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Light Black Forest Dessert Recipe

Light Black Forest Dessert Recipe

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 YIELD: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

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.

Nutritional Facts

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

Reviews for Light Black Forest Dessert

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MY REVIEW
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"

MY REVIEW
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"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2014

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

MY REVIEW
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.."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 19, 2012

"Moist and delicious. Would make it again.

My family loved it."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 17, 2012

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

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2012

"Quick and easy -everyone loved it

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

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
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."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 3, 2012

"I made this cake quite some time ago, but now knowing what the consistancy was like was supposed to be like, I gave some to my Granddaughter who had tasted a Black Forest cake before and she said is was as good as what she eaten before. Now that the holidays are over I am going to try to make is again."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 15, 2011

"Thought this was great....moist and dense cake...used Old Orchard Cherry/Apple juice from concertrate...Yum!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Aug. 1, 2011

"Since I couldn't find any lite cherry blend, I mixed up a strong batch of sf cherry Kool-Aid and probably put in an extra 1/2 cup to get the right batter consistency. I also followed the recommendations to up the cocoa to 1/2 cup and used Hershey's dark. Mixed up the larger package of sugar free pudding mix, using about 3/4 on top, and substituted 1/2 Splenda in the cake mix. The final result was absolutely wonderful, and made a very striking presentation, just like the picture."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2011

"I would make again by increasing the chocolate to at least to 1/2 cup. This is probably why some complain of not much taste. The cherry blend I used was apple/cherry generic store brand. I think this is what makes it so moist. Expect the batter to be a thinner consistency. The ingredients are healthy & give you a dessert fix with less calories. Like the pudding frosting idea! good dessert for summer, keeps great in the frig!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jul. 28, 2011

"I have never made a Black Forest cake before, but I was surprised at the heavy batter, not light and airy like cake. I couldn't find a cherry juice blend so used a Monteray Cherry Juice. We like the taste of the cake."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Feb. 8, 2011

"We loved this cake. I plan on making it a boston cream pie where you slice it in layers and put the filling between layers and on top."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"I used organic cherry juice and the texture of the cake was like fudge. Was disappointed in the taste as well...not much flavor."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"I make this cake. I used Wild Cherry Juice from the juice aisle, as it didnt' say what type or kind. Couldn't taste the cherry juice. And the cake doesn't taste like chocolate cake. It needs more cocoa. I used the pudding for the frosting and added cool whip to make it more of a mousse. I drizzled dark chocolate syrup on the top of it also. I thought the cake was dry, not moist like I thought it could be. I think overall it would be a better cake with more chocolate flavoring and more cherry juice flavor."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"Yummy! If you look hard enough you will find the juice. Read the directions before making. The milk & pudding are not part of the cake! Otherwise, Awsome!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2011

"I made this and it was very good, I cheated and used a choc cake mix, I used the cherry juice instead of the water I used real bottle juice, used the same amount of eggs and used 1/4 c oil and 1/3 cup applesauce."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"I too was hesitant about the large amount of cherry juice (I used cherry juice from the juice aisle) but it turned out very well, Tasty and moist. Definitely a lower cal option if you need a chocolate fix!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2011

"I haven't made this yet, but it sounds delicious. My question, right now 6 people have rated the recipe. All 1 star. Why is the overall rating right now a 4-star and not a 1-star? Are there more who rated the recipe without adding a comment, and if so, how many rated it?"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"Delicious!"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"I would like to make this cake but the liquid ingredients are way out of proportion to the dry ingredients and also what is the cherry blend that is mentioned ???????"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"I know you can get a cherry juice blend if you look in the juice isle at the grocery store - My question is 2 CUPS of juice that is a lot of liquid along with the other wet ingredients in the cake and it only takes 3 cups of flour?????????????"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"I think the cherry juice blend could be like Juicy Juice Cherry."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"As the other person said...I to would LOVE to make if I knew what cherry juice blend was?????"

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 13, 2011

"Would LOVE to make this IF I had a clue as to what a Cherry Juice Blend is??? Maraschino juice???"

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