Birthday Cake


This healthy version of classic birthday cake is sure to cheer up your nearest and dearest during lockdown.

Made with white beans and quark, it’s a great source of protein and just 240 calories per 115g slice.

  • Difficulty: Medium
  • Time: 60 mins
  • Servings: 12
  • Calories: 240
  • Source of fibre
  • Vegetarian


For the sponge:

  • 40g Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Bicarbonate soda
  • 1.5 tsp Baking powder
  • Pinch xanthan Gum
  • 400g Cooked cannelini beans (subtle flavoured varieties like butter, haricot or cannelini work best)
  • 6 Eggs (300g)
  • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
  • 150g Caster sugar
  • 60ml Sunflower oil

For the frosting:

  • 200g Light cream cheese
  • 200g Quark
  • 50g Icing sugar
  • Your favourite sprinkles


Step 1:

Heat oven to 190C/170C fan/gas 5. Grease three 20cm sandwich tins and line them with one small disc of unbleached parchment paper or greaseproof paper. Make sure you’ve made the sides nice and greasy, you can use low-fat cooking spray for this to keep the mess to a minimum.

Step 2:

Simply whizz up your beans in a blender and combine with all the other cake ingredients. Divide the mix between your three tins and bake for 20-30 minutes until lightly golden.

Step 3:

Let the cakes cool, then assemble one layer at a time with a layer of frosting in between each layer of sponge (you will need about 1/3 to 1/2 the frosting at this stage). Use the remainder of your frosting to coat the sides and top of your cake and decorate with your favourite sprinkles. Let your cake set in the fridge for around 30 minutes prior to serving.

P.S. Top tip: Use a cake decorating turntable and a scraper to get the perfect finish to your frosting.

– Please note all recipes are my own and property of The Skinny Bakery Ltd. If you wish to share them, please credit us – thank you!- Mariella Forte, founder, The Skinny Bakery

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