Cocoa-Banana Cake

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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 318
  • Calories from fat: 12%
  • Fat: 4.3g
  • Saturated fat: 1.2g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 1.3g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 1.3g
  • Protein: 5.4g
  • Carbohydrate: 64g
  • Fiber: 0.6g
  • Cholesterol: 37mg
  • Iron: 1.7mg
  • Sodium: 287mg
  • Calcium: 77mg


  • 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)


  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.
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