Monday, December 3, 2007

Chocolate Cake - Happy Birthday Dad!

Friday was my dad's 45th birthday. He is doing WW as well so I wanted to make him something that he didn't feel totally guilty about but still was special. I found on the WW etools site a recipe for a chocolate layer cake and it had "Dad" written all over it! Despite a frosting mishap and the use of an old reliable friend (Mr. Pillsbury Milk Chocolate Frosting of course!) the cake turned out great! Now it's not completely sin-free at 6 points a slice but compared to a store bought cake, the guilt wasn't as bad. Especially not for us since we left the cake there! :)

Chocolate Layer Cake
(source: WW etools)

6 tbsp fat free margarine
3 large egg whites
6 tbsp fat free milk
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
1/4 tsp salt
2 tsp vanilla
1 cup water boiling
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
2 oz chocolate chips
1 3/4 cup flour
1 3/4 cup light brown sugar
16 oz powdered sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat two 9 in round pans with Pam.

Combine flour, brown sugar, baking soda, baking powder, cocoa, and salt in bowl. Use fork to break up brown sugar.

Melt 4 tbsp butter in microwave. Combine butter milk, egg whites, melted margarine, and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla and mix on low speed until blended. Gradually beat in boiling water and then dry mixture. Beat on low speed until blended.

Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake about 30 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean.

FROSTING: (this is where I flubbed)

Melt 2 tbsp butter in saucepan over medium low heat. Add milk and chocolate chips. Stir constantly and cook until smooth, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat, transfer to larger bowl. Stir in 1/2 tsp vanilla, cover and cool in fridge about 15 minutes. Using mixer, mix in powdered sugar and mix until blended.

To assemble, level cakes and spread 1/2 cup frosting on first cake. Top with 2nd cake and frost remainder of the cake. Cut into 16 pieces.

Now, my frosting did not look right. It looked like light brown poo. That is putting it nicely. Maybe I am a chocolate frosting snob but it didn't look right and it tasted...ok. I could only taste the powdered sugar and no chocolate. So after a few tastes from the bowl and my husband pleading with me not to make him taste any more, I tossed it. Luckily I had a faithful standby, Pillsbury Milk Chocolate frosting and there was PLENTY to frost these cakes. I garnished with a few leftover chocolate chips. The great thing, it didn't change the POINTS value at all. Sweet!

Servings: 16 small ass pieces but worth every bite
POINTS per serving: 6

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What a cute cake!! I love the chips on top. :)