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Buttermilk Chocolate Cake

Buttermilk Chocolate Cake


For the cake:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 5 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 4 egg whites
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup light butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup chopped nuts


  1. To make the cake, preheat oven to 350 degrees 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Nutrition Information

Per serving: 285 kcal cal., 7 g fat (3 g sat. fat), 54 g carb., 2 g fiber, 40 g sugar, 4 g pro., 26 mg calcium, 1 mg iron. Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet


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