Paleo Chocolate Cake Recipe

This paleo chocolate cake also happens to be gluten-free and, even more importantly, it tastes magnificent enough to rival any other chocolate cake, birthday or otherwise. Go ahead. Taste it and see.

Paleo Chocolate Cake Recipe

This paleo chocolate cake is your no-fail solution when you need cake—whether for a birthday or a random Saturday afternoon chocolate fix—that’s easy and flourless and grain free and so magnificent as to be darn near indistinguishable from any other rich and indulgent chocolate cake. (And if you’re ever in the mood for paleo vanilla cake, we can hook you up with that, too.)–Renee Schettler Rossi

Special Equipment: 6-inch cake pan

Paleo Chocolate Cake Recipe

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  • 25 M
  • 1 H
  • One 6-inch (15-cm) cake

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup ghee or palm shortening (65 g), plus more for the pan
  • 1 3/4 cups almond flour (175 g)
  • 1/3 cup cocoa powder (28 g), sifted to remove any lumps
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (1 g)
  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or honey (120 ml)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Directions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 325°F (163°C). Coat a 6-inch round cake pan with palm shortening or ghee and line it with a parchment paper circle cut to fit the pan.
  • 2. In a small saucepan over low heat, melt the ghee or palm shortening and then set aside to cool slightly. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, whisk together the almond flour, cocoa powder, and salt until blended.
  • 3. Separate the eggs and place the whites in a medium bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer and place the yolks in another bowl along with the melted shortening, maple syrup, vanilla, and apple cider vinegar and whisk to combine.
  • 4. Add the egg yolk mixture to the large bowl with the flour mixture and whisk till the batter is smooth and no lumps remain.
  • 5. Using a hand mixer or the whisk attachment of your stand mixer, beat the egg whites until they look like softly whipped cream and hold soft peaks when you pull out the beaters, about 2 minutes. Set the egg whites aside for a moment.
  • 6. Stir the baking soda into the batter and then, using a rubber spatula, immediately beat 1/3 of the whipped egg whites into the batter, mixing just until barely combined and some streaks remain. Gently fold in the rest of the egg whites into the batter, mixing until only a few streaks are left. Carefully pour the batter into the prepared cake pan.
  • 7. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean. Let the cake cool in the pan on a wire rack for about 5 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the cake and turn it onto the rack. Let cool completely.
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Recipe Testers Reviews

Olivia G.

Apr 04, 2017

As somewhat of a baking purist, I'm skeptical of recipes that don’t use basic all-purpose flour, sugar, butter, and the like. I have to say, though, after making this paleo chocolate cake, I'm now a believer. This cake was moist with a smooth texture that wasn’t gritty. The outside formed a slight crust and the interior was perfectly soft. It reminded me of chocolate snack cake or pudding cake—in other words, moist enough to enjoy on its own. I served it with berries and a little whipped cream but happily ate leftovers plain.

Shantel Wolfe

Apr 04, 2017

If you are​n'​t interested in the paleo aspect of this ​chocolate ​cake, then you will be on board with how easy it is to throw together with simple ingredients. It takes 25 minutes and only sacrifices a couple dirty dishes (although after eating almost half the cake in one sitting, those dishes were worth it).The egg whites give this cake an airy texture and is full of protein and good fats due to the use of quality ghee. The baking powder and maple syrup give it the perfect blend of bitter and sweet. ​T​his chocolate cake recipe is almost as easy as a box​ed​ cake​ mix​ and is foolproof. This will be your new go-to chocolate cake recipe and is an easy base to add on to with a peanut butter frosting, a more traditional ​confectioner's sugar icing, or​ stir-ins like ​chocolate chips​ or ​nuts. I would definitely make ​it ​again to mix in with ice cream or maybe even tweak the recipe itself to make the cake more brownie-like.

Comments

  1. I do not follow the paleo diet, but when I saw and read this recipe it sounded intriguing. I found the ingredient ghee at our local “EarthFare Market” along with the “King Arthur” brand of almond flour. I found the finished cake really just okay, it was a moist cake but the chocolate flavor was one dimensional and a little flat. It is strawberry season here and some sliced freshly picked strawberries helped the little cake. I will try again (leftover ghee and almond flour). I may try a different cocoa powder.

    1. Candy, thanks for taking the time to let us know. If you’re willing to try the cake again, please do try it with a different cocoa powder. That may make all the difference. We had no complaints in many different test kitchens, and cocoa powders do vary somewhat dramatically in terms of taste. Also, we do have other recipes that call for almond flour, and some of them can be found here

      1. Having reviewed previous comments, I opted to add 1/2 tsp of LorAnn chocolate flavoring to the batter to compensate for any deficiencies of the powdered cocoa I had on hand. I also added 1/4 tsp of coconut oil. These additions resulted in a DELICIOUS, moist and lovely cake reminiscent of German Chocolate Cake. Excluding the addition of the flavorings, I followed the recipe precisely. Thanks for this malleable recipe which I anticipate being receptive to many creative manipulations!

        1. Magnificent! Thanks SO much for taking the time to let us know your tweaks! We soooo appreciate it and we look forward to hearing which recipe on the site you try next!

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