Andrea Cooley February 12, 2010Friday recipe: bittersweet chocolate cake with berries Some people say Valentine’s Day is about love, I say it’s about chocolate! I don’t need an excuse to eat chocolate every day, but I am trying to be healthier, so this recipe is my compromise. It’s still full of chocolaty goodness, but it’s not quite as sinful as it could be. Now I just need to find 11 people to share it with so I don’t eat it all myself!This recipe is definitely more labor-intensive than most of the recipes I share, but I think the result is worth it!Here are 3 more “healthified” chocolate recipes from eatbetteramerica.com: Mini chocolate cheesecakes Fudgy almond cookies Black forest parfaitsHealthified bittersweet chocolate cakePrep time: 25 min Start to finish: 1 hr 30 min Makes: 12 ServingsIngredients: Nonstick cooking spray 3/4 cup sugar 1/2 cup water 1 tablespoon instant espresso coffee powder or 2 tablespoons instant coffee powder 3 ounces bittersweet or semisweet chocolate, chopped 2 egg yolks 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 1/3 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 teaspoon baking powder 5 egg whites Unsweetened cocoa powder (optional) 1/2 of an 8-ounce container frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed 1½ cups fresh fruit – raspberries, blackberries and/or blueberriesDirections: Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9-inch springform pan with nonstick cooking spray; set aside. In a medium saucepan, stir together sugar, the water, and espresso powder. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until the sugar dissolves and mixture almost boils. Stir in the chocolate until melted. Remove from heat. Place egg yolks in a small bowl. Gradually stir the chocolate mixture into egg yolks; stir in vanilla (mixture may appear slightly grainy). Set aside.In a medium bowl, stir together the ½ cup cocoa powder, the flour, and baking powder. Stir in chocolate-egg yolk mixture until smooth. In a large bowl, beat egg whites with an electric mixer on medium speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Stir a small amount of the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture to lighten. Fold chocolate mixture into remaining egg whites. Spread in the prepared pan.Bake about 30 minutes or until the top springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes. Loosen and remove side of pan. Cool completely. (Cake may fall slightly but evenly during cooling.)To serve, cut cake into wedges. If desired, sprinkle dessert plates with additional cocoa powder. Transfer cake wedges to dessert plates. Top with whipped topping and berries.Nutritional information 1 serving: calories 150 (calories from fat 45); total fat 5g (saturated fat 3g, trans fat 0g); cholesterol 35mg; sodium 35mg; total carbohydrate 25g (dietary fiber 3g, sugars 17g); protein 4g 7 responses to “Friday recipe: bittersweet chocolate cake with berries” Andrea – are you a taco fan? If so, I’ve got a good “healthified” recipe for you.Taco Dip1 can Old Elpaso Fat Free Spicy Refied Beans 1 16oz lite (or fat free) sour cream 1 pound lean ground beef (or Turkey or 1/2 & 1/2) Shredded Lettuce Diced Tomatoes Low Fat (or fat free) shredded cheese 2 packages Ortega Taco Seasoning powderTake a foil round pie sheet, spread beans over pan for the base. Mix 1/2 package of taco seasoning with sour cream – spread over beans. Cook beef (or turkey)along with one package of taco seasoning (see directions on package)and spread over sour cream/beans for the next layer. Layer on lettuce, tomatoes, cheese.Chips are your choice – I used wheat thins for a healthier option and they tasted fine.Eat and enjoy! 🙂Log in to Reply I made this recipe at valentine day. It was so sweet and delicious. I love this recipe. I want to say thank you very much form this recipe.Log in to Reply This looks delicious! I’ll have to try it. Thanks for sharing!Log in to Reply Hey Andrea..good to hear from you.The cake looks absolutely yummy!You are right…this is definitely more labor-intensive unlike your other recipes.Unfortunately i am seeing this recipe after Valentine’s Day,otherwise would have tried it out last weekend.Anyways,thanks for the recipe.Log in to Reply Interesting combination of chocolate and summer fruits, summer meets winter. Andrea ever thought of a hot sweet sauce to top, could be berries too, maybe chocolat fondant. Just a thought.Log in to Reply Ooooo…nice recipe! Coffee and chocolate are great together. And a lot of people don’t realize chocolate has a lot of health benefits! Maybe that’s because people view it as a guilty pleasure 🙂Log in to Reply I love the recipe!! thank you!Log in to Reply Leave a Reply Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.