Guilt-Free Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Guilt-Free Chocolate Cake Recipe

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You won't miss the fat when you taste this moist, fudgy dessert submitted by Brenda Ruse of Truro, Nova Scotia. Brenda substituted yogurt for the oil called for in a reduced-fat box mix to create this delicious cake.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1 cup reduced-fat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 egg
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 191 calories, 3g fat (1g saturated fat), 19mg cholesterol, 399mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 starch.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, yogurt, cocoa, egg whites and egg; beat on low for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  2. Pour into a 10-in. fluted tube pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Guilt-Free Chocolate Cake in Light & Tasty October/November 2002, p59

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eyeball4 User ID: 2602555 117020
Reviewed May. 21, 2013

"can you use different flavors of cake mix & just reduce the water since you won't be adding the cocoa?"

LB2042 User ID: 2569505 59161
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"I made this in a 13 x 9 pan and it came out great--could not believe it is so guilt free and I frosted it with Cool Whip chocolate frosting mixed with a little more cool whip free and it was to die for, My husband wants me to make another one. And I sure will."

digger1 User ID: 3168645 59142
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2013

"It is a delicious, fudgy alternative to the real thing with yogurt replacing oil."

PGAnn User ID: 4652084 114200
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"I used cake mix with pudding in it, and vanilla yogurt instead of plain. Frosted with a chocolate glaze instead of powdered sugar. Rich, moist, and does not hint of being guilt-free. Everyone loved the texture - great with ice cream/frozen yogurt on top also."

cutie777 User ID: 7064322 59140
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"haven't tried it yet.."

mmschneider User ID: 5084869 49832
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"easy and delicious. I used plain greek yogurt because that is what I had so it was probably a little thicker consistancy. I used a 9x13 dish so baking time was a little shorter (about 25-30 minutes-ish). Very good as agreed by all."

petdoc1985 User ID: 6303705 49830
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"I agree. This is moist, intensely chocolate- tasting cake. However it sets lightly in your mouth and is a great finish (with coffee) to a more robust meal. I added raspberrys to each plate for garnish. YUM!"

Clifton66 User ID: 3725563 86183
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"I used a chocolate fudge cake mix and this recipe is totally yummy. Husband said he missed the icing but I thought it was great, sprinkled powdered sugar on each piece as I cut them. I've frozen half of it so time will tell on that."

ElaineRoseNespeca User ID: 3933434 135982
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"Very moist, dense cake, with a rich chocolate flavor (I think due to the extra cocoa). Certainly do NOT miss the added fat of 3 full eggs and oil. My family loved it!!!"

apopp User ID: 1126981 88103
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2013

"I made the cake and thought it was wonderful. Very moist. But confused on one thing - should I be using a reduced fat box cake mix like in the comments OR just a regular box mix like in the list of indgredients? Thanks"

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