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posted: 5/29/2013 6:00 AM

Don's Dark Chocolate Cake

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  • Apple sauce and olive oil keep the fat in check in a rich, dark chocolate cake.

      Apple sauce and olive oil keep the fat in check in a rich, dark chocolate cake.
    Deborah Pankey | Staff Photographer


cup unsweetened, unflavored applesauce

Vegetable oil and flour spray

2 cups granulated sugar

1 cups all-purpose flour

cup Hershey's Special Dark cocoa

2 tablespoons instant espresso powder

1 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoons baking soda

teaspoon salt

2 large eggs

1 cup low-fat milk

cup mild olive oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water

Powdered sugar

Place a wire mesh strainer over a bowl deep enough to keep the bottom of the strainer from touching the bottom of the bowl and add cup applesauce. Set aside.

Position oven rack in the middle and heat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 13-by-9-inch pan with foil and then lightly coat with vegetable oil and flour spray. Set aside.

Add sugar, flour, cocoa, espresso powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt to a large mixing bowl and, using a wire whisk, stir together until combined. Add eggs, milk, oil, cup drained applesauce and vanilla and, using an electric mixer, beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in the boiling water. (The batter will be thin; that is normal).

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake 30-35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out almost clean. Place on a wire rack and cool completely. Dust with powdered sugar (or a 50/50 mixture of sugar and cocoa).

Serves 12.

Nutrition values per serving: 270 calories (22 percent from fat), 6.6 g fat (1.6 g saturated), 52.4 g carbohydrates, 2.7 g fiber, 4.4 g protein, 37 mg cholesterol, 267 mg sodium.

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