Healthy Cake Recipes

Do you need healthy cake recipes for a condition like gluten sensitivity or is your goal to reduce the fat and calories but still be able to enjoy a special occasion cake?

Maybe you are preparing for a special occasion and your guests are vegan or lactose intolerant and need to avoid dairy.

Or maybe you just want more fruits and vegetables in your diet.

The right recipe for you depends on your health goals.

One important reason for making your own cakes is so that you can make sure they contain the healthiest ingredients, whether it be organic foods, to be preservative-free, or to exclude problem foods.

Healthy Cake Recipes: Gluten Free Cakes

Most recipes can be modified and be made gluten free by substituting wheat flour with rice flour, coconut flour, or almond flour. I sometimes combine two or three types, sifted together, to make a gluten free flour blend.

The most popular brand of these in my area is Bob’s Red Mill, which also offers organic gluten free flours.

If it’s your first time baking gluten free treats, I suggest doing a cake test to make sure you like the ingredients. You may need to make adjustments for the particular recipe you’ve chosen.

If you don’t like the texture that results from the lack of gluten you could try adding xanthan gum.

Low Calorie Cakes

Some types of cakes are naturally lower in calories than others.

Angel food and sponge cakes are lower in fat and calories because they don’t use shortening. These are excellent choices when you’re serving someone who is counting calories.

If your goal is to eliminate sugar, think about cakes that are more similar to bread recipes. That way you won’t choose a cake that depends on sugar for the cake chemistry.

Fruit can be used to replace sugar in some recipes. Dates, dried fruits, bananas, and apples are all compatible with cakes.

For some cakes you’ll need some type of sweetener to replace the sugar just for taste. The healthiest non-sugar option, in my opinion, is Stevia. (My favorite is raw stevia from the Sweet Leaf brand.)

Dairy Free Cake Recipes

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When you need a dairy free cake, your goal is to avoid butter and cheese.

So cheesecakes, cream cheese frostings, buttercream frostings, and butter cakes are off the list for dairy free cake options.

Again, a sponge cake or angel food cake is a good choice for a dairy free cake.

For frosting and decoration choose a frosting that calls for vegetable shortening instead of butter, or simply substitute the butter with shortening in your favorite recipe.

Fondant is a great decorating choice that is dairy-free.

Vegan Cake Recipes

If you’re serving guests who are vegan, you need a cake recipe that doesn’t include eggs or dairy.

This can be the most difficult of all the healthy cake recipes.

For this special cake, you would not choose sponge cake or angel cake because they both depend on eggs.

You can easily substitute vegetable shortening or coconut oil for the butter ingredients, but the eggs in some cake recipes are important for holding the cake together.

If you’re just looking for a dessert cake, a strawberry shortcake is an easy vegan dessert, as long as the whipped cream is left as an optional addition and not served with the cake.

Cakes With Fruits and Veggies

If you want to make a cake dessert healthier than just cake and frosting, choose a cake that includes fruits or veggies.

Pineapple upside down cake, a carrot cake, or light cakes like Angelfood topped with strawberries can't be beat.


If you have a favorite healthy cake recipe, please share it with us!


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