Valentine’s Day Treat

Everyone likes something sweet on Valentine’s Day. Instead of racking up the calories with fattening desserts, try this light True Love Chocolate Cake.

True Love Chocolate Cake Recipe


  1/4 cup butter, softened

  1-2/3 cups sugar

  2 eggs

  1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

  2-1/4 cups all-purpose flour

  2/3 cup baking cocoa

  1-1/4 teaspoons baking powder

  1 teaspoon salt

  1/4 teaspoon baking soda

  1-1/4 cups water

  1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips


  1 package (8 ounces) reduced-fat cream cheese

  1/3 cup confectioners’ sugar

  1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  1 carton (8 ounces) frozen reduced-fat whipped topping, thawed


  3/4 cup flaked coconut

  1/2 cup candy hearts


  • In a large bowl, beat butter and sugar until crumbly, about 2 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in applesauce.
  •    Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, salt and baking soda. Add to the butter mixture alternately with water, beating well after each addition. Fold in chips. Pour into a 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan coated with cooking spray.
  •    Bake at 350° for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.
  •    For frosting, in a bowl, beat cream cheese and confectioners’ sugar until smooth. Beat in vanilla. Fold in whipped topping. Frost cake. Refrigerate until serving. Just before serving, sprinkle with coconut and candy. Yield: 24 servings.

Nutritional Facts 1 piece equals 238 calories, 9 g fat (6 g saturated fat), 29 mg cholesterol, 201 mg sodium, 39 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 4 g protein.

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