Just Like Mom’s Chocolate Cake!

Yes! Finally a Trim Healthy chocolate cake that actually looks, feels, and tastes just like an old fashioned chocolate cake! And it’s all thanks to Trim Healthy Mama’s baking blend. It really is THAT GOOD!

From the time I was about 13 or 14, I was baking cakes in my mom’s kitchen. You know, the old fashioned, full of white flour and sugar kind of cakes. I wasn’t diabetic then, so I didn’t give any thought to how (un)healthy it really was! Since Trim Healthy Mama came along, I haven’t had a lot of success making a cake that I really like. I mean, they have mostly been *pretty* good, but it was just too crumbly (too much almond flour), too dense (too much coconut flour) or just not very sweet.

My husband’s birthday was today, and I had a strawberry amaretto cake recipe printed and ready to try, but he asked for chocolate. I almost panicked, because I wanted to make him a really good chocolate cake! And I hadn’t found a good recipe yet! I went so far as to pull out my favorite pre-THM chocolate cake recipe and thought I’d just make it the old way and just cheat. And then I read the recipe. And realized that I could probably actually pull this off without too many changes! And I was right! It was so good!

One final note about the finished product- it’s slightly more crumbly than the old sugar and flour cake I used to make. I did two- 9 inch round cakes, let them sit for about 10 minutes in the pan after taking them out of the oven, and then flipped them upside down onto a cooling rack without any problems. The bottom layer made it onto the plate without too much trouble, but the top half of the cake actually broke in half while I was setting it on top of the middle layer of frosting. Thank goodness for the top layer of frosting to hide it! I’ll have to be more careful next time I do it!

I’ll say right now that I used Serene’s version of the Icing for Cake recipe in the Trim Healthy Mama book, and I can not quite get it to turn out right! It says to use your blender to mix coconut milk, coconut oil, sweet blend, and eggs. And I don’t know exactly the problem yet, but more times than not, I think I have over-blended it, and changed the structure of it somehow, because even refrigerating it with the coconut oil mixed in doesn’t make it any more solid than a chocolate pudding. A tasty chocolate pudding, but not quite solid enough to frost a cake with. Perhaps she meant to use coconut cream instead of coconut milk? Not sure, but I’ll have to try that and see if it works better, because I really want it to work! Anyway, the point is to say that I’m not sharing the recipe for the frosting. Just the cake. So, here it goes! (And yes, it really is a nice chocolate-y color. I don’t currently own a decent camera, just my smart phone, which had a low battery and therefore wouldn’t flash while I was taking this picture. Hence the weird color. But, it’s probably the best picture I can get before it’s all the way gone!)


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Just Like Mom’s Chocolate Cake

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup coconut oil (solid)

1/2 cup THM Sweet Blend (or Pyure Organic Stevia- a stevia/erythritol mix)

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla

2/3 cup cocoa powder

2 1/2 cup THM Baking Blend

1 1/2 tsp baking soda

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp salt

1 cup unsweet almond or cashew milk

1 cup plain Greek yogurt or sour cream

Cream butter, coconut oil, and sweet blend until light and fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla; mix well.

In separate bowl, combine cocoa, baking blend, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

In measuring cup, combine yogurt or sour cream and almond or cashew milk and mix well (it should be the consistency of about buttermilk).

Alternate adding dry ingredients and milk mixture to the creamed mixture.

Pour into well-greased pans.

Bake at 350 as follows: 3- 8″ round pans (or 2- 9″ round pans)- 30-35 minutes; 9×13 pan- 55-60 min; 1-10″ tube or Bundt pan- 55-60 min; For 3 1/2 dozen cupcakes- bake 20-25 minutes at 375.


Affiliate note: I did include some affiliate links on this page. If you order from Trim Healthy Mama, it won’t cost you any extra, but it will give this stay-at-home mom a bit of commission!

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