Midnight Chocolate Frosting

I suggested banana cake for breakfast the other morning, intending to make My Favorite Banana Bread in a round pan and call it “cake.” My daughter promptly informed me that what makes it cake is the frosting! I had to agree that cakes are truly cakier with frosting. So I let her whip up a batch of this wonderful fudgy frosting (that I’d put together to cover my Chocolate Birthday Cake) and the kids were very happy with their breakfast!

chocolate_cakeMidnight Chocolate Frosting

1 c coconut oil, melted
⅔ cocoa powder (53 g)
2 T honey (42 g)
1 T vanilla extract

  1. Stir together all ingredients
  2. Chill until set, but not hard (20-30 min in the fridge)
  3. Beat with electric mixer until fluffy

Yield about 2 c frosting (just right to frost one layer or 12 cupcakes)

This is a truly dark, bittersweet chocolate flavor. If you’re looking for something a bit sweeter, I have found it works well with 3 T honey. If you want something even sweeter, I recommend Elana’s Paleo Chocolate Frosting recipe which uses melted chocolate chunks.

Variation: This also makes a great chocolate peppermint frosting. Simply replace the vanilla with 1 t peppermint extract.

What’s your favorite way to eat chocolate frosting?

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Apple Cinnamon (Coffee) Cake

I wanted something sweet for breakfast the other morning, and the kids (crazy little people) told me they were tired of banana bread. Given the abundance of apples in our house this year, I thought apple cake might just hit the spot. Given that all three of my kids asked for a second piece, I’d call it a big hit!

apple-cinnamon-cakeApple Cinnamon (Coffee) Cake

2 c peeled, diced apples (250 g)
1 T cinnamon
½ c apple juice
¾ c coconut flour (85 g)
1 t baking soda
½ t salt
8 large eggs
½ c coconut oil, melted
1 T apple cider vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Grease and line 8-in round pan
  3. Combine apples, cinnamon, and juice in large flat-bottomed pan
  4. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until apples are softened and liquid is syrupy
  5. Whisk together coconut flour, baking soda, and salt
  6. In a separate bowl, beat eggs until frothy and uniform in color
  7. Stir coconut oil and vinegar into eggs until well combined
  8. Add flour mixture to egg mixture and stir until smooth
  9. Mix in apples, including syrup, until evenly distributed throughout
  10. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake for 40-45 min, until fully set in the center
  11. Allow to cool in pan 5-10 min before removing and slicing

Yield: 1 8-in cake

To make this a more dessert-y dish, I recommend adding a dollop of coconut whipped “cream” and/or drizzling with your favorite caramel sauce.

Do you prefer your cakes for breakfast or dessert?

Chocolate Birthday Cake

I got a request from an old roommate the other day. She has a birthday coming up and was hoping for a chocolate cake recipe made with ingredients she could actually eat. As it happens, I also like chocolate cake and had created a recipe for my own birthday last fall. A couple of tweaks here and there and it fits all her requirements. Plus, it’s delicious and so rich, I could stop after just one bite. I just don’t want to …

chocolate_cakeChocolate Birthday Cake

¾ c coconut flour (85 g)
6 T cocoa powder (30 g)
1 t baking soda
½ t salt
7 large eggs
½ c coconut oil, melted
¼ c honey (85 g)
1 T apple cider vinegar

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Generously grease an 8-in round cake pan, or line with parchment
  3. Whisk together coconut flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt
  4. In a separate bowl, beat eggs until frothy and uniform in color
  5. Beat in coconut oil, honey, and vinegar
  6. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients until well combined
  7. Pour batter into prepared pan, smoothing top with wet fingers, if needed
  8. Bake for 30 min or until firm and springy in the center
  9. Allow to cool 5-10 min in pan before removing to wire rack
  10. Cool completely before frosting

Yield 1 8-in layer

Note: The photo shows a double-layer cake. To do this you’ll either need to double the recipe and bake two 8-in layers or cut your single layer into two semicircles, stacking one half atop the other to form a half-cake. I usually use the second method for family parties or else we have entirely too many leftovers in the house calling my name!

Updated to add: Click here for my Midnight Chocolate Frosting recipe!