Sunshine Cake, #SundaySupper

Ninja Baker Philosophy 101:  S-t-r-e-t-c-h. Get creative with those Easter / Passover / Sunday Supper leftovers. But don’t skimp on dessert! Especially if it’s a Sunshine Cake. (Scroll down for the easy peasy recipe.)

Sunshine Cake

Bring on the heaps of whipped cream, chocolate, cookies and cupcakes! That’s what I’d like to do…One tiny complication; this Ninja Baker is doomed to diabetic consequences if dessert is not consumed responsibly. So, whilst walking the tightrope of balancing sugar levels, I’ve been experimenting in the kitchen. Good news: I’ve got sunny reports from efforts in the Ninja Baker kitchen. This post features the stellar Sunshine Cake.

Enjoy Sunshine Cake with Matcha Cream Pejoy Chopsticks! Or a forksmiley

Serendipitously, my Sunshine Cake recipe is adapted from Averie Sunshine’s Easy Yellow Cake with Buttercream Frosting. Averie gives the option of substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream. Greek yogurt is especially excellent for those of us with sugar issues. Why? Besides all those B6s and B12s, Greek yogurt has tons of protein.  If you are going to eat dessert, per the nutrition experts, it is always best to precede the fabulous event with protein.

Yes, I’ve become quite savvy at nuking slices of turkey bacon so I can sink my teeth into Sprinkles Cupcakes
Sprinkles Cupcakes were oh, so en vogue about a decade ago with celebrities. I don’t know about the tastes of starlets today but enthusiasm for the Beverly Hills Sprinkles store has yet to wane. There is always a line. (It’s rumored, too, that Sprinkles  Cupcakes are heading to Tokyo.)

Organic apricot spread slathered atop buttercream frosting
between layers of Sunshine Cake adds a terrific tang.

Which favorite fruit jam would you use?

Back to the subject of Sunshine Cake…I was talking about the need to balance sugar with protein. Well, drum roll please, I’ve discovered a stevia, sugar blend called Sweet ‘n Lite. It looks, tastes and acts like granulated sugar when baking cake! (More good news, I found it in a “regular” market.  It’s also available online.) The sponge of my Sunshine Cake was moist and had a dense homemade birthday cake feel. For the buttercream frosting, I used a dairy-free non-GMO butter substitute. Given all the good news about butter these days, though, it’s safe to say you’ll have delicious results any way you choose to frost your Sunshine Cake! (Also, a bit of apricot spread atop the buttercream in between layers of cake adds a tangy contrast to the sweet frosting.)

P.s. My sunshine garnish is made from a single Vanilla Oreo and Matcha Pejoy.  How would you create sunshine on your cake?

Sunshine Cake

A slice of sunshine cake is like having Mom’s moist, dense homemade birthday cake with fluffy frosting. Perfect for a snack or Sunday supper dessert!

The Pejoy biscuit sticks and Oreo sunshine add a welcome crunch. The cookie and biscuits are also marvelous contrast to the tangy apricot spread in between layers of cake and buttercream.

Adapted from Averie Sunshine's recipe for Easy Yellow Cake with Buttercream Frosting.


Sunshine Cake:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1½ cups  (½ sugar, ½ stevia) Sweet & Lite
  • (You could also try ½ Erythritol - another healthy granulated sugar substitute with regular sugar.)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 6 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Drops of yellow food coloring

Sunshine Buttercream Frosting:

  • 1½ Earth Balance (or similar non-dairy, non-GMO butter substitute) or butter
  • 6 teaspoons vanilla powder
  • Pinches of salt
  • 4 cups of powdered sugar
  • Drops of yellow food coloring

Optional Filling:

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons of organic apricot jam or your favorite jam (to spread on top of the buttercream in the middle -  between the two layers of cake.)

Create your own sunshine centerpiece:

  • I used a Vanilla Oreo and Matcha Pejoy. (Pejoy is an inside out Pocky.)

Sunshine Cake:

Line two 8 x 8 pans with non-stick aluminum foil. Spray with coconut oil. Place on cookie sheet (to protect from any splish-splashing in the oven.) Set oven to 350 degrees.

Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in one big bowl.

In a smaller bowl, lightly beat the eggs. Gently whisk in the buttermilk, Greek yogurt, canola oil, vanilla and drops of sunshine yellow food coloring. Pour the mixture into the flour bowl. Stir with a spatula or big spoon until all ingredients are combined. No worries if you still see lumps.

Divide the batter into the prepared pans. Bake for 34 to 38 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool. Frost with sunshine buttercream frosting.

Sunshine Buttercream Frosting:

In a kitchen stand mixer, beat the butter (or Earth Balance), vanilla powder and pinch of salt together. Add the yellow food coloring along with a cup of powdered sugar. Blend well. Gradually add the rest of the powdered sugar. For the frosting you do want a smooth consistency so put the mixer to work! Once smooth, frost your cake.  For the middle filling, spread a bit of apricot spread or your favorite jam atop buttercream frosting.

Create your own sunshine centerpiece: I used a Vanilla Oreo and Matcha Pejoy. (Pejoy is an inside out Pocky.)

Today’s #SundaySupper at Twitter (scroll down for your invite) is all about getting creative with Easter and Passover leftovers. A dynamic duo, Liz of That Skinny Chick Can Bake and Stacy of Food Lust, People Love host this #SundaySupper. Both are gourmet cooks and international travelers! Stacy lives in Abu Dhabi…Home to yet another Sprinkles Cupcake shop! 


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Wishing you sunshine and cake on days that look cloudy. 

The Ninja Baker

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