At the center of most celebrations, there is cake. And that’s a good thing, but it can present a challenge when everyone’s trying to eat healthfully. Luckily, there’s no need to forgo cake altogether. For gluten-free folks, angel food cake is a good option, and with all the alternative flours readily available now, there are more delicious low-carb cakes than ever. But for those who aren’t looking to cut out whole food groups, you may want to give *yogurt cake* a try. In many cultures, grandmas have been baking yogurt cakes for many years. Yogurt is a healthy way to add moisture to cake recipes, and it’s a great replacement for some of the butter or oil. Plus, it adds a bump of protein to balance out the fat and carbs. Here are 19 cakes SO delicious that you’d never guess they’re made with yogurt.


1. Healthy Peanut Butter Pound Cake With Peanut Butter Frosting: This loaf cake is made with whole grain flour and is free of refined sugar or butter. It’s deceptively light and fluffy, but packed with peanut butter flavor that will make your taste buds do the happy dance. (via Desserts With Benefits)


2. Orange, Yogurt & Olive Oil Cake: This cake has yogurt in the batter, filling and glaze. It’s perfect to have with tea or coffee for an afternoon pick-me-up. (via Supergolden Bakes)


3. Lemon Yogurt Cake: This cake is so healthy, it almost seems wrong to call it cake. Most of the butter has been replaced with nonfat Greek yogurt, but it’s so lip-smacking good that you’d never know the difference. (via Coffee Cups and Crayons)


4. Turkish Yogurt Cake With Figs: This cake is as light and airy as a soufflé, with a subtle scent of orange blossoms. The ripe figs add just the right touch of natural sweetness. (via Life, Love, Food)


5. Meyer Lemon Iced Raspberry Yogurt Cake: This luscious yogurt layer cake is dotted with raspberries and has a citrus yogurt icing that’s totally scrumptious. It would make an awesome birthday cake for some lucky loved one. (via Kitchen Trial and Error)


6. Greek Yogurt Chocolate Cake: This decadent cake is seriously soft, fluffy and full of chocolate va-va-voom. Use the highest quality baking cocoa you can find, because chocolate is the star of this show. (via Baker by Nature)


7. Plum Tart With Ricotta Cheese & Greek Yogurt: If you love juicy plums, then this cake is for you. It’s moist with yogurt and just sweet enough to be a perfect treat for breakfast or an afternoon cuppa. (via Happy Foods)


8. Lime, Coconut & Yogurt Loaf Cake: Citrus in baked goods always adds a note of freshness, and this cake does not disappoint. It’s so delicious that the leftovers will be calling you to come have just one more taste, straight from the fridge. It’s okay though, we won’t judge if you do. (via Sweet Cannela)


9. Coconut Raspberry Greek Yogurt Layer Cake: This coconut covered cake has raspberry jam layered right in. The recipe calls for coconut sugar instead of table sugar, which gives it a rich, caramel flavor that will knock your socks off. (via Healthy Seasonal Recipes)


10. Berry White Yogurt Cake: This cake can be made with regular yogurt, or try it dairy-free and it turns out moist and yummy every time. Wear your stretchy pants, because you will absolutely want seconds! (via Oh Sweet Basil)


11. Grapefruit Greek Yogurt Cake: This yogurt cake calls for both grapefruit zest and fresh grapefruit juice, and OH EM GEE it’s good. There’s more grapefruit in the glaze — and those bites with hardened glaze are the best bites of all. (via Sally’s Baking Addiction)


12. Caramel Apple Crumb Cake: It’s amazing how something so simple as fresh, local apples can be turned into a delicious crumb cake like this. Call some friends over, because homemade cakes this delicious simply must be shared. (via The Mighty Mrs.)


13. Raspberry Swirl Yogurt Cake: One of the great things about baking with yogurt is the batter is so smooth, you don’t even need to break out the mixer. Of course, if you love licking the beaters this won’t be a plus, so treat yourself to an extra slice. (via The Breakfast Drama Queen)


14. Orange Carrot Zucchini Cake With Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting: There are so many reasons to love this cake: It’s made with whole wheat pastry flour, two veggies (carrot and zucchini), packed with yogurt protein and naturally sweetened with maple syrup. But it’s the frosting that’s the real star of this show. One bite and you’ll be in coconut cream cheese heaven. (via Ambitious Kitchen)


15. Healthy Coffee Cake: This cake is great for anyone who made food resolutions. It’s low-fat, high-protein, gluten-free and low in refined sugar. What do you say we make our real resolution to bake more healthy desserts like this? (via Desserts With Benefits)


16. Pumpkin Sheet Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting: The cream cheese frosting on this cake is so good, you could scarf it up served on a slice of cardboard. But luckily, you have a fluffy, super moist pumpkin sheet cake as your frosting vehicle, so that won’t be necessary. (via Well Plated)


17. Sinful Chocolate Bundt Cake: Be extra careful with this chocolate-chocolate cake. One slice leads to another and another — better invite some friends around to share the *burden.* (via Rolling Spoons)


18. Lemon Yoghurt Cherry Cake: This lemon-cherry cake is easy to make but OH SO yummy. The zingy frosting makes it a perfect pick me up when the 4:00 energy slump hits. (via Mondo Mulia)


19. Lemon Yogurt Cake With Lemon Cream Frosting: Olive oil, yogurt and lemon are a magnificent trio in this vegan cake. But it’s the whipped coconut frosting and fresh raspberries that make it so next-level awesome that you would never guess it’s actually healthy. (via Pickles & Honey)

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