How to Make a Healthy Birthday Cake for Kids That Taste Great

How to make a healthy birthday cake for kids that taste great? 4 steps that will satisfy everyone’s palate.

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Although the phrase “healthy birthday cake” will probably sound like an oxymoron to many, it is really possible to make a healthy and delicious cake that will delight everyone who tastes it. What’s more, we have found a drool-worthy cake recipe that’s healthy, but also big on flavor.

Find out below how to make a healthy birthday cake for kids that taste great. What else to do but keep reading to get the scoop?

Why is this recipe healthier than all the others?

There are several essential features that make this cake qualified for the status of a “healthy” cake:

  •       Instead of classic flour, it is made from whole wheat flour.
  •       There isn’t a single gram of refined sugar.
  •       Coconut oil is used instead of butter.

However, we have to make one critical note. Namely, as we have already stated, the cake is made from whole wheat flour, which actually means that it is slightly thicker compared to typical fluffy white birthday cakes. In addition, the cake is also not as sweet as the one you can buy in the store. But don’t let it get in your way; believe us, every time the kids were begging for more.

What about the Frosting, is it healthy too?

Before we found that this is 100% the best option, we tried several recipes for preparing the most delicious frosting, and this is our favorite. It is thick, creamy, and sweet, everything it should be!

If you like to experiment, you can try doing one of the following:

  •       Greek yogurt frosting
  •       Chocolate avocado frosting
  •       Cream cheese
  •       Buttercream frosting

Now let’s get to the point, find out below how to make a healthy birthday cake for kids that taste great.

How to make a healthy birthday cake for kids that tastes great


Dry ingredients

  •       1 cup whole wheat flour
  •       1 1/4 cup of all-purpose flour (optional)
  •       1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  •       1 teaspoon of baking soda
  •       1/2 teaspoon of salt

Wet ingredients

  •       1/3 cup of coconut oil (it would be best to melt it and let it cool halfway, not completely)
  •       1/4 cup of applesauce (preferably unsweetened)
  •       2 eggs
  •       2/3 cup of maple syrup (preferably pure)
  •       1 tablespoon of vanilla extract (preferably pure)
  •       1 1/2 cups buttermilk (optional)
  •       1/3 cup sprinkles (you can put more)


Step no. 1: First, turn on the oven so that it has enough time to reach the required temperature and prepare the cake pans by spraying them with non-stick cooking spray and lightly flouring them.

Step no. 2: Choose a clean bowl and mix all the dry ingredients in it (both types of flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt). In another bowl, whisk the wet ingredients in this order: coconut oil with applesauce, followed by the eggs, and then the maple syrup and vanilla extract. When done, simply mix half of the dry ingredients with half of the wet ingredients and stir to combine. When the mixture becomes compact, add half the buttermilk, stir to combine, add the other halves of the dry and wet ingredients and mix until everything is well combined.

Step no. 3: Divide the mixture into two trays and bake for between 20 and 30 minutes. We recommend checking with a toothpick to see whether the cake is completely baked. Leave to cool.

Step no. 4: The last step concerns the preparation of the inevitable glaze. You must mix the cream cheese and Greek yogurt until smooth using an electric mixer. Meanwhile, melt the white chocolate and add it to the bowl with the cream cheese and Greek yogurt and beat to combine. It would be best to immediately frost the cakes with the glaze, preferably using a spatula for a smooth touch.

Find out more delicious recipes with Greek yogurt.

In conclusion

That’s it, now you know our long-kept secret that reveals how to make a healthy birthday cake for kids that tastes great. We hope you found this article useful. If you have any questions, please let us know in the comment section below.

Will you try our recipe? Let us know your impressions if you liked it.

Author BIO

Karen Rutherford is the founder and editor-in-chief at Cake Decorist. You will often find her in the kitchen trying out some new recipes. As a pâtissière and baking enthusiast, Karen has decided to share her knowledge with the internet audience and provide the best tips and recipes for baking and decorating your favorite sweets.

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