Coconut Cacao Cake

Cacao coconut cakeThis is the cake I made for my girls’ birthday recently.  They had a heart-shaped one each and choose some ribbon to put around the outside.  Once again, in all the flurry, I didn’t manage to get a photo of the final product.  But here’s a big slice that was left after the party.

The recipe is from Radically Natural Living, but I made a couple of changes to the recipe to suit our preferences (they have given me permission to share it here – please visit their site for the original recipe).

It’s certainly not the cheapest cake to make, with all those eggs, cacao and raw honey, but as a special treat it’s a real winner.  There’s no gluten (in fact, there’s no grains at all), no dairy in this version, and no refined sugar.

Ingredients

8 Tablespoons melted coconut oil
1 cup cacao powder
8 eggs
1 cup raw local honey
1 teaspoon vanilla powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon sea salt
3/4 cup coconut flour

Method

1)  Melt the oil in a saucepan then add cacao powder and cinnamon until dissolved.

2)  In a food processor, whisk the eggs, adding one at a time through the top while the mixer is going. Then add the honey, vanilla and salt into the food processor and pulse.

3)  Add the coconut flour and the cacao/oil mixture and process until there are no lumps. Let it sit for a couple of minutes while the coconut flour soaks up the liquid.

4)  Pour the mixture into a greased and lined cake tin and bake for about 30 minutes at 170 degrees Celcius, until knife comes out clean.

Once the cake has cooled, add your homemade frosting, which for us was the recipe I use for Raw Chocolate Mousse.

A little of the writing still showing and one of my husband's homemade raw chocolates on top - so good!

A little of the writing still showing and one of my husband’s homemade raw chocolates on top – so good!

{GAPS Notes: Cacao is not usually recommended on the GAPS Diet, but some people find they can have it after they’ve been on the Diet for a while.  Baking soda is also not recommended as it can interfere with stomach acid.  The original recipe uses butter instead of coconut oil}.

[Gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free].

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