Thursday, August 18, 2011

Secretly Healthy Chocolate Cake

Man cannot survive on chocolate alone.

And that's why Woman was invented.

But Woman, however much she might like to inhale an entire pool of liquid chocolate from time to time, knows deep down that she should really explore the other food groups.

Well, never fear, ye sufferers of the affliction of chocolate cravings! Your cravings may be often and your will-power may be lacking, but now you can indulge your guilty pleasure without the guilt. Your conflicted staring contest with the giant bag of peanut m&ms is over. Yammie is here to save the day.


This is my new go-to chocolate cake recipe. It's fudgy, moist, and flavorful without being too greasy or dense. I promise you will not taste the applesauce, the whole wheat flour, or even the shredded zucchini. You will not miss the oil and butter. All you will know is that this is possibly the best and most chocolatey cake you have ever had. You will not be able to comprehend that this deliciousness can come to your plate at only about 100 calories per slice. Now when those cravings strike five times in a day, you can feel good about yourself. I mean, a girl needs her fruits and vegetables, right?

You really can trust me. I mean, you've seen the way I cook. Nutrition is not my main concern when it comes to desserts. So you can be assured that I would not give you this recipe unless it really was actually good and not just some bland, yucky health food.

Don't mind the wilted pink flower. I just snagged it from Mom's centerpiece on the table. 

Also check out the cupcake version of this cake with chocolate peanut butter frosting right here.

Secretly Healthy Chocolate Cake
I got the idea from Baltic Maid's zucchini brownies 

1/3 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cocoa powder
2/3 cup applesauce
1 egg, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup shredded zucchini (carrots would also work)
1/2 cup chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 350ยบ.
Combine the flours, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cinnamon, cocoa powder, and salt. Add the applesauce, egg, vanilla, and zucchini and chocolate chips and mix just until combined.
Pour into a well greased and floured bundt cake pan and bake for about 30 to 35 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
I glazed it with about 1/4 of a cup of powdered sugar mixed with about a teaspoon of milk and then I topped that with a few tablespoons of warmed up Nutella. It would be good dusted with powdered sugar too, or with whipped cream, or even plain.