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Yummy Chocolate Cake Recipe

Yummy Chocolate Cake Recipe

My husband and I are trying to eat lighter but still crave sweets. This moist, chocolate cake really helps with that. With the rich frosting, it makes a decadent treat! —LaDonna Reed, Ponca City, Oklahoma
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling YIELD:16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 package chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (2.1 ounces) sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1-3/4 cups water
  • 3 egg whites
  • FROSTING:
  • 1-1/4 cups cold fat-free milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 package (1.4 ounces) sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed
  • Chocolate curls, optional

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, pudding mix, water and egg whites. Beat on low speed for 1 minute; beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  • 2. Pour into a 15-in. x 10-in. x 1-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 12-18 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  • 3. For frosting, place milk and extract in a large bowl. Sprinkle with a third of the pudding mix; let stand for 1 minute. Whisk pudding into milk. Repeat twice with remaining pudding mix. Whisk pudding 2 minutes longer. Let stand for 15 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Frost cake. Garnish with chocolate curls if desired. Yield: 16 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 piece: 197 calories, 5g fat (3g saturated fat), 0mg cholesterol, 409mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (18g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 0 fat.

Reviews for Yummy Chocolate Cake

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dcscake_OH
Reviewed Feb. 2, 2016

"I am diabetic, and I love this cake, give you a chance to eat something wonderful. My family did not even know it was, so that was better. Nest time, I will add toasted pecans to the top."

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ojc0806
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2016

"The best chocolate cake ever! So easy too! Love the calorie count."

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Jmontiverdi
Reviewed Jul. 10, 2015

"Cake mix sizes have changed from 18.25 to 14 oz in the last few years. What was this originally made with and does it mKe a difference? It does with my pineapple upside down cake, I have buy 2 mixes and weigh them out."

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luigimon
Reviewed Aug. 16, 2014

"The best cake ever! My frosting turned out great.....I refrigerated it for a short time before I frosted, so it would set a little. Perfect, and it lasted at least 4 days in the fridge. Perfect for groups of people.....they devour it. Use the 15x10x1 pan too......I think that makes a difference. This goes in my favorites!!"

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brooksjones7
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2014

"The cake is good and bakes up well (and I made cupcakes instead of a pan cake). However, the frosting ended up a soupy mess, even though I followed the instructions exactly and used low-fat frozen whipped topping, not fat-free. I cannot figure out how anyone could get frosting from these directions/ingredients. Because I made these for my husband's birthday, I had to use store-bought frosting (the sugary, unhealthy kind) which sort of defeats the whole purpose of this recipe. I will be looking for another frosting recipe to use with this cake."

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barretsmommy
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2013

"I made this for company and everyone loved it. The cake comes out very moist and the frosting perfect. I love light desserts that taste good and this one is just that! Not too heavy, not too rich, just right!"

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charlenepaugustyn
Reviewed Jun. 15, 2013

"This was a WONDERFUL CAKE! All who ate it loved it. Thanks La Donna for the great recipe."

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brittnipapke
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2013

"I made this cake but not the frosting, I didnt eat thea ctual cake yet but it came out fantastic, the batter was delicious and its super easy to make. Plus no oil or egg yolks."

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mastermindmommy
Reviewed Jul. 15, 2012

"I used full fat pudding mix and 2% milk, but OH MY GOODNESS THIS IS THE BEST CHOCOLATE CAKE I'VE EVER HAD!! Everyone in my family had a piece (and my kids are very picky) and they all LOVED it!! I am adding this to my list of permanent recipes. Thank you Taste of Home!!"

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debslemm
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2012

"It's the real thing. The chocolate version is wonderful! I'm a vanilla fan, therefore I substituted a vanilla cake mix and vanilla frosting. Wow! I think this will become a staple in my house. This, along with all these light recipes fit in perfectly with the Weight Watcher Points Plus program. Try it!"

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snoopylover
Reviewed May. 22, 2012

"Took this cake to church for a get-together Friday. Everyone was impressed that it could taste so good, being a lower fat and sugar dessert."

