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Rating: 4.64 stars
45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1

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.

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
12
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Line the pan with a circle of wax paper.

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  • Whisk flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add buttermilk, brown sugar, egg, oil and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add hot coffee and beat to blend. (The batter will be quite thin.) Pour the batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake the cake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes; remove from the pan, peel off the wax paper and let cool completely. Dust the top with confectioners' sugar before slicing.

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Ingredient Note: Whole-wheat pastry flour, lower in protein than regular whole-wheat flour, has less gluten-forming potential, making it a better choice for tender baked goods. You can find it in the natural-foods section of large supermarkets and natural-foods stores. Store in the freezer.

Tip: No buttermilk? You can use buttermilk powder prepared according to package directions. Or make “sour milk”: mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.

Nutrition Facts

139 calories; protein 2.3g; carbohydrates 26.6g; dietary fiber 1.8g; sugars 18.5g; fat 3.2g; saturated fat 0.5g; cholesterol 15.7mg; vitamin a iu 22.5IU; folate 3mcg; calcium 37.9mg; iron 0.5mg; magnesium 13.7mg; potassium 62.6mg; sodium 212.4mg; added sugar 18g.
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Reviews (20)

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45 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 35
  • 4 star values: 7
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
good easy and so satifying Read More
Rating: 4 stars
04/04/2015
easy and delicious I halved the brown sugar and it was so good and tasted even better the next day! Pros: moist and low in fat! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
The receipe sounds divine and the comments made me want to try it even more but.... I'm not a fan of coffee at all so might tea work as well as the soda in its place? Thank you. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Very moist and nice chocolate flavor. It still has 1 cup of sugar so i wouldn't say it is "good" for you but it is better than most other chocolate cake. Will make often. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Super easy to make and very tasty! Will be making this one over and over! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Excellent recipe. Tastes very good it- s soft and moist easy to make and overall quite healthy. I- ll definately make some more! Katie H. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Fantastic! I thought this cake was great. I made it according to the recipe the first time just to see how it came out and it was good but a bit too sweet for me. I cut out half the sugar next time (halved each of the 2 sugars) and substituted the oil with frommage frais (similar to creme fraiche) and used grahams whole wheat flour. I thought it was just as good the second way and saved a lot in calories and cut back on the sugar (although the second time it cooked much faster: 20 minutes and it was done). Will use this cake for birthdays and celebrations from now on. Best tasting healthy cake I have ever had. Pros: Easy to make tastes great healthy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2015
Very Good Cake! Followed directions as written and it turned out perfectly for me. It was very moist and did not have the heaviness that one would expect from using whole wheat flour of any kind. I go back to this recipe often. Pros: Easy and tasty. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Finally a chocolate cake that I can make and not feel badly about when I have company. The dusted powder sugar works also instead of icing for me.:-) Read More