Happy Valentine’s Day! If you are looking for an easy last minute dessert to make for a special dinner tonight, this cake is the answer to your prayers. It couldn’t be simpler to make and requires very little time. I can assure you it will impress the special person or people you are serving it to.

Although I love solid dark chocolate, I am not a chocolate cake lover. Many times, I find it way too rich and sweet. This cake has a nice balance of sweetness and chocolate, and is not too heavy or rich. Yet it will satisfy that chocolate craving. The cinnamon adds another interesting dimension of flavor.

Of course, it doesn’t have to be Valentine’s Day to enjoy this dessert. Indulge anytime the mood strikes you. You can whip it up so quickly, it’s practically magical!



1 cup flour

½ cup dark brown sugar

½ cup sugar

4 tablespoons unsweetened dark cocoa

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons white vinegar

¾ cup whole milk

5 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 egg whites

Preheat oven to 350º

Spray a 9-inch round cake pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl and mix together. In a separate bowl, whisk the milk, melted butter, vinegar, vanilla and egg whites together.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry, and beat using a mixer on medium speed for two minutes.

Pour the batter into the pan. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool and flip over to serve pan side up.

**Garnish – You may simply dollop each slice with fresh whipped cream and dust with cinnamon, or add a drizzle of raspberry sauce or Crème Anglaise.