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charlenepaugustyn
Reviewed May. 18, 2012

"I made this for Mother's Day - it looked pretty, tasted great & the chocolate lovers were delighted that it was a low fat dessert. The children loved the frosting & cake, in that order. Thanks for a great recipe."

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camry20023
Reviewed May. 17, 2012

"This cake was very moist and the frosting was wonderful. My husband loved it. I made it with a white cake mix as I didn't have chocolate and used egg beaters and it was wonderful but probably not as low calorie as it could have been using egg whites."

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bozeybob
Reviewed May. 17, 2012

"I made it for Mother's Day, and everyone loved it. No one guessed that it was a "lighter" dessert."

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catj265
Reviewed May. 17, 2012

"Made it for my husband and me for dessert for the week, both of us really enjoyed it. Would love to make it in lemon"

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GeneralTso77
Reviewed May. 17, 2012

"This will be a KEEPER for my family. Nobody could believe it was low-fat/sugar. It was super moist and very flavorful. I opted to go for a dark chocolate cake mix (by Duncan Hines) and just can't say enough great things about this recipe! Thxs for posting this one :)"

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parresto
Reviewed May. 17, 2012

"Was excellent and everyone loved it...so moist! Can't wait to try with other flavors of cake mix w/co-ordinating FF/SF pudding."

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paveymom1
Reviewed May. 17, 2012

"yummy yummy!!!!!!!!"

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cathiemh
Reviewed May. 17, 2012

"Very good. Took to church gathering potluck and many had seconds."

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ml3322
Reviewed May. 17, 2012

"We thought it was great. The frosting was wonderful. Definitely a keeper!"

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debralynnward
Reviewed May. 17, 2012

"Made this cake for the family and everyone raved about it. What's even better it is only 5 points on Weight Watchers!"

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ehill
Reviewed May. 17, 2012

"My family was not a fan. Said the cake was too heavy."

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carly324
Reviewed May. 17, 2012

"I used 1.4ounce of chocolate pudding mix to a Devils Food cake mix and the cake was so dense and moist - its was delicious. I didnt bother using lite or fat free or sugar free cool whip because when you look at the fat content its just about the same across the board. This cake was delicious and my family inhaled it!!!"

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chirey
Reviewed May. 13, 2012

"Made this foir Mother's Day today. I made it in 2- 9 inch square pans for easier transport (plus I had 2 places to go, one for each) cake was really good, the pudding added a nice richness. However I was not thrilled with the almond extract. It was a little strong. I am sure it covered the artificial sweetner flavor of the pudding though and since I hate the aftertaste of artificial sugar I can appreciate it. I will try a little vanilla extract next time. Was a good cake overall but might be better with white cake, vanilla pudding and vanilla extract like some reviewers have suggested.

Ok for a "light" cake."

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supatina
Reviewed May. 11, 2012

"I used a sugar free chocolate cake mix {Pillsbury} and cut the numbers down per piece

cut: 49 calories--9g carbs--81mg sodium."

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CWOCN
Reviewed May. 10, 2012

"Have made this cake many times. Really an excellent go to for lighter eating."

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gaga108
Reviewed May. 10, 2012

"People having trouble with the icing being watery might be using fat free Cool Whip. The recipe calls for low fat, and often when you try to add anything to fat free, it turns watery."

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BossFanTwinsMom
Reviewed Aug. 8, 2011

"Too chocolatey for me, but everyone else loved it! I used regular pudding, not the sugar free, so it was much richer. I also used orange extract instead of the almond, because of allergies. The orange extract added a nice flavour. The pudding made the cake extra moist, but the frosting was what everyone enjoyed!"

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ellimaye1
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2011

"Absolutely love this! It is hard to stay away from and does not last for long!"

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needsomezzzs
Reviewed Feb. 20, 2011

"Very delish. Made for my daughters b-day and had no leftovers. Had chocolate cake and chocolate icing. Used orange extract instead of almond. Would definately make again."

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deblj
Reviewed Jan. 16, 2011

"This is definitely the BEST low cal cake I have ever had! I have also tried it with yellow cake and vanilla pudding (frosting) it is so good. Thanks for sharing"

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snmckey
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2011

"Great recipe - would definitely make it again."

