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21 Skinny Low-Calorie Cake Ideas for Sweet Tooths

Cutting your calorie intake doesn’t mean you have to give up decadent desserts. These scrumptious low-calorie cake recipes prove just that!

A cake is one of the most popular bakes for any occasion. That could be a birthday, an anniversary, or even a barbecue.

It is often one of the easiest recipes to follow. You don’t even need to make a cake from scratch.

A wide variety of box mixes can be found in the store. These include chocolate, angel cake, and red velvet. Take your pick!

low calorie cake recipes

Best Low Calorie Cakes

Below you will find multiple great low-calorie cakes to enjoy low calorie desserts for any occasion!

1. Vegan Pear Cake

vegan pear cake


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 211
  • Fats: 5g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbs: 34g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 11g

Pears have many health benefits. But they are often overlooked in favor of other fruits!

This vegan pear healthy cake is an easy recipe to satisfy your sweet tooth. It contains oat flour and oat milk rather than regular. And no oil!

Add some sliced pear and almonds on top. This delicious dessert will look extra inviting!

2. 2-Ingredient Orange Angel Food Cake

2-ingredient orange angel food cake


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 138
  • Fats: 1g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 33g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 23g

Angel food cake is one of the lightest cakes out there. Throw in some mandarins for a healthy addition to it!

This 2-ingredient recipe is super quick to whip up for a hot summer day. You could also make these into cupcakes for more low-calorie desserts. Or two lovely loaf cakes!

The mandarins make these easy healthy dessert recipes a summer hit. Serve with more fresh fruit and whipped ricotta or whipped cream!

3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cupcakes

chocolate peanut butter protein cupcakes


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 243
  • Fats: 16.2g
  • Protein: 17.7g
  • Carbs: 1.5g
  • Fiber: 5.1g
  • Sugar: 7g

Who says chocolate cupcakes can’t be healthy? These protein cupcakes are also keto-friendly and one of the favorite desserts to watch your calorie intake.

The cupcakes don’t use almond or coconut flour in the dry ingredients. Instead, they combine flax meals, lupin flour, and whey protein.

The super-rich chocolate flavor comes from mixing two ingredients. The best sugar-free cocoa with a bit of espresso powder.

Best of all, they can be made in just one bowl. That includes the soft and chewy peanut butter frosting!

4. Carrot Cake Loaf

carrot cake loaf


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 155
  • Fats: 6g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 22g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 9g

The first cake with vegetables on our list! Carrots are a great addition to cakes. They add extra moisture. And they are a great source of fiber.

This is another one-bowl recipe. It features healthy, lower-calorie ingredients. But it still tastes delicious!

You will still find the cream cheese topping you expect. Add optional nuts for extra flavor and crunch!

5. Chickpea Flour Cake

chickpea flour cake


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 201
  • Fats: 8g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbs: 27g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 13g

This chickpea flour cake looks deceiving. As it just looks like a regular chocolate loaf cake! Our first chocolate cake on the list.

Chickpea flour is made from ground chickpeas. This is also known as garbanzo bean flour. It is loaded with fiber, protein, and many nutrients.

Unsweetened apple sauce replaces the dairy. Extra virgin olive oil gives a luxurious texture.

Maple syrup gives it sweetness. And unsweetened cocoa powder gives the rich chocolaty flavor!

This is one of the best dairy free desserts out there!

6. Chocolate Buckwheat Cake

chocolate buckwheat cake


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 233
  • Fats: 11g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 33g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 15g

Another gluten-free chocolate cake. Those with medical-related health needs don’t need to miss out!

This one is made with buckwheat flour. This flour gives the cake an earthy flavor and satisfying texture!

The sweetness comes from maple syrup. But you can substitute it with other syrups—or even honey.

This chocolate cake can be served with or without a glaze. However, the chocolate glaze adds more decadence!

7. Black Bean Chocolate Cake

black bean chocolate cake


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 200
  • Fats: 8g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbs: 26g
  • Fiber: 8g
  • Sugar: 12g

Black beans aren’t just for savory dishes. They’re also great for making cakes! This chocolate one has a brownie-like texture.

This cake recipe uses coconut flour. Chocolate and coconut are a great flavor combination!

Experiment with toppings on this black bean chocolate cake. Perhaps sweet potato chocolate frosting? Or almond butter chocolate frosting!

