Monday, May 24, 2010

Dark Chocolate Orange Cake: Under 250 calories per slice

So many people think that chocolate means lots of calories, and it certainly can if you combine it with lots of sugar and eat a lot of it at one sitting. Cooking Light offers several chocolate recipes that are under 250 calories. Remember that's per serving, and your idea of a serving may be different. How big a slice do you cut? The following recipe will divide into 6 servings, each serving about 250 calories.

Here's a recipe at myrecipes from Cooking Light for Dark Chocolate Orange Cake. Use an eight-inch springform pan for this rich and fudgy dessert. Dark chocolate and orange are a classic flavor combination. 

DARK CHOCOLATE ORANGE CAKE

Ingredients
Cooking spray
3/4 cup powdered sugar
3 large eggs
2 tablespoons cornstarch
3 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa
2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
1 tablespoon Triple Sec (orange-flavored liqueur)
1 tablespoon hot water
Dash of salt
2 ounces bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Powdered sugar (optional)
Orange rind strips (optional)

Method
Preheat oven to 350°
1. Coat an 8-inch springform pan with cooking spray; line bottom of pan with parchment or wax paper. Wrap outside of pan with aluminum foil.
2. Place 3/4 cup sugar and eggs in a bowl; beat with a mixer at high speed 7 minutes.
3. Combine cornstarch and cocoa in a small bowl; set aside. Place juice, liqueur, water, salt, and chocolate in a small glass bowl; microwave at high 1 minute or until almost melted, stirring every 20 seconds until smooth. Add cornstarch mixture; whisk until smooth.
4. Gently stir one-fourth of egg mixture into chocolate mixture; gently fold into remaining egg mixture. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Place pan in a 13 x 9-inch baking pan; add hot water to larger pan to a depth of 1 inch. Bake at 350ยบ for 20 minutes or until top is set. Remove cake pan from water; cool 5 minutes on a wire rack. Loosen cake from sides of pan using a narrow metal spatula; cool to room temperature. Cover and chill at least 4 hours or overnight.
Garnish with powdered sugar and rind just before serving, if desired.

Photo: MyRecipes

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

At 250 Calories per slice, please give me four slices!

Marilynne said...

I love cake! This recipe sounds wonderful!

Abbey said...

This sounds great! I've made a low-fat chocolate cake for years that has pumpkin puree in it..one of these days I'll get around to posting it on my site. Thanks for sharing!

Janet Rudolph said...

Abbey, feel free to post here. Pumpkin puree..reminds me of using beets in brownies.