How to Make a Cake Healthy

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Watch as Eating Well shows you how to make a cake healthy! These healthy food swaps can trim calories and fat from this classic celebration dessert. Beat 1 1/4 cups of granulated sugar with four tablespoons of unsalted butter and 1/3 cup of canola oil in a large mixing bowl. Add in four large eggs at room temperature. Substituting vegetable oil for some of the butter reduces the amount of saturated fat in this cake recipe. In a separate bowl, combine two cups of whole-wheat pastry flour, a cup of cake flour, and 1/2 teaspoon each of baking soda and salt. The whole-wheat pastry flour adds plenty of fiber while the cake flour helps keep the mixture moist. In a liquid measuring cup, whisk together a cup of buttermilk, the zest and juice from a lemon, two teaspoons of vanilla extract, and 1/2 teaspoon of almond extract. Gradually add the dry ingredients and the buttermilk mixture to the original mix, alternating until completely incorporated. Spread the batter into a pan, and let it bake at 350 degrees for between 28 and 34 minutes. For the cream cheese frosting, combine a 12-ounce package of low-fat cream cheese, 1/2 cup of confectioner’s sugar, three tablespoons of low-fat, plain Greek yogurt, and 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla extract. With these ingredient swaps, you’ll take in fewer calories and grams of fat. When the cake has cooled, spread the frosting on. Make flowers on top of the cake using raspberries and blueberries, and let strawberry slices serve as a decorative edge. This healthy dessert recipe saves you over 100 calories and 10 grams of fat. Now that you know how to make a cake healthy, start spreading this good-for-you vibe into all of your cooking!”

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