Have extra coconut flour? Try this yummy coconut flour muffin recipe!

8. Eggless Coffee Cake

eggless coffee cake


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 101
  • Fats: 4g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 16g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 8g

Our first coffee cake on the list. This one is vegan and gluten-free.

This is a recipe that is easy for beginners. It’s also another one that is made in just one bowl.

Suppose you’re looking for added sweetness to your coffee cake. Then this one is topped with a crisp cinnamon streusel.

The cake can be stored refrigerated in an airtight container for a week. That’s if it lasts that long!

9. Chocolate Castella Cake

chocolate castella cake


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 179
  • Fats: 10g
  • Protein: 5g
  • Carbs: 18g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 10g

Castella cake is derived initially from Portugal. It is now a popular treat in Japan, with wide varieties, including chocolate!

This cake has a different method of baking. It is baked in a hot water bath. This is what gives its light and airy texture.

Castella cake has no rising agents. So, you will need to whisk eggs into a meringue to help with this!

Due to its texture, the cake has a slight jiggle to it. This means it is fun as well as tasty!

10. Blueberry and Almond Traybake

blueberry and almond tray bake


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 183
  • Fats: 9g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbs: 20g
  • Fiber: 3g
  • Sugar: 5g

Time for a different type of fruit for a cake. Blueberries and almonds work so well together.

This cake isn’t made with butter. Instead, it is replaced with grated potato! Ground almonds give the cake moisture and a light taste.

Rather than sugar, natural sweeteners are used. The extra sweetness comes from the juicy blueberries!

Serve this cake with low-fat ice cream on the side. This turns it into an extra indulgent dessert!

11. Weetabix Cake

weetabix cake


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 192
  • Fats: 1g
  • Protein: 4.4g
  • Fiber: 1.6g
  • Sugar: 25.5g

Weetabix is a popular breakfast choice in the UK. But it’s also an excellent ingredient for a low-calorie cake!

You can lower the calorie count even further if you wish. Do this by using skimmed milk or a granulated sweetener.

Raisins are used in this cake. You could easily substitute it with your favorite dried fruit.

You could make this cake with the addition of chocolate. Simply by using the chocolate variety of Weetabix instead!

12. French Apple Cake

French apple cake


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 143
  • Fats: 2g
  • Protein: 4g
  • Carbs: 28g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 8g

Apple cakes are a popular dessert worldwide. Apples add moisture and sweetness to this one-layer simple cake!

This French apple cake is low-fat. But it is also low in sugar, thanks to the use of xylitol. This replaces regular granulated sugar.

The cinnamon in this recipe adds a warming taste. Cinnamon sugar sprinkled on top gives a crunchy texture!

Serve with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. This will be best cooled slightly from the oven!

13. Greek Yogurt Cake

Greek yogurt cake


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 70
  • Fats: 2g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 16g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 1g

Yogurt is a beautiful low-calorie substitute for fat in cakes. This Greek yogurt cake is one of the easiest on our list!

Only one additional ingredient is needed for this. A 16oz box of yellow cake mix!

You can experiment by using your favorite flavor of the mix. Just make sure it’s a sugar-free one to keep it low-calorie.

Top this with a frosting of your choosing. Cool Whip is an excellent choice. Even throw some fruit on top for extra color and flavor!

14. Baked Oatmeal Cinnamon Roll

baked oatmeal cinnamon roll


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 217
  • Fats: 1.9g
  • Protein: 31.5g
  • Carbs: 17.9g
  • Fiber: 4.2g
  • Sugar: 1.1g

Another bake on our list is made with a breakfast item. You really can have your cake and eat it – for breakfast!

This turns a calorific sweet treat into a protein-filled, no-guilt option. If you have a busy schedule, this can be made in advance.

Just store it in the fridge. Then you can warm it in the microwave for just 30 seconds. Spread with a thin layer of almond butter for extra indulgence!

15. Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake

flourless dark chocolate cake


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 217
  • Fats: 8g
  • Protein: 6g
  • Carbs: 40g
  • Fiber: 6g
  • Sugar: 26g

Dark chocolate is the highest tier of indulgence. This flourless cake is made with a secret ingredient for moisture. Prunes!

The prunes also add sweetness without needing sugar. This means you can keep the calorie content lower.

