Healthy Quintuple Chocolate Cake

Healthy Quintuple Chocolate Cake

Wait, what?  It’s been two years since my first post ever?  I feel like my first blogiversary was just a few months ago…  I’m floored.  Happy 2nd birthday bloggy woggy!  :)

Healthy Quintuple Chocolate Cake

Nothing like a decadent QUINTUPLE chocolate cake to celebrate today’s awesomeness (no, not because it’s 420, that was just a fluke I swear)

Healthy Quintuple Chocolate Cake

Healthy Quintuple Chocolate Cake

Healthy Quintuple Chocolate Cake

Here I am, 229 posts later, eating one of the best chocolate cakes of my life.  Why?  It’s incredibly decadent with five sources of chocolate:  unsweetened cocoa powder, Dutch process cocoa, chocolate extract, chocolate protein powder and dark chocolate.

[technically, there are 6 sources of chocolate if you include those itty bitty chocolate hearts 😀 ]

Healthy Quintuple Chocolate Cake

This cake is super moist, super decadent and it goes without saying…  it’s chocolatey.  You would never know this cake is good for you, it’s high in fiber and protein so it will fill you up after one slice (while the typical unhealthy chocolate cake will take us about four slices to feel full!).  Plus, it’s refined sugar free…  yes, I’m serious!  Check out the nutrition label comparison below, you won’t BELIEVE it!

Healthy Quintuple Chocolate Cake (gluten free)

Yield: two 8 inch cake layers


  • 150g (1+1/3 cups) Coconut Flour
  • 53g (2/3 cup) Unsweetened Regular Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 3/4 tsp Instant Coffee
  • 1 cup + 2 tbs Organic Whole Eggs (about 5 large eggs)
  • 2/3 cups Organic Egg Whites
  • 1 tbs Vanilla Extract
  • 1 tbs Chocolate Extract
  • 192g (1 cup) Granulated Erythritol (or dry sweetener of choice, I love sucanat in this recipe)
  • 3/4 cup + 2 tbs Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 200g (3/4 cup + 1 tbs) Unsweetened Applesauce
  • Frosting:
  • 28g (2 tbs) Coconut Oil, melted
  • 1 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 1 tsp Butter Flavor
  • 15g (2 tbs) Unsweetened Dutch Process Cocoa Powder
  • 147g (7 scoops) Chocolate Brown Rice Protein Powder
  • 2-4 tbs Light Coconut Milk, canned
  • Ganache:
  • 1/2 cup - 1 tbs Light Coconut Milk, canned
  • 1.5 tbs Date Syrup (or agave, honey, maple syrup, etc.)
  • 1/2 tsp Stevia Extract
  • 2.5-3.5oz Dark Chocolate*


    For the Cake:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and generously spray two 8 inch cake pans with cooking spray (I also lined the pans with 8 inch parchment circles)
  2. In a stand mixer bowl with beater attachment, add the eggs, egg whites, extracts, erythritol, almond milk and applesauce. Mix on low while you gather the dry ingredients.
  3. In a medium-sized bowl, sift the coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt and instant coffee.
  4. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the stand mixer while mixing. Once all is added, increase the mixer speed to medium, then medium high. Beat for about 30 seconds.
  5. Pour batter into the prepared cake pans and bake for ~45 minutes, or until the surface springs back when tapped. Let the cakes cool inside the pans for about 20 minutes, then flip them onto a wire cooling rack.
  6. For the Frosting:
  7. In a microwave-safe bowl, add the coconut oil and almond milk. Microwave at 20-second intervals, stirring between each one, until coconut oil is melted. Stir in the extracts.
  8. In a large bowl, whisk together the cocoa powder and protein powder.
  9. Add the coconut oil/almond milk mixture into the dry ingredients and stir together. Add the coconut milk 1 tbs at a time, until you reach a frosting consistency.
  10. Frost the cooled cakes.
  11. For the Ganache**:
  12. In a medium-sized bowl, whisk together the coconut milk, date syrup and stevia extract.
  13. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, add the chocolate and microwave at 30-second intervals, stirring between each one, until melted. Slowly stir this into the coconut milk mixture, pour into squeeze bottle or piping bag and pipe whatever design you like.


*Use 2.5oz if you want a soft ganache, 3.5oz if you want it to firm up. Use unsweetened if you want that bitter bite to differentiate the ganache from the milk chocolatey frosting.

**The ganache should equal 3/4 cup. I used about 1/2-3/4 of it to top the cake and saved the rest for serving.

I melted unsweetened chocolate, put it in a squeeze bottle and drew little hearts with the chocolate to top the cake.

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I decided to compare the nutrition label of this cake to the classic unhealthy Hersheys chocolate cake.  Hersheys nutrition label is on the left, the Desserts with Benefits nutrition label is on the right:

UNHealthy Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Frosting and Chocolate Ganache nutrition label  Healthy Chocolate Cake and Chocolate Frosting and Chocolate Ganache nutrition label

This chocolate cake beats Hersheys in every way possible.  My cake has:

  • 230 less calories (my cake has less than half the calories of Hersheys!)
  • 9.5g less fat
  • 43g less carbs
  • 6g more fiber
  • 37g less sugar (Hersheys has almost 1/4 cup of sugar in just one slice!)
  • 5g more protein

Soooo have an extra slice for less calories and none of the useless butter, sugar and bleached flour.  It will make you feel like you’re cheating but you’re not  :)

Healthy Quintuple Chocolate Cake

I’ve got plenty more amazing recipes to come (from DIY recipes to homemade protein bars to cookies to cakes and even ice cream!), so find me on Facebook, follow me on my brand new Twitter, connect with me on Pinterest or just leave a comment!  You have no idea how happy that will make me  :)

Labels: Applesauce, Brown-Rice-Protein, Cakes-and-Cupcakes, Chocolate, Coconut-Flour, Coconut-Milk, Coconut-Oil, Coffee, Date-Syrup, Egg-Whites, Eggs, Erythritol, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, High-Protein, Icings-Frostings-and-Spreads, Low-Fat, Low-Sugar, Nutrition-Label

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Comments (31)

  1. Ruta: April 20, 2013

    Happy 2nd birthday! That cake looks like a perfect way to celebrate. So much chocolate!

