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Light Chocolate Torte with Raspberry Filling

For an elegant ending to the meal, impress guests with this gorgeous guilt-free torte. The chocolate cake by itself is truly wonderful, but the light, creamy raspberry filling really makes it special. —Sharon Kurtz, Emmaus, Pennsylvania
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    16 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/4 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • Fresh raspberries, mint sprigs and additional confectioners' sugar, optional

Directions

  • In a large bowl, beat the sugar, water, buttermilk, eggs, applesauce, oil and vanilla until well blended. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and baking soda; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended.
  • Transfer to two 9-in. round baking pans coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small bowl, beat the cream cheese, confectioners' sugar and jam until blended. Split each cake into two horizontal layers. Place a bottom layer on a serving plate; spread with a third of the filling. Repeat layers twice. Top with remaining cake layer. Garnish with raspberries, mint and additional confectioners' sugar if desired.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 281 calories, 8g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 223mg sodium, 49g carbohydrate (34g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.

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