I make this cake all the time for birthdays or special occasions. It is my go to recipe for chocolate cake. It never fails me and it never gets old hearing, "Man, this is good chocolate cake!" after people take their first couple bites. I usually top it with coconut pecan frosting, the kind used for german chocolate cake. At first I made it exactly as the recipe says. Now I make it with 1 cup unsweetened applesauce instead of oil and only use 1 cup of chocolate chips like others suggested. Reduces the calories substantially. 1 cup of oil is 1984 calories and 224 grams of fat. 1 cup of unsweetened applesauce is 100 calories and 0 grams of fat. That means I've eliminated 1884 calories and 224 grams of fat from the entire cake and I swear, I cannot taste the difference between the two. My father and brother did not notice the difference either when I fed them the applesauce version for the first time on their birthdays.
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I make this cake all the time for birthdays or special occasions. It is my go to recipe for...