Henry turns 2! Here’s the healthy birthday cake I baked

I cannot believe another birthday has come and gone! My little guy just turned two and I’m wondering where the hell the time went. Watching him grow up is a bittersweet feeling that I like to cure by eating my feelings… Just kidding? But thank goodness for birthday cake. That once-in-a-while indulgence is always something to look forward to. Last year, I baked him this Blueberry Banana Cake for a cake smash. It was delicious and messy and so fun to make.

Now that he’s one year older, it’s easy to tell what he likes and dislikes #toddlerlife. And true to boyhood form, he’s into trucks, diggers & tools. So I decided to throw him a construction-themed birthday party and baked him this cake to go along with it. It’s a super healthy and amazingly delicious chocolate cake. This cake is gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free & paleo.

healthy gluten dairy grain free chocolate birthday cake

healthy gluten dairy grain free chocolate birthday cake

healthy gluten dairy grain free chocolate birthday cake

This recipe was inspired by the one over at Downshiftology.

Healthy Chocolate Cake Recipe

Cake Ingredients

3 Cups almond flour

1 Cup arrowroot powder

1/4 Cup coconut flour

2 Cups coconut palm sugar

1 1/2 Cups raw cacao powder

2 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

4 eggs

1 1/2 Cups full fat coconut milk

1 Cup water

1/2 Cup melted coconut oil

1 tsp apple cider vinegar

3 tsp vanilla extract

Cake Directions

preheat oven to 350

whisk the dry ingredients together

mix together the wet ingredients

with an electric mixer, mix the wet and dry ingredients together

pour batter into two 9″ cake pans

bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean

Vanilla Icing Ingredients

1/2 Cup palm oil shortening

1/2 Cup coconut oil, softened

1/3 Cup arrowroot powder

1/4 Cup honey

2 tsp vanilla

Vanilla Icing Directions

Whip all the ingredients with your electric mixer until smooth

“Dirt” Icing Ingredients

2 Cups powdered Swerve sugar (or powdered coconut or succanat sugar)

1/4 Cup raw cacao powder

1/4 Cup melted coconut oil

1/4 Cup – 1/2 Cup almond milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

“Dirt” Icing Directions

use an electric mixer to mix everything together until it resembles a crumble

Putting it all together

Once your cakes have a chance to cool, you can begin icing!

spread one thick layer of vanilla icing on top of one cake

place the second cake on top and spread a thin layer of vanilla icing on top

create a number by cutting it out of a piece of parchment paper

place the number in the center of the cake

sprinkle the “dirt” icing around the entire cake, paying close attention to the edge of the parchment paper number

peel the parchment paper off to reveal number

decorate with toppers & candles!

healthy gluten dairy grain free chocolate birthday cake

healthy gluten dairy grain free chocolate birthday cake

healthy gluten dairy grain free chocolate birthday cake

healthy gluten dairy grain free chocolate birthday cake

My whole family couldn’t stop saying how tasty it was. If I hadn’t told them it was gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free & paleo, they would’ve never guessed 😉

healthy gluten dairy grain free chocolate birthday cake

Love, peace & healthy can be delicious 

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