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Cocoa-Banana Cake

Yield 12 servings

Ingredients

  • Cake:
  • 2/3 cup fat-free fruit purée (such as Sunsweet Lighter Bake)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons instant coffee granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon banana extract
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 6 large egg whites
  • Cooking spray
  • Icing:
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1/8 teaspoon banana extract (optional)
  • 1 (8-ounce) container frozen fat-free whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 cup sliced banana
  • 1/8 teaspoon unsweetened cocoa (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 318
  • caloriesfromfat 12 %
  • fat 4.3 g
  • satfat 1.2 g
  • monofat 1.3 g
  • polyfat 1.3 g
  • protein 5.4 g
  • carbohydrate 64 g
  • fiber 0.6 g
  • cholesterol 37 mg
  • iron 1.7 mg
  • sodium 287 mg
  • calcium 77 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.

  2. To prepare cake, combine the first 7 ingredients; stir well with a whisk. Lightly spoon flour into a dry measuring cup, and level with a knife. Combine flour, 1 cup granulated sugar, and next 4 ingredients (1 cup granulated sugar through salt) in a large bowl. Add buttermilk mixture to flour mixture, stirring just until blended.

  3. Beat egg whites with a mixer at high speed until soft peaks form. Add 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, beating until stiff peaks form. Fold the beaten egg whites into batter; pour batter into a 13 x 9-inch baking pan coated with cooking spray.

  4. Bake at 350° for 35 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely on a wire rack.

  5. To prepare the icing, combine powdered sugar, fat-free milk, and 1/8 teaspoon banana extract (if desired). Fold in the whipped topping. Spread icing over cake; cover and chill at least 1 hour. Top with banana slices, and sprinkle with cocoa, if desired.