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Makeover Spiced Cocoa-Apple Cake

 Makeover Spiced Cocoa-Apple Cake
"This recipe was given to me years ago," writes Wendy Keys from Reno, Nevada. "I love it and used to make it often, but haven't done so in a while because of its high fat and calorie count. Can you help?" Our Test Kitchen lightened up her original recipe for this healthier version that tastes even more delicious than the original. How sweet is that?
16 ServingsPrep: 30 min. Bake: 50 min. + cooling


  • 1/3 cup butter, softened
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3 teaspoons McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 2 cups grated peeled tart apples
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted
  • 1/2 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1/2 teaspoon confectioners' sugar


  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2
  • minutes. Add eggs, then egg whites, beating well after each
  • addition. Beat in the buttermilk, applesauce and vanilla (mixture

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Makeover Spiced Cocoa-Apple Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • will appear curdled).
  • Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, salt
  • and allspice; stir into butter mixture just until blended. Stir in
  • the apples, walnuts and chips.
  • Transfer to a 10-in. fluted tube pan coated with cooking spray. Bake
  • at 325° for 50-60 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. Sprinkle with confectioners'
  • sugar. Yield: 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 270 calories, 9 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 37 mg cholesterol, 220 mg sodium, 45 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 5 g protein.