I decided to rename this cake. The original blogger had called it a “poke” cake. Yes… that’s technically what it is, but it’s much more heavenly than that. As a result, it gets a new name.
One of my all-time favorite cakes is the classic Better than Sex cake. You know, the ooey, gooey chocolate and caramel concoction. This red velvet version is equally decadent and worthy of its new name.
Keep in mind, I have a blog called “No Thanks to Cake”… Most people read that as I must be anti-cake and I must say NO to cake all the time. On the contrary, I usually share that I grew severely overweight “no thanks to cake”. On most days, I can say “no thanks” to cake, but I am a TRUE believer that we have to reasonably indulge from time to time, which is exactly what I did on Sunday night.
I also think that it’s important to point out that I lightened up this cake significantly by preparing it a little bit different than the original recipe prescribed. Do you think anyone who ate the cake missed the extra fat and calories I extracted?
Red Velvet Better than Sex Cake
Original Recipe by The Country Cook via Pinterest
1 box Red Velvet Cake mix
1 can Diet Coke
2 pkg. Sugar-Free Fat Free Cheesecake pudding
4 cups skim milk
1 tub Cool-Whip (Lite or Fat Free), thawed
10 oreos or 2-3 packs of Oreo 100 Calorie Packs
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare your baking dish using cooking spray made for baking (I used Pam Baking.) Note: If you make the full recipe, use a 9 x 13 pan. If you make 1/2 of the recipe, proceed with a 9 x 9 pan.
2. Combine red velvet cake and diet coke using a mixer. Note(s): This cake is made very similarly to the Diet Cake I shared in January. Following the recipe will yield a larger quantity than pictured. I only made ½ of the recipe, to cut down on my inhaling leftovers. To make 1/2 the recipe, simply cut all of the ingredients listed above in half.
3. Cook the cake per the box instructions, testing it with a cake tester upon removing it from the oven. Remove the cake to a wire cooling rack for a few minutes.
4. In a separate bowl, mix the pudding and milk with a whisk. Mix until it begins to thicken, but do not allow it to completely set. Note: This pudding adds that cream cheese frosting-esque taste that red velvet requires. It’s soooo good.
5. After removing the cake from the oven, find a wooden spoon to use to create holes in the cake. Note: It’s always a little sad to pulverize the cake… but it’s necessary so the pudding seeps into the cake and makes it crazy delicious.
6. Pour the pudding mixture over the cake and fill in all the holes. Retire the cake to the refrigerator to cool completely and for the pudding to set. Allow it to cool at least 2 hours. Note: The original recipe advises to cover the cake if you have stinky things in your fridge. Regardless, cover your cake.
7. Shortly before you are ready to serve the cake, remove it from the fridge and add the cool whip on top of the pudding mixture.
8. Place the oreos into a plastic bag and crush the cookies. Sprinkle on top of the cake. Note: I opted for real Oreos only so I could buy a lunch-box sized container. You could also use Reduced Fat Oreos or 100 Calorie Packs. Either would work.
9. Cover and return to the fridge until you are ready to serve the cake.
10. Cut into generous slices and serve to your friends. Sit back and watch the cake vanish…
Now, let me share with you the stats on this cake. They’re going to shock you… but if you consider the fat-free, sugar-free substitutions I made, it makes sense.
Per slice (1/18th of the cake):
CAL 177; CARB 33g; FAT 4g; PROT 3g; FIB 0; SOD 364mg
This cake will only cost you 177 calories per slice!!! Unbelievable, right? Notice how high the calories were on the Oreos. If you went with 100 calorie packs, that could drop the calories for the recipe significantly. You could also go down to Cool Whip Free, as a lighter alternative. Just to compare, I also ran the stats on how the cake would turn out if I went with the original recipe:
Now, I definitely ate my 177 calories of cake yesterday and that’s all I consumed! I left my cake behind for my friend Deb and her husband Matt to enjoy. This is definitely part of my strategy for staying on track. Had I made the full recipe, it would have been WAY too much for the 4 of us and bringing the cake home would have meant I would have snacked on it all day.
Just the one serving was plenty for me… I could definitely say YES to cake in this scenario.
Overall, this cake was AMAZING. Now that I’ve calculated the stats, I love it even more! I definitely recommend taking the healthier version to your next family event, cookout, or get-together. People will be drooling over it… guaranteed!
Do you love Red Velvet Cake as much as I do? Have you ever tried to lighten it up like this?