"This red velvet cake has become a family favorite since I first found the recipe," writes Jeannette Beauchemin from her home in North Smithfield, Rhode Island. "But we are all watching our fat intake, and it would be wonderful to enjoy this dessert without feeling too much guilt. Can your experts redo it?" Our home economists are happy to oblige.
"When I was growing up, my mother used to make this during apple season," recalls Debbie Tilley of Riverview, Florida. "The original recipe called for butter and egg, but I replaced them with applesauce and egg substitute."
Cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg lend an appetizing aroma to this yummy cake made with fat-free yogurt. "It's great for brunch, dessert or snacking," notes Tina Dierking of Skowhegan, Maine. "In fact, it's great anytime!"
When I needed to bring a treat to work, I combined four different recipes into this moist cake. A boxed mix makes it easy, but the creamy filling and buttery topping make it memorable. —Lydia Mason of Brainerd, Minnesota
Here's a lighter version of a chocolate mocha cake I've been baking for my family for over 30 years. I replaced part of the sugar with a lower-calorie sugar blend and some of the oil with applesauce. It turned out just as delicious.—Donna Roberts, Manhattan, Kansas
After enjoying this recipe for more than 30 years, I knew it was time to revise it. I was happy to discover that replacing the oil with applesauce and using fat-free half-and-half didn't alter the flavor of my favorite snack. —Pat Van Cleve of Winston-Salem, North Carolina
This fluffy cake is full of citrus flavor but not much fat or cholesterol. Preparation starts with a boxed mix for convenience and ends with a refreshing two-ingredient lemon glaze.—Bonita Giesbrecht, Glenn, California