Joan Kerns from Salisbury, N.C., was looking for recipes for cakes made without eggs. She has a granddaughter who is highly allergic to eggs, both the yolks and the whites, and she wanted to be able to make a cake she could safely eat.
Beatrice Odom from St. Pauls, N.C., says that she has two great-grandchildren who are also allergic to eggs and that she found a very good recipe for a "no egg cake" a few years ago in a magazine. This simple one-bowl cake is extremely moist and rich, and the delicious chocolate cream cheese frosting gives the cake a lovely finish. Serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a glass of ice-cold milk and I can promise you no one will ever miss the eggs.
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No-egg Chocolate Cake
Makes: 12-15 servings
cups all-purpose flour
cup baking cocoa
teaspoons baking soda
cup vegetable oil
3-ounce package cream cheese, softened
cup butter, softened
cups confectioners' sugar
cup baking cocoa
In a mixing bowl, combine the first five ingredients. Add water, oil, vanilla and vinegar; mix well (batter will be thin). Pour into a greased 13 x 9 x 2 baking pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
To make frosting: In a mixing bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter. Add the confectioners' sugar, cocoa, salt, milk and vanilla; mix well. Spread over the top of the cooled cake. Store in refrigerator.
Per slice (based on 15): 407 calories, 17 grams fat, 4 grams saturated fat, 4 grams protein, 63 grams carbohydrates, 2 grams fiber, 15 milligrams cholesterol, 354 milligrams sodium
Note: Nutritional analyses in today's Taste section were conducted by registered dietitian Jodie Shields unless otherwise stated.