"All I need is love but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt"--Lucy Van Pelt in Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz
"… the taste of chocolate is a sensual pleasure in itself, existing in the same world as sex… For myself, I can enjoy the wicked pleasure of chocolate… entirely by myself. Furtiveness makes it better." -Dr. Ruth Westheimer
Oh sweet chocolate. Next to diamonds, truly a girl's ...cheaper...best friend!
We all need a little chocolate love every once in awhile. So when I saw a chocolate cake recipe in the 21-Day Kickstart recipes I was overjoyed!
The day had started off with a 3.5 mile walk! Clearly chocolate cake was warranted. The air just had a bit of a chill in it making the rich, dark chocolate flavor go down so smooth.
The recipe is called Wacky Chocolate Cake, but it is a version of War Cake. During WWII eggs, milk, and butter were rationed and sent to the troops. Civilians had to find a way to have their cake and eat it too! Hence the eggless, butterless cake and oh it is so delicious! While some old recipes went so far as to use things like bacon grease and shortening, this one is much healthier with applesauce.
Don't let the ingredients fool you. This cake is rich, moist, goodness! And it's friendly to the thighs as it is low in calories and fat as well. I finished mine with a dusting of confectioner's sugar. Feel free to finish yours with a scoop of raspberry sorbet, vegan chocolate chips, and/or soy whip!
Wacky Chocolate Cake
11/2 cups unbleached flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
11/2 teaspoons baking soda
3 tablespoon cocoa powder
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
5 teaspoons unsweetened applesauce
1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
1 cup cold water
confectioner's sugar, optional
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
2. Combine the flour, sugar, salt, baking soda, and cocoa powder in a bowl and stir with a whisk until mixed.
3. In a separate bowl, whisk the vanilla, applesauce, vinegar, and water.
4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir with a fork until well mixed. Pour into a 8x8 baking dish and bake for 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
5. Cool on rack and if using, dust with sifted confectioner's sugar and enjoy!
"I don’t understand why so many “so called” chocolate lovers complain about the calories in chocolate, when all true chocoholics know that it is a vegetable. It comes from the cocoa bean, beans are veggies, ’nuff said."-- Anonymous