Butternut squash adds healthy sweetness and moisture to this spongy chocolate cake. Top the vanilla cream with any fruit – sliced bananas would be delicious.
- 10 oz uncooked butternut squash, peeled, diced (2 cups)
- 1/4 cup(s) water
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- 14 Tbsp powdered sugar, (3/4 c plus 2 Tbsp)
- 2/3 cup(s) all-purpose flour
- 1/4 cup(s) unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1/4 tsp baking soda
- 1/8 tsp table salt
- 1 1/2 oz bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (70% cocoa)
- 2 Tbsp light butter, cut up
- 1 large egg(s)
- 2 large egg white(s)
- 1/4 cup(s) heavy whipping cream
- 1 Tbsp powdered sugar
- 1/4 cup(s) reduced-fat sour cream
- 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup(s) pomegranate seeds
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).
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.
Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, sift together 14 Tbsp powdered sugar, flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt.
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.
Stir melted chocolate into squash until blended; beat in egg and egg whites by hand. Gently fold in flour mixture just until blended.
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.
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.
Remove cake from pan; remove parchment or foil. Cut into 12 pieces and serve topped with cream and pomegranate arils.
Serving size: 1 piece cake, 1 Tbsp vanilla cream and 1 Tbsp pomegranate arils