With my birthday fast approaching I had to find a way to beat my family to the cake punch, so to speak. I knew they would get me a high calorie, tower of deliciousness that I would have loved. But, I am trying to make better choices. I am doing well with my 28 Day Challenge of clean eating and even though birthdays are indulgent times, I just didn’t want to give in to temptation. Which is why when it came time for cake, I created my own recipe.

Inspiration

Inspiration struck after a vintage cake and cookie decorating set called my name on the Etsy shop, Your Vintage Kitchen. This one of a kind set brought up memories from my childhood baking with my Aunt Brenda.

Thinking of her made me want to dive right into the mixing bowl. I opened up my baking pantry and allowed its contents to inspire me.

Recipe Time

I whipped up the recipe using the healthy ingredients I already had on standby. It will not surprise my regular readers that Epicure products were involved.

The cocoa acai and red velvet dip mix allowed me to add some sweetness to the mix without being excessive. The wet ingredients included two tablespoons of honey as well. The combination of just a little sweetness was far better than adding cups of sugar in its place.

The cake turned out perfectly, much to my own surprise. It even surprised my big kid – the other baker in the family. He did not think he would like it. But he loved it. And he will help me eat it, even better.

I like using my dome pan because it allows me to add fresh fruit and yogurt to help keep the calories down. I ended up filling it with cherry low-fat Greek yogurt. The icing on top, however, was not necessarily low cal! I used my Aunt Brenda’s recipe, which I do not plan to share. You will have to read another blog post to find out why. If you want to keep it low calorie I would suggest making extra Greek yogurt sweet dip to cover it. Or better yet, freeze some inside the dome. Yum.

The Wait is Over

If you would like to try this recipe for yourself, the wait is over, here it is! If you end up giving it a whirl please let me know how it turns out. I am also happy to answer any questions you may have as well.

Disclaimer: This post was not sponsored by any of the brands mentioned. The lovely flower arrangement is courtesy of Dean’s Flowers, ECM Media, Fade to White Photography¬†and Fuji Instax, North America.