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The Honolulu Advertiser
Posted on: Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Milk chocolate pound cake sheds calories, keeps flavor

 •  Sparking holiday

By Elaine Magee

Madeover milk chocolate pound cake uses a fat-free sour cream and light cream cheese to reduce calories by almost one third.

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Q. Dear Recipe Doctor, I like recipes that call for cake mixes but so many of them ask for a cube of butter or 1/2 cup of oil, plus lots of other ingredients that pour on the fat and calories. Can you lighten up this milk chocolate pound cake recipe for me?

A. I loved this reader's request so much I turned it into a monthlong series! I'm starting with the pound cake but from there I'm lightening up a peanut butter bar that calls for cake mix, a white chocolate raspberry cake, and a German chocolate cake cookie recipe that uses a cake mix. So stay tuned.

Cake mixes already have some fat in the dry mix, so you don't need to add any additional fat. You do, however, need to add something in place of the butter or oil that will provide the same amount of moisture and hopefully has a flavor that will complement (and won't compete with) the other flavors in the dessert.

The original milk chocolate pound cake recipe calls for a cup of sour cream and we can easily use a tasty fat-free variety. It also calls for 1/2 cup vegetable oil, and instead I used light cream cheese, which I thought would help maintain the characteristic pound cake texture. I also added 2 higher omega-3 eggs and 1/2 cup of egg substitute instead of 4 eggs. These changes reduced the calories by 90 and cut the fat, saturated fat and cholesterol in half.

Original recipe contains 330 calories, 18 grams fat, 6 grams saturated fat, and 62 milligrams cholesterol per serving.


  • Canola oil spray

  • 2 tablespoons flour

  • 1 cup fat-free sour cream

  • 1/2 cup light cream cheese

  • 2 large eggs (higher omega-3 if available)

  • 1/2 cup egg substitute

  • 1 package (3.4 ounces) vanilla instant pudding mix

  • 1 box yellow cake mix

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

  • 6 ounces milk chocolate chips (3/4 cup)

  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar

    Heat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a bundt pan with canola cooking spray, add 2 tablespoons of flour and tilt the pan around to coat the inside well. Shake out excess flour.

    Add sour cream, light cream cheese, eggs, egg substitute, pudding mix to large mixing bowl and beat on low speed until blended. Add in cake mix and vanilla and beat on low speed for 1 minute. Scrape down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

    Fold in the chocolate chips. Pour the batter into prepared pan. Smooth the top with a rubber spatula. Bake in the center of oven until golden brown and cake springs back when lightly pressed with your finger (about 60 minutes).

    Place on a wire rack to cool for 20 minutes. Invert cake onto the rack to finish cooling (another 20 minutes). Place cake on serving platter and sift powdered sugar over the top. Store at room temperature, covered, for up to a week.

    Makes 16 servings.

  • Per serving: 242 calories, 5 g protein, 39 g carbohydrate, 7.5 g fat, 2.7 g saturated fat, 2.6 g monounsaturated fat, 1.8 g polyunsaturated fat, 32 mg cholesterol, 1 g fiber, 372 mg sodium. Calories from fat, 28 percent. Omega-3 fatty acids, .2 g. Weight Watchers points 5. Omega-6 fatty acids, 1.5 g.

    Elaine Magee is a registered dietitian. Learn more at www.recipedoctor.com