Lightened Strawberry Rhubarb Cake

Fresh strawberries and rhubarb flavor this deliciously moist, low fat, low calorie cake.

You must make this cake! Healthy & Low Calorie Strawberry Rhubarb Cake with Greek Yogurt Low Calorie, Low Fat

 

I love cake.  I really love cake.  In the first place I love to bake cakes and make frosting and fillings.  In fact I have to stop myself from baking as much as I would like to because the calories can add up.  Finding ways to lighten the calories and fat in a cake does help though.  That is what I did with this new cake, Lightened Strawberry Rhubarb Cake.  It is still moist and full of flavor.

About three or four weeks after my daughter was born, I was diagnosed with postpartum depression.  Luckily for me, my husband and parents were aware of the signs and figured it out very quickly.  I got some medication and a fantastic therapist and got back on my feet within a few months.  My depression was not the type that I felt like I was going to hurt my daughter.  It was more of a total overload of emotions and being utterly unable to relax or sleep.  Anyway, that is not what this post is about.

Once I was starting to get back on my feet, I needed to find some kind of outlet.  So I chose to take cake decorating classes.  I loved it although I definitely do not have a talent for it.  It did increase my love of baking cakes though.  It also made me play with different frosting and fillings and different ingredients.

Trying to find ways to cut fat in frosting is really challenging.  I have reverted to glazes.  It is hard to make a great frosting without butter or whipping cream.  My favorite frosting is a whipped cream frosting and unfortunately, no one has come up with a low-calorie whipping cream.  I really wish they would.  While I will on occasion use Cool Whip, it just isn’t the same.  If I was a farmer, I would be working on research for a low-fat cream that whips.  I can dream that some day I can have my whip cream and eat it to.  In the meantime, I will revert to healthy cakes with a little glaze on top.  This Strawberry Rhubarb Cake will make you swoon with pleasure and keep the fat off you.

You must make this cake! Healthy & Low Calorie Strawberry Rhubarb Cake with Greek Yogurt Low Calorie, Low Fat
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You must make this cake! Healthy & Low Calorie Strawberry Rhubarb Cake with Greek Yogurt Low Calorie, Low Fat

Lightened Strawberry Rhubarb Cake

Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes
Servings 16 servings
Calories 220 kcal
Author Christie Daruwalla

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 180 grams
  • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour 180 grams
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar/stevia mix if you don't want to use sugar substitute add another 1 cup sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups mashed strawberries
  • 1 cup grated rhubarb
  • 1 cup 2% fat Strawberry flavored Greek Yogurt
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Glaze:

  • 4 oz light cream cheese softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sifted powdered sugar
  • 2 tbsp strawberry puree or low sugar strawberry preserves melted
  • 1 tsp strawberry extract

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour and next 4 ingredients.
  3. Stir in eggs and next 4 ingredients until fully combined.
  4. Spray with baking spray or grease and flour a 14-cup bundt pan. Pour batter into the pan and even out with a spatula.
  5. Bake for about 1 hour, or until a long wooden pick inserted into the middle comes out clean.
  6. Place pan on a wire rack and cook for 15 minutes.
  7. Carefully release the cake from the pan and place directly on the wire rack. Cool cake completely.
  8. For the glaze: In a food processor, cream the cream cheese, powdered sugar, strawberry puree and strawberry extract until smooth.
  9. Pour the glaze over the cake and allow it to harden.

Recipe Notes

I calculated 10 Weight Watcher Smartpoints.

Nutrition Facts
Lightened Strawberry Rhubarb Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 220 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Total Carbohydrates 46g 15%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 28g
Protein 5g 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Happy Healthy Eating,

Christie

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Comments

  1. I hear you on the frosting thing! Luckily, I'm not a huge fan of super buttery frostings anyway, but it is frustrating that you can't have a tasty whipped frosting. I do love icing. I especially love adding fat free cream cheese to thicken it up (or just making a fat free cream cheese frosting)
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      I love cream cheese in frosting too. Luckily I would rather have a little frosting and a lot of cake. I think a little frosting goes a long way. Next cake or cupcake recipe that is my plan. Cut the amount and not so much the fat in it.
  2. Thank you so much for sharing on Show Me Your Plaid Monday's!
  3. OMG(osh) that looks so yummy. Cheers, Char http://1epicmom.com
  4. Katherines Corner says
    I have only had rhubarb pie. I would love to try this . thank you for sharing at Thursday Favorite Things xo
  5. Looks lovely and delicious! :)
  6. This looks delicious!!! Would you consider sharing at Tuesdays with a Twist? (no rules!) http://back2basichealth.blogspot.com/2013/04/tuesdays-with-twist-2-lets-party.html
  7. I'm so glad that your husband and family caught the signs. I know a few people who have gone though postpartum and it was harder on the ones who caught it later on. The cake is lovely and I may just make it for my brother in law! He loves strawberry rhubarb pie, but I doubt he's had a strawberry rhubarb cake before!
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Marie, I was definitely lucky to have such fantastic family support. The rhubarb adds a nice added flavor component to the cake. Rhubarb season is so short here, I have to take advantage of it.
  8. This looks heavenly! I am always looking for lighter baked good recipes that actually taste GOOD. This sounds like it would be amazing! I am pinning this one. Thanks for sharing at Thursday's Favorite Things.
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Thanks Meredith. I have such fun figuring out how to lighten baked goods. This was an easy one.
  9. Hope you are having a great weekend and thank you so much for sharing this awesome recipe with Full Plate Thursday. Hope to see you soon! Miz Helen
  10. I'm glad you are feeling better and your cake is truly cheering. Thank you for sharing it with us on foodie friday.
  11. Sherrie | With Food + Love says
    I LOVE rhubarb - can't wait for rhubarb season, this is a lovely cake and a super yummy idea. XO SHERRIE
  12. This cake looks so moist and delicious! Dying to give it a try!
  13. This cake looks wonderful! That strawberry cream cheese glaze tops it off well!
  14. I have some rhubarb frozen from last season. Do you think it would be ok to use if I put it through a food processor?
    • Christie Daruwalla says
      Hi Kim, I think the frozen rhubarb should work in the recipe. Let me know how it turns out.

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