20 Indulgent Paleo Chocolate Cake Recipes
For some celebrations, only a chocolate cake will do. And on some days, it’s the treat you need for yourself, too.
Thankfully for us all, there are ways to put a Paleo twist on this classic favorite –
Switching up regular white flour for almond flour or coconut flour…
Sweetening your cake with honey or maple syrup instead of sugar…
Swapping milk for coconut milk or almond milk…
These are just a few of the tricks you can use!
If you’re looking to impress a crowd, or you need to rustle up a quick dessert for one or two people, we’ve got you covered.
For big celebrations, you can choose from:
- A classic Paleo Birthday Chocolate Cake
- A grown-up Coffee-Double Chocolate Cake with Salted Caramel
- A deliciously rich Dark Chocolate Chestnut Cake
- A Scrummy Paleo Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake for the big kids (or the little ones!) in your life.
And plenty more!
And for those days when you need a couple of single-serving desserts?
- There’s a Mini Paleo Chocolate Cake (with Ramekins)
- A 5-Min Microwave Paleo Chocolate Cake
- And a Chocolate Cake In A Mug.
(If you’ve never tried mug cakes before, they’re a super quick and easy way to make cake using a mug and a microwave)
A couple of these recipes might involve ingredients which surprise you –
- Like the Paleo Zucchini Chocolate Cake
- Or the Chocolate Cake With A Surprise (Beets!).
But don’t knock them until you’ve tried them, the veggies are vital for keeping these chocolate cakes moist and tasty.
Table Of Contents – Paleo Chocolate Cake Recipes
- Basic Paleo Chocolate Cake Recipes
- Paleo Fruit and Nut Chocolate Cake Recipes
- Paleo Vegetable Chocolate Cake Recipes
- Other Types of Chocolate Cake Recipes
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Basic Paleo Chocolate Cake Recipes
Imagine being able to make a cake in five minutes! Perfect for when friends drop by for a cup of tea, this quick and easy recipe is cooked in a cup which means you end up with a serving-sized cake that can be enjoyed any time. Be careful not to microwave the chocolate for too long or it may burn – about 30 seconds is usually enough.
– Swiss Paleo
Ingredients: dark chocolate, coconut oil, maple syrup or honey, salt, eggs.
As this is a flourless recipe, the cake has a fudgey texture rather than a sponge one, but is so deliciously rich that you don’t need a lot to satisfy! It tastes amazingly smooth and will quickly become a family favorite. Instead of the double boiler method, you can simply melt the chocolate in the microwave, but be careful not to burn it.
– Oh Snap! Let’s Eat!
Ingredients: almond flour, coconut flour, cacao powder, baking soda, salt, honey, butter, eggs, chocolate chunks, dark chocolate chips, coconut milk.
This cake is coated in frosting that is so rich and glossy that it is bound to impress! It has a professional look and tastes fantastic, making it a great recipe to keep for birthdays and celebrations. You can decorate the cake with your choice of fruit – raspberries look great – or sprinkle with chopped nuts. This cake can be stored for up to three days in the fridge, if it lasts that long!
– Paleo Flourish
Ingredients: almond flour, whey protein powder, baking powder, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, coconut oil, ghee, eggs, vanilla extract, honey, almond milk, coconut milk, chocolate chips, coconut flakes (optional).
There is something really special about a homemade birthday cake that makes the day even better. This cake looks and tastes very impressive and can be enjoyed by the whole family. The chocolate and coconut in this recipe go so well together, and if you do not want to decorate with fruit you could sprinkle the top with shredded coconut instead.
– Simply Taylor
Ingredients: coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, sea salt, egg, almond milk, coconut oil, sunflower seed butter or other nut/seed butter, honey, dark chocolate chips (optional).
This is another quick and easy recipe that gives you an individual serving of cake in just a few minutes, so it is a great go-to recipe if people drop by unexpectedly. Once the cake is cooked you can serve it as it is or top it with chocolate chips, fruit or your favorite paleo ice cream, turning it into a dessert rather than a quick snack.
