Healthy Cake Recipes

Find healthy, delicious cake recipes including chocolate, lemon, pound and bundt cakes, and homemade birthday cakes. Healthier recipes, from the food and nutrition experts at EatingWell.

Staff Picks

Breakfast Lemon-Blueberry Oatmeal Cakes

Rating: 5 stars 2
A cross between muffins and baked oatmeal, these oatmeal cakes are perfect for an on-the-go breakfast or snack. If you prefer to use fresh blueberries, they're an equal swap for the frozen in this recipe. You can also make a double batch and enjoy one during the week and store the other batch in the freezer to savor later.
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By Sara Haas, RDN

Lemon-Raspberry Dump Cake

Rating: 5 stars 1
This super-easy and fun lemon-raspberry dump cake tastes like a cobbler, but with cake instead of a biscuit topping. Raspberries and lemon work well together, but any berry would work well here.
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By Laura Kanya

Breakfast Blueberry-Oatmeal Cakes

Rating: 4.5 stars 28
This oatmeal-meets-muffin-tin cake recipe is perfect for having a healthy breakfast available on busy weekdays. Make a batch on the weekend and keep them in your freezer. For a grab-and-go breakfast, reheat the oatmeal cakes in the microwave for about 40 seconds.
Hilary Meyer
By Hilary Meyer

One-Bowl Chocolate Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 32
This easy-to-make chocolate cake is dark, moist, rich--and only dirties one bowl! Not quite as easy as boxed cake mixes, but those often contain trans fats. Our simple “from scratch” recipe gives you a home-baked cake with healthful canola oil and whole-wheat flour.
By EatingWell Test Kitchen

Breakfast Apple-Cinnamon Oatmeal Cakes

These handy cakes are a great way to start your day. If you're in a hurry, toss one in a food storage container to enjoy once you get to work. If you have more time, pop one in the microwave for 30 seconds, then top with a little milk and enjoy!
By Sara Haas, RDN

No-Bake Key Lime Cheesecake

This no-bake Key lime cheesecake is a tart and refreshing dessert that takes shape with just a few hours in the fridge. If you like a crispy crust, you can bake it at 350°F until lightly browned, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely before adding the filling.
By Carolyn Casner

Blueberry-Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 57
This healthy pound cake recipe isn't just delicious--it also only requires one bowl to make. For the best cake texture, be sure to beat the sugar and butter together long enough in Step 2 to look creamy--the time it takes to get there varies according to the type of electric mixer you have. Serve with brunch or alongside a cup of coffee in the afternoon.

Lemon-Blueberry Dump Cake

Rating: 3.5 stars 4
Got an extra box of vanilla cake mix? Use it to make this easy blueberry-lemon dump cake! A layer of blueberries bakes with lemon-infused cake on top. With only 10 minutes of active time, this cake is perfect for busy nights or casual get-togethers.
By Carolyn Casner

Lemon-Blueberry Poke Cake

This lemon-blueberry poke cake is tender and light. Holes are poked into the cake after baking to let the tangy-sweet glaze seep in.
By Carolyn Casner

Diabetic Carrot Cake

Rating: 4 stars 6
With this luscious take on an all-time favorite, you can fit this low-sugar cake into a diabetic meal plan with style.

Peach-Ricotta Pound Cake

This peach-ricotta pound cake is fruity and delicious. The ricotta cheese helps keep it moist, and the peaches add fresh summer flavor. Using vanilla extract lets the spices shine through, while almond extract provides a stronger flavor that pairs well with the peaches.
By Laura Kanya

Chocolate-Fudge Pudding Cake

Rating: 4.5 stars 6
When you have a craving for a comforting dessert, try this pudding cake, which forms its own rich-tasting sauce as it bakes. The coffee flavor is subtle, but it adds complex depth to the cake's flavor.
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By Patsy Jamieson
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Inspiration and Ideas

How to Make Berry Chantilly Cake
See how to make a healthy layer cake filled with simple whipped cream and topped with fresh berries for a show-stopping dessert.
Blueberry-Lemon Ricotta Pound Cake
This healthy pound cake recipe isn’t just delicious—it also only requires one bowl to make. Serve with brunch or alongside a cup of coffee in the afternoon.
Peach Cobbler Cheesecake
Rating: 5 stars 1

This peach cobbler cheesecake marries a classic cheesecake with the crisp cinnamon-flavored topping and fresh fruit flavor of a peach cobbler. Additional fresh ripe peaches and syrupy warmed preserves make the perfect garnish for this amazing dessert!