Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  185
  • Protein  2 g
  • Carbohydrates  28 g
  • Fat  7 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  150 mg
  • Potassium  45 mg
  • Phosphorus  30 mg
  • Calcium  5 mg
  • Fiber  1.0 g

Poor Man's Cake

Suitable for CKD and dialysis food plans, the cake calls for just a half cup of cocoa to give it a rich color and chocolaty taste. Kathy says that Michelle gave her the recipe because she wanted to help patients maintain good phosphorus control while enjoying their chocolate.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe provided by DaVita LPN Michelle and submitted by DaVita dietitian Kathy from Virginia.

Portions: 24     Serving size: 2” x 2” square


  • 3 cups all-purpose white flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups cold water


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix the first 5 ingredients in an ungreased 9” x 13” baking pan.
  3. Make 3 holes in the dry ingredients.
  4. Pour 2 tablespoons vinegar in one hole.
  5. Pour 3/4 cup oil in second hole.
  6. Pour 2 teaspoons vanilla in the third hole.
  7. Add 2 cups of cold water and mix.
  8. Bake for 30 to 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 1 high calorie
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Great for cupcakes too! Pour 1/3 cup batter into each regular size cupcake liner to make 24 cupcakes.
  • Cocoa processed with alkali, also known as Dutch chocolate, is much higher in potassium than natural cocoa powder.

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Poor Man's Cake

cciliax says:


Made this cake into cupcakes for the unit. The patients loved them, and were delighted to have something chocolate. Frosted them with cream cheese/confectioners sugar frosting used for the other pineapple cake recipe.

Mar. 26, 2013, 8:43 AM - Inappropriate review?

Poor Man's Cake

JPRD says:


We made these as cupcakes for tasting days at the unit. Easy and a big hit!

Mar. 28, 2012, 6:12 PM - Inappropriate review?

Poor Man's Cake

Lovemybabys2 says:


Such a great cake. My daughters love it.I was afraid it would be dry but not at all. Already gave out this recipe to 2 of my friends and the kids really like it. The kids ages range from 6 to 18 and they all enjoyed it

Mar. 17, 2012, 8:56 AM - Inappropriate review?

Poor Man's Cake

CharlieAnn says:


This is a really good tasting cake. Just wondering if I could cut it in half to make a smaller cake? Way to big for just 3 people.

Jan. 08, 2012, 10:52 AM - Inappropriate review?

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