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Low Sugar Mixed Berry Bundt Cake

Bursting with strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries, this low sugar mixed berry bundt cake has a buttery taste with a hint of lemon.

I used mixed frozen berries for this cake since I'm making this in February when fresh berries are expensive. I look forward to making it again in the summer when local strawberries and blueberries are abundant.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Yield: 1 bundt cake

Mildly Sweet Recipe


Low Sugar Mixed Berry Bundt Cake 3 cups whole wheat flour (plus 2 tablespoons if using fresh berries)
1 tablespoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
3/4 cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs, at room temperature (see notes)
3/4 cup buttermilk
2 cups fresh or frozen mixed berries (see notes)


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F. Grease and flour a 12-cup bundt pan. Set aside.

  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.

  3. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, cream the butter until fluffy. Add the applesauce and continue to beat until incorporated. Mix in lemon zest and vanilla. Add the eggs one at a time, beating after each addition.

  4. Add the flour mixture to the butter mixture alternately with the buttermilk, in a few additions, mixing until blended.

  5. If using fresh berries, toss the berries with an additional 2 tablespoons of flour, and gently fold into batter. If using frozen berries, simply fold berries into the batter.

  6. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and smooth top. Bake for one hour, or until a toothpick inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean.

  7. Cool the cake on a wire rack for about 20 minutes, then invert onto rack to cool completely.

If you don't remember to take the eggs out of the fridge to bring them to room temperature, place them in a bowl of warm water for about 5 or 10 minutes.

The frozen berries I used were a mix of strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries. You can use whatever is available in any combination to equal 2 cups.

Low Sugar mixed berry bundt cake nutrition

Sweeter Option

For a sweeter cake, replace the 1/2 cup of unsweetened applesauce in the Mildly Sweet recipe above with 1/2 cup sugar. Cream the sugar with the butter in step 3 and omit the unsweetened applesauce.

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.

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 of the sugar used in the original recipe.

Low Sugar mixed berry bundt cake nutrition

Adapted from: Bumbleberry Bundt 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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