True Love Chocolate Cake Recipe
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True Love Chocolate Cake Recipe

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“A college roommate gave me this amazing recipe and it's been my favorite ever since. To use it for other holidays, just replace the hearts with appropriately-colored hard candies-like peppermints at Christmas.” Stephanie Basker - Caldwell, Idaho
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-2/3 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
  • 3/4 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup candy hearts

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 238 calories, 9g fat (6g saturated fat), 29mg cholesterol, 201mg sodium, 39g carbohydrate (24g sugars, 1g fiber), 4g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in applesauce.
  2. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add to the butter mixture alternately with water, beating well after each addition. Fold in chips. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  3. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  4. For frosting, in a bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Fold in whipped topping. Frost cake. Refrigerate until serving. Just before serving, sprinkle with coconut and candy. Yield: 24 servings.
Originally published as True Love Chocolate Cake in Healthy Cooking February/March 2009, p44

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dollcake User ID: 2180089 220487
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2015

"I'd add a little red food coloring to the frosting."

pinkalicious7 User ID: 7872527 176550
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014


margaretmow User ID: 7671004 96577
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2014

"I just made this cake, its very dry. If you like moist cakes this is not for you. I baked it for 30 minutes five minutes less than they recommended. Would not make it again."

Dvstall User ID: 5822069 159505
Reviewed Feb. 14, 2011

"Made this recipe, but cut it in half and made 12 cupcakes. I baked them for 25 minutes. Happy husband said " Very good.""

heartstamper50 User ID: 2925447 181174
Reviewed Nov. 1, 2010

"I will bake less time as it got a bit dry...and my husband still loved it. He doesn't like coconut so I covered with toasted pecans & stuck candy corn in for Fall. I cut the 13x9 in half & made 2 layers with some of the frosting in the middle. Will be making it again soon for more people!"

mcbryde User ID: 3425478 176198
Reviewed Aug. 24, 2010

"This cake was great, very moist and easy to make. It did not last long in my house. I have made a couple of times and enjoy it every time"

cheeriogirl User ID: 2355136 176197
Reviewed Mar. 23, 2010

"I will take out of the oven a bit earlier--I followed the recommended time and I thought it was a bit overdone. The frosting/coconut is wonderful. It got rave reviews at our potluck luncheon."

aleduc User ID: 3524342 93575
Reviewed Feb. 24, 2010

"I make this for every special occasion. It's one cake that I just cannot resist. I use Giardelli chocolate chips for a winner every time!"

bameiboo User ID: 2470958 177954
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2010

"I would make this again but change a few things. the cake is a little dry and I didn't like the chips in it. Maybe I'll melt the chips and stir into the batter. The frosting wasn't sweet enough, too much cream cheese so I'd decrease it and add a bit more sugar. The coconut did add sweetness but I didn't put it over the entire cake since my husband doesn't care for it.But he did like the cream cheese frosting."

Jangirl User ID: 1050490 177950
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2010

"This cake was excellent. The texture was almost like a Brownie. I made it for friends and they said it is now their favorite."

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