The phrase “healthy birthday cake” might sound like an oxymoron, but we’re here to tell you it can be done—and it can taste amazing too. We’ve rounded up a bunch of drool-worthy birthday cake recipes that are healthy, but still big on flavor. Whether you’re looking for something gluten-free, vegan or just a little lighter, you’ll find the perfect birthday cake here. Keep reading to get the scoop.
Vegan Funfetti Cake with Vanilla Buttercream
A vegan birthday cake that doesn’t skimp on fun or flavor: sign us up! This sweet creation by Orchids + Sweet Tea is colorful inside and out, thanks to a healthy dose of rainbow sprinkles. To get the full how-to, click here.
Carrot Cake Ice Cream Cake
It’ll be love at first bite with this deceptively healthy cake from Feasting on Fruit. The ice cream is made with frozen bananas, while the cake is sweetened with dates and coconut sugar. Check out the recipe by clicking here.
Coconut Flour Cake
This lightened-up cake from Well Plated is a delicious pick for sensitive tummies, and it pairs perfectly with a fluffy coconut frosting. Top it off with sprinkles, and you’ve got a dessert everyone will rave about. Click here to get the recipe.
Cinnamon Chocolate Layer Cake
Take your chocolate cake to the next level with this fabulous recipe from Green Smoothie Gourmet. A dash of cinnamon in the batter adds an extra dimension, and the dark chocolate frosting is a fitting finish. Oh, and it’s vegan and gluten-free! Click here to get all the details.
Vegan Coconut, Orange and Chocolate Cake
Chocolate lovers, you’re in luck! This vegan treat from Occasionally Eggs is sure to be a hit. The cake is lightly flavored with orange juice and coconut milk, then topped with a heavenly whipped chocolate ganache. Grab the recipe by clicking here.
Bettina at Oh Everything Handmade whipped up this dessert for her baby’s first birthday—but the delish ingredients can be a hit with kids and adults of all ages. Think applesauce, bananas, cinnamon and nutmeg, with a cream cheese frosting to top everything off. Get the recipe here.
Chocolate Beet Cake with Chocolate Avocado Frosting
Trust us, you can’t beat a beet cake. With this decadent dessert from The Pretty Bee, you get all of the fiber and antioxidants, but the beet flavor is totally hidden under all that chocolate-y goodness. Add on a super creative (and delicious!) avocado icing and you’re set for any celebration. Get the gluten-free recipe here.
Chocolate Quinoa Cupcakes with Naturally Pink Frosting
How about some quinoa in your birthday cupcakes? Making Thyme for Health gives the traditional chocolate cupcake a healthy twist with quinoa, almond milk, and more. As for that pretty pink frosting? It’s colored using a little beet juice instead of fake dye! Get the recipe here.
Flourless Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Cake
We’ve got to give major props to this cake from Chelsea’s Messy Apron. Not only does it showcase our fave fall flavors in a healthy way, but it’s also made in one bowl. That means less cleanup, more birthday party! Get the recipe here.
Best Gluten Free White Cake Ever
Ahh, white cake. There’s a reason it’s a birthday staple. This version from Yammie’s Gluten Freedom has all the traits of the classic cake except for one update: it’s totally gluten-free. Get the recipe here.
Dye-Free Rainbow Cake
Want to give your kiddo a colorful cake but without all those iffy food dyes? Itsy Bitsy Foodies has come up with a way to do it thanks to veggie and fruit juice. The result? Totally wow-worthy and dye-free. Get the recipe here.
Healthy Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Cream Cheese Frosting
Chocolate, banana, and peanut butter are pretty much a dynamic trio when it comes to birthday cake flavors. HelloBee makes this fudgy masterpiece with whole grain flour and a cute five-inch pan. Oh, and did we mention the cake is totally free of refined sugars? Get the recipe here.
New Fashioned Yellow Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting
They might taste like they came from a boxed yellow cake mix, but these festive cupcakes from Oatmeal with a Fork are in a whole other cake category. They sport cannellini beans, honey, coconut flour (among other things) and a delish frosting made from avocado, maple syrup, and cocoa powder. Get the recipe here.
What’s up, doc? Vegan carrot cake, that’s what! For your birthday kid, Love & Lemons has totally vegan-ized everyone’s favorite carrot-y treat. Special ingredients include applesauce, almond milk and frosting that uses macadamia nuts instead of cream cheese. Get the recipe here.
Kid-Approved Healthy Cake
This cake from Chocolate Covered Katie has been kid-tested and kid-approved. It’s light and fluffy like any good birthday cake, but it’s also got its fair share of fiber, selenium, manganese and protein. Don’t forget the healthy strawberry frosting! Get the recipe here.
Fig Newton Cupcakes
Ready to give a classic cookie a whole new twist? These Fig Newton-inspired cupcakes are 100% whole wheat and made without refined flour or sugar—but they still have the same great flavor you know and love, thanks to a fun figgy filling. Get the recipe here.
— Abigail Matsumoto & Susie Foresman