  2. dessertswithbenefits: April 20, 2013

    It’s the best way to go 😉

  3. jo @ including cake: April 20, 2013

    Yay happy birthday no. 2!! Love the cake and your photography just gets better and better :-)

  4. dessertswithbenefits: April 20, 2013

    Aw thanks Jo! Same to you :)

  5. Dina: April 20, 2013

    beautiful chocolate cake!

  6. Vivian Dumas: April 20, 2013

    OMG, that cake looks DIVINE!! And it’s our four year wedding anniversary today, may just make one to celebrate…:-D Love your blog!! Keep up the good work!

  7. dessertswithbenefits: April 20, 2013

    Happy Anniversary Vivian!! <3

  8. Kayle (The Cooking Actress): April 20, 2013

    Happy Blogaversary!!! Your blog is just 1 week older than mine lol 😛

    OMG I am drooooling over this cake. I cannot believe how few calories it has! AMAZING

  9. dessertswithbenefits: April 20, 2013

    WOW one week? That’s crazy! Happy (early) blogiversary :)

  10. Inez: April 20, 2013

    I can’t wait to try this! But what about substituting the eggs for ground flax seed? Do you think that would work?

  11. dessertswithbenefits: April 20, 2013

    I love flax eggs but I don’t think it would work in this recipe because there are too many eggs and egg whites to replace. In my experience, too many flax eggs make the baked good gummy and sometimes even mushy :( Maybe you can try Ener-g Egg Replacer, although I’m not sure if it will impose a flavor in the cake.

  12. Davida @The Healthy Maven: April 20, 2013

    Happy Bloggerversary! Thanks for all of the great recipes :) Keep it up!

  13. Yii-Huei: April 20, 2013

    Congrats on your second year! I love reading your blog, and I’m constantly amazed of how many recipes you can turn ‘healthy’. This cake certainly does not look healthy, it looks like pure decadence.

  14. Christine: April 21, 2013

    Thanks for sharing! I am definitely going to need to try this!!! Happy 2 years :)

  15. April 21, 2013

    I love your pictures and recipes, they are mouth watering. Would love for you to share them with us at Over at we are not photography expert snobs, we are just foodies.

  16. Kristen: April 21, 2013

    Girlfriend, I am BLOWN away by your blog! It is SO apparent that you put your whole heart into it and that you truly believe in what you have to share! It’s unbelievable!! Thanks for spending all the time that you clearly do to bring us all these healthy desserts! So inspiring!!!

  17. YitLing: April 21, 2013

    Happy 2nd anniversary! What a decadent chocolate cake, no one would believe it’s healthy at all! Hehe! I really admire your effort to find out the nutritional value of your recipe. Salute! Thank you for sharing!

  18. I literally gasped when I saw this.
    Moving to a new home in June and totally intend to stock my kitchen to handle your AMAZING recipes! Thank you for your insane creativity :)

  19. Crumblie: April 22, 2013

    Happy Anniversary!

    The cake looks delicious. Thanks for all the amazing recipes and tips you posted in the last couple of years.

    You’ve made my life a lot better :)

  20. photo cakes in pune: June 8, 2013

    Chocolate flavor is my favorite flavor.I just love this cakes.

  21. Remote Gate: June 8, 2013

    Cakes are my weakness and such lovely one then it looks just so nice, thanks for the yummy post.

  22. Elevator India: June 10, 2013

    Hey these cakes are looking so nice can I have bit of it please…

  23. myrtle: June 14, 2013

    Oh my! I’m drooling looking at the pictures.

  24. myrtle: June 19, 2013

    WoW! That looks very luscious.

  25. foodienewz: June 22, 2013

    Your food photos are amazing. You can share your mouth watering photos with us at is a new food sharing site and we actually try our best to promote your food photos. At all your food photos will be published without any editorial review so I really hope you come and join us.

  26. myrtle: June 25, 2013

    Oh my! That looks very luscious.=D

  27. Lauren: July 21, 2013

    Hi Jessica!

    First off all, i love your website and recipes – they are so unique and always look divine. Secondly, I really want to try my hand at one of your chocolate cake recipes – but there are so many! I decided I want to try one with coconut flour (I LOVE it, when used right), but there are 3 on the blog! This one, the chocolate pear, and your 20th bday cake.. which of the 3 was your favorite?! Thanks!!

  28. Kathy: September 10, 2013

    Does this have a coconut flavor? Who has actually tried it! It seems like all the comments are about how great it LOOKS and that they will have to try it.

  29. dessertswithbenefits: September 10, 2013

    Although coconut flour smells very distinctly of coconut, the cake itself does not. I guess the flavor “bakes out” because no one tasted it :)

  30. Katerina Seigel: January 2, 2014

    I just made this and its INCREDIBLE! My entire family had no idea it was healthy. You are literally a genius and a total inspiration. I want to make every one of your recipes and i’ll be sure to tell everyone how perfect your blog is! You’re super talented girl, thanks for sharing! <3 :)

  31. dessertswithbenefits: January 6, 2014

    YAY I’m so glad everyone liked the cake!!!! That makes me so happy, I’m glad you like the blog too 😀

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