Top 10 Healthier Cakes … and Happy Birthday to Us!

~ The perfect cakes for any celebration! In the slow cooker, a skillet, or the oven – these are easy, decadently delicious and much healthier! From chocolate lava to cheesecake … and lots more! ~

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One year ago today, we sat together in Gretchen’s kitchen and breathlessly (on the count of three …) pressed “publish” … and let our very first post (Quick and Healthy Snack Bites) fly out into the uncharted wilderness of cyberspace.

It was the culmination of more than six months of preparations. Six months of hour upon late-night hour creating our blog name, searching for perfect font combinations, and researching never-before-heard-of-things (html mark-up code … what?!?!?).

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But one year ago today, it all came together in a single moment as both our fingers simultaneously clicked that “publish” button.

We squealed and cheered and jumped up and down. (This doesn’t surprise you, does it?)

Then we sat right back down to stare at our computer screens for the next couple of hours, excitedly watching for each new comment or Facebook like (which required more squealing and cheering).

And so it began.

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In the past year, we’ve cooked more than ever before in our lives, learned enough to make our heads spin …

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… and pretty much trashed each other’s kitchens (repeatedly!).

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We’ve quieted our jangling nerves and actually had a total blast speaking to groups in our community … from Preschool Moms to Girl Scout troops … about nutrition, picky eaters, and healthy eating.

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We’ve baked muffin after muffin (and shaped Snack Bite after Snack Bite) for various charities.

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We even hung out with our hero, Alton (ummmmm … sort of …) when his tour came through. Totally hilarious show, BTW (We love you, Alton!).

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Best part of all? We got to hang out together!

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A LOT!!!

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Whether working or just playing (and sometimes a combination of both!), THK gave us a reason to be even better friends and have way more fun than we ever would have otherwise!

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Plus, you know our families love hanging out together! We’re all just such good buds! One of our favorite family memories of the year was when we all ran a 5k (for the third straight year!) at the end of our daughters’ amazing Girls on the Run program. (And we’re amping up our runs in preparation for another GOTR 5k next month!)

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And, hey – a special thanks to our handsome husbands, who reminded us to celebrate along the way. They bought us beautiful bouquets the day our site hit 100,000 views, and surprised us last fall with armloads of THK swag. (And don’t be all judgy here, friends … we look like drowned weasels because Gretchen had just gotten back from a run, and Shelley had just finished a long family bike ride … surprises happen when they happen!)

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We’ve done our best to spread the word about THK and healthy eating to others. (And had A LOT of help from you, dear readers! Thank you, thank you for sharing and liking and commenting!)

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Most of all … this past year has just been FUN … and filled with real joy and laughter.

But, in the blink of an eye (kinda just like we felt with our real, human babies), we’re amazed to find that our little blog baby is already turning one!

We wanted to celebrate, of course! Hmmmmmm … but how??

Cake! Of course! Cake!!!

But then we remembered that old adage about how you should never have to bake your own birthday cake. In that spirit, we turned to all our bloggy friends … and let them do the baking for us! Yay!

So, what we have for you today is not just one cake. No, no! Much better than that! What we have for you is 10 cakes! That’s right, friends …10! (Bet you’re feeling all lucky, huh?)

As with all our Top 10 Lists, we scoured and searched to find the 10 we’re just dying to try! And of course, true to THK form, we looked for ones that were somehow healthier.

But, come on … we’re talking birthday cakes! So, we might have let a little extra butter or sugar slip in here and there. And you know, cakes sometimes require a little extra effort to bake … like, you can’t really just pull one off in 5 minutes.

Forgive us … we’re indulging a bit today (tee-hee).

Mostly though, these cakes are all still somehow THK-ish … mostly healthier ingredients and not too difficult or time-consuming.

Oh, and they all look totally amazing (so, you know … if anyone wants to bake one up for us and send it along, we’re cool with that).

Happy birthday to us! And thanks for not making us bake our own cake!

