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Healthy & Delicious: Mexican Chocolate Cake

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Wacky Cake is a non-dairy, eggless, completely vegan chocolate confection that is nonetheless moist and totally delicious. It can be traced back to either the Great Depression or World War II, when money and animal products were in short supply.

I made it for the first time about three years ago, and have done so for birthdays and holidays ever since. The whole thing costs a little under $1.25, with each slice coming in around 180 calories.

Much like Wacky Cake, this Mexican Chocolate Cake from Real Simple is vegan, delectable, and staggering inexpensive. Unlike Wacky Cake, it possesses a spicy kick not usually associated with dessert. It pairs beautifully with a full-bodied red wine, but you could also serve it to kids without them staging a revolt.

I made one huge change to the cake, which came about accidentally. Real Simple asks you to add 1/4 cup canola oil to the mix, which was omitted by the recipe I was forwarded. So, my cake didn't have any.

Lo and behold, you couldn't tell the difference. That means this version of Mexican Chocolate Cake is virtually fat-free, and for those of you sticking to your resolution diet, three Weight Watchers points per serving.

Go forward and eat cake, friends. Maybe with Banana Ice Cream? Could be a good time.

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