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Frosted Cake

Use skim milk and low-fat cream cheese to lower the saturated fat and calories in this special-occasion cake.



  • 2 1/4 cups cake flour
  • 2 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 4 Tbsp margarine
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 Tbsp orange peel
  • 3/4 cup skim milk


  1. Preheat the oven to 325 degrees F.
  2. Grease with small amount of cooking oil or use nonstick cooking oil spray on a 10-inch round pan (at least 2 inches high).
  3. Powder pan with flour.
  4. Tap out excess flour.
  5. Sift together flour and baking powder.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat together margarine and sugar until soft and creamy.
  7. Beat in eggs, vanilla, and orange peel.
  8. Gradually add the flour mixture alternating with the milk, beginning and ending with flour.
  9. Pour the mixture into the pan. Bake for 40 to 45 minutes or until done.
  10. Let cake cool for 5 to 10 minutes before removing from the pan.
  11. Let cool completely before icing.
  • 3 oz low fat cream cheese
  • 2 Tbsp skim milk
  • 6 Tbsp cocoa
  • 2 cups sifted confectioners sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Cream together cream cheese and milk until smooth.
  2. Add cocoa.
  3. Blend well.
  4. Slowly add sugar until icing is smooth. Mix in vanilla.
  5. Smooth icing over top and sides of cooled cake.

Yield: 16 servings, 1 slice each

Nutrition at a glance
Each Serving Provides:
amount per serving
Calories 241
Total Fat 5 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 57 mg
Sodium 273 mg
Calcium 70 mg

Source: National Institutes of Health, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Office of Research on Minority Health. Delicious Heart-Healthy Latino Recipes.

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