Lite and Easy Chocolate Cake

This recipe is taken from the 2000 Milk Calendar. An easy dessert or lunchbox favourite with a delightful mocha flavour the whole family will enjoy. Serve with frozen yogurt or ice cream and chocolate sauce.

  • Prep: 20 min
  • Cooking: 40 min - 45 min
Yields 1 cake
lite and easy chocolate cake

Ingredients

  • Cake
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) instant coffee granules
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) boiling water
  • 2 1/4 cups (560 mL) all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (500 mL) sugar
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) sifted cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp (7 mL) baking soda
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) salt
  • 1 cup (250 mL) Milk
  • 3/4 cup (180 mL) plain yogurt
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) vanilla extract
  • Chocolate icing
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) sugar
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup (125 mL) Milk
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) vanilla extract

Preparation

Preheat oven to 350 °F (180 °C).

Dissolve coffee granules in boiling water; let cool. Lightly butter or spray 13 x 9 inch (33 x 23 cm) baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; line bottom with waxed paper.

In large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Whisk milk with yogurt until blended; add to flour mixture along with eggs, oil, vanilla extract and coffee mixture; beat at medium speed for 2 min. Pour into prepared pan.

Bake for 40 to 45 min or until top springs back when lightly touched. Let cool in pan on rack for 20 min. Remove from pan; and cool completely on rack.

Chocolate icing

: In small saucepan, mix sugar with cocoa; whisk in milk until smooth. Over medium heat, bring to a simmer, stirring constantly. Continue stirring and cook for 2 min. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla extract. Let cool for 2 hours (icing thickens upon cooling). Spread over top of cake.

Tips

Healthy Eating Tip: Cocoa has a rich chocolate flavour, yet it is lower in fat than chocolate.

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Nutrition

Nutritional Information

per serving
Energy: 231 Calories
Protein: 5 g
Carbohydrate: 45 g
Fat: 5 g
Fibre: 2.1 g
Sodium: 283 mg

Top 5 Nutrients

 
(% DV*)
Calcium: 6 % / 66 mg
Magnesium: 15 %
Iron: 12 %
Folate: 12 %
Riboflavin: 11 %