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Strawberry Almond Skillet Cake from Erin at The Law Student’s Wife

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Black Bean Lava Cakes from Davida at The Healthy Maven

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Skinny Brown Sugar Vanilla Cheesecake from Consuelo at Honey & Figs

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Pumpkin Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting from Kelly at Hidden Fruits and Veggies

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Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake from Joy at Joy the Baker

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Banana Nutella Cake with Caramel Truffles and Pecans (Raw and Vegan) from Chris at Tales of a Kitchen

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White Chocolate, Coconut & Lime Truffle Cake from Helen at Scrummy Lane

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(Low Fat) Chocolate Cake with (Sugar Free) Raspberry Glaze from Ceara at Ceara’s Kitchen

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Carrot Cake with Lemon Frosting from Megan at Stetted

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Slow Cooker Hot Fudge Cake from Jen at Yummy Healthy Easy

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Comments

Top 10 Healthier Cakes … and Happy Birthday to Us! — 44 Comments

  1. Congratulations!! I love this post and hearing how you ladies got started. Time sure does fly, right?! I’m so happy to have found your amazing site and always look forward to seeing what you have next 😀 Best wishes for many more successful years!

    • Cindy, you always have the kindest, most encouraging comments! No doubt, one of the unexpectedly wonderful joys of blogging is “meeting” like-minded, healthy bloggers like you! 😀 So excited for another year with so many great new friends! ~G&S

    • That’s so sweet of you, Julie! It’s been such an exciting, whirlwind year! And we’re so excited to see what’s ahead, too! Would it be ok if we worked in a little “research” trip to Australia, maybe?!?!? 😀 ~G&S

    • Thanks so much, Debi! Don’t these cakes all look fantastic?!? We’re thinking that with that many fabulous cakes to sample, though, this celebration is gonna extend WAY beyond our b-day! Yee-haw!!!! 😀 ~G&S

  2. Happy Birthday lovelies!!!! I’m s glad you decided to start a blog, because yours is truly one f my favorites out there! I love your healthy twist on all the recipes and how everything looks still delish after all. Keep up the awesome job!
    I hope you both enjoyed your day and had lots and lots of cake to celebrate!
    p.s: thanks for including me! xxxxxx

    • Thanks, Chris! It’s been such a fun year for us, and we’re so thrilled to share it with fave bloggers like you – that’s one of the unexpected perks we found in blogging! Well, that … and cake!!!! 😀 ~G&S

  3. Happy Blog-a-versary ladies! 😀 Let me start off my saying I LOVE reading your blog and coming across all your healthy and tasty recipes – they are always without a doubt fantastic! Congratulations on all your accomplishments – from your love of sharing healthy, easy shmeasy and tasty recipes to running the 5 km’s together! Enjoy your day and have fun indulging in some delicious cakes to celebrate! Oh and by the way I LITERALLY jumped out of my chair when I saw that you two featured my low fat chocolate cake! Thanks so much for the link love – it made my week! Pinning all of these wonderful and healthy cakes! Wishing you both a wonderful weekend! Keep the delicious recipes a-coming!

    • Oh Ceara, you are too cute! We were super excited to feature your chocolate cake – and that raspberry glaze … YUM!!! It’s the perfect cake for a blog birthday!
      Thank you soooo much for your kind words! It means so much to us! 🙂 We appreciate your support and are so glad to have you as a blog friend! 🙂 ~G&S

  4. Oh my goodness….you ladies are too cute!! CONGRATS on one year and all you have accomplished. Sounds like you’ve had a blast doing it. And your husbands? Well they deserve awards for being so supportive!! Hope you keep creating and LOVING it!!

