Well, it is Valentine’s time again! I know so many people have mixed emotions about this holiday, but we should all look on the bright side – it is a perfect reason to have your cake and eat it, too!
This dark chocolate cake is delicious! It is also a fairly simple, from-scratch recipe. You won’t be feeling guilty about eating it, either, since it has no butter. WHAT?! No butter! Correct, no butter. Instead, it uses pureed prunes. Normally, I might find that ingredient less appealing, but baked in a cake with chocolate and cinnamon, you will never know it’s there! Trust me – I have it on good authority that I wouldn’t even eat pureed prunes as an infant…you will NOT realize it is in there. Accompanied by the cream cheese icing, this cake is a perfect way to either tell someone you love them, or eat your feelings without the guilt…and everything in between!
- 1/2 cup pureed prunes (see below recipe card to make these yourself from dried plums)
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1/2 cup unsweetened dark cocoa powder
- 1 tbsp. cinnamon
- 1 tsp. baking soda
- 1/2 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
- 1/2 cup strong brewed coffee, cooled (decaf works fine!)
- 1/2 cup milk
- 12 oz. reduced fat cream cheese (1/3 the fat)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup raw honey, or to taste (not for children under 1 year of age!)
- 2 tbsp. powdered sugar
- mini chocolate chips for decorating (optional)
- Preheat oven to 350℉.
- In a small bowl, mix flour, cocoa powder, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Set aside. In a separate bowl, combine coffee and milk. Set aside. Prepare two 9 inch, round cake pans by lining the bottom with parchment paper and then greasing and flouring the bottom and sides.
- With an electric mixer (stand or hand mixer), cream prune puree and sugar until smooth, about five minutes. Add each of the eggs, one at a time. Alternating with the coffee, slowly add the flour mixture (about three additions each). Beat 1 minute, until just smooth.
- Pour batter evenly into prepared pans and bake for about 20 minutes. Use the toothpick test to know when your cake is done!
- Remove from oven and let cool 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.
- When cake is completely cool, cream your cream cheese with a mixer (again, stand or hand) until it is smooth (about 2-3 minutes). Add vanilla and honey and continue to mix. Slowly add powdered sugar 1 tablespoon at a time, testing sweetness as you go. I like a cheesier cream cheese frosting, but plenty like it on the sweeter side, so make sure it is to taste!
- Lay one layer of the cake on a cake plate. Spoon 1/4 of the icing onto the top of the cake and spread evenly. Lay the second layer on top of the first and repeat. Use the remaining frosting and a knife to slowly and carefully frost the sides, before topping the cake with the remaining frosting and decorating to your liking!
- Will keep on a covered cake plate in the fridge for about 5 days. Probably won't last that long.