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Light Black Forest Dessert

 Light Black Forest Dessert
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
24 ServingsPrep: 40 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

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 McCormick® Pure 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

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the cherry juice, sugar, applesauce, oil, eggs,
  • vinegar and vanilla until well blended.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt;
  • gradually beat into cherry juice mixture until blended.
  • 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.

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Light Black Forest Dessert (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • 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.
Nutritional Facts: 1 piece with 1 tablespoon whipped topping equals 186 calories, 3 g fat (trace saturated fat), 18 mg cholesterol, 272 mg sodium, 36 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.