*This post is written by Author Amanda Cabot. To learn more about Amanda and her books visit her website www.amandacabot.com
Who can resist chocolate? Not I! Not only is chocolate one of my favorite flavors, but I married into a family of chocoholics, so it’s safe to say that I’m always looking for good chocolate dessert recipes. One of the things I like about this cake (in addition to the flavor, of course) is that it’s relatively healthy. It’s actually very low fat, and the use of egg whites rather than whole eggs means that it’s also low cholesterol. As for calories, well … I won’t claim it’s diet food, but it is lower in calories than many chocolate cakes. So, enjoy!
Note: Because this is a low-fat recipe, it’s important to not over-process the flour. Do not use an electric mixer, and be careful to stir gently when you add the liquid ingredients to the flour mixture.
Prepare the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan by either spraying it with a non-stick floured coating like Baker’s Joy or by greasing it and dusting it with flour.
In a large mixing bowl, stir together until well mixed:
- ¾ cup cocoa
- 2 cups sugar
Stir in and mix well:
- 2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1 ½ tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
In a blender or food processor, blend until smooth:
- ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 2 egg whites
- 1 ½ cups water
- ½ tsp instant coffee crystals
Pour over the dry ingredients and stir gently until completely mixed.
Pour into the prepared pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
Frost as desired.
Though she had planned to spend the summer in Vermont with her sweetheart, Abigail Harding cannot dismiss her concerns over her older sister. Charlotte’s letters have been uncharacteristically melancholy, and her claims that nothing is wrong ring false, so Abigail heads west to Fort Laramie, Wyoming. The endless prairie seems monotonous, but when her stagecoach is attacked, Wyoming promises to be anything but boring. Luckily, the heroics of another passenger, Lieutenant Ethan Bowles, save the day.
When circumstances–and perhaps a bit of matchmaking–put Abigail and Ethan together, there’s certainly attraction. But Abigail is planning to marry another man and return to life in Vermont as soon as she is finished attending to her sister. And Ethan loves his life in the Army and the wilds of Wyoming. When summer ends, will Abigail go back East? Or will she fall in love with this rugged land herself?