Buttermilk Chocolate Cake
Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

This Recipe

  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Serves: 16
  • Start to Finish: under 4 hours
  • Prep: 20 min.
  • Cook: 35-40 min.

Nutrition Facts

Amount per serving:
Total Calories: 285kcal (14%)
  • 109mg (5%) Sodium
  • 54g Carbs
  • 2g Fiber
  • 7g (10%) Fat
  • 3g (15%) Saturated Fat
  • 40g Sugars
  • 4g Protein
  • 26mg (3%) Calcium
  • 1mg (7%) Iron
285kcal (14%)109mg (5%)54g2g7g (10%)40g4g3g (15%)
Buttermilk chocolate cake


  • For the cake:Nonstick cooking spray
  • For the cake:2 cups all purpose flour
  • For the cake:1 1/4 cups sugar
  • For the cake:5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • For the cake:1 teaspoon baking soda
  • For the cake:4 egg whites
  • For the cake:1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • For the cake:3/4 cup buttermilk
  • For the cake:1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • For the frosting:1/2 cup light butter, softened
  • For the frosting:3 cups powdered sugar
  • For the frosting:1/2 cup chopped nuts



To make the cake, preheat oven to 350° F. Lightly coat a 9-by-13-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a bowl, combine flour, sugar, cocoa powder and baking soda. Set aside. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer on the highest speed, beat the egg whites for 90 seconds. Add applesauce, buttermilk and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Add half of the flour mixture and beat on a low setting until just mixed. Add the remaining flour mixture and beat on high for 2 minutes. Transfer batter to the prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean and the sides of the cake begin to pull away from the pan. Remove from oven and cool completely. To make the frosting, beat the butter in a small bowl until smooth and fluffy. Add 1/2 cup of powdered sugar; beat on low until smooth. Add 1 tablespoon each of buttermilk and cocoa powder; beat until smooth. Add half of the remaining sugar, buttermilk and cocoa powder; beat well. Add remaining ingredients and beat until smooth. Spread over cooled cake. Scatter nuts evenly on top of the frosting. Slice and serve.
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