This Is Michelle Obama's Favorite Cake

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is a legend when it comes to fitness and healthy eating, and among other things, she will be remembered for her Let's Move campaign, which set the ambitious goal of solving the problem of obesity within one generation (via Let's Move). But just because she felt it was important for children to eat their vegetables doesn't mean she had an all-or-nothing approach when it came to food. "Choosing a healthy diet isn't about deprivation, it's about balance. It's about moderation. Like I tell my kids, as long as you eat fruits and vegetables at every meal, you'll be okay if you have pizza or ice cream every once in a while. The problem is when the treats become the habits," she told Everyday Health.

And while Obama has a declared love for French fries — (she once told The Late Show host Stephen Colbert that she had ordered fries during her overnight stay at Buckingham Palace, per The Telegraph), there's another treat former White House Pastry Chef Billy Yosses says Mrs. Obama enjoys from time to time: Red velvet cake.

Michelle Obama was not anti-dessert

"You may have heard that most of the desserts at the White House during the Obama years were pies, but this is an exception," the former White House pastry chef says. "The red velvet cake was popular and often served at birthday parties" (via Delish).

Billy Yosses adds: "I think one of the misconceptions about Mrs. Obama's healthy food initiative, Let's Move, was that she might be anti-desserts. That was not true. Mrs. Obama never asked me to make spa cuisine, or low-calorie desserts, or not use butter or sugar." Yosses says that during the occasions he did make a dessert for the Obamas, he would ensure he used the best ingredients and techniques so that the decadent creations were completely satisfying in small portions.

Obama has never shied away from admitting that she embraced healthy eating for a reason. While she doesn't have the treat every day, she confessed, "You know, I love French fries. I am a big French fry fanatic. That's why I have to eat vegetables — to balance it out, for sure," she once told Stephen Colbert (via The Telegraph).