No-Added-Sugar Rich Chocolate Cake


Natural sugars from prunes and unsweetened applesauce provide sweetness to this cake. Instead of frosting, top off your cake with unsweetened whipped cream and extra dark chocolate curls. To mimic sweetness, add vanilla extract or ground cinnamon to the whipped cream.

Hands On Time:
25 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Cool Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
1 cake (12 slices)


  • Nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce

  • ¾ cup pitted dried plums (prunes)

  • cup butter

  • 1 ½ cup all-purpose flour

  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking soda

  • 2 eggs

  • cup milk

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 6 ounce container fresh raspberries

  • 3 cup Sugar-free vanilla ice cream


  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Coat a 9-inch springform pan with cooking spray. In a medium saucepan combine 1 cup of the applesauce, the dried plums, and butter. Cook over medium heat 8 minutes or until butter is melted and mixture just begins to simmer. Remove from heat and let stand 5 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a large bowl stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, salt, and baking soda. Transfer applesauce mixture to a blender or food processor. Cover and blend or process until smooth.

  3. In a large bowl beat eggs with a mixer on medium until blended. Slowly add applesauce mixture, beating until combined. On low speed, beat in half of the flour mixture, then milk and vanilla, then remaining flour mixture. Spread batter into prepared springform pan. Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out with moist crumbs. Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes. Remove from pan; cool completely.

  4. In a food processor or blender combine raspberries and remaining 1/4 cup applesauce. Cover and process or blend until pureed. Strain through a sieve; discard seeds. Slice cake and serve with ice cream and raspberry puree.

    No-Added-Sugar Rich Chocolate Cake on white cake stand topped with cream and chocolate curls
    Brie Passano

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

262 Calories
12g Fat
36g Carbs
6g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 262
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 59mg 20%
Sodium 443mg 19%
Total Carbohydrate 36g 13%
Total Sugars 11g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 4mg 20%
Calcium 115mg 9%
Iron 1.8mg 10%
Potassium 317mg 7%
Folate, total 39.9mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.3mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*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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