Use whole wheat flour instead of white flour. Whole wheat flour is higher in fiber and nutrients, and it can help you feel fuller longer.


Substitute unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana for some of the oil or butter in the recipe. This can help lower the fat content of the cake.


Replace some or all of the sugar with a natural sweetener like honey, maple syrup, or stevia. This can help lower the overall sugar content of the cake.


Use low-fat or non-fat Greek yogurt instead of sour cream in the recipe. Greek yogurt is high in protein and lower in fat than sour cream.


Add some pureed vegetables like zucchini, pumpkin, or sweet potato to the batter. This can increase the nutrient content of the cake and add moisture without adding extra fat.


Use almond milk or coconut milk instead of regular milk in the recipe. This can help lower the calorie and fat content of the cake.


Skip the traditional colored sugar on top and decorate the cake with fresh fruit instead. This can add natural sweetness and nutrients to the cake.


Make mini king cakes instead of a large one. This can help with portion control and make it easier to share with others.