness, but not fat and calories. People are always pleasantly surprised when they sink their teeth into this rich and moist chocolate dessert for a mere 139 calories. Find more than 20 amazing chocolate dessert recipes made healthy here.

The secret to this recipe lies in the ingredients. Cocoa powder delivers rich chocolate flavor without adding too many calories and nonfat buttermilk keeps it moist without adding tons of fat.

Another perk: it takes only 25 minutes to prepare (a fairly quick dessert for such fabulous flavor) and it bakes for just half an hour. That leaves plenty of time to clean the one bowl you use to mix it in and to take care of other last-minute tasks before the guests arrive. Now that’s what I call “Died and Went to Heaven.”

Died and Went to Heaven Chocolate Cake: This easy-to-make chocolate cake is dark, moist, rich—and only dirties one bowl! Not quite as easy as boxed cake mixes, but those often contain trans fats. Our simple “from scratch” recipe gives you a home-baked cake with healthful canola oil and whole-wheat flour.

 

Like Died and Went to Heaven Chocolate Cake? Try these other lightened-up chocolate dessert recipes:

French Silk Pie: Bittersweet chocolate and Dutch-process cocoa meld with a shot of fresh brewed coffee to give an ultra-rich flavor to this creamy French silk pie. A frothy meringue is the secret to lightening the brown sugar-sweetened filling.

Glazed Chocolate-Pumpkin Bundt Cake: You don't have to have pumpkin pie to still enjoy pumpkin and spice in a Thanksgiving dessert. This tender, moist cake uses pureed pumpkin to replace much of the fat and is delicately seasoned with classic Thanksgiving flavors.

What chocolate desserts would you like to see "lightened up"? Tell us what you think below.

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Hilary Meyer
EatingWell Associate Food Editor Hilary Meyer spends much of her time in the EatingWell Test Kitchen, testing and developing healthy recipes. She is a graduate of New England Culinary Institute.

Hilary asks: What chocolate desserts would you like to see "lightened up"?

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