Sunday, November 14, 2010

A First Birthday Cake Test Run

I have fallen deeply in love with a primal cake recipe. I've been scouting one for my daughter's first birthday party in a few weeks, and The Food Lovers' Primal Palate recently published a coconut-flour-based chocolate cake recipe that is not only way more than "acceptable" as an analogue to traditional cake, but truly very delicious in its own right, with a delightfully smooth, moist consistency that takes to a thin layer of Joyful Abode's dark chocolate ganache very well. I made it this weekend while visiting with (nonprimal) family a few hours away, and my guinea pigs agreed that it was terrific. The main substitution that I made to the cake recipe was melted coconut oil instead of grapeseed oil, which is probably how I'll always make the recipe since I loved it so much. So thanks, Primal Palate and Joyful Abode, for the inspiration!

Note: I also test-ran this in a muffin tin to give it a go as cupcakes, but the texture was a little chewier and more muffin-y, so I will likely stick with the 8" round double-layer cake format for the birthday party to keep its texture cakey.


  1. AO -

    Glad to see you tried the cake and that it worked out for you! The picture that accompanies the post is gorgeous too. Needless to say, we had to share a link to this post on our facebook fan page. Thank you so much for the kind words about our recipe!

    -Hayley and Bill

  2. It was my pleasure! I was so close to buying a gluten-free cake mix for my little one's party just out of exasperation, but am so glad that I stumbled across your recipe. Way cheaper than a gluten-free mix and (to me) indistinguishable from any other super tasty wheat-flour-based cake. Your recipe will be a staple for celebrations in our house for sure.

  3. Hi, his angel -

    The recipe is linked above in the post!


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