It’s no secret we get a kick out of making not-so-healthy things a bit healthier. It’s also no secret we like to celebrate, and we’re fans of the occasional indulgence. Greatist’s second birthday — that’s today! — is no exception. We hope you’ll celebrate the healthy way right along with us, whether that means making a healthier cake, picking a healthier drink, or fitting in a few bodyweight exercises before heading out to party. No matter your choice, we’ve got the resources you need. Here are 20 of our favorite healthier ways to make a cake to celebrate any occasion.
Before we get to some of our favorite recipes, here are a few of our favorite tips on how to make any cake (or sweet bread) recipe a little bit healthier.
1. Carrot Cake
This healthier carrot cake recipe cuts out the sugar, white flour, and excess butter in favor of healthier substitutions like dates, whole-wheat flour, and bananas. Add in a healthy dose of carrots, coconut, walnuts, and raisins, and you’ve got a perfectly textured cake with zero added sugar. And you don’t need to pass on the cream cheese frosting, either — this one calls for cream cheese sweetened with honey and lime juice.
2. Healthier German Chocolate Cake
Moderation is still key with this semi-decadent recipe. The classic recipe gets a healthier twist by subbing in a natural sugar alternative in the actual cake, and soy milk and coconut milk in the frosting.