Six Healthy Birthday Cakes
The cake is always the star of a birthday party, especially for kids!
Making a home-made cake means you can control what’s in it, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg and has the special ingredient – mum love! ♥
Check out these six fabulous ideas for healthier birthday cakes. I personally think they are yummier than the sweet, sickly rich cakes.
If you want a bigger cake, double the recipe and stack two on top of each other or bake in a large rectangular pan.
I also have some healthy icing and decoration options for you.
This has always been our go-to birthday cake recipe. It’s healthy, moist and delicious. We have had to change it over to gluten-free flour lately, but it is still just as good.
Sonia’s Chocolate Yoghurt Cake
Vital Stats: Nut free, vegetarian, gluten free (option)
Okay, so this is what you need:
3/4 cup organic SR Flour (or gluten-free SR flour)
1/2 teaspoon bi-carb soda (use the aluminium free one)
1/2 cup raw cacao
3/4 cup rapadura sugar (if you are going to ice the cake, use 1/2 cup)
200g organic natural yoghurt
2 organic eggs – lightly beaten
1 1/2 tablespoons organic Changing Habits Coconut Oil
Okay, so this is how you do it:
Line a round cake tin with baking paper. Preheat oven to 18o degrees celsius.
Sift all dry ingredients together. Mix all wet ingredients together and whisk.
Gently combine the wet and dry ingredients. Pour batter into the cake tin.
Bake for 20-25 minutes or until cooked.
My gorgeous Natural New Age Boy made the cake in these photos two years ago for a school project. He iced it with a butter icing, made on organic ingredients. For the colour, he used squeezed grated beetroot juice. The lollies were a bit of a treat. This butterfly style of cake is seriously easy to do if you want to make a homemade birthday cake, but aren’t overly confident with decorating. What could be easier than cutting it half and turning it around! For home, we usually just top it with cream and fresh fruit.
Gluten-Free Chocolate Banana Cake by Jo at Quirky Cooking.
We have topped it with Barambah organic cream and fresh strawberries.
Chocolate Chia Cake by Tania at Gluten Free Grain Free Co.
Tania says this cake is extra special if you had half a cup of mashed strawberries or blueberries to the mix and top the cooked cake with her raw chocolate glaze.
Vegan Love Cake by Kristen at Mamacino.
Strawberry Cake by Tash at A Guy, a Girl, Fur kids and Food.
My variation was to use blueberries and coconut oil instead of butter.
Cream cheese with honey
Fresh organic cream
Marscapone cheese mixed with pureed berries and honey to taste
Healthier Cake Decorations:
♥ Fresh fruit (I mean seriously, how good do those strawberries and figs look). Use cookie cutters to make fun shapes.
♥ Hoppers make a range of natural sprinkles that are free from artificial colours and flavours.
♥ Natural Confectionery Company lollies (no artifical stuff)
♥ Organic Times Gems (a healthier Smartie)
You can also decorate with non-edible items like toys (just take them off before you eat!). A couple of my kid’s favourite cakes have been a dolly varden, a cake with Bob the Builder toy and bulldozer and a cake with a Steve Irwin doll, plastic trees and a few Natural Confectionery Company crocodiles!
Sparklers are not so great as the metal flakes they give off are not safe to ingest. I learnt from Eco Scribble that the best candles for our health and the environment are actually beeswax. Read more about that here. Take a look at these naturally coloured beeswax birthday candles from Happy Flame.
I would love to hear your ideas and tips for making a healthier birthday cake. You can upload your photos to my Facebook Page, Natural New Age Mum.