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

Makes: 16 Servings

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  • 1 3/4 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup hot strong black coffee


  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1-2 tablespoons buttermilk, or low-fat milk


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly oil a 12-cup Bundt pan or coat it with nonstick cooking spray. Dust the pan with flour, invert and shake out the excess.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, white sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Add buttermilk, brown sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Whisk in hot coffee until completely incorporated. (The batter will be quite thin.)
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes, or until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool the cake in the pan on a rack for 10 minutes; remove from the pan and let cool completely.
  4. To make icing: In a small bowl, whisk together confectioners' sugar, vanilla and enough of the buttermilk or milk to make a thick but pourable icing. Set the cake on a serving plate and drizzle the icing over the top.


Per serving: 222 calories; 5 g fat (1 g sat, 3 g mono); 27 mg cholesterol; 44 g carbohydrates; 3 g protein; 2 g fiber; 340 mg sodium; 142 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 3

Exchanges: 3 other carbohydrate, 1 fat

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