Victor Protasio
Makes 8 servings

Notes: Jane Ingraham of Santa Barbara reworked her great-grandmother's recipe to lower the fat. She calls this rich, dark cake "my number one favorite dessert." Mile-high bakers need to add an extra 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour and decrease the sugar by 2 tablespoons.

How to Make It

Step 1

Oil a metal 8-inch-square or 8-inch-wide round cake pan, or a 9-inch-wide, 1 1/2- to 2-inch-deep heart-shaped pan. Line pan bottom with waxed paper cut to fit; oil paper. Dust pan with cocoa, shaking out excess.

Step 2

In a bowl, mix 2/3 cup cocoa, flour, soda, and salt.

Step 3

In another bowl with a mixer, beat to blend sugar, 1/4 cup salad oil, egg whites, vanilla, and 1 cup water. Add flour mixture; stir to mix, then beat until batter is smooth. Scrape batter into prepared pan.

Step 4

Bake in a 350° oven until cake begins to pull from pan side and springs back when lightly pressed in center, 35 to 40 minutes.

Step 5

Let cool in pan on a rack for 10 minutes. Run a thin knife between cake and pan rim, invert cake onto a rack, lift off pan, and gently pull off and discard waxed paper. Let cool about 1 hour. Invert a flat plate onto cake; holding rack and plate together, turn cake over onto plate. Spread cake with whipped frosting, swirling with small spatula. Lightly dust with more cocoa.

Ratings & Reviews

gramcayo's Review

September 08, 2013
slvrscren your too funny! I thought the same so I added the whole eggs

slvrscren's Review

December 30, 2011
I want the un-re-worked great grandmother's recipe!

OtteratC's Review

March 11, 2011
It was quick, and I had all the ingredients. That was the important thing! I used only 1 cup sugar and about 1 Tbsp of molasses. It was plenty sweet enough. I baked it in a 9" round pan with a removable bottom. No whipping cream so I made a simple chocolate frosting. Ice cream would have been nice, but didn't need the extra calories.

kateq18's Review

January 24, 2011

10102010's Review

February 14, 2010
I noticed you specifically noted to use salad oil, is there a particular kind that you use?

ChristinL's Review

January 01, 2010
This cake was very easy to make and looked just like the picture except I served it with vanilla ice cream. The chocolate flavor was very good and the best part was that I had all of the ingredients on hand. Good cake to make for a last minute dessert

Poopytosh's Review

August 29, 2009
The cake did not turn out so fluffy and flaky like the picture suggests. It was too dense..and glutenish. Still, it was very tasty, I made it twice.