Black Tie Cake

With a creamy white chocolate mousse topping and a rich chocolate cake base, this dessert recipe tastes much more decadent than its 175-calorie label. Decorate with chocolate-covered strawberries for an elegant dessert that looks worthy of a bakery display case.

Black Tie Cake
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
25 mins
Stand Time:
30 mins
Bake Time:
20 mins
Cool Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
25 mins


  • 3 egg whites

  • ¾ cup fat-free milk

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 2 ounce unsweetened chocolate, chopped

  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • cup all-purpose flour

  • ¾ cup sugar

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda

  • teaspoon salt

  • 1 recipe White Chocolate Mousse

  • ½ ounce semisweet chocolate, melted

  • 1 recipe Chocolate-Covered Strawberries (optional)

White Chocolate Mousse

  • 2 ounce white baking chocolate (with cocoa butter), chopped

  • ¼ cup light tub-style cream cheese

  • 1 tablespoon fat-free milk

  • 1 ½ cup frozen light whipped dessert topping, thawed

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

  • 12 small fresh strawberries

  • 1 ½ ounce chopped semisweet chocolate


  1. In a medium mixing bowl allow egg whites to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan combine milk and cocoa powder. Heat over medium heat, whisking constantly, until mixture just comes to boiling. Remove from heat. Whisk in unsweetened chocolate until smooth. Cool to room temperature.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly coat an 8-inch springform pan with cooking spray; set aside. In a large bowl stir together flour, 1/2 cup of the sugar, the baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir cooled chocolate mixture into flour mixture until well combined (batter will be thick); set aside.

  3. Beat egg whites with an electric mixer on medium speed until soft peaks form (tips curl). Gradually add the remaining 1/4 cup sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating on high speed until stiff peaks form (tips stand straight). Gently fold one-third of the beaten egg whites into the chocolate mixture. Fold in the remaining beaten egg whites just until combined. Spread batter in prepared baking pan.

  4. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until top springs back when lightly touched. Cool in pan on a wire rack for 15 minutes. Remove side of pan. Cool completely.

  5. Spread White Chocolate Mousse in an even layer over the cooled cake. Drizzle with melted semisweet chocolate; let stand until set. Chill until ready to serve. If desired, arrange Chocolate-Covered Strawberries on cake.

White Chocolate Mousse

  1. In a small saucepan combine white baking chocolate (with cocoa butter), chopped; cream cheese; and milk. Cook and stir over low heat until melted and smooth. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/4 cup thawed light whipped dessert topping until smooth. Transfer to a medium bowl and cool for 5 minutes. Fold in 11/4 cups thawed light whipped dessert topping. Chill for 1 hour before frosting cake.

Chocolate-Covered Strawberries

  1. Clean 12 small fresh strawberries, leaving the tops on. In a microwave-safe small bowl place 21/2 ounces chopped semisweet chocolate. Microwave on 50 percent power (medium) for 1 minute. Stir. Microwave on 50 percent power for 30 to 60 seconds more or until chocolate melts, stirring once or twice. Dip strawberries halfway into the melted chocolate. Use a thin metal spatula to spread chocolate to a thin layer on the strawberries and scrape off any excess chocolate. Place on a waxed-paper lined baking sheet. Let stand until chocolate is set.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

175 Calories
6g Fat
27g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 175
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 6g 8%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 4mg 1%
Sodium 118mg 5%
Total Carbohydrate 27g 10%
Total Sugars 18g
Protein 4g
Calcium 60.6mg 5%
Iron 1.4mg 8%
Potassium 140mg 3%
Folate, total 16.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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