Like the Castella cake, this is also baked in a bain-marie. This will ensure it’s cooked evenly throughout.

Fresh raspberries would work well on top of this cake!

16. 2-Minute Smores Rice Cake

smores rice cake


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 103g
  • Fats: 2g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbs: 21g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 8g

A low-calorie rice cake treats made in just two minutes! All you need is caramel rice cakes and two extra ingredients.

Add mini marshmallows and low-sugar chocolate chips. Then air fry for two minutes!

You can prepare these in the oven if you don’t own an air fryer. The melted marshmallows and chocolate look so inviting!

17. Coffee Cake Protein Muffins

coffee cake protein muffins


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 120
  • Fats: 7g
  • Protein: 8g
  • Carbs: 8g

Another coffee cake recipe, this time in muffin form. These are low in calories and high in protein.

The ingredients list for these looks lengthy and complicated. But they are easy to make!

They are topped with a walnut oat crunchy streusel. A simple sugar-free glaze follows this!

18. Healthy Chocolate Cake

healthy chocolate cake


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 140
  • Fats: 8g
  • Protein: 7g
  • Carbs: 14g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 2g

Imagine indulging in a chocolate cake at 140 calories per slice. You don’t have to imagine because you can!

This chocolate cake has many benefits. It’s both low in calories and fat but high in fiber.

Black beans keep this cake moist. Cocoa powder gives it an indulgent chocolaty taste!

Adding some strawberries will make this even healthier. And inviting to tuck into!

This decadent cake is one of the best fancy desserts to impress guests!

19. Birthday Cake Protein Waffles

birthday cake protein waffles


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 206
  • Fats: 1g
  • Protein: 40g
  • Carbs: 9g

This regular protein waffle recipe switches out vanilla extract. Swap it for cake batter extract!

The cake batter extract brings a new level to these waffles. Layer the waffles with Cool Whip frosting between.

Adding some bright sprinkles will give a birthday cake vibe too!

20. Pina Colada Angel Food Cake

pina colada angel food cake


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 160
  • Fats: 1g
  • Protein: 3g
  • Carbs: 37g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugar: 28g

Here we have another angel food cake. This one has a tropical feel with the addition of pineapple and coconut!

Using an angel food cake box mix makes it super easy. Combine with canned pineapple and coconut milk.

Decorate this cake with pineapple rings and maraschino cherries. They will add a wow factor!

Love tropical flavors? These Hawaiian desserts will wow you!

21. Carrot Pineapple Cake

carrot pineapple cake


Per Serving:

  • Calories: 100.6
  • Fats: 0.6g
  • Protein: 2.2g
  • Carbs: 21.9g
  • Fiber: 1.4g
  • Sugar: 12.8g

The final recipe on our list is low in sugar and fat. But it does not compromise on taste!

The crushed pineapple elevates this from a regular carrot cake. It produces an incredibly moist cake that tastes delicious.

Don’t forget the cream cheese frosting! What is a carrot cake without that?

Still looking to satisfy that sweet tooth? These low-calorie cookies should help!

21 Skinny Low-Calorie Cake Ideas for Sweet Tooths

21 Skinny Low-Calorie Cake Ideas for Sweet Tooths

Yield: 8-12
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

You can still enjoy desserts whilst on a diet. These are the best low calorie cake ideas that you can make for any occasion.


  • 1. Vegan Pear Cake
  • 2. 2-Ingredient Orange Angel Food Cake
  • 3. Chocolate Peanut Butter Protein Cupcakes
  • 4. Carrot Cake Loaf
  • 5. Chickpea Flour Cake
  • 6. Chocolate Buckwheat Cake
  • 7. Black Bean Chocolate Cake
  • 8. Eggless Coffee Cake
  • 9. Chocolate Castella Cake
  • 10. Blueberry and Almond Traybake
  • 11. Weetabix Cake
  • 12. French Apple Cake
  • 13. Greek Yogurt Cake
  • 14. Baked Oatmeal Cinnamon Roll
  • 15. Flourless Dark Chocolate Cake
  • 16. 2-Minute Smores Rice Cake
  • 17. Coffee Cake Protein Muffins
  • 18. Healthy Chocolate Cake
  • 19. Birthday Cake Protein Waffles
  • 20. Pina Colada Angel Food Cake
  • 21. Carrot Pineapple Cake


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