Low-Calorie Chocolate Cake Recipes

Find healthy, delicious low-calorie chocolate cake recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

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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.

Chocolate-Beet Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Rating: Unrated
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These healthy chocolate cupcakes get a soft, moist texture from their not-so-secret ingredient: beets. The beets act as a natural red food dye, plus they bump up the fiber. Use red beets to give the cream cheese frosting a vibrant pink hue.

Chocolate-Fudge Pudding Cake

Rating: Unrated
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When you have a craving for a comforting dessert, try this pudding cake, which forms its own rich-tasting sauce as it bakes. The coffee flavor is subtle, but it adds complex depth to the cake's flavor.

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

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Serve this dense, fudgy pudding cake with vanilla frozen yogurt.

Chocolate-Cream Cheese Cupcakes

Not just for breakfast, granola adds a nice crunch to the top of these chocolate cupcakes.

Quick Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes

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Here we stir a little melted chocolate into ricotta cheese for a cheesecake-like topping for chocolate wafer cookies.

Chocolate Cake

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A simple, low-fat and--best of all--fast chocolate cake that is moist and dense.

Ginger-Spiced Chocolate Cake

No ordinary chocolate cake, this family pleaser gets its exquisite flavor from buttermilk and two kinds of ginger.

Chocolate-Ginger Cupcakes

No ordinary chocolate cake, this family pleaser gets its exquisite flavor from buttermilk and two kinds of ginger.

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Rating: Unrated
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Serve this chocolate angel food cake with low-fat frozen yogurt and fresh fruit.

Chocolate Ice Cream Roll

This make-ahead chocolate dessert recipe is spectacular, yet has under 100 calories per serving.

Chocolate & Pine Nut Torte

This chocolate cake is sophisticated, rich, moist and even a bit gooey, with a slightly crusty top. If you have grappa, use it instead of the rum. The cake can be served once it's completely cool, but for the best flavor and texture, make it the day before you plan on eating it. Serve with a sprinkling of confectioners' sugar or a dollop of whipped cream.

Inspiration and Ideas

Chocolate-Cinnamon Sheet Cake with Almond Cream

Rating: Unrated
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Sheet cakes are a potluck dream: the baking pan holds the cake and makes it wonderfully portable. This one is accompanied by an almond “cream” made from heavy cream and reduced-fat sour cream. Together, the cake and cream replicate the taste of Mexican chocolate with its undertones of almond and cinnamon. Or make cream cheese frosting and add 1/4 teaspoon almond extract.

Chocolate Truffle Cheesecake

Rating: Unrated
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Sometimes we even stun ourselves. This ultra-rich and creamy chocolate cheesecake has less than 10 grams of fat per slice, making it one of our all-time best successes. We replaced the full-fat cream cheese in the original with pureed cottage cheese and reduced-fat cream cheese. To achieve a rich chocolate flavor, we used cocoa powder enhanced by a small amount of high-quality chocolate instead of 12 ounces chocolate chips.

Dark Chocolate-Peppermint Cupcakes with Whipped Frosting

These appealing diabetic-friendly cupcakes are super easy to serve anytime. But when you want a real show stopper, try the Dark Chocolate-Peppermint Layer Cake option.