Friday, April 9, 2010


Vanilla Layer Cake with Chocolate-Ginger Frosting


  • Do you have a favorite cake or dessert? 
  • What do you have to do to make that favorite cake or dessert healthier?
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  1. 1 Cup + 2 Tbsp. cake flour
  2. 1 tsp. baking soda
  3. 1/4 tsp. salt
  4. 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  5. 2 Tbsp. 1 tsp unsalted butter, softened
  6. 1 large egg
  7. 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  8. 1/2 cup fat-free milk
  9. 2/3 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  10. 2 Tbsp unsweeteetened cocoa powder
  11. 2 Tbsp packed dark brown sugar
  12. 1/2 tsp ground ginger



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees; spray 2- 8” round cake pans with nonstick spray.
  2. To prepare the cake, in a small bowl, combine the four, baking soda, and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer on high, cream the granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons of the butter; add the egg and 2 teaspoons of the vanilla, beating until smooth.  Gradually beat in the flour mixture alternately with the milk, until the batter is smooth.  Divide the batter between the pans.  Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean, 15-17 minutes.  Cool in the pan 5 minutes; remove from the pans and cool completely on a rack.  Transfer 1 cake to a platter.
  4. Meanwhile, to prepare the frosting, in a food processor or blender, combine the ricotta, cocoa powder brown sugar, the remaining 1 teaspoon butter, ginger, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla; blend until smooth.  Spread a thing layer of frosting over the cake on the platter;top with the remaining cake, then spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides.  Refrigerate until ready to serve.


Nutritional Analysis:

Calories:  122;  Fat 4g; Sat Fat 2g; Trans Fat 0g; Chol 28mg; Sodium 78mg; Car 18g; Fiber 1g; Protein 4 g.  Weight Watcher Points: 3

Recipe Source: Weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook


  1. You had me at CAKE. I love them all, no matter what. My favorite is carrot, but I also love a good angel food!!