Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Cream

Total Time
1 hr 50 min
25 min
25 min
Butternut squash adds healthy sweetness and moisture to this spongy chocolate cake. Top the vanilla cream with any fruit – sliced bananas would be delicious.


uncooked butternut squash

10 oz, peeled, diced (2 cups)


¼ cup(s)

vanilla extract

2 tsp

powdered sugar

14 Tbsp, (3/4 c plus 2 Tbsp)

all-purpose flour


unsweetened cocoa powder

¼ cup(s)

baking soda

¼ tsp

table salt


bittersweet chocolate

1½ oz, finely chopped (70% cocoa)

light butter

2 Tbsp, cut up


1 large

egg white(s)

2 large

heavy whipping cream

¼ cup(s)

powdered sugar

1 Tbsp

reduced-fat sour cream

¼ cup(s)

vanilla extract

¼ tsp

pomegranate seeds

½ cup(s)


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line an 8-inch square baking pan with parchment paper or nonstick aluminum foil so foil hangs over edges a little bit (or coat pan with cooking spray).
  2. Combine squash and water in a microwavable mixing bowl; cover with vented plastic wrap (or wax paper). Microwave on High until squash is fork-tender, 8 minutes. Mash squash with potato masher or large spoon; stir in 2 tsp vanilla extract and let cool until lukewarm.
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, sift together 14 Tbsp powdered sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
  4. Combine chocolate and butter in a small microwavable bowl; cover with wax paper and microwave on Medium until chocolate softens and butter begins to melt, 15 seconds; stir until smooth.
  5. Stir melted chocolate into squash until blended; beat in egg and egg whites by hand. Gently fold in flour mixture just until blended.
  6. Pour batter into prepared pan; spread into an even layer. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs clinging, 25 minutes. Cool completely in pan on wire rack.
  7. While cake cools, in a small bowl, using an electric mixer, beat cream until thickened. Add powdered sugar; beat until stiff peaks form. Fold in sour cream and vanilla just until blended.
  8. Remove cake from pan; remove parchment or foil. Cut into 12 pieces and serve topped with cream and pomegranate arils.
  9. Serving size: 1 piece cake, 1 Tbsp vanilla cream and 1 Tbsp pomegranate arils

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