Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe
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Ultimate Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Semisweet chocolate chips add rich flavor to this moist chocolaty cake that's lower in fat. Slices of it are excellent for dessert or a snack. —Kay McMicken of Charlotte, North Carolina
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 45 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (1.4 ounces) sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) fat-free sour cream
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons confectioners' sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 266 calories, 9g fat (3g saturated fat), 62mg cholesterol, 520mg sodium, 41g carbohydrate (0g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein


  1. In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients; mix well. Stir in chocolate chips. Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray and dust with flour; add batter.
  2. Bake at 350° for 45-50 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. Dust with confectioners' sugar. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as Ultimate Chocolate Cake in Light & Tasty December/January 2002, p29

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Reviewed Sep. 28, 2015

"I tried this yesterday. I didn't like it. The consistency was sort of rubbery. Not very sweet either."

Reviewed Apr. 10, 2015

"I am diabetic and tried this cake. I did not like it. I guess I am just used to a sweeter cake."

Reviewed Apr. 6, 2015

"I made this cake for Easter and I was very happy with the result. It was moist, lovely spongy texture, and not too sweet. I served it with raspberry and vanilla ice cream. I did use 4 eggs instead of the substitute. It did give it an eggy odor so maybe next time I will try the substitute. I'd like to try other flavors using this as a formula to keep calories down."

Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

"What do you put if you don't have applesauce? Help please"

Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

"So tender and yummy! This one is a keeper!"

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