5 egg whites
1/4 cup baking cocoa
1/4 cup hot water
1 cup sugar, divided
1 cup fat-free milk
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3/4 teaspoon almond extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1-1/2 cups reduced-fat whipped topping
4 ounces semisweet chocolate
1-1/2 cups fresh raspberries
Let egg whites stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. Dissolve cocoa in water; let stand until cool.
In a large bowl, beat 3/4 cup sugar, milk, oil and extracts until well blended. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt; gradually beat into sugar mixture until blended.
In another bowl with clean beaters, beat egg whites on medium speed until soft peaks form. Beat in remaining sugar, 1 tablespoon at a time, on high until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold into batter. Remove 2 cups batter; stir in reserved cocoa mixture.
Coat a 10-in. fluted tube pan with cooking spray. Alternately spoon the plain and chocolate batters into pan. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl.
Bake at 350° for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pan to a wire rack to cool completely.
For topping, in a microwave, melt whipped topping and chocolate; stir until smooth.
Place cake on a serving plate. Drizzle with topping. Arrange raspberries in center of cake.
Yield: 16 servings.
Nutritional Facts 1 slice equals 215 calories, 6 g fat (2 g saturated fat), trace cholesterol, 172 mg sodium, 37 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 4 g protein.
~~Healthy Cooking December/January 2009~~