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Light Black Forest Dessert

Total Time

Prep: 40 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling

Makes

24 servings

Applesauce is used to keep this light version of Black Forest Cake healthy. Now, even people who are on a diet can enjoy a slice of rich chocolate cake! —Nancy Zimmerman, Cape May Court House, New Jersey
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Ingredients

  • 2 cups cherry juice blend
  • 1-3/4 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 3 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups cold fat-free milk
  • 1 package (1.4 ounces) sugar-free instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 can (20 ounces) reduced-sugar cherry pie filling
  • 1-1/2 cups frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, beat the cherry juice, sugar, applesauce, oil, eggs, vinegar and vanilla until well blended.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt; gradually beat into cherry juice mixture until blended.
  3. Pour into a 13x9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray. Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk milk and pudding mix for 2 minutes. Let stand for 2 minutes or until soft-set. Frost top of cake with pudding. Cover and refrigerate for 15 minutes. Top with pie filling. Chill until serving. Serve with whipped topping.

Nutrition Facts

1 piece: 186 calories, 3g fat (0 saturated fat), 18mg cholesterol, 272mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.

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