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Light Black Forest Dessert

Applesauce is used to keep this light version of Black Forest Cake healthy. Now, even people who are on a diet can enjoy a slice of rich chocolate cake! —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 40 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    24 servings


  • 2 cups cherry juice blend
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups cold fat-free milk
  • 1 package (1.4 ounces) sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 can (20 ounces) reduced-sugar cherry pie filling
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed


  • In a large bowl, beat the cherry juice, sugar, applesauce, oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla until well blended.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into cherry juice mixture until blended.
  • Pour into a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  • In a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Frost top of cake with pudding. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Top with pie filling. Chill until serving. Serve with whipped topping.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 186 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 272mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • Alvira
    Jul 31, 2020

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  • valdater
    May 27, 2014

    I like this cake because it is dense and very satisfying. In other reviews, people say it's too sweet. Mine wasn't because I used cherry juice without added sugars, which made me have to add 4 packets of stevia. I used extra cocoa and added extra juice to thin the batter a bit

  • dellbo
    Feb 6, 2014

    Going to try this with half Stevia, half cup of cocoa and Blueberry Pie Filling. Guess it worth a try??.....LOL

  • backntyme
    Jan 30, 2014

    Any one tried making it with less sugar!!!??????????

  • Cynthia Ann
    Jan 30, 2014

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  • suday
    Jan 30, 2014

    OMG way too much sugar. How good is this for someone on a good is this for someone not on a diet. The applesauce doesn't make it guilt free.

  • kendeb54
    Apr 8, 2013

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  • dmhinindy
    Dec 23, 2012

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  • alexkaren
    Nov 19, 2012

    Moist and delicious. Would make it again.My family loved it.

  • shirleysurly
    Nov 17, 2012

    Too much sugar for it to be healthy. Why not put the sugar grams in the nutritional info?