Ingredients: almond flour, arrowroot powder, coconut flour, baking soda, salt, cocoa powder, maple syrup, coconut oil, eggs, vanilla extract, coconut cream, chocolate chips, coconut oil, unsweetened chocolate, honey.
This recipe is a bit more complex than some, but it is well worth the effort, especially if you are making this for a celebration. It is gluten-free, making it a perfect birthday cake for anyone in the family who has gluten intolerance. One of the best things about this cake is that the coating is not overly sweet, so it would be an impressive dessert for a dinner party. Any decoration is totally up to you – top with your favorite berries, nuts or simply with the ganache.
– Oh Snap! Let’s Eat!
Ingredients: almond flour, cocoa powder, coconut flour, baking soda, sea salt, maple syrup, coconut oil, eggs, brewed espresso, coconut cream, instant espresso, dark chocolate, honey.
The picture of this cake just sums up what you imagine a really good one should look like! We eat with our eyes as well as our mouths, so serving this impressive cake would go down really well for a birthday or celebration, or as a dessert at the end of a dinner party. It is also enhanced by the macha filling, as coffee and chocolate are great partners!
Ingredients: coconut flour, almond flour, cacao powder or cocoa powder, eggs, honey, vanilla extract, coffee, coconut oil, baking soda, salt, chocolate chips, coconut cream, dark chocolate, coconut milk, coconut sugar, ghee or palm shortening.
Photo Credit: Joshua from Slim Palate
This cake is a double-layered one, packed with flavor and drenched in salted caramel. Got you interested? What a wonderful cake to serve for a birthday, celebration or just when you gotta have cake! The combination of delicious cake and the sweet and salty caramel is so good that many non-paleo eaters would be amazed when they find out this is a paleo recipe, so it might be a good one to make to convince your friends to eat healthier too!
Paleo Fruit and Nut Chocolate Cake Recipes
– Jan’s Sushi Bar
Ingredients: almond flour, tapioca flour, potato flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, kosher salt or sea salt, eggs, bananas, coconut sugar, ghee, vanilla extract.
This snack cake makes a perfect addition to a lunch box, but as it is a gluten-free recipe, it would be ideal for a party or family gathering too. The banana adds a natural sweetness and keeps the cake moist and delicious. This is also a great way to use up bananas that are getting a bit past their best. If you don’t have potato flour then don’t panic! It can be substituted with 1 tablespoon of coconut flour.
– Primally Inspired
Ingredients: almond flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, cinnamon, maple syrup, coconut oil, vanilla extract, apple sauce, apple cider vinegar.
Adding apple sauce to this recipe helps keep the cake moist, although it does not detract from the wonderfully chocolatey flavor! It is a great idea for birthday cake as it is grain and gluten free, so perfect for kids who have allergies. The fluffy, mousse topping gives this cake a luxurious appearance and adds another dimension to the texture. Try to leave the cake to cool completely, as it can be crumbly if still warm.
This recipe is a great way to make use of the chestnuts that you may have in a jar lurking in the pantry! They add a different slant to the texture of the finished product, which has a smooth consistency. You could also add some berries for decoration, or try grating in some citrus zest to the mixture for a different variation on the flavor.
– Jan’s Sushi Bar
Ingredients: almond flour, tapioca flour, potato flour, kosher sea salt, baking soda, eggs, ghee, coconut sugar, vanilla extract, almonds, shredded coconut, coconut sugar, strawberries, dark chocolate, coconut milk.
This cake is not too sweet, making it a great dessert for a dinner party. After all, who doesn’t like strawberries and chocolate together! This is packed with flavor and texture – soft and sweet strawberries and the crunch of the crumb base. You will find that this is quite a filling cake, so smaller portions are ideal. After all, it is a treat, so you could always have seconds!
Paleo Vegetable Chocolate Cake Recipes
– The Healthy Foodie
Ingredients: almond flour, coconut flour, tapioca starch, cacao powder, baking soda, cream of tartar, salt, cinnamon, avocado, date paste, honey, vanilla extract, coconut oil, eggs, zucchini, walnuts, instant coffee, coconut milk, water.
