Paleo Cake Recipes – 82 Amazing Recipes For Every Occasion
For some of us, it’s hard to imagine life without cake ever again. And for a while, this really deterred me from going 100% Paleo (what would I do without red velvet cake!). However, I shouldn’t have worried because there are a ton of amazing Paleo cake recipes out there to make instead (they’re healthier and just as delicious!).
In fact, there are so many amazing Paleo cake recipes (as you can tell by this long post), and many of them are remarkably easy and fast to make. There are even some delicious microwave mug cakes!
To help you find the right Paleo (or Primal) cake for you, I’ve categorized the Paleo cake recipes into various lists. First, there’s my all-time top 3 Paleo Cake Recipes. Then, there’s my top 7 Paleo Chocolate Cake Recipes, my top 9 Primal Cake Recipes (many are primal because the frosting ingredients include dairy), my top 3 Fast Cake Recipes (all are gluten free and grain free), my top 3 Paleo Bundt Cake Recipes, my top 4 Paleo Holiday Cake Recipes, and my Other Favorite Paleo and Primal Cake Recipes.
I hope this helps you to find the right cake recipe for your occasion (whether it be dinner tonight, a quick snack, or a birthday celebration).
The TOP 3 Paleo Cake Recipes
There were so many cakes to choose from (just take a look at how many cake recipes there are included in this post), but I finally managed to narrow it down to just 3 cake recipes.
Out of all the Paleo cake recipes, this is definitely the most amazing one I have ever seen!! The recipe was created by Joshua Weissman from Slim Palate to celebrate the release of his first cookbook (at the age of 18!). The book is called the Slim Palate Paleo Cookbook, and you can get a copy of it on Amazon. This cake has 2 layers of chocolate cake as well as chocolate ganache, chocolate frosting and a drenching of salted caramel poured over it. It’s really hard to imagine anything more delicious – just take a look at the photo below (photo courtesy of Slim Palate)!
If you take a quick peek at the photo for this paleo cake recipe, then you’ll see why it’s amazing – it’s a 4-layer cake filled with coconut cream cheese frosting (no dairy!!). I’ve seen a lot of carrot cakes, but they pretty much all use cream cheese for the frosting. Except this amazing one by Danielle Rouse from Fresh4Five. And with ingredients like pumpkin seeds, apple butter, sunflower seed butter, and maple syrup, you know it’s going to taste moist and flavorful.
I’m a huge chocolate fan, so I always end up picking the chocolate cake (or red velvet cake) option over anything else. However, this cake by Jan from Jan’s Sushi Bar looks absolutely stunning. The pineapple slices with the cherries in between them makes for a deliciously moist cake and a wonderful photo. The other unique aspect of this recipe is that it’s made in 10″ cast iron skillet in the oven)!
It was Jeremy’s birthday not that long ago, and I tried my hand at making him a birthday cake (it was a double layer chocolate cake filled with chocolate coconut ganache, smothered with chocolate frosting, and topped with slices of strawberries). Everyone loved it, and you can find the recipe for it here.
I tested a bunch of different variations for microwave chocolate cake, and this recipe was the best!
Top 7 Paleo Chocolate Cake Recipes
I’ve already featured 2 paleo chocolate cake recipes above (the Salted Caramel Drenched Coffee-Double Chocolate Cake and my Chocolate Birthday Cake), but there are a ton more fantastic Paleo chocolate cake recipes. Here are the top 7:
The photos of this recipe will leave you drooling (and there’s a lot of them accompanying the recipe)! The thick layer of frosting on top (which uses date paste as an ingredient) looks amazing and the cake itself is moist and decadent. And the added zucchini and walnuts just make this cake even more special.
With just 5 ingredients and 25 minutes baking time, this cake is a must-make for any Paleo party!
It’s like chocolate with more chocolate!
Chocolate molten lava cakes have always been hard for me to resist, and this one looks divine with chocolate oozing out from the center.
This cake is simply beautiful with chocolate frosting and ganache, and the recipe is similar to the one I used for my Chocolate Coconut Cake. So it’s clearly a winner!
6. Chocolate Peppermint Cake
Chocolate and mint just go so well together, so if you’re a fan of those 2 ingredients, then this cake will appeal to you!
You’ll see why this cake is no joke once you take a look at the photos!
Top 3 Fast Cake Recipes
There will be times when you want a really delicious cake fast (maybe as a quick dessert or snack). That’s why I love these 3 super fast and easy paleo cake recipes.
