Skinny Low Fat Chocolate Cake Recipe Roundup

Do you love chocolate cake but not all the fat and calories?

Me too.

But it’s possible to have your cake and eat it too if you focus on baking lightened up versions of your favorites.

I’ve gathered my favorite low fat chocolate cake recipes and included more great looking light and recipes for chocolate cakes and cupcakes from other blogs and websites for you.

If you tend to use boxed cake mixes, here are some modifications you can make baking chocolate cakes:

Easy Chocolate Cake

Easy Chocolate Cake

Ideas for Baking Low Fat Chocolate Cakes with a Cake Mix

1. Low Fat Chocolate Pumpkin Cake: Mix one package (18.25 ounce) chocolate cake mix with 1 can (15 ounce) pumpkin puree and 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce and beat until smooth. Bake at 350 degrees for about the time specified on the box. Mom shared this recipe with me the other day, when I wanted a quick cake for dinner. I baked it in 2 8-inch square foil pans – one for us and one to share. To make it extra special I sprinkled each cake with about 1/4 cup mini chocolate chips before baking. It turned out moist and delicious.

2. Low Fat Chocolate Yogurt Cake: Mix one package (18.25 ounce) chocolate cake mix with 1 cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt and 1 cup water and beat until smooth. Bake at 350 degrees for about the time specified on the box.

(For either recipe each small serving (1/24th) of recipe has around 100 calories, 3 g fat, 17 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein and 3 WW Points+ value. Not bad for something so sweet and delicious!)

My Favorite Chocolate Cake From Scratch:

My go to from scratch recipe for chocolate cake is the old time one from the back of the package of Hershey’s cocoa powder. It’s the chocolate cake my Mom always made and the one I turn to most often. Because it’s made with cocoa powder and a modest amount of oil, it’s a great way to satisfy your craving for chocolate cake without blowing your calorie bank.

I usually cut the recipe in half (which explains why the amounts look a little funny) but it’s worth it when you have a small family and find it dangerous to have too many tempting sweets around :-)

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Hershey's Perfect Chocolate Cake Half Recipe
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This is a quick and easy chocolate cake that always bakes up moist and delicious. I cut the recipe in half to better suit the needs of small families and those who don't like to have too much dessert around. Make sure your baking pans are at least 2 inches deep to prevent the cakes from spilling over the sides during baking
Recipe type: Dessert, Cake
Serves: 12
  • 1 cup sugar
  • ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • ¼ cup plus 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup milk
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ½ cup boiling water
  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 9-inch round or 8-inch square baking pan.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and until well combined.
  3. Add the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla and beat until very smooth.
  4. Stir in the boiling water. (The batter will be thin.)
  5. Pour into your prepared pan.
  6. Bake 30 to 40 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  7. Remove from the oven and cool in the pans set on wire racks for 10 minutes and then remove the cakes from the pans and set them on wire racks to cool completely.
Cook's Notes
Nutritional Estimates Per Serving (1/12th of cake): 156 calories, 6 g fat, 26 g carbs, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein and 4 WW Points+ value. Some Favorite Variations: *Use low fat buttermilk for the milk *Try strong coffee in place of the boiling water *Stir in ½ teaspoon cinnamon *Stir in a handful of mini chocolate chips

More Weight Watchers Friendly Chocolate Cake Recipes from other blogs and websites

*PointsPlus® calculated by Simple Nourished Living; Not endorsed by Weight Watchers International, Inc.

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  1. Annaliese says

    Hi– for the cake mix choc recipe that you are substituting the greek yogurt for do you add eggs as the box says or omit the eggs all together? Please advise– I think that recipe sounds yummy and would like to try it soon.

    • says

      Hi Annaliese,

      For the cake mix chocolate cake recipe, you just use the Greek yogurt and water as I have written it and skip the eggs and oil. The recipe is from Hungry Girl.

      Happy Baking!

  2. Yalda says

    OMG! This is by far the moistest chocolate cake I ever made at home! Loved it! Loved that it is so delicious and low-fat! I added one teaspoon of vinegar to make it look darker, but maybe it added to the moist too. I don’t know! I get to try it without vinegar too. The recipe is great anyways! Thanks for sharing.

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