Help with modifying cake recipe
So I've got my mom's old "drunken cake" recipe which I'd like to make a little more healthy and I'm wondering what would be the limits... it's a basic chocolate cake really.
here's the recipe:
- 200 gram butter
- 1.5 cups sugar (or a bit less then)
- 5 big heaped spoonfuls of cacao
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 5 eggs
- 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 cup flour
- soluble coffee 1.5 teaspoon
Making chocolate mix:
Melt sugar (1 cup), butter and cacao powder in a pot until liquid,
let cool a little,
add 5 yolks (yellow of egg) one by one and mix well, add the vanilla extract.
save ¾ cup of mix for the frosting.
Making the base:.
Batter the egg whites, when they start to froth gradually add the sugar (half cup) and then fold the mix into the battered White eggs with the flour ( the baking powder sieved together with the flour) slowly and gently,
butter a pan and pour the mix, and into the oven at 1800 for around 20-30 minutes (wide rectangular pan, this is a flat cake)
Mix cognac and soluble coffee (1.5 teaspoon) and add into the ¾ frosting. (Find the balance between more cognac and taking care not to make the mix too liquid)
Frost as soon as cake comes out of oven and enjoy while you can.
So, i'd like to maybe use whole wheat flour for example and reduce the sugar and fat content, also i'd like to use real coffee but that would make the mix too liquid... i'm also thinking to use a little sourdough because why not...
Should i replace some of the butter with coconut oil or olive oil? or a mix of both or all? How would that effect such a cake?
Should i throw in some Black Pepper for an extra zing?
Maybe incorporate some yogurt to hydrate the whole wheat flour? how different do these kinds of cake feel when using whole grains?
i do recognise that this recipe is perfect the way it is in the sense that it's heavenly chocolatey and alcoholic which is a very nice combination and the coffee gives it that something extra, so really it's just me wondering if all that butter sugar and white four is necessary, could it be just as good and a little less guilty pleasure and where could i take it without changing it's essence too much...
any thought's tricks and suggestions would be welcome!