EatingWell's Died-and-Went-to-Heaven Chocolate Cake

March/April 1995

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This foolproof cake is one of our most popular recipes. Dutch-process cocoa is preferred here for its deep chocolate flavor.

"Love this recipe, and so does everyone else who eats this cake! Very simple, very moist, and very flavourful! Been making it since I got your cookbook many years ago! "
EatingWell's Died-and-Went-to-Heaven Chocolate Cake

8 Reviews for EatingWell's Died-and-Went-to-Heaven Chocolate Cake


I absolutely love this cake, the coffee gives a real depth to the chocolate. I do not use the frosting. I have managed to cut the calories and fat content even further: 1 cup organic pastry flour, 3/4 cup organic whole wheat pastry flour, 4oz egg whites (about 2 egg whites), 1 cup 1% milk and 1/4 c nonfat plain greek yogurt (instead of buttermilk), 1/4 c natural applesauce (get the applesauce in the premeasured little cups, its a bit more than 1/4c but that is ok - no sugar added - instead of oil). It comes out to about 155 cals, 1.25 g fat, less than 1 g sat fat, 33 carb per slice (I cut 10 even slices from my bundt cake). Enjoy, I am going to grab another slice!


This cake is magical!! I have made it for years and it is always a huge hit at birthdays and pot-luck dessert tables. Easy to mix (though an odd combination of ingredients). Don't be freaked out by how thin and runny the batter seems -- it cooks up into a dense, rich moist cake that you will not believe has only 5 grams of fat per serving. It really doesn't even need icing -- just dust it with confectioners sugar if you like. Do be sure you grease and flour the bundt cake mold well and don't let the cake cool in the pan or it may stick. It does keep well -- that is, if you can keep everyone from gobbling it up the first day!

A tip for a cute birthday or anniversary cake for a guy (or gal) who is into cars: if you have a ribbed bundt pan this very dark battered cake comes out looking like a tire. I've tucked a small bowl or metal lid in the center hole to make a "hub cap" , used dark chocolate frosting to cover it and then drawn white "tread" squiggles with icing around the outside and written the message on the "sidewalls" to look like a tire spec. You can write the special date to look like the tire size code. The first one I made for my car nut boyfriend's birthday said " wasn't it a GOODYEAR babe?" around the rim.


I've been making this cake for years for my kids' birthdays. We do use an unhealthy frosting on it, but the cake itself is very moist and delicious. I have given this recipe out to many of my friends. Everyone loves it!


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