    • Haha! Thank you, Cathy! We have so much fun … the past year has really gone by so fast!! It’s hard to believe it’s been a whole year! 🙂 We can’t wait to see what this year will bring! We’re excited!
      And yes – our hubbies are the best! We had such a fun day when they surprised us with THK goodies! ~G&S

    • Thanks Kelly! We love our THK swag too! Our hubbies are great! 🙂

      Of course we just had to feature your pumpkin cake … we love so many of your recipes and this one was just perfect for our big celebration! ~G&S

  5. Happy blog birthday!! You are two of the sweetest, funniest, and most thoughtful ladies I’ve met through blogging, and you deserve every single second of happiness and success you’ve had over the past year! I hope the next one brings you just as much joy and excitement as this one. Now make a wish and blow out the candle! 🙂

    • Thank you so much, Amy! We have a total blast blogging together and playing in the kitchen … we can’t wait to see what the next year will bring!! Thank you so much for being such a kind bloggy friend and supporting us over the past year! 🙂 ~G&S

  6. Woah!! Congratulations girls!! I can’t believe you’ve only been blogging for one year! I would never have guessed.. I think you guys are so amazing I would believe you if you said it was your 10th Blog-Birthday.. KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK!!! (let’s write this in caps to make sure you get this ;))
    (PS. are you both pressing the “return”-button? I don’t have one on my keyboard, but it seems suspicious..)

    • You are too sweet, Siv! We got the message and can’t wait to come up with fun new recipes!! 🙂 So we’ll say THANK YOU (in all caps to make sure you get our thanks!) for all of your kind words over the past year! 🙂 ~G&S

  7. Happy Happy Birthday! All the very best to two great gals with an amazing vision. You ladies set a great example for moms out there to get into those kitchens and create incredible meals and memories for their families. Keep up the good work! Now, I’m going to get to work baking one of those delicious looking cakes. 😉

    • Awww! Thank you so much for the sweet words, Sharon! We have had so much fun and hope we’ve inspired others to cook really healthy and yummy foods! 🙂
      So … which cake did you make?? They all look SO good!! ~G&S

  8. CONGRATULATIONS!! I hope your husbands take the hint and make some birthday cake for you. 🙂 I loved hearing more about your story and all that you’ve done in a year! Whew, makes me tired just hearing everything! 🙂 So inspiring, though, and reminds me of my feelings with my blog launch just a couple short months ago. 🙂

    • Thank you, Kara!! It’s been such a really, really fun year together and we are stoked about the year to come! We’ve learned so much and can’t wait to see what next year brings! We love your site – and never would have guessed that you’ve only been up and running for a few months! You’ll be celebrating soon, too! 🙂 ~G&S

  9. Usually, when presented with this many choices, I definitely have immediate favorites.
    However, all of these cakes look very tempting. Great suggestions!

    Congratulations Shelley and Gretchen! Well done!

    • Such a good problem to have, right!?!? Where to begin, where to begin … The best thing to do might be not to pick favorites. Why not try them all?!?!? Well, you know … maybe not all in the same day (although we’re not here to judge! :D). Seriously, though – thanks so much for the compliments and for always leaving us such really sweet messages! We totally appreciate the encouragement and positive feedback! 😀 ~G&S

  10. Happy Birthday. I can’t believe it has been a year. I remember when Shelley and I were talking about this website. Great site ladies. And great recipes.

  11. Gretchen and Shelley!
    First of all, I would like to wish you a VERY happy 1st blog birthday.
    And secondly, of course I would like to thank you for including my cake recipe in this list. I feel very honoured indeed and hope that your readers enjoy it. I’m also very happy that the fact that it’s a little bit healthier than the average cake and easy to make shone through in my post.
    I love the look and sound of the other cakes, too, especially the slow cooker fudge cake. Wow, I’m really hoping that that one’s a healthier cake as well!
    Congrats again on the blog achievements and of course … HAPPY EASTER!

    • Thank you, Helen!! We just loved your cake and HAD to include it! So yummy … and healthier, too! Since it’s our birthday, we plan to indulge a little bit, but we can’t let go of our love of healthy foods! So these cakes were a perfect fit! 🙂 Happy Easter to you, as well! ~G&S

  12. HAPPY BIRTHDAY LADIES! That is SO exciting! Isn’t it crazy how time flies and how looking back on a year and everything you accomplished is so rewarding?! So happy for you guys!
    And, these cakes? I want them alll! Pinning this roundup!

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