Lemon Poppy Seed CakeThe perfect picnic finish? A decadent cake. But cakes can pack a serious calorie- and fat-heavy punch, with several sticks of butter, sour cream, sugar and refined flour. The good news: it's easy to make most cakes healthy and still delicious.
Try our 3 simple steps to Healthy Cake Recipes:
Substitute whole-wheat pastry flour for some of the all-purpose flour. It has more fiber and nutrients than refined all-purpose flour. Plus it contains less gluten than regular whole-wheat flour which makes more tender, delicate baked goods.
- Use canola oil, which is mostly heart-healthy unsaturated fat, instead of butter, which is mostly unhealthy saturated fat.
- Use less oil and keep the cake moist and tender with nonfat buttermilk.
Use these tricks to make a perfect picnic cake, such as:
Lemon Poppy Seed Cake (A classic sweet treat.)
One-Bowl Chocolate Cake (I love this one because it's so simple you can whip it up at a moment's notice, and it tastes great. Plus I usually have all the ingredients on hand.)
Chocolate Hazelnut Cake (I'm not that much of a baker, so part of the genius of this cake is that it always comes out looking pro! It's just gorgeous with a little glaze on top and then a garnish of hazelnuts. Plus it's intensely chocolaty with a hazelnut accent. Who doesn't like that?)
Frozen Pineapple Upside-Down Cake (I'm not going to lie…this one does take a bit of effort. But the results are great, especially if you love pineapple. This is a fun, playful cake that is great for a summertime party.)
By Jessie Price
EatingWell food editor Jessie Price's professional background in food started when she worked in restaurant kitchens in the summers during college. She started out testing recipes for EatingWell and then joined the staff here full-time in 2004 when she moved to Vermont from San Francisco.
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