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Light Chocolate Bday cake

Lighter Chocolate Cake with Greek Yogurt Frosting

Jacklin Altman
Once of the most classic cake combos - chocolate and vanilla, gets a lightened up twist in this tasty cake recipe. Recipe is for ONE 9" cake round (I made half-cakes by cutting it in half and stacking in so I don't eat an entire cake. For a full 9" 2 layer cake, double everything below).
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Decorating Time 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 6
Calories 447 kcal


  • Mixing Bowls
  • Mixer
  • Cake Pans
  • Oven


  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder unsweetened
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup Greek Yogurt 0% fat
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup brewed coffee or 1/4 cup espresso mixed with 1/4 cup water, room temp
  • 6 oz light cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup strained Greek Yogurt squeeze liquid out through a cloth or paper towel
  • 1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp butter softened to room temp
  • 1 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 350F
  • In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, salt, and cocoa powder
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together egg, canola oil, Greek Yogurt and pour into dry mixture. Whisk together to combine.
  • Pour in coffee (should be room temp so it doesn't cook the egg) and whisk entire mixture until you have a uniform batter.
  • Pour into a greased 9" cake pan
  • Bake cake for 25-30 minutes, until a toothpick comes out clean
  • While cake cools, combine butter, cream cheese, and strained Greek Yogurt in a mixer (or mixing bowl + hand mixer) and beat until you have a uniform mixture
  • Add powdered sugar and vanilla, and mix until fully combined. Add in coconut flour last (start with 1/2 tbsp and add more if needed) to thicken mixture.
  • Frost your cake up and ENJOY! I decorated mine with some rainbow sprinkles and extra bits of crumbled cake!


Calories: 447kcalCarbohydrates: 70gProtein: 12gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 418mgPotassium: 255mgFiber: 3gSugar: 50gVitamin A: 313IUCalcium: 130mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Cake, dessert, chocolate, vegetarian, frosting, greek yogurt
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