Paleo Birthday Cake with Strawberry Frosting

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On Saturday night, in preparation for Little Mr R’s 2nd Brithday Party, I made a great Paleo Birthday Cake, but yesterday, in preparation for the real deal birthday today, I tweaked that recipe and made the Greatest Paleo Birthday Cake.


I had three goes at the frosting and nailed it the third time with a pale pink creamy strawberry version. But you can really use any fruit that takes your fancy.

The cake itself is just fabulous. The consistency is even. The texture is smooth and moist. It’s not too sweet, yet is far from being bland, it’s high in protein and just so, so good.

It’s packed with eggs and the rest is mostly coconut (desiccated, oil and flour). The Frosting is mainly macadamia nuts, strawberries and just two medjool dates (aka 1 serve of sugar, versus regular icing sugar which can amount to up to 100 serves per cake – yep, it’s true – real deal sugar is not good for you!)


Anyway, I am so proud to share this recipe, I hope you enjoy it as much as we have.

Stay tuned for more recipes like this one, because as Christmas approaches, I’ll be looking to tweak this recipe again to make a trifle sponge base.

Love, C x x x

PS – This recipe makes one cake, but for a layer cake, just halve the cake horizontally and double the frosting volume.



Makes: 1 cake
Cake Preparation Time: 15 mins
Cake Cooking Time: 50-60 mins
Frosting Preparation Time: 2 minutes
Frosting Time: 5 minutes


Cake Tools

  • Vitamix/Blender or food processor
  • Mixmaster/Kitchenaid/hand mixer
  • 2 Mixing Bowls
  • 18-20cm cake tin*

*Note, the smaller the diameter, the longer the cake will take to cook

Cake Ingredients

  • 10 eggs
  • 8 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder or vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil
  • 3/4 cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 1/2 cup desiccated coconut
  • 1.5 tsp bi-carb soda
  • 1 pinch sea-salt


Cake Method

  1. Preheat a convection oven to 160 degrees Celsius.
  2. Grease and line an 18cm-20cm baking tin with baking paper and set aside.
  3. In a KitchenAid, Mixmaster, or with a hand beater: beat the 10 eggs until light and creamy (for about 5 minutes).
  4. Meanwhile, in Vitamix/blender or food processor, blend the dates, vanilla, coconut milk and coconut oil until smooth and resembling caramel.
  5. Add the date and coconut mixture to the egg. (Given the volume of oil, the date and coconut mixture should just slide out of your blender jug).
  6. In a separate bowl, combine the sifted coconut flour, desiccated coconut, bicard soda and sea-salt.
  7. Using a spoon, gradually add the dry ingredients to the egg mixture, folding with a spatula until combined.
  8. Pour the batter into the greased and lined cake tin.
  9. Bake for approximately 60 minutes, or until a skewer comes out clean and the cake is golden on top. (Tip check with a skewer at 50 minutes & 60 minutes).
  10. Allow to cool completely before decorating.


 Frosting Tools

  • Vitamix/Blender or food processor

Frosting Ingredients

  • 25g cacao butter, melted (or coconut oil)
  • 25g coconut oil, melted
  • 100g fresh strawberries (or other fruit of your choice)
  • 1 cup raw macadamia nuts (or cashew nuts)
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted


Frosting Method

  1. Add all ingredients to a Vitamix/blender or food processor and whiz until smooth.
  2. Spread over the top and sides of the cake using a knife. For a smooth finish, dip the knife in a cup of boiling water before each use.
  3. Optional – add freshly sliced strawberries to the top of the cake.



Store the cake in an airtight container in your refrigerator for up to one week.

1 reply
  1. Thom Rigger
    Thom Rigger says:

    You have been busy, you have come up with many fine recipes…The Paleo Cake is wonderful addition. How can something so simple be so tasty and healthy. Being an American, your cake is like a moist and soft Bread. Almost like a Banana, Pumpkin, or Zuccini bread we make in the US. Your cake is a lot heavier in texture than other cakes. But it is just as flavorful as anything we’ve made before. I think you’ve nailed it. Right on.

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