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    filed under: Chocolate Cakes on January 12, 2015

    This cake.

    I am sorta kinda totally obsessed with it.

    Skinny Chocolate Naked Cake with Fresh Fruit!

    It’s fabulous for so many reasons!

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    The first being is that… well, the beauty of a Naked Cake.  You can see the fluffy whipped cream and glorious fresh fruit and sweet drizzle of a rich chocolate sauce.

    Skinny Chocolate Naked Cake with Fresh Fruit!

    The second is that is it low in processed sugar.  Chocolate and fruit are the main flavor contributors,   meaning I can enjoy a piece, or two, without the guilt.

    skinny chocolate cake

    • Prep Time:20m
    • Cook Time:26m
    • Total Time:46m
    • Serves: 12

    Ingredients

    Skinny Chocolate Cake

    • 1/2 c coconut oil
    • 1/2 c brown sugar
    • 1/4 c applesauce
    • 2 large eggs
    • 3/4 c vanilla yogurt (you can use Greek yogurt)
    • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
    • 2 c whole-wheat flour
    • 2 tsp. baking powder
    • 1 tsp. baking soda
    • 1/2 c good-quality cocoa powder
    • 1/2 tsp. sea salt
    • 3/4 c milk (I prefer whole, but skim milk will work fine)
    • 1 c mini semisweet chocolate chips

    To Decorate Cake:

    • 1/2 pt fresh strawberries
    • 1/2 pt fresh blackberries
    • 1/2 pt fresh blueberries
    • 2 big bunches of green or red grapes
    • 1 pt raspberries
    • 1 homemade whipped cream recipe (you can decrease sugar if you prefer)
    • Store-bought chocolate syrup
    • 1 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar, optional

    Instructions

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and prepare (spray or butter and flour) two 8-inch round cake pans.
    2. Warm the coconut oil in microwave for up to 30 seconds; you want it softened or even melted (but not hot to the touch).
    3. Pour coconut oil into stand mixer with paddle attachment.
    4. Add in brown sugar, applesauce, eggs, yogurt and vanilla extract, and mix until combined.
    5. In a separate bowl sift together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and cocoa powder.
    6. With mixer on low, slowly add a third of the dry ingredients into the applesauce mixture, alternating with the milk. Keep alternating until the dry ingredients and milk are gone.
    7. Remove bowl from stand mixer and fold in chocolate chips by hand.
    8. Divide batter between two cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 22 to 26 minutes or until an inserted toothpick is removed clean. (Cooking times can vary depending on quality of ingredients and weather conditions.)
    9. Cool cakes in pan for 5 minutes and then transfer to wire rack.

    To assemble cake:

    1. Rinse all fruit so that it is shiny and clean.
    2. Prepare whipped cream (and prepare chocolate sauce if you are making from scratch).
    3. Place one cooled layer of cake on cake stand and cover in about 3/4 cup of whipped cream.
    4. Place a strawberry that is a about 1 to 1 1/2 inches high in the center of the cake, upside down. This will help the whipped cream to not schmoosh out when you place the next layer on.
    5. Now take some of your fruit and spread it around the edges of the cake. Because this is a naked cake, you will want to pay attention to how you place the fruit on the edge.
    6. Once cake is covered in fruit, place next layer of chocolate cake on top. Starting with a bunch of grapes that are still attached to the vine, place grapes on cake and then start building up around them. Fill in with blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, and place a few more grapes around to balance the color.
    7. Finally, place some strawberries around the edge and maybe even one on top.
    8. Drizzle chocolate sauce over cake and chill until ready to serve. If you want to add confectioners’ sugar, sprinkle immediately before serving.

    Skinny Chocolate Naked Cake with Fresh Fruit!

     

    UPDATED:

    I have turned this recipe into a Surprise-Inside® Cake!! See how I make it here:

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    Comments

    Hi Amanda,
    I don’t live in usa and sometimes part of the indegries are new for me.
    What is Apple sauce?
    In the recipe of the caramel brownie what is eleven..Kraft?
    Thanks

      It’s cooked, pureed / crushed apple, sometimes sweetened or flavored with cinnamon. Kids eat it in little cup packages for snacks. It is used as a replacement for oil in cakes to reduce fat.

    This could be one of the most beautiful cakes I have ever seen. Both my b/f and my birthdays are coming up, and since they are so close together, we usually celebrate them together with one cake. We have been exercising and eating right, and I was planning a total cheat day with a full on I-need-my-fat-pants cake, but this skinny version has me hooked. Now, I don’t have to feel so guilty. Thank you!

    I am blown away by this cake! It’s beautiful! I love the idea to use fresh fruit. So…Can I just order one from you? 😉

    I’m making this now for my birthday today

    My birthday is Sunday and this cake is perfect! Thank you

    Do you have the nutrition facts for this recipe? I cannot wait to try it!

    This presentation is breath taking…a work of art!

    Can u substitute something healthy for the wheat flour? Coconut flour or flax seed ie?

    Hi Amanda, your cake is awesome,I have just tried your cake and it turned out to be awesome, even my son who doesn’t like black chocolate ,he liked it ,thank you so much.

    Hi There- This cake looks amazing and I can’t wait to make it. How do you think it would work if I used 2 ups of regular white flour instead of the whole wheat flour? Hopefully you can answer soon, as I’d love to make it this weekend. Thanks so much.

    Ok am in the process of preparing this beautiful cake, wish me luck! I did notice that in the process of mixing the way ingredients the coconut oil harden, is this normal?

    Do you know the nutrition values? I’m on a low carb/Keto diet and I’d love to have chocolate cake!

    In the open one do I bake a third layer. So I would increase ingredients by a third.

    Can I substitute wheat flour for almond flour?

    Hi Amanda
    Can you please tell me the weight of ingredients as I’m in Britain and don’t get “cup” size
    Thank you

    Rachel

    What a fantastic cake.

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