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Light Black Forest Dessert Recipe
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Light Black Forest Dessert Recipe

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Applesauce is used to keep this light version of Black Forest Cake healthy. Now, even people who are on a diet can enjoy a slice of rich chocolate cake! —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 40 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cherry juice blend
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups cold fat-free milk
  • 1 package (1.4 ounces) sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 can (20 ounces) reduced-sugar cherry pie filling
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 186 calories, 3g fat (trace saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 272mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cherry juice, sugar, applesauce, oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla until well blended.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into cherry juice mixture until blended.
  3. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Frost top of cake with pudding. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Top with pie filling. Chill until serving. Serve with whipped topping. Yield: 24 servings.
Originally published as Black Forest Cake in Healthy Cooking October/November 2009, p63


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valdater
Reviewed May. 27, 2014

"I like this cake because it is dense and very satisfying. In other reviews, people say it's too sweet. Mine wasn't because I used cherry juice without added sugars, which made me have to add 4 packets of stevia. I used extra cocoa and added extra juice to thin the batter a bit"

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dellbo
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2014

"Going to try this with half Stevia, half cup of cocoa and Blueberry Pie Filling. Guess it worth a try??.....LOL"

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backntyme
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"Any one tried making it with less sugar!!!??????????"

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Cynthia Ann
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"36 g of Carbohydrates is almost an entire meal. Doctors recommend between 45 -to 50 gms at each meal. I agree how is this good for someone not on a diet? Total Carbohydrates include the sugars.."

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suday
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

"OMG way too much sugar. How good is this for someone on a diet........how good is this for someone not on a diet. The applesauce doesn't make it guilt free."

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alexkaren
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

"Moist and delicious. Would make it again.

My family loved it."

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shirleysurly
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

"Too much sugar for it to be healthy. Why not put the sugar grams in the nutritional info?"

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Carbryan
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"Quick and easy -everyone loved it

I topped it with whipped topping stars, and chocolate sprinkles"

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Conniecampbell
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"wonderful recipe, I changed the cocoa to dark and oops today I had to make ganache, no pudding for a light version. I have made this cake a few times and will keep this recipe. I will probably use apple filling and blueberry filling at other times."

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Conniecampbell
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2012

"wonderful recipe, I changed the cocoa to dark and oops today I had to make ganache, no pudding for a light version. I have ade this cake a few times and will keep this recipe. I will probably use apple filling and blueberry filling at other times."

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