Monday, March 07, 2011

To Die For Healthy Chocolate Cake

I am a big fan of Bethenny Frankel and have heard her sing the praises of her no butter, no egg, low fat chocolate cake but to be honest, I figured it would taste like cardboard.

Out of curiosity, I decided to try it.  I made 2 small changes - I used all purpose flour instead of oat flour and topped my cake with a little powdered sugar instead of peanut butter glaze.

In summary, I was wrong.  So wrong.  This cake is to die for.  Ridiculously easy to make and so rich and delicious.  I made it in less than 10 minutes, baked it for 35 minutes and ate in within a few days.  So good!

To Die For Healthy Chocolate Cake (adapted from Bethenny Frankel's The Skinnygirl Dish)
-1 1/4 cups all purpose flour
-1/2 teaspoon salt
-1 cup sugar
-1 teaspoon baking soda
-1 cup warm water
-1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
-1 teaspoon vanilla extract
-2 tablespoons vegetable oil
-1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
-powder sugar (for dusting)

1. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Put all ingredients in a bowl and mix until just combined. 
3. Coat a loaf pan or 9" round cake pan well with non-stick cooking spray and pour in the batter.
4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
5. Dust with powder sugar before serving.


  1. I love it when I can start to recognize my bloggy friends through that little thumbnail! I knew this was you as soon as I saw the picture!

  2. I love this recipe... but it's been around for years... My mom use to make it when I was a kid... :o)

  3. I love this recipe... but it's been around for years... My mom use to make it when I was a kid... :o)

  4. This cake is AMAZING!! Like a cross between a brownie and chocolate cake plus its low-calorie!! Yum!!! :)

  5. Do you have the nutrition information? If you do, please post. Thanks!

  6. and to make it even healthier..I would replace the oil for unsweetened applesauce same amount and use agave nectar in place of the sugar..1/4 cup per 1 cup sugar...I also use flax seed in place of eggs..(not in this recipe of course..I will have to try this recipe I love cake especially chocolate.;)

  7. Tried this cake last night. My six year old and my husband loved it. Made the following changes: used 1 cup oat flour and one quarter cup quinoa flour plus two tbsp of flax. Replaced the oil with unsweetened applesauce. Used half the amount of sugar but added 1 tsp of maple syrup. It turned out moist and sweet enough without being cloying. Thanks.

  8. I just made this delicious cake and was amazed at how healthy, easy and fast it was. I made it for my husband and my two little girls - they loved it! (I didn't tell them it was low fat until after they'd eaten their slice; they were very surprised!)
    Thank you so much - this one is going into my recipe book.

  9. This sounds delicious! My best friend is coming back from Honduras and she is a major chocoholic. This is great cuz I want to make this for we family and her little brother is diabetic and can't have so much sweets so it's good this is on the healthy side. I also want to make this for my family who are major health nuts, so I wanted to know if I can substitute the white flour for whole wheat flour? Will it change the taste?

  10. How is this considered healthy?? Refined white flour, white sugar, and vegetable oil? Do your homework, lady.

    1. Totally agree! Whole lot of Highly processed ingredients.


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