Lower-fat cake recipes

Pistachio and yogurt cake
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Even if you're watching your weight, enjoy the occasional treat with one of these lower-fat cake recipes. From tiramisu to chocolate brownies, they all have less than 7g fat a portion.

Even if you're watching your weight or counting the calories, you can still enjoy the occasional treat with one of these lower-fat cake recipes. Don't worry, you don't miss out on any flavour with this round-up of delicious cakes - just less calories and fat!

Some of these recipes swap butter for vegetable oil, while others use low-fat ingredients - whichever one you choose, you can't go wrong! Guilt-free and delicious too, what more could you want?

From tiramisu to chocolate brownies, they all have less than 8g fat a portion - result! So if you're trying to be good and are looking for a sweet treat you've come to the right place.

Scroll through our 23 lower-fat cake recipes to find your favourite...

Rosemary Conley’s lemon drizzle cake

Rosemary Conley’s lemon drizzle cake

At just 144 cals per slice, this delicious lemon cake made by Rosemary Conley is a great diet alternative to the classic cake.

Get the recipe: Rosemary Conley's lemon drizzle cake (opens in new tab)

Low-fat cupcakes

Low-fat cupcakes

Made with sultanas and a light green tea frosting, these cupcakes make a guilt-free afternoon treat.

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Pistachio and yogurt cake

Pistachio and yogurt cake

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Replace the butter in your cake for a mixture of low-fat yogurt and olive oil to keep the fat content down in this moist cake recipe.

Get the recipe: Pistachio and yogurt cake (opens in new tab).

Tuscan grape cake

Tuscan grape cake

A light airy sponge and a handful of fresh grapes make this classic cake not only full of flavour but lower-fat too!

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Gino D’Acampo’s low-fat chocolate and pineapple cake

Gino D’Acampo’s low-fat chocolate and pineapple cake

Chocolate isn't off the dessert menu if you are watching what you eat, try this!

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Low fat fruit loaf

Low fat fruit loaf

goodtoknow user Cels says, 'Nicest fruit cake ever and so easy to make!' This fruit loaf is cheap, takes 15 mins to make and only contains 2g fat per slice.

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Gordon Ramsay’s blueberry muffins

Gordon Ramsay’s blueberry muffins

Butter-free and made with wholemeal flour, goodtoknow user Arlene says 'These blueberry muffins are great, I made them for my work and everyone loved them.'

Get the recipe: Gordon Ramsay's blueberry muffins (opens in new tab)

Low-fat brownies

Low-fat brownies

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You only need a few, simple ingredients in this Woman's Weekly recipe for these classic-tasting brownies. The perfect treat.

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Woman’s Weekly date and apple loaf

Woman’s Weekly date and apple loaf

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With only 242 calories and 2g fat per slice, this date and apple loaf couldn't be easier to make with our super-easy step-by-step video.

Get the recipe: Woman's Weekly date and apple loaf (opens in new tab)

Weight Watchers white chocolate cake

Weight Watchers white chocolate cake

goodtoknow user Ellen says, 'This white chocolate cake is amazingly yummy! I took it to work and everyone commented on how delicious it is.'

Get the recipe: Weight Watchers white chocolate cake (opens in new tab)

Apple spiced muffins

Apple spiced muffins

These easy apple muffins only take 25 mins and have just 0.1g fat per muffin thanks to the healthy ingredients of oatmeal, wholewheat flour, honey and low-fat yogurt.

Get the recipe: Apple spiced muffins

Gluten-free scoop scones

Gluten-free scoop scones

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goodtoknow user Abi says, 'Really lovely scones, and simple to make! Highly recommended.' You can even freeze Woman's Weekly's low-fat scones.

Get the recipe: Gluten-free scoop scones (opens in new tab)

Woman’s Weekly Florentine eccles cake

Eccles cake

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Make a traditional eccles cake with this lovely recipe, using shop-bought pastry, mixed dried fruit, blanched almonds and orange zest.

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Lower-fat red velvet cupcakes recipe

Lower-fat red velvet cupcakes recipe

Using light, low-fat cream cheese and sweetener instead of sugar, you can get your red velvet fix with less of those naughty calories. At only 218 calories each they are the perfect treat for when you're watching your weight.

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Banana muffins

Banana muffins

It's hard to believe there's only 1g saturated fat in these delicously oaty muffins. Packed with flavour and a delicious moist sponge!

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Chocolate coconut squares

Chocolate coconut squares

These delicious coconut squares with dessicated coconut and pecan nuts contain 6g fat per square - so treat yourself to just one if you're watching that waistline!

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Gluten-free spiced fruit teabread

Gluten-free spiced fruit teabread

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With just 3g fat per slice, this teabread made with dried mixed fruit and gluten-free flour, is the perfect low-fat treat to enjoy with your afternoon cuppa.

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Weight Watchers prune buns

Weight Watchers prune buns

It's worth the time and effort to make prune buns, made with low-fat margarine, skimmed milk, dried prunes and low-fat cooking spray.

Get the recipe: Weight Watchers prune buns (opens in new tab)

Cornish saffron buns

Cornish saffron buns

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Get baking with a batch of saffron buns. Containing 7g fat each, just

skip the clotted cream and enjoy with a cuppa for a healthy treat.

Get the recipe: Woman's Weekly Cornish saffron buns (opens in new tab)

Rosemary Conley’s low-fat Christmas cake

Rosemary Conley’s low-fat Christmas cake

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This Christmas cake made by celeb chef Rosemary Conley is the perfect

choice if you're counting calories this Christmas. At only 228 calories

and 2.8g of fat per serving, this cake is sure to please!

Get the recipe: Rosemary Conley's low-fat Christmas cake (opens in new tab)

Carrot and raisin muffins

Carrot and raisin muffins

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Lots of carrots and raisins, less butter and a handul of wheat bran keeps these muffins pretty healthy with 7.4g fat and 200 calories per muffin.

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Chocolate and sultana brownies

Chocolate and sultana brownies

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goodtoknow user Victoria says, 'These chocolate brownies were so quick and easy to make! You wouldn't even know they were low in fat. A massive hit at the office!'

Get the recipe: Chocolate and sultana brownies (opens in new tab)

Weight Watchers coffee tiramisu cake

Weight Watchers coffee tiramisu cake

Enjoy a guilt-free slice of this mouth-watering Weight Watchers coffee and tiramisu cake, which uses low-fat cooking spray, low-fat soft cheese and low-fat vanilla yogurt to keep it light.

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