Skinny Red Velvet Cake

Perfect for Father's Day. It’s one of my all-time favorite cakes! So rich tasting and super moist. It’s really easy to make since it starts with a cake mix. Each slice of this nostalgic cake has 250 calories and 7 grams of fat. Really need to wait for a celebration, bake this dreamy cake soon. You’re gonna love it!
Skinny Red Velvet Cake

Helpful Tips About this Recipe

Makes 16 servings (each serving, 1 slice)

Food Facts

Some food historians think red velvet cake originated as a devil’s food cake. Chocolate devil’s food cakes became very popular in the early 1900s. Though some believe a chemical reaction between the old-style baking sodas and processed cocoa powders sometimes gave the cake a red tint, this phenomenon is actually created by adding a generous amount of red coloring. The red coloring doesn’t alter the taste of this cake. If fine to leave it out, if you choose. The cake will have a dark brown color instead of a reddish brown.

Shopping Tips

Whenever a recipe calls for using whole eggs, Egg-Land’s Best eggs are my favorite to use. They have less saturated fat, less cholesterol, more Vitamin D, more Vitamin E and double the Omega 3 than regular eggs. They’re sold in most supermarkets.
I love using cooking spray, with flour in it. It ensures that the baked cake will not stick to the pan and break. Cooking spray with flour can be found in the aisle where cooking oils are displayed.

Storage Tips

This cake will keep in the refrigerator for 1 week. It also freezes great. Make sure the cake is cooled before frosting. Once the frosting sets, freeze in plastic containers. When ready to eat, zap in the microwave for about 40 seconds. Or, let them defrost on the kitchen counter.

WW Freestyle SmartPoints 11-Blue

WW SmartPoints 11-Green
SKINNY FACTS: for 1 slice (not including sprinkles)
250 calories, 7g fat, 2g sat. fat, 3g protein, 44g carbs, 0g fiber, 342mg sodium, 31g sugar
FACTS:  for Freestyle SmartPoints
232 calories, 1g sat. fat, 2g protein, 31g sugar


Skinny Red Velvet Cake

Skinny Red Velvet Cake

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Bake Time: 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 16
Calories 250 kcal


Ingredients for Cake:

  • 1 (16.5 oz.) Duncan Hines Dark Chocolate Cake Mix or Devil’s Food
  • 1 tablespoons flour
  • 1 (3.4 oz.) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup warm water
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 ounce red food coloring (1 bottle)
  • 2 eggs, I love Egg-Land’s Best eggs, see shopping tip
  • 2 egg whites

Ingredients for Skinny Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 4 ounces reduced-fat cream cheese (½ of an 8 ounce package)
  • cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat milk
  • Sprinkles for decorating or mini semisweet chocolate chips, if desired


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat a Bundt pan with cooking spray with flour, see shopping tip below.
  • In an electric mixer or using a hand mixer, combine all the cake ingredients except the eggs and whites. Beat well. Add the eggs and egg whites and beat on high for 1 minute.
  • Fill Bundt pan and spread the batter evenly. Shake the pan a few times to make the batter is even on top.
  • Bake for about 55-65 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in pan for 15 minutes. Carefully loosen sides of cake with a flat knife or spoon before removing. Invert cake onto plate. Let it cool before frosting.
  • To make the frosting-using a mixer, whip the cream cheese until smooth. Add the powder sugar, milk and mix until smooth. It should be somewhat thick.
  • Drizzle the frosting all around the top of cooled cake.  Decorate with sprinkles or mini chocolate chips, if desired.
  • Store in the refrigerator.


Serving: 1sliceCalories: 250kcalCarbohydrates: 44gProtein: 3gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gSodium: 342mgSugar: 31gBlue Smart Points: 11Green Smart Points: 11Plus Points: 7
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it was!


  1. I’m really confused. I noticed you didn’t suggest using low fat buttermilk or sugar free chocolate pudding mix – never mind using a confectioners sugar substitute like Swerve. Wouldn’t the use of lower fat and sugar free ingredients, when possible, make this lighter? I noticed the elimination of oil and one of the egg yolks in the cake, but I don’t think the alternatives I mentioned would substantially change the taste.

  2. Wendy buttermilk is low fat that’s why I didn’t mention it. And I’ve never tried this recipe using sugar-free pudding. If you decide to give it a try, i’d love your feedback!
    All the best,

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