Whether you have a toddler, pre-schooler, tween, teen or even an adult kid, a fun, delicious birthday cake is something that is a MUST for kids’ birthday parties. After all, nothing spells P-A-R-T-Y like sinking your teeth into a yummy, absolutely delicious cake.
But, kids these days are exposed to alarming levels of sugar in their diet. Be it the biscuits they munch on, or sugar drinks they sip, everything comes with a bucket load of refined sugar. This not only leads to cavities, the dreaded sugar rush but is a major cause of childhood obesity.
But, that doesn’t mean you have to cut back on desserts! NO! Now, you can satisfy your kiddo’s sweet tooth with healthy cakes that taste surprisingly good.
Continue reading to know more.
How to Make Birthday Cakes Healthy?
The secret to a healthy cake is all about “Substitutions.” Start by reducing specific ingredients like flour, butter, sugar, oil, and shortening. Instead of these, you can make use of alternate healthy ingredients like whole-wheat flour, millet flour, oats flour, or coconut oil and so on.
The key here is to try the cake beforehand. Prepare a trial cake a few weeks ahead of the party. This way, you can tweak the recipe to your liking.
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For others, who want to try your hands baking, here we’ve compiled a list of the best healthy birthday cakes for kids. What more, these cakes taste so good, that your guests will never suspect a thing!
Read on to find a list of healthy birthday cakes that both your kiddos and adult guests will fall in love with. Bonus: each one of these delicacies looks absolutely gorgeous, making them a perfect crowning glory of your party table.
An All-Fruit Cake
This cake not only looks pretty fabulous but in fact is one of the healthiest options out there. Gather the best seasonal fruits and unleash your creativity to make a cake just by arranging pieces of fruit together. The vibrant colours and medley of flavours make for a delicious dessert that is a treat for both your taste buds and eyes. All you need are some kebab sticks, toothpicks, and cookie cutters to arrange the dessert. You can even ice the cake using whipped cream.
Another idea is to freeze yogurt in individual cupcake moulds and top it off with fresh fruit slices. This way, you have single-serve desserts perfect even for the tiniest members of your party.
An all-fruit cake is perfect for summer parties to beat the heat!
Banana Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Substitute butter and refined sugar in your kiddo’s birthday cake with banana, applesauce and maple syrup. Additionally, instead of white flour, you can use whole-wheat flour for an added dash of healthiness. Use cream cheese frosting to ice the cake and decorate with frozen blueberries or strawberries for a splash of colour.
Chocolate Yogurt Cake
If your kiddo doesn’t consider anything as dessert, if it doesn’t have chocolate in it, then this is the perfect cake for you. Start with your favourite chocolate cake recipe. Then, substitute the white flour with almond flour or any other gluten-free flour. And, instead of oil, use yogurt for a moist and tasty cake.
Pineapple Honey Carrot Cake
A carrot cake by itself is a healthy dessert as it contains generous helpings of carrot in it. You can make it healthy further by adding honey to it, instead of white sugar. Also, for decorating it, use canned pineapple slices.
Simple, yet sweet and tasty, this one’s sure to satisfy even the most intense sugar cravings.
Girl Scout Cookies
For generations, cookies are one of the most popular desserts at birthday parties. However, they come loaded with trans-fats and tons of calories. You can make this favourite dessert healthy by choosing whole-grain flours. Also, instead of the chemical-laden shortening, go in for good homemade butter for healthy fats.
Mouthwateringly tasty, these cookies make for one impressive dessert at your party.
Is there any kid who doesn’t love ice-cream? Even, ice-cream cake is healthy if you make it from scratch in your kitchen. Prepare different flavours of ice-cream using whole milk and fresh cream. Store it in your freezer for a few days.
On the day of the party, you can assemble it and top with fresh fruits for a delicious, yet wholesome dessert.
Strawberries are one of the sweetest fruits and are a perfect fit for all types of desserts. If your kiddo’s birthday falls around the strawberry season, then you can make this one quickly. Start by choosing sweet strawberries. Instead, of sugar, add natural strawberry puree to the cake. And, finish off with more strawberry, in the form of icing or slices. You can add honey if you need it to be a bit sweeter.
We’re pretty sure this one will become your kid’s favourite dessert.
Oatmeal Banana Cookies
Who needs cake, when they’ve got yummy cookies? Yes, this one’s crazy delicious that your kiddo will soon want to eat it for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Use oatmeal (finely ground instant oats) and mashed banana to make tasty, yet healthy cookies. Add honey or cane sugar for added sweetness.
Chocolate Zucchini Cake
For years, expert parents vouch that the best way to make kiddos eat vegetables is by sneaking it into chocolate. Start with your regular chocolate cake recipe. Reduce the butter by half and substitute it with finely grated zucchini. Additionally, you can reduce the sugar in the recipe by adding honey or applesauce.
Unless and until you reveal that you’ve added veggies to the cake, no one will be the wiser.
Millets are undoubtedly the superheroes of the grains family. And, adding millets to your cakes is easier than you think. Start by substituting a portion of your flour with millet flour. Bajra, jowar, foxtail millet, or quinoa – anything works. Once you get the hang of the taste, you can entirely replace white flour with millet flour.
Decorating the Cake
A birthday cake is incomplete without decorations. And, when it comes to healthy decorations fruits are your best friends. Arm yourself with an array of cookie cutters in various shapes and go crazy. Fruits make for colourful, easy decorations that add to the flavour.
If your kids love sprinkles, then you can make them at home without the harmful chemicals. Start by piping straight lines of royal icing on a baking tray. Once dry, break it into small pieces, and you’ve got homemade sprinkles.
With just a few substitutions, you can make your child’s next birthday cake healthy!
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