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Don’t Eat that Royal Wedding Cake! Have this One Instead!!!

4/28/2011

I have an important word of advice for the royal couple: Don’t touch that cake!!!! It will destroy your svelte royal waistlines. Here’s a much better one!

vegan chocolate cakeThis absolutely amazing cake recipe will not go straight to your royal thighs. It is light, delicious, and—believe it or not—has only 2 grams of fat per serving. How did we manage to keep the fat so low? Instead of packing in the usual butter and eggs, we used a bit of applesauce as a binder, and it works perfectly.

This recipe is printed in 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart, along with dozens of others by Chef Jason Wyrick, who has really outdone himself with everything from delicious breakfast pancakes to linguine with seared oyster mushrooms and wonderful desserts. This particular cake recipe is from Alka Chandna, and it has an interesting history.

Wacky Chocolate Cake

Here is a delightful version of legendary Wacky Cake, which is said to have its origins in World War II rationing, when milk and eggs were hard to come by. At the time, the cake was lower in fat and cholesterol, not by choice but by necessity. Today, those characteristics are virtues. 

Makes 9 3"x3" pieces

1 1/2 cups unbleached pastry flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
3 tablespoons cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 teaspoons unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon vinegar
1 cup cold water

Preheat oven to 350 F. Combine flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder in a bowl and stir with a fork until mixed. In a separate bowl, whisk vanilla, applesauce, vinegar, and water. Pour the mixed wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir with a fork until well mixed. Pour into a 9"x9" baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Per serving (1/9 of recipe): 171 calories, 2 g protein, 36 g carbohydrate, 18 g sugar, 2 g total fat, 10% calories from fat, 1 g fiber, 343 mg sodium

Recipe from 21-Day Weight Loss Kickstart.


     

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