How to Bake a Healthier Box Cake

by Rane Body Decor

Sometimes box cake is just easier, or maybe you just have a flavor you super love. Try this recipe to make it a little better for you. The top is very customizable and can go with lots of flavors!


  • 1 Box cake mix
  • ½ Cups Egg whites (or the whites from 6 eggs)
  • ¼ Cups Plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 Bananas
  • ¼ Cups Dried cranberries
  • Instructions

    Step 1

    Preheat oven to 350f or recommended temp for your box cake mix.

    Step 2

    This is what the box calls for... But that makes an awful lot if fat and calories! About 375 cal actually 😱 !! Lets see if we can fix that!

    Step 3

    You don't have to add the bananas and cranberries. Or you could sub the cranberries with something else. You can also add more. According to myfitnesspal this recipe, as is, is 254 cal per serving.

    Step 4

    So it looks like well save approx 125 cal. Not too bad for a box cake 😜

    Step 5

    The simple ingredients for the cake itself. The bananas and cranberries mentioned come later.

    Step 6

    Instead of whole eggs we are going to use egg whites. If you aren't using prepared egg whites the rule is 2egg whites per 1egg called for. In this case I used 1/2c.

    Step 7

    This one comes with a handy guide. Ignore the note by my thumb because...

    Step 8

    We're gunna whip it up! Lol do it on high for about 2 minutes or...

    Step 9

    Until it frothy and soft peaks form. We don't need meringue, just light airy egg whites.

    Step 10

    No oil in this recipe! Instead sub Greek yogurt. You don't need as much as the oil it's called for. You could cut it down to as much as half. I used 1/4c. If you don't have Greek yogurt use applesauce

    Step 11

    In a separate bowl from the egg whites, Whisk the water and yogurt together until combined well.

    Step 12

    Add in the mix and stir/whisk till combined. You can lick the whisk if you want... There are no eggs in it yet! Lol

    Step 13

    Gently fold in the egg whites.

    Step 14

    Mmmm looking good. Now set it aside and get your bananas and cranberries ready.

    Step 15

    Mash up your two bananas. Microwave them for 1 minute to get the sugars flowing and make them super easy to mash. (Or because all you bananas were frozen for future smoothies 😏)

    Step 16

    Add cranberries.

    Step 17

    Mix it up and try not to eat it. This is where you can get rely creative. Try using fruits that match your cake flavor. I still recommend the bananas to replace the sweetness of the frosting though.

    Step 18

    Grease your favorite pan your favorite way.

    Step 19

    Spoon your banana mix in dollops all the way around. Make sure it's even.

    Step 20

    Gently smooth it out, cover the whole bottom.

    Step 21

    Very gently spoon your batter in evenly. And smooth that out as well.

    Step 22

    Pop it in the oven to bake. This says about 40 minutes but honestly I didn't even check the time. I feel like it took less time then that. When you can strongly smell it, check to see if its done.

    Step 23

    Mmmmm smells so good! Let it cool about 1-2 minutes. Get some parchment paper and a wire rack.

    Step 24

    Cover rack with paper.

    Step 25

    Put upside down on top of cake.

    Step 26

    Flip it and remove pan. Let cool.

    Step 27

    Plate it up slice and enjoy!!

    Step 28

    The banana and cranberries add a sweetness to replace frosting. Leave a comment and tell me what variations you used and how you liked it!