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4 stunning spring cakes

By Michelle Edelbaum, March 28, 2012 - 11:45am

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When it comes to spring desserts, light and fruity takes the cake (or makes the best cake!). And the best part of EatingWell’s recipes is that they’re super-tasty yet healthier versions of the desserts you love and crave. Looking for new recipes to try? I combed EatingWell’s Pinterest boards for the most repinned spring desserts to see which stood out from the pack. Here are some of EatingWell’s most stunning and delicious spring cakes.

Banana Cream Layer Cake (pictured above)
In this cake we layer delicate banana-buttermilk cake with a fluffy Bavarian-style cream that's made low-fat by combining nonfat milk with a reasonable amount of whipping cream. The rich taste makes it hard to believe that this cake has only 300 calories and 3 grams of saturated fat per slice.
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Key Lime Meringue Cake

Key Lime Meringue Cake
A cake with a meringue? Though not unheard of, this one is definitely a flight of fancy, a cake version of Key lime pie. And pretty to boot!
Get the Recipe: Key Lime Meringue Cake & More of Our Best Spring Recipes

Carrot Cake

Carrot Cake
A classic spring dessert, carrot cake gets a health-halo effect from the carrots—people think it's health food, but carrot cake is usually very high in fat and calories. EatingWell’s lighter version has about 40 percent less calories and 50 percent less fat than most. First, we use less oil in our batter. Then we skip the butter in the frosting (don't worry, it's still light and smooth). To ensure the cake is moist, we add nonfat buttermilk and crushed pineapple.
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Raspberry-Swirl Cupcakes

Raspberry-Swirl Cupcakes
Cupcakes are perhaps less intimidating than a cake and the perfect choice for some occasions. These raspberry-lemon cupcakes are topped with an easy cream cheese frosting tinted pink with a little raspberry puree. To make them healthier we use whole-wheat flour, although the flavor of the raspberry puree swirled into the lemony cake makes the wheat flavor undetectable.
Get the Recipe: Raspberry-Swirl Cupcakes & More of Our Top 50 Spring Recipes

What’s your favorite spring dessert? Tell us what you think below.

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Michelle Edelbaum
Michelle is the digital director for EatingWell. She puts her background in journalism to work at to help deliver daily inspiration for eating healthy.

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