Enjoy this indulgent pastry—while sticking 100% to your paleo ways!
So you decided to go paleo, then the calendar reminded you it’s time to turn another year older. Which has you wondering—how do you celebrate your birthday as a Paleo person?
It’s easier than you think to make a Grok-approved, grain-free, gluten-free, paleo-perfect birthday cake. Perhaps my favorite recipe on the planet, this super simple mix of really easy-to-find ingredients yields one golden cake, peppered with vanilla bean caviar and topped with the most blissful buttercream ever made in modern times.
Here’s how to celebrate your big day, cavestyle!
For me, the best paleo baking recipes are simple and call for basic ingredients. Sure, you can whip up a batch of cake with tapioca flour, arrowroot, and five kinds of exotic nut flours. But, seriously? When are you ever going to make that sort of complex concoction ever again?
No. A true paleo birthday cake must be vanilla. It must be delicious. And it must be crazy basic. These are the factors that led to me to mixing this glorious line-up of truly simple ingredients together. Coconut flour, eggs, vanilla, honey and a sprinkling of other baking basics like salt and baking soda. That’s it. No tapiocarrowroot. No weird stuff. Just good stuff, plain and simple.
What you get when you mix it all together is this gorgeous golden batter, scented with vanilla and a smidgen of coconut. Poured in a cake pan and ready to be baked until hot and perfect.
See what I mean? Hot. And perfect. No one would ever take a peek at this cake and guess that it’s paleo. It just looks like… a cake.
Of course, every proper birthday cake needs a batch of buttercream schmeared up top. So, I’m going to show you how to make the ultimate paleo chocolate frosting. It starts with a can of coconut milk.
Refrigerate overnight, then scoop out the coconut cream. Save the other stuff for mixing into your morning smoothies. Or drinking by the light of the blue moon. You pick.
Whip it all together with some melted chocolate chips, honey, and cocoa powder, and you’ll get this sweet, fluffy buttercream.
Time to spread it! Grab an icing knife and cover the top of that cake with frosting abandon. Or whatever means “boatloads of frosting.”
Then, decorate away!
Because I’d been so perfectly paleo in the making of this cake, I decided a little sneak with sprinkles would be okay.
If you’re not a fan of sugary sprinkles, tint a little dried coconut with natural food dyes and make your own paleo rainbow sprinkles. Or just push a few cherries or berries up top for a totally stunning pastry.
You are now invited to call your clan and tell them to eat cake.
Slice giant pieces of this sweet little treat and share abundantly! Without gluten, grains or a smidgen of white flour, all of your cavefolk will be delighted to dive in.
And how does it taste, you wonder? Just like vanilla cake. Perfectly moist & vanilla-y cake. Happy Birthday, Caveyou!
Brooke blogs at Cheeky Kitchen, where she shares crazy simple, healthy family recipes. She joined Tablespoon to share some of her best, so keep an eye on Brooke's profile to see what she cooks up next!