Sunday, April 8, 2012

Greek Yogurt Cake with Chocolate Frosting

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That's right! It's low-cal!  Don't get me wrong it is still cake and it tastes WONDERFUL!  But it is a little bit better for you.  You could make this even better if you cut the frosting and topped with fresh berries or even some fat free cool whip, but with all the Easter candy surrounding me I wanted chocolate.

I am proud of myself I have only had one mini Cadbury egg and some Mike and Ikes, but that is it.  So to keep myself on track I decided to make a healthified cake with chocolate frosting.  I have seen the cakes using Greek yogurt before and I wish I could remember the original source.  I am pretty sure I found it on the Chobani website (which they have tons of great tips on how to incorporate Greek yogurt!), but of course now I can't find it.

Yellow Cake with Chocolate Frosting
1 box yellow cake mix (I used a box of Pillsbury Supreme Classic Yellow Cake Mix I found int he pantry)
1 cup Fage Total 0% Greek Yogurt
1 cup Water

  • Mix everything together (it appears thicker than normal to me, but I decided to go ahead with it and see how it turns out)
  • Pour batter into a greased 9x13 pan
  • Bake for about 30 minutes in a preheated 350 degree oven (I noticed mine was done sooner than the box indicated so check to make sure, if a toothpick inserted in the center is clean then it's ready)
  • Allow the cake to cool and begin making the chocolate frosting
Chocolate Frosting
1/4 cup Butter, softened
2 TBS Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
1.5 tsp Vanilla Extract
1 TBS Milk
1.5 cups Confectioners' Sugar
  • Cream butter until smooth
  • Add cocoa and vanilla extract and mix to combine
  • Add the milk and then add the confectioners' sugar 1/2 cup at a time until fully combined
  • If the frosting is too thick add more milk 1 tsp at a time until desired consistency
I love this cake.  It is incredibly moist and flavorful.  Honestly I don't think I will ever make a boxed cake mix any other way.  Even if you aren't trying to cut calories or fat I strongly urge you to try this. You won't be sorry!

Below is the nutritional value and just so you know for fun I figured the nutritional value for making the cake as suggested on the box and with double the frosting (which it doesn't need that much at all) and the calories were 560 for one piece.  Plus it was incredibly high in saturated fat.  I am so excited to find a better way to enjoy my favorite sweets!

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 106 g
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat
% Daily Value*
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Trans Fat
Total Carbohydrates
Dietary Fiber
Vitamin A 3%Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 5%Iron 5%
Nutrition Grade F
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

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  1. I love that it is lo-cal, it looks delicious! Thanks so much for sharing at Mix it up Monday :)

    1. It is so good! I was very apprehensive, but in the end I have decided if I use box cake mix this is how I will make it from now on! It is so moist and delicious!

  2. This looks wonderful!! I'm your newest follower from "Permanent Posies" blog hop. If you get a chance - please checkout my blog:

    1. Welcome Angie! Thanks for stopping by and I will head over there now :) Have a wonderful day!

  3. wonderful- thanks for linking with Kids in the Kitchen!

  4. stumbled onto your blog via the blog hop and just wanted to show some blog luv! def love that it is low calorie and it looks YUMMY! new follower via email :-)

    1. Welcome! It is definitely very yummy :) You have 2 beautiful blogs and I am a new fb fan have a wonderful day!

  5. Oh Yummy! I am a big fan of Greek yogurt :).

    Mrs. Delightful

    1. Me too! I just love Greek yogurt and how versatile it is!

  6. That sounds delicious! I am pinning it.

  7. What an amazing idea. That looks delicious and I am going to pin it to try soon.

    I host a Mealtime Monday recipe link up each week and I would love for you to link up some of your recipes next Monday!

    Kaylee @ Couponing & Cooking

    1. Thanks Kaylee! I hope you get to try it soon it is sooooo yummy! I will see you Monday :) Have a wonderful weekend!

  8. I love yogurt in muffins. I haven't tried it in cake. Please share this on my foodie friday linky today.

    1. It is so good you have to try it :) And I am heading over to your party now :) Have a wonderful weekend!

  9. This looks delicious! I Would love to have you link up to my 2 carnivals today.... (anything food related) and (deserts only). Hope to see you around!

    1. Thanks so much! Hope you have a wonderful weekend and I am heading over to check out your carnivals now!

  10. Thanks for linking with See Ya In the Gumbo! Yellow cake w/ choc icing is a classic at our house. Thanks you for sharing a lower fat version. I love that this is made with yogurt.

    1. It is another reason for me to love Greek yogurt! It makes a delicious, moist cake! Hope you have a great weekend :)

  11. I'm so glad you shared this... I'm sure, incredibly moist cake with Foodie Friday. Grab our button so you won't forget about us next week. see you again.

    1. It really does! I have your button placed in the bottom of the post...have a wonderful weekend :)

  12. I really like how you made this with Greek Yogurt, it looks good! Thanks for sharing at Showcase Your Talent Thursday. I hope to see you there next week!

    1. Thank you! I am in love with Greek yogurt and this cake is so great with it :)

  13. Hi Erika,
    Your Greek Yogurt Cake looks fabulous! I just love Greek Yogurt, so I know this cake would be great. Hope you are having a great week end and thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

    1. Thank you! I love it too! It really makes the cake so moist and delicious :)

  14. What a tasty cake! Thank you so much for sharing your great recipe on Allergy-Free Wednesdays! Be sure to check back next week for recipe highlights (including the top 3 reader choice submissions and hostess favorites).

    Be Well!

    1. Thank you and I definitely will! Have a wonderful day :)

  15. I love Greek yogurt and this does look really moist and delicious! I wish I had a piece right this minute!

    1. It was fabulous! It didn't last long and I failed to tell everyone in the house it was made with Greek yogurt ;) No one seemed to even notice or care as they gobbled it up!


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