Mmm chocolate cake, guilt free!

Last weekend I really wanted chocolate cake.  Since I am doing fairly well in my weight loss I didn’t want to sabotage my weigh in either.  Hmm, dilemma for sure.

I started thumbing through some cookbooks and found an interesting one in a WW cookbook.  I (negatively) thought, well this will probably be OK, but I’m sure my craving will still be present.  Wrong.  Wonderfully wrong!

First, look how pretty it is.  Something this adorable can’t taste too bad?  Next, Chocolate and raspberries = a very good thing.  And layers?  Yes, layers are always a treat.  Last, one slice is only 3 points.  How great is that?
It was a bit weird mixing, mostly because creaming such a little amount of butter and sugar is just something I hadn’t done yet.  Regardless, it turned out really nummy.  I hope you’ll give it a try too.
Chocolate Layer Cake (from weight Watchers New Complete Cookbook)

Makes 12 servings

1 cup + 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon expresso powder or instant coffee granules
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 + 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup fat free buttermilk
1/2 cup raspberry spreadable fruit
1 tablespoon confectioners sugar

1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees, spray 2 8″ pans with non stick spray
2.  In a small bowl, combine flour, cocoa, expresso, baking soda & powder and salt
3.  In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer on high, cream granulated sugar and butter.  Add egg and vanilla, beating until smooth.  Gradually beat in flour mixture alternating with buttermilk, until batter is smooth. Divide batter in the two pans. Bake until toothpick inserted comes out clean, 15-20 minutes. Cool completely. Remove one cake from pan and out on cake platter. 
4.  Meanwhile, in a small saucepan over low heat, melt the spreadable fruit, 2-3 minutes. Brush 1/4 cup on the cake on the platter. Top with other cake and brush remaining spreadable fruit. Sprinkle with confectioners sugar. 

Per serving 135 calories, 3G fat, 1g fiber for a POINTS value of 3!!!

On Sunday Kyleigh and I traveled (it is traveling when it is over an hour away, right?) to Crafts Direct.  Pretty much the most amazing craft store I have been to.  Imagine a Target sized store but all crafts. Sewing, scrapbooking, painting, flowers, wood, needle crafts, and a million other things. They have such a variety of supplies and examples of the employees handiwork that your mind is just a buzz with ideas.  When we left we started taking notes on things we wanted to make!

First on my list, probably because I knew I could get it done quickly, was a tutu for my niece.  You buy tulle on a roll, some elastic, ribbons and beads.

Then measure and stitch the elastic together for the little girls waist.  Next pick a measurement for the length of tulle.  I just used my iPad, wrap around a zillion times and cut one side.  You’ll have to use your imagination because my photo’s were corrupted – argh!!!

Now just alternate colors and put on the elastic.  Just make a “U” shape and pull through.

Once this is done tie the beads on the pieces of ribbon and attach them randomly on the tutu.  I should have taken a closer picture of the ribbons & beads but I was excited to get it over to her.

Unfortunately she was getting molars in and was not a happy camper.  However, Dora was most happy to model for me.  🙂