Cake for breakfast? It’s not something we normally do but, when it’s Sam’s birthday, the 28 crew make an exception!

To surprise Sam on his birthday, our amazing crew always whip up a delicious cake from our healthy cake recipe vault. In 2018 Sam got a Chocolate Flourless Berry Cake with some delicious chocolate buttercream frosting on top. This year’s healthy cake is still under wraps at the time of writing this, but we’ll let you know when Sam does!

Have your healthy cake and eat it too? You betcha!

P.S. We’ve added a BONUS list of our favourite healthy cakes at the bottom of this post, you can serve at any special occasion!

Sam’s Flourless Choc Berry Birthday Cake (2018)



  • coconut oil, butter or ghee for greasing.
  • 100 g dark (85% cacao) chocolate, chopped into even-sized pieces.
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil.
  • 1/4 cup raw cacao powder.
  • 3 eggs, whisked.
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon.
  • pinch of sea salt.
  • 1/2 cup rice malt syrup.
  • 1 punnet fresh raspberries.


  1. Grease a 20cm spring-form tin generously. Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6.
  2. Melt coconut oil in the microwave. Pour oil over chocolate chunks in a separate bowl and stir until smooth and combined.
  3. Add cacao, cinnamon, salt, rice malt syrup and eggs to the chocolate/oil mixture and whisk until smooth batter forms. Gently stir through raspberries, reserving a few.
  4. Pour batter into greased pan and level out with the back of a spoon or spatula. Top with extra raspberries.
  5. Bake for 25 minutes until the centre looks just firm. Set aside to cool before removing from the pan.


This buttery frosting is a delicious addition to any chocolate cake.


  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, room temperature.
  • 1/3 cup rice malt syrup.
  • 1/3 cup raw cacao powder.
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla powder or extract, optional.


  1. In a mixing bowl combine all ingredients and whisk until thoroughly combined and fluffy.
  2. When the cake is cooled, use a spatula to gently apply the frosting to the surface.


Here’s a collection of our favourite healthy cakes, perfect to serve at any special occasion. Most cakes are fructose-free and gluten-free but don’t worry, we didn’t compromise on taste with any of these party cakes!

Chocolate Cherry Ripe Cheesecake

Chocolate Cherry Ripe Cheesecake
This decadent dessert is the ultimate way to celebrate that special someone…
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Fructose Free Salted Caramel Macadamia Crunch Cake

Salted Caramel Macadamia Crunch Cake

We’ve created this over-the-top, showstopper cake filled with a creamy butter icing and topped with crunchy macadamias for very special occasions. Each serve contains just over 1 teaspoon of added sweetener per serve, but we’ve kept it low-fructose and gluten-free!
Get the full recipe

Berry Swirl Cheesecake

Berry Swirl Cheesecake
This is the perfect jaw-dropping cake to take along to Christmas lunch to impress even the biggest sugar fan. It not only tastes decadently delicious but it looks pretty special too.
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Dairy-Free Choc Caramel Peanut Butter Cheesecake

Caramel, peanut butter and… cake! Need we say more?

Choc Caramel Peanut Butter Cheesecake
A very special (and occasional) treat when you want a decadently rich cheesecake, but without the refined sugar.
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Fructose Free Bundt Cake

This would make a great Healthy Halloween party cake, just drizzle the icing over the top to make spooky little spiderwebs!

Fructose Free Bundt Cake
With a delicious pumpkin cream cheese icing and moist vanilla sponge, it’s seriously spooky how sugar-free can taste THIS good.

Healthy Mango & Passionfruit Cheesecake

refined sugar-free cheesecake recipe
Refined Sugar-Free Mango Cheesecake
We’ve given the humble cheesecake an upgrade! This decadent dessert has a tropical feel using mango, shredded coconut and passionfruit. The cacao butter in the filling gives the dreamiest creamy finish, your guests will love this special occasion dessert!
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Our healthy cake recipes are gluten-free, fructose-free and don’t contain refined sugar. However, most cakes contain more rice malt syrup than we normally recommend (some cakes might have as much as a teaspoon of added sweetener per serve), so they should only be eaten on special occasions, like a birthday!

Posted by Sam Wood

Father and husband, on a mission to help people move more, eat better and make a positive change to their lives. Sam Wood has over 20 years experience as a personal trainer and is recognised as one of Australia’s leading experts and media commentators in the health & fitness industry. Sam is the founder and personal trainer of 28, Australia’s #1 home fitness and nutrition program, and he's also the proud owner of Australia’s largest personal training studio, The Woodshed, based in Brighton, Melbourne.