Chocolate Cake Recipe Makeover

Chocolate Cake Recipe Makeover

I adapted this recipe from from the Guittard Chocolate Cookbook.  The key update is that I substituted olive oil for butter.  I haven’t noticed an actual olive oil flavor, the chocolate remains center stage.  There are several other healthy ingredients – whole wheat flour, pumpkin puree and yogurt.  Using chocolate shavings, instead of chocolate chips, seems to make a big difference in how fluffy the cake is.  This cake is so delicious!

Guittard Chocolate Bar Shavings

Chocolate Cake Recipe Makeover

  • Servings: 6-8
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Hands-On Time: 20 Minutes

Special Equipment:  6-cup bundt cake mold or cake pan, cheese shaving tool (as pictured).


  • 1/2 Cup Whole-Wheat Flour
  • 1/2 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 6 Tbsp Unsweetened Cocoa Powder (Dutch-processed if available)
  • 2 Tsp Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 Cup Olive Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Large Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup Plain Yogurt (I used non-fat.  If you only have Greek yogurt on hand, fill measuring cup 2/3 full with Greek yogurt, then the remainder milk.)
  • 1 & 1/2 Cups Unsweetened Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Shavings


  • Pre-heat oven to 375 F and prepare bundt cake mold with a light coating of butter or non-stick spray.
  • Add the dry ingredients, flours – ground cloves, in the smaller of the mixing bowls and whisk throughly to incorporate.
  • In the larger mixing bowl, add the olive oil and sugars.  Mix with the hand-held mixer 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the eggs and beat with the hand-held mixer another 2-3 minutes.
  • Add the pumpkin and repeat.
  • Add the dry ingredients in two – three segments, using the electric mixer to incorporate each time.
  • Finally, fold in the chocolate shavings using a large mixing spoon or the spatula and pour the batter into the prepared mold.
  • Bake for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out with unquestionably baked crumbs (not perfectly clean: it will be dried out by then).
  • Let the cake cool at least 15 minutes before tasting, and serve at room temperature.

Recipe Makeover: Chocolate Cake

3 responses to “Chocolate Cake Recipe Makeover”

  1. Looks so chocolate-y and good!!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Allison, This cake looks awesome and I’m actually thrilled to know about the digital advent calendar. I love that idea! We are big on advent. Missed you in Dallas. Looking forward to more posts.


    1. Thanks Ginny! Missed you guys too!! Yes check it out, it’s a great calendar. Same here, I can’t go a year w/o my advent calendar!


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