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Paleo German Chocolate Cake

Paleo German Chocolate Cake - GrokGrub.com Happy birthday to me! I celebrated by making this Paleo German chocolate cake. While purists may cringe, I wanted something that tasted delicious but wouldn’t leave me feeling seriously un-celebratory an hour after eating it. Hence my version of Paleo German chocolate cake was born!

I searched around for other Paleo German chocolate cake recipes to cut down the effort of developing my own, but couldn’t find any that didn’t have agave nectar, or butter, or quite a few other ingredients that don’t quite jive with the real-food, Paleo focus of this blog. Although a Paleo German chocolate cake (or any cake, for that matter) couldn’t be considered the optimal healthy choice, I knew I could pull it off with the minimum of ingredients that I try to keep out of my diet.

I made this in my grandparents’ kitchen in Delaware, with the frosty winter light streaming through the window. It’s easy to throw together, which I was thankful for because the kitchen was crowded with the rush to get dinner on the table. The only slight difficulty with the recipe that I experienced (and YOU won’t have that problem) was that the eggs and maple syrup from the fridge hardened the coconut oil again! So make sure your coconut oil is very soft and your eggs and maple syrup at room temperature before attempting Paleo German chocolate cake. Real food problems, amiright?  

Enjoy this Paleo German chocolate cake if it’s an occasion for celebration (I think birthdays definitely qualify). The cake itself happens to be nut-free, grain-free (gluten-free), dairy-free, refined sugar-free. The icing has nuts in it, however, so beware if those are an issue for you. Otherwise, Paleo German chocolate cake for everybody! 

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Paleo German Chocolate Cake
Serves 16
This Paleo German chocolate cake is a winning combination of luscious dark chocolate cake and decadent coconut frosting.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
30 min
Total Time
1 hr
Cake
  1. 1/2 cup coconut flour
  2. 1/2 cup cacao powder
  3. 1 tsp baking soda
  4. 1 pinch salt
  5. 6 eggs, room temperature
  6. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  7. 1/2 cup coconut oil, softened
  8. 1/4 cup strong coffee
Frosting
  1. 1 cup finely shredded coconut, unsweetened
  2. 1 cup chopped pecans
  3. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  4. 1 cup coconut oil, softened
  5. 1 pinch salt
  6. 2 oz unsweetened chocolate
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350F. Grease a 9" springform pan, cut a piece of parchment paper to line the bottom, and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut flour, cacao powder, baking soda and salt. Mix well.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, beat the eggs with the maple syrup, coconut oil and coffee until combined. Gradually add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing until no lumps remain.
  4. Pour into the greased, parchment-lined springform pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a tester inserted into the center comes out clean.
  5. Allow to cool while you prep the frosting.
  6. For the frosting, combine all ingredients but the chocolate. Carefully smooth over the top of the cake.
  7. Melt the unsweetened chocolate in a double-boiler or microwave, then dip the tines of a fork into it. Streak the cake with the chocolate by making free-form slashing movements above it, rotating to cover the entire surface.
Notes
  1. Normally I skip the parchment paper step myself when it's included in recipes, but this cake has a tendency to stick.
Adapted from Hayley’s “Paleo” Birthday Cake | German Chocolate Torte
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23 Comments

  1. if it has eggs it’s not vegan. . .

  2. Rachel, this looks incredible! My birthday is coming up on January 4th, and I’ve been searching for the perfect Paleo birthday cake recipe. I may have to give this one a try!

    • It’s wonderful! If you’re a real chocolate fiend, sub melted Enjoy Life chocolate chips for the unsweetened chocolate and really streak the heck out of the top!

  3. This lucky guest can attest to the usefulness of this wonderful cake. Everyone I shared it with sang its praises. It is quite stimulating and we all agreed is the perfect thing for breakfast or pre breakfast fare … lunch … snack … Actually it sustained me during the grueling round of delays during my flight from Philly to Texas. I am very food sensitive and had been Paleo long before it was devised due to necessity. It is great to have a delicious chocolate recipe that I can eat and eat with NO negative reaction. Thank you, Rachel.

  4. I think I love you!

  5. I thought this was a lovely recipe! The batter tasted amazing and the frosting even better. I did have a couple struggles, which may be my own newness to paleo baking. :) I had to really carefully adjust the temperature of the frosting (being largely coconut oil) to make it spreadable (esp on the sides of the cake). It had a tendency to flake off in chunks for me. I also had to refrigerate the cake because the frosting was melting (living in Arizona). :) Perhaps because of the refrigeration (although covered), the cake itself turned out pretty dry. I’ll have to play with this more. Nothing that heating a piece up with a little pasture butter and drizzled honey (or soaking in a bit of coffee) couldn’t fix. :)

    Altogether, though, I really enjoyed it. My family was impressed, and they’re not paleo (“you can bake with these ingredients??”) Thanks for the recipe!

    • Christy, maybe I’ll play with the ratios a bit to make it a tad more moist. Mine wasn’t too dry, but a different climate may make a difference…

  6. Ohhh, I’m excited to try this!! My husband’s favorite cake is German chocolate and his birthday is coming up! I am also new to paleo cooking. Do you liquify the coconut oil or just soften it (like soften butter)…what consistency works best? Thanks!!

    • Kath, softening but not melting the coconut oil helps to keep more lightness in the cake. Welcome to Paleo cooking and good luck!

  7. I was wondering how tall this cake turns out to be? I’m looking for a chocolate cake that is simple and servable to my non paleo family and boyfriend!

    • Courtney, it turns out to be about two inches tall. Coconut flour cakes don’t rise very much, in my experience. :-/

  8. Made this cake for husband’s birthday and it was delicious! Family raved over it. The cake has deep chocolate flavor and nice texture. I ended up with extra frosting, could probably have made half the quantity and been fine. As it is I will just have to make another cake to use up the leftover frosting…lol :)

  9. Does anyone happen to know the sugar content? My son’s birthday is soon & he was recently diagnosed with diabetes. I’d like to make this for him if the sugar isn’t off the wall…being Paleo I’m sure it’s not but just want to make sure. :-)

  10. I just made the cake – it is beautiful & the frosting tastes amazing! According to MyFitness Pal, it has 1.5 g sugar & 3.5 g carbs…fingers crossed that it passes my son’s taste test!

  11. This looks so good. I don’t drink coffee and would love an alternative in the recipe. Any ideas?

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