By: Clemson University Cooperative Extension
(Columbia) Jan. 30, 2007 - February 14 is Valentine's Day and January is Healthy Heart Month. Is it possible to celebrate Valentine's Day while recalling the lessons of January? You can if you do your own baking. Here are some tips for heart-healthy baking:
Deep Chocolate Cake is a delicious dessert for Valentine's Day and is especially good when made with Dutch process cocoa. Bake this cake for your sweetheart rather than buying a box of chocolates.
For more information on food safety or making healthy food choices, contact your local office of Clemson University Extension Service, or the Home and Garden Information Center at http://hgic.clemson.edu/ or 1-888-656-9988.
Deep Chocolate Cake
1 cup cocoa powder
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 cup water
1/3 cup extra light olive oil
1 whole large egg
1 large egg white
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 cup all-purpose flour
1/4 cup cornstarch
1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
Heat the oven to 325°F. Lightly spray a 9-inch spring form pan with nonstick cooking spray. In a large bowl, combine cocoa and sugar; stir until blended. Whisk in water until smooth then whisk in the olive oil, whole egg, egg white and vanilla. In a separate bowl combine flour, cornstarch, baking soda and salt; whisk into cocoa mixture until smooth. Pour into prepared pan. Bake 45 to 50 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack. Loosen cake from side of pan with small spatula. Transfer cake to serving plate and sprinkle with powdered sugar. To serve, cut into 10 wedges.
Nutrition information per serving: 180 calories, 8 g fat, 188 mg sodium.
Recipe Source: Bertolli Olive Oil
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