Saturday, 23 July 2011

Low Fat Chocolate Cake

Rather than my usual practise of using oil instead of butter, to make a low saturated fat cake, I thought this cake, with a low overall fat content was worth a try. Most of the butter is replaced with plum jam and skimmed evaporated milk.

Well, it was worth a try, but it probably won't be repeated! The cake was dry, with an uneven texture - full of holes and sticky areas where there were lumps of fruit in the jam. It had a pleasant enough flavour, but that flavour couldn't really be described as chocolatey!

It also used ingredients which I don't keep in stock, and I would need it to be a much nicer cake before I kept plum jam and evaporated milk at the ready in the storecupboard.

I guess if it's necessary to cut down on all fats for health reasons, then this is probably a good way to get round the problem of having cake while on a diet, but it's a step too far for us!

10 comments:

Jo said...

That's a shame, I did wonder if it was possible to have a low fat chocolate cake. Certainly worth a try though!

The KitchenMaid said...

Oh dear, I hate it when that happens. Perhaps it's life's way of telling us that cake isn't supposed to be low fat!

Chele said...

That is a great pity, sounded so interesting with the use of the jam and the evaporated milk too.

C said...

Never mind, at least it was edible, I wonder if eating it with a plum sauce or roasted plums would counteract the dryness?

A pity though because I'm on the lookout for a cake using a lot of jam - I have the European jam mountain in my cupboards!!!

cupcakegirl said...

Ive used apple sauce and low fat yogurt before, and I found the bbc recipie for low fat chocolate and cranberry muffuuns worked quite well (never as good as the whole shebang though)

I made them once on my blog and the cranberrys gave it some needed bite

Lucie said...

Wonderful recipe! It looks so tasty. Hope you are well, it has been too long since I stopped by. Lucie x

Choclette said...

These things have to be tried - you never know, it might have been a winner. Would a classic Genoese do for a low fat cake - it only has eggs, no other fat?

Anne said...

Shame it didn't quite work out but it does look nice!

I am visiting dieting family members later this week and have always taken cake with me before, so have been looking for a healthier version... Guess will just have to limit portion sizes instead!

Suelle said...

Choclette - I don't really need my baking to be low fat - cutting down on the saturated fat is enough - it's just that I thought this recipe looked interesting. I'm not particularly looking for something equally low fat instead of this.

C - do you remember Dan Lepard's chocolate cake which used a berry jam in the frosting and filling?
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2010/may/29/chocolate-berry-cake-recipe-lepard

C said...

Yes, I think I attempted that one and although it was pleasant enough didn't really warrant making again as far as I recall. Thanks for the suggestion though!