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Mar 23, 2007 06:14 AM

Substituting oil in chocolate cake recipe: prunes? applesauce?

I am making a birthday cake for my father's birthday. He had heart bypass surgery last year so while I want to make him a nice treat, I also want to keep it a little lighter than a standard chocolate cake for his sake. I have a recipe that calls for one cup of oil. I have substituted applesauce for some of the oil in recipes like zucchini bread, bran muffins, and things like that. Would this also work with chocolate? I remember reading something on this board about substituting some of the oil with pureed prunes. Will that work better with chocolate than applesauce? And if so, do you just use pureed prunes like baby food? I plan on doing 3/4 cup of applesauce or prunes, then 1/4 oil to keep some of the integrity of the original recipe.

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  1. Lots of lower-fat chocolate cake recipes on the web although some of them are a little scary! Have you considered something like a chocolate angel food cake? No egg yolk or oil in this one although looks like it might be light on chocolate flavour. You could serve it with chocolate sauce (cocoa butter is at least a healthier fat) and/or raspberry coulis.

    1. Sunsweet Lighter Bake, if you can find it.
      Otherwise, I have used baby food prunes. Pureed prunes work also, but you'll need to either use a food mill or strainer to remove the seeds. Let Gerber do the work for you.
      Oh - yes, actually I think this solution (prunes) is definitely the best for chocolate. Better than applesauce, and depending on your mood, better than oil. I'd recommend going all the way - no oil should be necessary. I am most definitely not on a diet and can afford oil (cholesterol 118, young, skinny) - but chocolate/prune cake is still delicious!

      1. I seem to remember on the back of the Mott's jar, they gave a recipe for substituting applesauce in either a chocolate cake or brownie mix.

        1. Thanks for the help! I bought two 2-packs of Gerber prunes, silky smooth and ready to use. They didn't add up to quite a cup so I added a Tablespoon or two of oil to make up the difference. Worked like a charm! You were right kojikiri, I easily could have done 100% prunes no oil, and probably would have if I didn't run out.