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How to Bake a Light and Fluffy Chocolate Cake Without Oil or Butter

author image Steve Silverman
Steve Silverman is an award-winning writer, covering sports since 1980. Silverman authored The Minnesota Vikings: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly and Who's Better, Who's Best in Football -- The Top 60 Players of All-Time, among others, and placed in the Pro Football Writers of America awards three times. Silverman holds a Master of Science in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism.
How to Bake a Light and Fluffy Chocolate Cake Without Oil or Butter
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Chocolate cake is a classic American dessert. Of course, it usually is heavy in fat and calories. Those who are trying to avoid extra calories or want a light diet may think that homemade chocolate cake is out of the realm of possibility. However, with just a little bit of creativity, you can make a chocolate cake that is light and fluffy and does not contain butter or oil.

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Reasons For Light Chocolate Cake

The idea of a chocolate cake with thick icing and a substantial yellow cake rich with eggs, butter and oil may be the ideal dessert for many people who want to celebrate a birthday or a great dessert. But when you are trying to maintain good overall conditioning or lose weight, you may be willing to sacrifice a tad of the richness of the cake to keep it a bit healthier. By knocking out the butter and the oil from the recipe, you can make a cake that has less fat and calories and may taste nearly as good.

Vanilla Low-Fat Yogurt And Apple Sauce

Use vanilla low-fat yogurt or apple sauce instead of oil as the moisturizing ingredient in your chocolate cake. The yogurt gives the cake a fluffy feel and keeps it as moist as canola oil. The yogurt is a bit heavier than the apple sauce, but either ingredient will make your chocolate cake light and fluffy.

Cake Recipe 1

Combine 3 cups of flour, 2 cups of sugar, 1 teaspoon of salt, 2 teaspoons of baking soda and 2/3 of a cup of cocoa. Mix this well. In a separate bowl, mix 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence, 2 teaspoons of vinegar, 2/3 cup of low-fat vanilla yogurt and 2 cups of water. Combine the liquid material with the dry ingredients. Mix this well with a fork for at least 10 minutes. Pour into a cake pan and bake at 350 F for 1 1/4 hours.

Cake Recipe 2

Mix 1 1/2 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon of salt, 1 cup of sugar, 1/4 cup of cocoa, 1 teaspoon of baking soda, 1 tablespoon of vinegar, 1/2 cup of apple sauce and 1 cup of cold water. After you have mixed this for five minutes, pour the mixture in an 8-by-8-inch baking pan. Bake the cake for 1 1/4 hours at 350 F.

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