Photo Credit: Sonia from The Healthy Foodie
Here is another recipe for a double-layered cake that would grace any table! The zucchini will virtually disappear when cooked, so this is another great way to get the family eating more vegetables without them even realizing. Don’t be tempted to skimp on the coffee syrup as it will soak into the cake and give it a wonderful mocha taste, making this a fabulous cake to serve when entertaining guests.
– Swiss Paleo
Ingredients: beets, honey, eggs, coconut oil, vanilla extract, almond extract, cocoa powder, sea salt.
Using vegetables to make a chocolate cake may sound like a crazy idea, but believe me it’s not! The beets are packed with vitamins and do not give the cake a veggie flavor – they help keep the cake moist and this is a great way to get the benefits of vegetables into the kids without them knowing! Decorate the top with berries of your choice, or simply sprinkle with cocoa powder or shredded coconut.
Other Types of Chocolate Cake Recipes
This torte is the great one to make if you have a serious chocolate craving! It is smooth, rich and intense, yet grain and gluten free, making it a great choice for a family party or celebration. It is melt-in-the-mouth yet a simple recipe to follow. The pumpkin seeds add a variation to the texture, but this torte can be decorated in whatever way you like.
– Swiss Paleo
Ingredients: nuts, medjool dates, vanilla extract, salt, cocoa powder, cashews, maple syrup, water, vanilla, lemon juice, coconut butter, coconut oil.
This is such a versatile recipe as you can use whatever nuts you have and you could also add other dried fruits to the dates for a variation in flavor. It is a quick and easy recipe to follow, but the end result is decadent, rich and delicious. This cheesecake would be great served at a dinner party, a family celebration or as your contribution to a pot-luck.
– A Girl Worth Saving
Ingredients: cashews, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, vanilla extract, applesauce, coconut oil, maple syrup, egg, water, palm shortening, dark chocolate candy bar.
Photo Credit: Kelly from A Girl Worth Saving
These little mini doughnuts would be such a good idea for a kid’s party or just to enjoy by yourself with a good cup of coffee! They are not dry but have a great cake texture and are much healthier than conventional doughnuts, which are usually deep-fried. The chocolate sauce tends to soak into the doughnuts making them even more delicious, and would also be a great addition to a lunchbox.
Ingredients: coconut milk, lemon juice, coconut oil, eggs, cassava flour, coconut sugar, cacao powder, baking soda, salt, vanilla powder or vanilla extract, water, Kite Hill dairy-free cream cheese, maple syrup, dark chocolate chips, cacao nibs (optional), mini chips (optional), dried fruit (optional), cocoa butter (optional).
These little treats are rich and full of chocolate flavor and make the ideal dish to serve at a coffee morning. There is something about mini treats that make you want to try them, and although this is quite a complex recipe, it is actually easy to follow, so this could become a dish you can prepare for birthdays or celebrations. They can be topped with any dried fruit or nuts, depending on your taste.
From start to finish, this cake can be prepared and cooked in under 30 minutes, so would be great when entertaining friends. Just think giant chocolate chip cookie, but with the texture of cake! It is a good idea to line the baking tin with parchment as this helps to stop the cake from sticking. If you find it hard to get cakes out, then one tip is to place a strip of parchment in the base and extending over the edges of the tin, then you can use this to lift out the cake.
– The Healthy Foodie
Ingredients: walnuts, pecans, shredded coconut, coconut flour, date paste, ghee, Ceylon cinnamon, Himalayan salt, honey, cacao powder, coconut oil, vanilla extract, ancho chile powder, coconut milk, cacao paste, cacao butter, coconut butter.
Photo Credit: Sonia from The Healthy Foodie
The base of this cake gives a bit of a crunch and makes a great combination of texture with the truffle filling. You only need a small slice of this cake to get the satisfying chocolate hit as it is rich and smooth and full of flavor. The addition of the white chocolate topping gives this cake a really luxurious look and it would be a lovely, no-bake recipe to use for celebrations or as a gift for someone.
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