Get Cooking : Low- Fat Chocolate Cake

Mouthwatering and decadent, this chocolate cake makes for the perfect low-cal treat —and only dirties one bowl!

Makes: 12 servings
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

    •    3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons whole-wheat pastry flour, (see Ingredient Note)
    •    1/2 cup granulated sugar
    •    1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
    •    1 teaspoon baking powder
    •    1 teaspoon baking soda
    •    1/4 teaspoon salt
    •    1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk, (see Tip)
    •    1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
    •    1 large egg, lightly beaten
    •    2 tablespoons canola oil
    •    1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    •    1/2 cup hot strong black coffee
    •    Confectioners' sugar, for dusting

    1.    Preheat oven to 350°F. Coat a 9-inch round cake pan with cooking spray. Line the pan with a circle of wax paper.
    2.    Whisk flour, granulated sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Add buttermilk, brown sugar, egg, oil and vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add hot coffee and beat to blend. (The batter will be quite thin.) Pour the batter into the prepared pan.
    3.    Bake the cake until a skewer inserted in the center comes out clean, 30 to 35 minutes. Cool in the pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes; remove from the pan, peel off the wax paper and let cool completely. Dust the top with confectioners’ sugar before slicing.

Tips & Notes
    •    Ingredient Note: Whole-wheat pastry flour, lower in protein than regular whole-wheat flour, has less gluten-forming potential, making it a better choice for tender baked goods. You can find it in the natural-foods section of large super markets and natural-foods stores. Store in the freezer.
    •    Tip: No buttermilk? You can use buttermilk powder prepared according to package directions. Or make “sour milk”: mix 1 tablespoon lemon juice or vinegar to 1 cup milk.

Per serving: 139 calories; 3 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 18 mg cholesterol; 26 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 2 g fiber; 212 mg sodium; 60 mg potassium.

..... Devashree Goenka