Low-Fat Chocolate Torte

Yield: 16 servings Active time: 20 minutes Total time: 1 hour December 19, 2004

This guilt-free chocolate dessert relies on pureed prunes for moisture and sweetness, and on coffee for flavor.

Recipe from Lean Star Cuisine, a cookbook from the Lake Austin Spa resort.


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 10 oz. baby food pureed prunes
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 cup strong coffee
  • cooking spray
  • powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 250ยบ. Spray two 9-inch baking pans with cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, and salt.

Add the prunes, vanilla, eggs, and milk; stir just until blended.

Stir coffee into the batter until blended. Pour the batter into the prepared pans.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean when inserted in the center. Cool in the pans for 10 minutes. Invert on a wire rack and cool completely.

Sift powdered sugar over the top of the cakes and serve.

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