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Low Sugar Blueberry Cake

This low sugar blueberry cake is made with healthy whole wheat flour and sweetened only with unsweetened applesauce and fresh blueberries.

After a few failed attempts at a blueberry cake, I went back to a cake recipe that worked really well, which is the Low Sugar Vanilla Pear Cake.

I kept everything in the recipe the same, except instead of using pears, I mixed in 2 cups of fresh blueberries. The results were great!

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Yield: 1 8-inch round cake

Mildly Sweet Recipe


Low Sugar Blueberry Cake 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
1/3 cup canola oil
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 cups blueberries


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 F. Grease and flour an 8-inch round cake pan.

  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.

  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs, canola oil, milk, applesauce and vanilla. Add flour mixture to wet ingredients and mix until blended.

  4. Gently stir in blueberries, do not overmix.

  5. Scrape batter into prepared pan and even out top.

  6. Bake for 40 minutes until brown on top and a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Place the pan on a wire rack to cool for 30 minutes.

  7. Run a knife around the edge of the pan to loosen cake. Turn cake onto rack and then invert onto serving plate right side up.

Low Sugar Blueberry Cake nutrition

Sweeter Option

For a sweeter blueberry cake, replace the 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce in the Mildly Sweet recipe above with 1/2 cup sugar.

If you would like to experiment with other sweeteners, see About Sweeteners for more information and nutrition facts on honey, maple syrup, stevia and other sweeteners.

Low Sugar Blueberry Cake nutrition

Most of the recipes on Sweet Smart are adapted from my favourite cookbooks and websites. The Sweeter Option usually calls for about 1/4 to 1/2 the amount of the sugar used in the original recipe.

Adapted from: Country Pear Cake from

Recipe Sweetness

Sweet Smart recipes offer 2 sweetness levels:

1. Mildly Sweet
For those looking to enjoy baked treats with low sugar content. Recipes are designed to:
  • Minimize potential blood sugar spikes
  • Reduce cravings for sweets

2. Sweeter Option
For those who want a bit more sweetness in their baked goods, but are still looking for a lower sugar option.

These recipes are not meant to replicate traditional recipes, they are meant to provide a less sweet alternative.

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