Essential EatingWell Chocolate Bundt Cake

Essential EatingWell Chocolate Bundt Cake

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From: EatingWell Magazine, Winter 2004

An adaptation of EatingWell's popular Died-and-Went-to-Heaven Chocolate Cake, this recipe is from reader Barr Hogen of San Francisco. “I love chocolate—it has antioxidants—but Americans need more fiber in our diet. So I added prunes, which provide a lot of moisture, and flaxseeds, which have the added benefit of omega-3s,” she wrote. “If you can squeeze fiber into your decadent dessert, why not?”

Ingredients 16 servings

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  • ½ cup chopped hazelnuts, or walnuts
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened "natural" cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup whole flaxseeds, ground (see Ingredient notes)
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1¼ cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup rice bran oil, or canola oil (see Ingredient notes)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • ½ cup hot water
  • ½ cup prune puree, (see Tip), prune pie filling or Sunsweet Lighter Bake
  • ½ cup chopped bittersweet chocolate, or chocolate chips
  • Confectioners' sugar for dusting


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  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray and dust with flour (or use cooking spray with flour).
  2. Spread nuts in a small baking pan and bake until golden and fragrant, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool.
  3. Whisk flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, ground flaxseeds, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large mixing bowl. Add buttermilk, brown sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Mix hot water and prune puree (or pie filling or Lighter Bake) in a measuring cup; add to the batter and whisk until incorporated. Fold in chocolate and the nuts with a rubber spatula. Scrape the batter into the prepared pan, spreading evenly.
  4. Bake the cake until the top springs back when touched lightly and a tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 45 to 55 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Turn out onto the rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar.
  • Equipment: 12-cup bundt pan
  • Ingredient Notes Flaxseeds are one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fatty acids. They provide both soluble fiber, linked to reduced risk of heart disease, and insoluble fiber, which provides valuable roughage. Flaxseeds are perishable, so purchase whole seeds (instead of ground flaxmeal), store in the refrigerator and grind in a clean coffee grinder or dry blender just before using.
  • Rice bran oil is made from the nutritious bran and germ layers of rice. It has a high smoke point, 490°F, making it an excellent choice for frying, and a delicate flavor, so it is ideal for baking. Look for it in natural-foods stores. For more information, visit
  • Tip: To make prune puree: Combine 6 ounces (1 cup) pitted prunes with 6 tablespoons hot water in a food processor; process until smooth. Makes 1 cup.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 282 calories; 10 g fat(2 g sat); 3 g fiber; 46 g carbohydrates; 5 g protein; 13 mcg folate; 24 mg cholesterol; 30 g sugars; 106 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 66 mg calcium; 3 mg iron; 357 mg sodium; 163 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 3
  • Exchanges: 3 other carbohydrate, 2 fat

Reviews 1

March 15, 2012
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By: baglady
healthy? This bundt cake sounds delicious but I am not sure 2 cups of sugar is healthy. Maybe with a sugar substitute? Pros: chocolate! Cons: 2 cups of sugar
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