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habiba786
Reviewed Jan. 9, 2011

"Brilliant recipe. Very easy to make. Made this a couple of times when we had company and it went down a treat. Ammended topping slightly. Mixed 1 packet of chocolate pudding with 200ml of whipped cream and just kept if simple, and it still tastes great. Good thing is you can whip this up in no time with minimum effort and the results are amazing. I would go as far as saying it tastes better then shop bought cakes. Will try making it next time with layering cake and frosting and decoarate with flake."

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LadyMacKeltar
Reviewed Aug. 30, 2010

"I don't understand what we went wrong with our frosting. We followed the instructions very closely and were very careful on the measurements but unfortunately the frosting still came out watery. :("

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ashleymanthony
Reviewed Jul. 6, 2010

"This is an awesome cake!! Very moist and chocolaty. Also, it is especially good when it's cold!!!"

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MaryThompson
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2010

"LOVE finding these recipes...my husband & I are both diabetic, but we still crave chocolate from time to time. I used low sugar cake mix, sugar free pudding & sugar free cool whip. Cake was rich, chocolatey, moist and YUMMY!!! Definetely a KEEPER, Thank you LaDonna."

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Garza2010
Reviewed Mar. 26, 2010

"The cake does not taste low fat at all and the mousse frosting is a nice alternative to the typical canned frosting. However, I thought the recipe for the frosting made too much for the cake, also, I would leave the almond extract out of it.

Side note, this cake really does refrigerate nicely and actually tastes better cold!!"

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TKCloughfam
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2010

"I did not try the frosting my friend made her own. But the cake was amazing!!!! You would NEVER now it was not made from the box. It was fudgy, moist and chocolaty, YUM!! I I am going to make this recipe for any cake I make because I am a weight watcher and I love cake"

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chefRN
Reviewed Feb. 13, 2010

"the frosting was watery. I followed the directions to a "T"....this was for Valenines day,,,huge disappointment :("

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Holmescsh
Reviewed Jan. 15, 2010

"one of few good low fat cakes. keeps well in the refrigerator"

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donnae5
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"This is the best light Chocolate cake I have ever made. I am a weight watcher and this works nicely with our program. Only 4 points. I cut the piece in half and put one of the halves on top of the other for a layer cake. Works great for birthday cake and it freezes nicely. Also tastes great as a frozen desert. Highly recommend this cake."

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Dort
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"I made this recipe for a birthday treat and all the people who had it liked it very much. I would make it again."

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LouannPearson
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2010

"I would make this again, it is a keeper! I used reg. pudding as I have had a bout with cancer and will not eat anything with aspartame!"

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csublet
Reviewed Jan. 4, 2010

"I will try this recipe if I can find a sugar free pudding mix without Aspartame. It is the popular "sugar free" sweetener used by the food industry that has many adverse side affects. Read your labels!!!"

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slemon45
Reviewed Dec. 15, 2009

"This sounds like a great light cake recipe. I plan on making it for our Christmas dinner. I will use a vanilla cake mix with vanilla pudding for the cake and vanilla pudding with vanilla flavoring for the icing. For a festive Christmas touch, I will sprinkle the top with crushed peppermint candy.

Thanks for the great idea."

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Show-Me-Chic
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2009

"This looks yummy! I can't wait to try!!"

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kedunham
Reviewed Aug. 7, 2009

"Fabulous! (and light). It's my husband's "birthday Cake" now."

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mweeks
Reviewed Jul. 2, 2009

"This was very good. My husband is not normally into chocolate cake but he liked this one. It's very yummy and light. Thank you for sharing!"

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s.donaldson1@verizon.net
Reviewed Jun. 30, 2009

"This is a wonderful cake recipe! I made it for a monthly birthday celebration at the office and many colleagues requested copies of the recipe."

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ibinyon
Reviewed May. 5, 2009

"This was wonderful. I wish I could give it 6 stars. Best recipe I've found with Taste of Home healthy yet and low calorie!"

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jennyu
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2009

"I put mine in the fridge and then sent it to work with hubby. They all loved it!"

