Fat free chocolate cake with Poinsettias

A few months ago, I went to my doctor for a yearly checkup and I found out that my cholesterol level is high…and I mean ridiculously HIGH! Surprised
My doctor and I were both confused, especially since I am under 30, healthy and within the perfect weight limit!
Anyways, ever since I found out… I have been on a fat-free diet which SUCKS BIG TIME! Frown
It means…
No butter!
No margarine!
No oil!
No eggs!
And honest to goodness, lack of all those ingredients makes all my cakes and cupcakes taste like CARDBOARD… Sheesh!
After trying MANY disastrous recipes, I made this fat free chocolate cake and I knew this was it.
We FINALLY had a winning recipe! WOOHOO!Laughing
This cake was…
Healthy!
Vegan!
Low in calories!
And completely fat-free!
I swear I could hear angels singing! lol 
This cake is not very moist due to the lack of fats but for something that’s so heart-friendly…it tastes quite good!
It’s also not very sweet which is why it pairs VERY WELL with a simple sugar glaze. It’s also dense and has a rich chocolate flavor…mmmm! Tongue out
I kept the decoration simple and made a buttercream poinsettia flower on individual slices.
And since I love you guys so much, I even prepared a video tutorial. This way, you can make your cakes festive too 
 
 
To make this cake, you will need the following ingredients:
2 cups flour
1 cup powdered sugar
1 tbsp cornstarch
2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp bakng powder
1/2 cup cocoa
2 cups unsweetened applesauce
And these are the steps:
Step 1:
Add flour, cocoa powder, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and cornstarch in a deep bowl and mix with a spoon.
Step 2:
Add applesauce and mix again. The batter will be very thick.
Note: Different brands of applesauces have different consistencies so if everything is not mixing properly, add few tablespoons of water or milk. Just remember that this batter is thick so don’t “thin” it out!
Step 3:
Pour this batter into a greased/floured pan (Dimensions: 8×3).
Bake at 325 degrees for 30-40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Watch closely after 30 minutes or else the cake will get over-cooked and very dry.
While your cake is baking, you can go ahead and make a Peppermint buttercream icing. My recipe can be found HERE. It’s a slightly modified version of my basic buttercream flour icing. So, make sure to read the “variations” section.
Once your icng is ready and your cake has baked and cooled, all you have to do is use a sharp knife to make individual cake slices. Then, use my video tutorial to make poinsettias on each slice. And that’s it… you are done!
Or you can drizzle a simple sugar glaze with peppermint extract. Personally, I prefer the glaze rather than the icing. Also, maybe I am crazy but I think this cake tastes better the next day.

May I offer you like a slice? 
I am also linking this cake to Roxana’s chocolate party. This month, we had to pair chocolate with peppermint and this fat free chocolate cake with peppermint buttercream icing fits the criteria perfectly! Come and join us with your chocolate/peppermint creations!

From now on, I will also start to include nutrition info for my recipes with the help of erecipe.com. 

That’s all for today… Hope you guys give this recipe a shot and try making poinsettia flowers 

25 thoughts on “Fat free chocolate cake with Poinsettias

  1. the 3volution of j3nn

    Wow, that looks so moist! I was doing fat free for experiment last week. It’s brutal. Have you done any research on cholesterol? There’s new emerging articles that say its not so much fat as it is excess polyunsaturated fats combined with high carb. Lots of interesting info out there!

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  2. What's Baking??

    I would not be able to tell that it’s a ‘diet’ cake if you serve me this omit the info. Looks so moist and delicious. An effective way to reduce cholesterol the natural way, is to boil clouds ear mushroom in 2 bowls of water with some sugar to taste and slow cook in the slow cooker overnight. Drink it 1 hour before your breakfast. Do this for a week, then go test your cholesterol..you’d be surprised.

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  3. SECooking

    Stunning! I am sorry that you have to be on a fat free diet, but now you came up with this amazing cake. Wonderful video, I love the music in the background!!!! Well done as always Abeer!

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  4. john@kitchenriffs

    Terrific looking cake! And great job of making it healthy. Hope your life style changes can help your cholesterol level, although it’s hard to do through diet alone (our diets account for only about 15% of our cholesterol levels – all the rest is produced by our bodies). Anyway, this cake is so great you’ll never miss the fat!

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  5. Evelyne@cheapethniceatz

    When I read your description I was sure there would be apple sauce. It does look great and you can eat 3 times as much? Right the sugar does not count. The color of the cake is a perfect color to make the poinsettia pop out.

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  6. Hotly Spiced

    I’m so sorry to hear about your test results. That’s so surprising for someone so young. Good on you for researching and finding a great looking cake you can not only serve to guests but enjoy also. It looks so pretty with that gorgeous Christmas flower xx

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  7. MaryMoh

    So sorry to hear about your high cholesterol level. But glad to know you are taking care. What what a treat you made for yourself! Your chocolate cake looks really moist and delicious. Can’t believe there’s no oil in it! Love the buttercream flower.

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  8. Parsley Sage

    I don’t believe it. You can’t have fat free chocolate cake! Mind…just…blown.

    It looks stunning :) By the way, I had one of the local bakeries make your adorable penguin cake for my husbands birthday yesterday. HE LOVED IT!

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  9. Coffee and Crumpets

    special diets suck! I know! This cake looks incredibly moist and decadent to be fat free! Good job.
    I hope you get your levels under control and can get back to eating real food again (mainly butter)
    My diet is not going well, I keep cheating…

    Nazneen xx

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  10. Tiffany

    Yikes! Chica! Be careful and eat lots of oatmeal!!!! I can’t wait to see the vegan creations you come up with! Wishing you and your family and a VERY Merry Christmas!

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  11. jac

    FYI, everything vegan is cholesterol-free, since cholesterol only comes from animal products. There are plenty of decadent and fatty vegan cakes that are still cholesterol-free, without being fat-free. If you’re worried about cholesterol, try swapping butter in recipes with Earth Balance margarine (tastes like butter and you can get it at Whole Foods or grocery stores that sell natural products.) You will never know the difference. Also cow milk for almond milk or, even coconut milk. Eggs can be trickier, but if your recipe only has one or two, you can use a commercial egg replacer like Ener-G or use some flax meal mixed or cornstarch mixed with water. I even made mayonnaise cake vegan the other day with Vegenaise and it was superb! Also, check out Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World by Isa Chandra Moskowitz for easy foolproof cake recipes with no cholesterol.

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  12. Heather

    There are two things that would help make this nice and moist and still healthy: replace 1 cup of applesauce with 1 cup 0% Greek yogurt (or 0% sour cream), and replace 1/2 cup flour with almond meal/flour. Almonds do have cholesterol, but it is the good kind. If you don’t want the almond meal, even just the yogurt/sour cream makes a huge difference (it is regularly featured in many healthy baked goods that I enjoy making).

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