We've rounded up 25 of our favorite healthy cake recipes that are perfect for when you want a lighter dessert or snacking cake.
Who doesn't love cake? It's the best. We're sharing some gluten-free cakes, vegan cake recipes, healthy chocolate cake ideas, and fruit-forward cakes. If you're looking for healthier cake options - we've got something for you!
Let us know what you make or what your favorite cake recipes are in the comments below!
Healthy Cakes with Fruit
- Healthy Raspberry Cake - This healthier raspberry cake recipe is absolutely bursting with fresh raspberries! You'll use 2 pints of raspberries to top the cake - making for a beautiful and fruit-forward dessert.
- Easy Blueberry Cake - This deliciously fresh and easy blueberry cake recipe is perfect to make with summer berries!
- Blood Orange Upside Down Cake - Quite possibly the easiest cake you will ever make, this Blood Orange Upside Down Cake takes only 10 minutes to prepare, giving you the perfect excuse to make a cake.
- Cranberry Cake - This festive Cranberry Cake with Almond and sugared cranberries and rosemary is a holiday worthy dessert.
- Easy Rhubarb Cake - A quick, delicious and healthy dessert that can be made with fresh or frozen rhubarb. This cake is loaded with a whole pound of rhubarb and every bite has heavenly pops of juicy, sweet and sour rhubarb goodness.
- Apple Cake - This Maple Apple Almond Cake is so moist and delicious. And the cinnamon glaze takes it over the top.
Gluten Free Cakes
- Gluten-free Vegan Carrot Cake - This easy vegan cake is made in 1 bowl, with just 15 minutes to mix up the batter. It’s topped with a delicious refined sugar-free & vegan cream cheese frosting!
- Almond Flour Chocolate Cake - This healthy Almond Flour Chocolate Cake is dense but fluffy, moist with a tender crumb, and a delicious gluten free chocolate cake recipe. Made with just 7 ingredients, naturally sweetened and oil free, no one would guess this flourless chocolate cake is healthy OR gluten free!
- Gluten-free Banana Cake with Vanilla Frosting - Mashed ripe bananas add moistness and natural sweetness to this decadent Gluten-Free Banana Cake with Vanilla Frosting. Make this cake for a special occasion and watch as it disappears!
- Strawberry Oatmeal Cake - This gluten-free strawberry oatmeal cake is light and refreshing. It's perfect for dessert or an afternoon snack.
- Ricotta Almond Fig Cake - Made with almond and cashew flours, this gluten free fig cake is infused with almond extract and kept super moist thanks to ricotta. It’s subtle sweetness makes it perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack.
Vegan Cake Recipes
- Vegan Pumpkin Cake - This healthier pumpkin pudding cake is like a cross between a lava cake and pumpkin pie! With a creamy pumpkin pudding layer, crunchy pecans and a moist and pumpkin spice flavoured cake.
- Vegan Chocolate Cake with Strawberries - This Oil-Free Vegan Chocolate Cake with Strawberries is so rich, moist, and easy to make. With tender strawberries, sweet chocolate chips, and a fudgy, brownie-like flavor, no one will believe this is actually a healthy-ish, whole-grain cake!
- Vegan Apple Cider Doughnut Cake - This vegan mug cake allows the flavors of fall to shine! It’s reminiscent of apple cider doughnuts in a fast and convenient single serving option.
- Vegan Chocolate Snack Cake - This low sugar and vegan chocolate snack cake is sweetened partly with banana, and made with whole grain spelt flour for a healthier version of a chocolate cake.
Healthy Bundt Cakes
- Mandarin Orange Bundt Cake - This mandarin orange bundt cake recipe is fruity and delicious. It’s a wonderful winter recipe and makes for a great dessert at a holiday dinner or weekend brunch.
- Gluten Free Vegan Lemon Cake - You’ll love this easy-to-make Gluten-Free Vegan Lemon Cake! All you need are two bowls, one pan, and 10 minutes to mix up the batter. The cake has a moist and airy crumb. Top it all off with a tangy lemon drizzle!
- Healthy Chocolate Bundt Cake - This is the best chocolate bundt cake! It’s extremely rich and chocolaty, even with no refined flour or sugar.
- Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake - This healthier Cranberry Orange Bundt Cake is a lightened up version of a seasonal classic. With a few healthy ingredient swaps and the best ever orange glaze.
Healthy Chocolate Cakes
- No Bake Vegan Chocolate Cheesecake - Easy vegan chocolate cheesecake made silky, creamy, and smooth! This no-bake cheesecake is made with cashews. It’s refined-sugar free, 100% natural, so easy to make, and absolutely delicious!
- Chocolate Date Walnut Cake Recipe - One bite into a slice of Chocolate Date Walnut Cake and you get the crunch of walnuts along with the beautiful sweetness of dates.
- Gluten Free Chocolate Cake - This gluten free chocolate cake is a blender cake that has just a few ingredients and comes together in under an hour!
- 30-Minute Healthy Chocolate Cake - This healthy chocolate cake stuffed with superfoods including sweet potato, cocoa and avocado. Made with only 8 main ingredients.
- Mango Chocolate Cake - This tasty mango chocolate cake is a simple and easy cake recipe that tastes absolutely delicious. A double layer chocolate cake base, lightly covered with a mango buttercream.
Even More Healthy Cakes
- Healthy Coffee Cake with Almond Flour - Healthy Coffee Cake is made with almond flour, coconut sugar and chocolate chips.
- Light and Fluffy Chiffon Cake - Learn how to make this light and fluffy vanilla chiffon cake with this simple, easy to follow recipe!
- Healthy Pineapple Carrot Cake - This healthy pineapple carrot cake is a lighter version of a classic spring dessert. This moist carrot cake is easy to make, is lower in sugar & has no butter or oil!
- Coconut Flour Cake - Sweet and tender Coconut Flour Cake made with a combination of coconut & tapioca flour. You only need one bowl and eight ingredients to make! Gluten Free + Paleo + Nut Free
- Healthy Cranberry Coffee Cake - This Healthy Cranberry Coffee Cake is the perfect, cozy fall breakfast or dessert. It's dairy-free and made without refined sugar or flour.
Yield: 8 servings
Healthy Cake Recipes
Try one of our favorite healthy cake recipes - this tasty snack cake with raspberries is a fresh and delicious dessert.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Additional Time 20 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter (at room temperature)
- ¾ cup granulated sugar (plus 2 teaspoons for topping)
- 1 large egg
- ½ cup skim milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- 2 pints raspberries
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a 9-inch cake pan.
- Beat the butter and sugar together in a large mixing bowl with an electric mixer on medium speed for 3 minutes or until pale and fluffy.
- Add the egg, milk, and vanilla to the bowl and mix till combined.
- Stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl till combined. Then add half the dry mixture into the wet mixture. Stir till flour is incorporated. Add the remaining dry mixture and stir to combine. Beat for 1 minute until the batter is fluffy.
- Pour the batter into the cake pan and spread till you have an even layer.
- Place the raspberries on top in a single layer. Sprinkle additional 2 teaspoons of sugar on top.
- Bake for 50 to 60 minutes. Test the cake with a wooden skewer or cake tester to see if the center is fully baked before removing it from the oven.
- Let the pan cool on a wire rack for at least 20 minutes before removing the cake and cutting.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 291Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 46mgSodium: 188mgCarbohydrates: 47gFiber: 6gSugar: 23gProtein: 5g