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, 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 (0 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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Franciehi User ID: 8526952 233658
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2015

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

AtlJewel User ID: 8331207 224603
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."

Cubana1952 User ID: 1937608 224265
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."

Hoarses5214 User ID: 8275054 222886
Reviewed Mar. 16, 2015

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

cherrylady User ID: 1073547 222214
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2015

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

cjacobs7 User ID: 7525915 221651
Reviewed Feb. 28, 2015

"Made it for the first time tonight! It is great! I also used 4 eggs instead of the egg substitute. I checked it after 40 minutes and it was done. Very moist!"

Atlasina User ID: 8009054 215429
Reviewed Dec. 20, 2014

"This is now our favorite cake. Very moist and very easy to make."

hairymelon88 User ID: 2978148 82524
Reviewed Oct. 16, 2014

"This cake has become my families favorite. Moist and chocolatey, easy and quick to prepare. I use five whole eggs instead. After cooling, I sprinkle it lightly with powdered sugar to make it eye appealing as well as taste appealing."

Myrts78 User ID: 3603574 39837
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2013

"Sorry to be a spoilsport but this cake was very disappointing. I was looking for an enhanced boxcake recipe that was fit for company, I was extreemly disappointed and embarassed. It was dry and slightly chocolately....made as written. If I realized it was a healthy diet cake I would've gone with butter or oil instead of applesauce and added lots more chocolate. If you are watching your fat and sugar and don't care for a dry cake this is it!!!"

Candybrown User ID: 6206488 34126
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2011

"Very moist. I took it to work and it was all gone by noon."

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