Mug cakes are the best because they’re super fast to make (as long as you use microwaves, and this article explains why you should use them). In fact this recipe takes 4 minutes from start to finish!
I love strawberry cakes, and these mini cakes (similar to cupcakes) are just the cutest ever with pureed strawberries in both the cake mixture and whipped cream. Note: ingredients include heavy whipping cream and butter.
This recipe involves combining ingredients like cherries and chocolate to make a fast Paleo dessert.
Top 9 Primal Cake Recipes (with dairy)
I’ve always loved red velvet cake, and this Paleo red velvet cake looks amazing (just like the cakes I used to eat before I started Paleo). So, if you’re a red velvet cake fan like me, then you should try this one.
This recipe makes mini cakes with dried blueberries folded into the cake batter and freeze-dried mangos made into a powder mixed into the frosting. Fruity and delicious!
“Everything is made better when you serve your mother chocolate cake for breakfast.” Yes, I totally agree. And especially when the cake is this one – it’s heavenly. Note: the only ingredient in this cake recipe that’s not Paleo is the grass-fed butter, which you might be able to substitute with ghee instead (there’s also an option to use heavy cream in the frosting instead of almond milk). Photo below is courtesy of Slim Palate.
If you’re looking for a Primal carrot cake recipe, then this is it! The cake is made with Paleo ingredients (sweetened with maple syrup and some chopped dates) and is moist and delicious. Note: frosting uses cream cheese.
This cake is amazing (based on a recipe by David Lebovitz), and it’s only got 4 ingredients! Note: ingredients include butter and raw sugar. Perfect for Valentine’s Day!
I especially love the addition of some strongly brewed coffee to this cake batter and the optional topping of gooseberries and cherries is beautiful.
I had never heard of zebra cakes before seeing this, but having seen the photos, I definitely want to eat it!
This recipe makes individual chocolate cakes that are simply delightful. Note: ingredients include sugar, butter, and heavy cream.
I’ve never had a chia cake before, so this looks really interesting to me. Let me know if you try it!
Top 3 Paleo Bundt Cake Recipes
My favorite part of this cake is the beautiful swirl in the middle made from cinnamon and bananas.
Top 4 Paleo Holiday Cake Recipes
Just the name alone says it all! With ingredients like cardamom, ghee, orange zest, and rum, this cake is sure to be amazing for any Christmas dinner.
With spices like nutmeg, cloves, allspice, and cinnamon, you know this cake is going to be delicious!
These are fruity mini cakes with cranberries, orange juice, and a ripe banana in the ingredients.
The cardamom cream with freshly ground cardamom seeds and orange zest looks amazing in this recipe!
Other Favorite Paleo Cake Recipes
Wow! This cake looks amazing with a sweet potato/tomato paste frosting and 3 layers of meat cake!
If you like cakes with chocolate chips and made in less than 5 minutes total, then this is definitely the cake for you! Note: cake is sweetened with chocolate chips and maple syrup.
There’s a tropical leaning to this cake with ingredients like pineapple, bananas, and dates! Yum!
The photos for this cake are amazing – and the cake is topped with rose petals, pistachios, and saffron. If you’re looking of a unique cake with lots of character, then pick this one!
The “swirly topping” for this coffee cake is fantastic (featuring cinnamon pecan pieces).
I’ve never made cake especially for breakfast, but this one looks amazing.
There’s a lot of coconut in this cake, so if you’re a coconut fan, then this is it!
The addition of beets and the use of homemade raspberry jam for writing a message on the cake are both fantastic ideas.
These are so different from most cakes I’ve seen, so I wanted to include the recipe for any fig fans out there!
This is a really easy raw (no-bake) carrot cake recipe – you can shape the cake however you want.
If you love lemon meringue, then this recipe is for you!
The addition of sweet potatoes to this chocolate cake recipe is really unique. The recipe makes 4 individual ramekins.
Another interesting Paleo chocolate cake recipe, this time with beetroot added in!
Coconut Flour Chocolate Cake in a Mug
You can enjoy this cake after microwaving it for just 2 minutes!
These mini cakes are simply beautiful and are made using a really cool honeycomb pan.
Double Chocolate Strawberry Cake
Sweetened with maple syrup and honey and topped with melted dark chocolate and strawberry, this cake looks delicious.