Low-Calorie Chocolate Cake Recipes

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

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One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

Rating: 4.64 stars
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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-Fudge Pudding Cake

Rating: 4.67 stars
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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.

Chocolate Decadence

Rating: 4.62 stars
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Inspired by the old-school, ultra-rich, mousselike chocolate cake that usually called for a whole pound of chocolate, half a dozen eggs and lots of butter, this enlightened rendition has deep bittersweet chocolate flavor and dense melt-in-your-mouth texture. No one will guess it's healthier. The secret is excellent natural cocoa powder and good-quality bittersweet chocolate, preferably with 70% cacao. Although the cake can be eaten once it's completely cool, it comes out of the pan much easier and even tastes better if it has been chilled at least overnight.

Chocolate-Cream Cheese Cupcakes

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

Hot Fudge Pudding Cake

Rating: 3.57 stars
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Serve this dense, fudgy pudding cake with vanilla frozen yogurt.

Quick Mini Chocolate Cheesecakes

Rating: 4.6 stars
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Here we stir a little melted chocolate into ricotta cheese for a cheesecake-like topping for chocolate wafer cookies.

Black Forest Fro-Yo Cupcakes

Antioxidant-rich cherries and chocolate chips are folded into creamy frozen yogurt and layered on top of a crunchy cookie crust in your muffin tin for this twist on the classic Black Forest cake.

Chocolate-Ginger Cupcakes

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

Chocolate Cake

Rating: 4 stars
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A simple, low-fat and--best of all--fast chocolate cake that is moist and dense.

Chocolate Angel Food Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars
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Serve this chocolate angel food cake with low-fat frozen yogurt and fresh fruit.

Chocolate-Cinnamon Sheet Cake with Almond Cream

Rating: 3.5 stars
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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: 5 stars
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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.
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Inspiration and Ideas

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.
Chocolate Mint Fro-Yo Cupcakes
Rating: Unrated
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We use nonfat chocolate frozen yogurt and peppermint extract to create a flavorful and light ice cream cupcake with a chocolate cookie crunch that captures the classic mint chocolate chip ice cream combination.

Chocolate Potato Cake

The surprise ingredient in this chocolate cake--mashed potatoes--keeps it exceptionally moist.