A Sweet Valentine’s Day Treat: Cocoa Pudding Cake Halloween may be the holiday most associated with candy, but when it comes to cookies, cupcakes and baked goods overall, Valentine’s Day desserts take the cake—literally. Unlike Thanksgiving, where people go all out on their savory turkey feasts, or the Super Bowl, where everyone goes crazy over appetizers, Valentine’s Day is the ultimate excuse to go overboard on the chocolate and not look back.
While those cute little boxes of heart chocolates that you can pick up at the drug store are admittedly delicious, try treating your loved ones to something a little more indulgent this Valentine’s Day. You don’t need to be a pastry chef to majorly impress your family with something sweet, scrumptious and, of course, chocolate-y! Even better, bring the kids into the kitchen with you and let them help create your Valentine’s Day recipes—short and simple ones are especially good for little hands to help out with. Grab your kids a stool and have them mix everything together, fill measuring cups and lick the spoon clean!
If you’re looking for an easy, chocolate-filled recipe for this Valentine’s Day, make sure to try out this cocoa pudding cake. It’s rich, chocolate-y and incredibly easy to make—it only takes 15 minutes of prep time! Plus, it calls for hot cocoa mix, meaning it’s the perfect recipe to use before spring arrives. Enjoy, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
Cocoa Pudding Cake
Prep Time: 15 min
Total Time: 55 min
• 1 cup Ultragrain® All Purpose Flour
• 1/2 cup granulated sugar
• 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
• 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 3/4 cup reduced fat (2%) milk
• 2 tablespoons Pure Wesson® Canola Oil
• 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
• 3 envelopes (0.55 oz each) Swiss Miss® Sensible Sweets™ No Sugar Added Hot Cocoa Mix
• 1-1/4 cups boiling water
• Reddi-wip® Fat Free Dairy Whipped Topping
Preheat oven to 350°F. Combine flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder and salt in large mixing bowl. Add milk, oil and vanilla; mix until blended and smooth.
Spoon batter into ungreased 8×8-inch glass baking dish. Place cocoa mix in medium bowl. Add boiling water; mix well. Pour evenly over batter. Bake 30 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Cool cake for 10 minutes. Serve warm with Reddi-wip. Top each piece with sliced strawberries or raspberries for an extra festive Valentine’s Day touch!
This is a guest post by Meredith K. on behalf of Reddi-wip®. For other crave-worthy Valentine’s Day recipes, along with other ideas for easy low calorie desserts, visit www.reddiwip.com.