Monday, August 27, 2012

My Sugar Free, Grain Free, Paleo Birthday Cake

I've been meaning to post this recipe for the delicious birthday cake my son baked for me last month. Even though I am not eating Paleo/Primal right now, I do think cutting back on grains and sugar is a good idea. And if you're going to bake for your kids or yourself, why not make something healthy AND yummy?

I found this recipe here; it is a very simple cake to make (my son is no master baker but he made this on his own just fine). This moist, dense cake has the flavor of a German Chocolate cake because of the coconut oil and coconut flour used in the recipe. It is very satisfying; a small piece is 'enough.' We didn't frost it but if you want to you can melt some dark chocolate with coconut oil and drizzle it over the top.

Chocolate Paleo Snack Cake

10 pitted medjool dates
1 cup of unsweetened applesauce
3 eggs
1/2 cup melted coconut oil
2 tsp vanilla
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea salt
1/2 cup strong brewed coffee

Puree the dates and applesauce in a food processor until smooth. Place puree in a bowl with eggs, oil, vanilla, and coffee and mix on low/medium speed until well combined. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Slowly add the dry ingredients to the wet ones, mixing on low/medium speed until smooth. Grease an 8 by 8 pan with coconut oil. Spread the batter into the pan and smooth the top. Bake at 350 for about 25-30 minutes. A metal knife stuck in the middle should come out barely clean. Cool and cut into 9-12 pieces.

This keeps well in the fridge for several days, and I froze a few pieces individually wrapped for later. Good stuff! None for the puppy though.


Lori said...

I'm going to try this. My birthday was Saturday and I didn't have a cake. I didn't even miss it. My husband's birthday is in a couple of weeks. I'll try it for him.

Vickie said...

kid with heart condition, so we can't do coffee - do you have an idea for a substitute or do you think it will be hugely missed?

Jane said...

This sounds really good! I think I will try it too :)

Lyn said...


how about decaf coffee? If not, I think I'd add a little more cocoa (like a tsp) and use water. The coffee just intensifies the chocolate flavor, but I think it would be good without it.