Paleo Coconut Chocolate Cake

One of the best ways to make a cake is by combining two of the most delicious flavors on earth, and those of course are chocolate and coconut.

If you follow me regularly, you know these are two of my favorite foods and in my new ecookbook I described in detail, all of the reasons why dark chocolate and coconut are two of nature’s super foods.

This decadent Coconut Chocolate Cake is just sweet enough to satisfy your chocolate cake cravings and will also serve as a healthy alternative at birthday parties or other special events.

The chocolate cake layer is super moist and has an intense chocolate flavor. The cake is topped with a creamy coconut layer, and then the entire cake is covered with a dark and shiny chocolate glaze. This cake is simply savory and delicious!

Coconut Chocolate Cake • paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free


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4.9 from 14 reviews
Coconut Chocolate Cake • paleo, grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free, refined sugar-free
Chocolate Cake:
  • 1½ cups almond flour
  • ½ cup raw cacao powder
  • ½ cup raw coconut palm sugar
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ⅓ cup coconut milk, full fat
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Coconut Layer:
  • 1½ cups unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 tablespoon raw honey
  • ⅓ cup almond flour
  • ¼ cup coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ cup coconut milk, full fat
Chocolate Glaze:
  • ½ cup 70% dark chocolate
  • ½ cup coconut milk, full fat
Chocolate Cake:
  1. prepare your pan by lightly greasing the bottom and sides of an 8-inch removable bottom pan with coconut oil, then cut a piece of parchment paper and place it on the bottom of the pan
  2. mix together the almond flour, cacao powder, coconut palm sugar and salt
  3. in a separate bowl whisk together the eggs, coconut oil, coconut milk and vanilla extract
  4. using a rubber spatula, gently mix dry and wet ingredients together. Mix just until ingredients are combined, being careful not to over mix the batter
  5. spread batter evenly in the pan and bake at 350°F until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, approximately 17 minutes
  6. set pan over a wire rack to allow cake to cool
Coconut Layer:
  1. mix all ingredients for the coconut layer together until everything is well combined
  2. spread the mixture over the top of the cooled cake in an even layer, then freeze for 10 minutes
Chocolate Glaze:
  1. slowly melt the dark chocolate in a bowl over simmering water (double boiler)
  2. once chocolate is melted, stir in the coconut milk and mix until the glaze is smooth and shiny
  3. pour glaze evenly over the top of the cake
  4. refrigerate for about 2 hours or until the glaze is set

Recipe serves 10+ people. Keep refrigerated.


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  1. Sherri March 26, 2014 at 12:14 pm Reply

    I NEED to make this recipe. Chocolate, in my world, is an essential food group and coconut is just darned tasty besides being good for you.
    Slight typo note: I think you mean Chocolate Glaze, not Chocolate Graze. Having said that, I can see myself happily grazing on this cake.

    • adriana March 26, 2014 at 12:28 pm Reply

      🙂 thanks Sherri! I fixed the typo.

  2. Tanya March 26, 2014 at 1:00 pm Reply

    Can you use coconut or a different flour instead of almond flour? Almond flour is soo expensive!

    • adriana April 1, 2014 at 8:38 am Reply

      Coconut Flour will not work as a substitute for almond flour. Above I have a link to the almond flour I use. It is by Honeyville and the cost is $35 for 5 lb.

      • Jane July 27, 2015 at 7:24 am Reply

        Hi, Adriana! I went into the link for almond flour and thru that link, the cost was $49.98!!! Way too expensive for my budget!! It was thru Amazon. Is there another way to purchase it for the $35.00 for 5 lb that you posted?

        • Jane July 27, 2015 at 7:29 am Reply

          In additon to my last comment, I went to Honeyville site and it was $44.95 plus $5.00 shipping, so about the same cost as Amazon. Thanks for all the great recipes!

          • adriana July 27, 2015 at 7:59 pm

            Hi Jane, the cost of almond flour keeps going up! I have found that Amazon has the best deals and that’s where I purchase mine. They do have a smaller bag for sale. I think it’s 3 lb.

          • Jane July 29, 2015 at 12:47 pm

            Thank you for responding so quickly, Adriana! I am going to make this chocolate coconut cake and I’ll let you know how it turns out! I love your website, btw!

        • Barbarainnc April 9, 2016 at 12:55 pm Reply

          I got blanched almond flour at Sam’s Club For $15.00 for 3 pounds. ?

