Paleo Chocolate Cake
Chocolate cake and I have a long history, but unfortunately for me, I’m on a grain-free diet.
My baking career started at the age of four, where on my outdoor patio, at my family’s house on Long Island, I mixed up batter from store bought packages and then baked it in my cherished Easy Bake Oven.
Soon after I was baking real cakes. And, during these years I fulfilled my lifetime quota of marble bundt cakes.
Just about every celebration or milestone has cake.
A Grain Free Diet And Paleo Chocolate Cake:
Three years ago, my doctor asked me to try a gluten and dairy free diet (then, eventually grain free). I said yes, but not without tears. So many changes. So much to learn.
And the ultimate question? Would it work?
The diet has been amazing for me and turned out to be the best thing.
One reason? This Paleo Chocolate Cake. The every day, not just for special occasions, decadent chocolate cake.
It has gotten much easier to love a gluten free diet now.
This easy paleo cake is intensely chocolate, fudgy, and moist. Spread a little chocolate ganache icing on it. This also makes the most amazing chocolate birthday cake.
Making Your Paleo Chocolate Cake:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
- For an 8 inch round cast iron skillet, press some parchment paper inside. If you place something like a few potatoes on the parchment paper, it will usually keep it down in the skillet until you are ready to add your batter.
- It can probably be made in other size cake pans, but I have not tried this. I am attached to the easy throw the parchment paper away method. 🙂
- Add all of the ingredients (almond flour, almond butter, egg, pumpkin puree, cacao powder, maple syrup, baking soda, vanilla, and salt) into the bowl of an electric mixer and mix on medium for about 2 minutes. (Full printable instructions are at the bottom of this post).
- Pour batter into the cast iron skillet and bake for 25-27 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean and cake looks done.
- Let cool completely before frosting or icing the cake.
- You will love this easy dairy free chocolate icing that is shown in the photos.
What You Will Love About This Paleo Chocolate Cake:
- No baking pan to clean – if you use the parchment paper and cast iron skillet method
- Less sugar/sweetener than traditional chocolate cakes
- Easy, two ingredients, dairy free chocolate ganache icing
- Can all be mixed in one bowl
- Make ahead, store in fridge
- Grain, gluten, and dairy free, but everyone will love
- Is fresh and homemade, make any time you choose
Storing Your Grain-Free Chocolate Cake:
I find storing in an airtight container (such as these) works the best for me. For best results, consume within a day or two of baking. But realize this cake has amazing disappearing powers.
Bonus: This recipe also makes amazing cupcakes!
Chocolate lovers will want to try these Coconut Flour Chocolate Donuts!
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I hope this will become your favorite grain free chocolate cake for birthdays, celebrations or just an everyday chocolate fix!
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This is my go-to decadent paleo chocolate cake. It is easy to make, grain, gluten and dairy free. I love to make it in a parchment paper lined skillet for easy clean up. It's a winner all around!
- 1 cup blanched almond flour
- 1/2 cup almond butter (try my recipe on the site or a creamy store bought brand)
- 1 large egg
- 3 tbsp maple syrup
- 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree
- 1/4 cup organic raw cacao powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/8 tsp salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Using parchment paper, line an 8" cast iron skillet.
Add all ingredients to a mixing bowl, and using an electric mixer, mix for several minutes in well mixed.
You can also mix in a bowl with a wooden spoon or spatula if desired. If you go this route, you should probably whisk the almond flour to get out all the lumps and then add the remaining ingredients.
Pour batter into prepared cast iron skillet and smooth batter.
Bake for 25-27 minutes until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool completely before icing/frosting.
Consider using the Paleo Chocolate Ganache Icing on the site for this cake. Yum!
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