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gavingrma_OH
Reviewed Feb. 23, 2009

"Yes"

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Eleonora-80
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2009

"Those-of-you-who-have-made-this-cake,-does-it-hold-up-for-several-days?"

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ldahnke
Reviewed Jan. 20, 2009

"You can also make this cake by substituting the water with Diet Sprite/7-Up. I often vary the flavors by using lemon cake mix and pudding mix and other flavors.

Linda"

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jamarthur33
Reviewed Jan. 19, 2009

"I made both versions and everyone who tried them loved it! I think next time I might try the low sugar cake mix."

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Millie28
Reviewed Jan. 14, 2009

"Could this be baked in a tube pan without frosting? My husband doesn't like frosting."

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doodar
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2009

"This cake is great and who would think it is low-fat. I made it using a low sugar cake mix (with Splenda) because my dad is diabetic and I share what I cook with my elderly parents. It was great.I will try the french vanilla next or maybe with vanilla pudding for the cake and butterscotch pudding for the frosting."

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pippercat
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2008

"Side note about the french vanilla version... I, of course, used french vanilla cake mix and pudding in place of the chocolate mix and puddings, and used vanilla instead of almond extract."

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pippercat
Reviewed Oct. 4, 2008

"I made it for my husband's birthday and he LOVED it! We both thought french vanilla would probably be just as good, so I tried that a week later... and it was even BETTER!"

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bja123
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2008

"This one is a definate "Do Again" treat. Really does satisfy that sugar crave that hits once in a while"

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vicki5301
Reviewed Sep. 21, 2008

"I made it yesterday for hubby's birthday. We thought it was very good. The texture of the cake itself was very pleasant and the frosting was nice and fluffy. You'd never know it's a reduced fat and calorie cake. I'll definitely make it again."

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cornum
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2008

"re: Yummy chocolate cake this cake was so easy to make and so good. I shared with my neighbor and they wanted the recipe. Next time I will use a 9x13 pan.cornum"

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lynnsloos
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2008

"Tried the Yummy Choc Cake which it is but was surprised when I took it out of the oven and it seemed to have big bubbles however when it cooled, everything was nice and smooth. Very Good!"

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upnorthgirl2729
Reviewed Sep. 19, 2008

"My family totally enjoyed this cake - I also had to increase the baking time to what the showed on box cake as I used a 9 x 13 pan. This cake is well worth making again."

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LVmama
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2008

"This was very good and moist!! I will definitely make this again. But I also had to bake the cake longer than instructed."

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Sparklett_j
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2008

"[quote user="Rhonda Noriega"]The cake was good. Really moist, the directions for the time was way off though. Use the time on the cake box. The almond extract in the frosting had a bit of an odd flavor. My daughter and husband refused to eat the frosting. If I made it again I would leave the almond extract out of the frosting.[/quote]

 
Maybe you should try vanilla?"

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Rhonda Noriega
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2008

"The cake was good. Really moist, the directions for the time was way off though. Use the time on the cake box. The almond extract in the frosting had a bit of an odd flavor. My daughter and husband refused to eat the frosting. If I made it again I would leave the almond extract out of the frosting."

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cherylbstahl
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2008

"I made this cake for a picnic, everyone loved it!!! It is really good!! Will make it again, will try to find a way to make it less fat maybe 2g."

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ninaishungrylicious
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2008

"hey, your recipes sounds yummy! can't wait to make it!!!!

nina
ninaishungrylicious"

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sherrymarc
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2008

"This sounds yummy! I am going to make it this weekend!"

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cjeffreys
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2008

"Can't wait to give this a try as it will fit in nicely with my diet plan.

Cathie"

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FancyBetty
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2008

"I will try this one for it does sound very appetizing. My husband and I both love sweets.\

FancyBetty"

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Joe Ann
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2008

"Re: I will definitely use this recipe but will use the 50% less

sugar Pillsbury cake mis.
Thanks
joeann-joe@hotmail.com"

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Snappily
Reviewed Sep. 11, 2008

"I will definitely try this, as I have a sweet tooth, and I love chocolate, but I think I will use the Reduced Fat cake mix, by Pillsbury."

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