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Here's a treat that features both chocolate and cocoa, but is surprisingly healthy. It makes a great gift for a chocoholic who's watching his or her fat grams.

Chocolate Raspberry Torte

Makes enough for 12.


½ cup plus 2 tsps unsweetened cocoa
1 cup all-purpose flour
1¼ cups granulated sugar
½ tsp baking soda
¼ tsp salt
1 oz unsweetened chocolate, melted
1 cup low-fat milk
1½ tsp vanilla extract
4 large egg whites
¼ cup seedless raspberry jam
1 Tbsp confectionary sugar
3 pints fresh raspberries

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Lightly coat a 9-inch round cake pan with vegetable cooking spray. Coat bottom and sides with 2 tsp cocoa. Sift flour, baking soda, and salt into a large bowl.

Combine milk and remaining ½ cup cocoa in a small saucepan. Whisk over medium heat for 5 minutes until mixture thickens. Remove from heat and whisk in melted chocolate and vanilla until smooth. Whisk cocoa mixture into dry ingredients until blended.

Beat egg whites in a large mixer bowl on medium speed until foamy. Gradually beat in remaining ¼ cup granulated sugar. Gradually increase speed to medium-high, and beat to stiff peaks. Gently fold one-third of egg whites into chocolate mixture with a rubber spatula. Then fold in remaining whites just until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in center of cake comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack 15 minutes. Invert cake onto a plate to unmold; invert again onto wire rack and cool completely.

Split cake into two layers. Remove top layer; place bottom layer on serving plate. Spread jam over bottom layer; place top layer over jam, cut side down. Garnish with ½ cup fresh raspberries per serving. Sift with confectioners' sugar over top.

For a Valentines day gift idea, use a heart-shaped pan, or for an Easter gift, try an egg shape!

Nutritional analysis per serving: Calories 188, Fat 2g, Protein 4g, Carbohydrate 39g, Fiber 3g, Sodium 148mg. (Percentage Of Calories From Fat 10)

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