Saturday, November 29, 2008

Dessert- Laura's Skinny-ish Cake

I thought for sure I had already posted this. Laura and I made this cake during one of my visits. I think we ate the whole thing in just a few days, choosing it for breakfast too. It is lower in fat, contains zucchini and applesauce. It has a tofu topping that I love! But don't tell Catherine and Gracie, they won't eat it if they know it has tofu in it. This recipe recommends Cool Whip Lite. I don't. All Cool Whip products are made of hydrogenated fats. There are organic alternatives out there and even ReddiWhip is more "natural", containing heavy cream, nonfat milk and sugar.

The actual Recipe belongs to Sandra Lee. I don't know her, but Laura refers to her like a family friend.

For Cake:
1 large zucchini, finely grated (about 2 cups)
1 (1-pound and 2.25-ounce) package chocolate fudge cake mix (recommended: Betty Crocker Super Moist
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 large egg
2 large egg whites
3/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
3/4 cup applesauce
For Mousse:
1 (12-ounce) package soft silken tofu
1 (3.9-ounce) package instant chocolate fudge pudding (recommended: Jell-O)
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 (8-ounce) package whipped topping (recommended: Cool Whip Lite)

Garnish: Chocolate sauce, confectioner's sugar, cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat with cooking spray the bottom only of a 9 by 13 inch glass cake pan.

FOR CAKE: Set grated zucchini in a mesh strainer over a bowl and lightly press with a spatula to release water. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cake mix, cinnamon, eggs, egg whites, nonfat yogurt, and applesauce. Beat on low speed with an electric mixer for 2 minutes, scraping the sides of the bowl often. Fold in drained grated zucchini. Pour into prepared cake pan.
Bake for 45 to 50 minutes or until toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool completely. When cool, invert cake onto a large plate or platter, and cut cake into 12 large squares with a clean, sharp knife.

FOR MOUSSE TOPPING: While cake is baking, combine tofu, pudding mix and cinnamon in a bowl. Using an electric mixer beat on high speed for 2 minutes. Fold in the whipped topping with electric mixer on low speed. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
To serve, cut each cake square in half diagonally to make 2 triangles. Use a spoon to decorate each plate with chocolate sauce, set 2 cake triangles on each plate, sprinkle generously with confectioners' sugar and cocoa powder, and dollop with chocolate mousse.

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