  3. Wendy March 27, 2014 at 3:23 am Reply

    What a beautiful sight! The visual joy is almost overwhelming, I can’t imagine the bliss once I take a bite.
    Thank you for creating and sharing this masterpiece!

  4. Rachel March 28, 2014 at 3:15 am Reply

    Hey – Rachel here from Before I make this can you explain the function or reason behind the almond flour in the coconut layer? Also, do you use a coarse or fine almond flour?

    • adriana April 1, 2014 at 8:34 am Reply

      Rachel, I use blanched almond flour that has been ground very fine. The best brand I have found for baking is by Honeyville (linked above the recipe). I added almond flour in the coconut layer for taste and also to help bind all there ingredients.

  5. Melanie March 28, 2014 at 3:22 am Reply

    Love your recipes!!! Question:
    Almonds are a no-no for me. Other nuts, fine. What other flours could be substituted for Almond flour. Hazelnut? Dessicated coconut?

    • adriana April 1, 2014 at 8:28 am Reply

      Melanie, you can use any nut flour of your choice. The challenge will be finding a nut flour that was ground very fine. I suggest you sift the flour using a fine mesh strainer to remove any larger chunks. Also, make sure to use a nut flour that has been blanched (skin removed). If you follow the recipe exactly and you find that your cake crumbled, then that is a sign your flour was not ground fine enough. Please let me know how it turns out for you when you make it and let me know which nut you used in place of almonds.

  6. Lisa April 4, 2014 at 5:26 am Reply

    Looks so yummy. Cannot wait to make this! Are your coconut milk measurements for canned coconut milk or from a carton? Also, would unsweetened cocoa powder be a substitute for the cacao powder?

    • adriana April 4, 2014 at 8:22 am Reply

      Lisa, I linked to all the products I used in this recipe above. The coconut milk is full fat coconut milk from can.
      Substituting unsweetened cocoa powder for raw cacao powder works fine. However, raw cacao powder is not processed, still contains all the antioxidants from the cacao and tastes a lot better.

      • Lisa April 4, 2014 at 8:43 am Reply

        Thanks for the quick reply! I cannot open the link to the products, which is why I posted the comment.

        • adriana April 4, 2014 at 8:47 am Reply

          ummm, that’s strange. Maybe you have the popup blocker on your browser enabled and that’s preventing you from opening the link.

          • Lisa April 4, 2014 at 10:35 am

            Yes, that was the problem! Thank you.

  7. Sori April 4, 2014 at 7:08 am Reply

    Dear Adriana, I really like your blog, the pictures are really good and you have wonderful recipes! I would also like to buy your book, but I have a concern regarding this. The thing is that where I live (in South America) there is no coconut sugar, so I think I wouldn’t be able to make much of the recipes. Could you recommend a substitution for this ingredient?
    Thank you so much for your answer

    • adriana April 4, 2014 at 8:27 am Reply

      Hi Sori, where in South America are you? Do a search on google in your language for coconut sugar and I guarantee you will find it.
      Coconut sugar is very similar in taste and consistency to brown sugar, so organic brown sugar is a great substitute for it. You can also use raw honey if you prefer and you would need to add half of the amount of coconut sugar called in the recipe. So if the recipe called for 1/2 cup coconut sugar, use 1/4 cup of honey.

  8. Vonnie May 30, 2014 at 1:15 pm Reply

    Looks yummy! The smallest pan I have with a removable bottom is 9″. Do you think it would be hard to adjust the amounts and cooking time for a 9″ pan? I’d love to try this, but I bake so seldom I don’t want to buy a new pan. But I also don’t want to have a failure with such expensive ingredients!

    • adriana May 30, 2014 at 2:23 pm Reply

      A 9 inch pan will also work. Your cake might be a little thinner, but it will work.

  9. Krisztina June 6, 2014 at 7:30 am Reply

    Hi Adriana,

    I’ve made this cake for my friends and they loved it. Didn’t tell them it was a “healthy” cake and they didn’t notice the difference (it’s a big compliment)! It’s quite rich so a small piece goes a long way. Great recipe, thanks!

    • adriana June 6, 2014 at 2:28 pm Reply

      Thank you for your feedback Kristina!

  10. Cynthia June 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm Reply

    I do not have full fat coconut milk on hand right now, would the recipe be very affected by that?

    • adriana June 9, 2014 at 1:10 pm Reply

      Cynthia, I am not completely sure, but I think that if you use the light version of coconut milk, the chocolate cake might get soggy, so maybe either use less milk or add more flour. The coconut layer should be ok, but the chocolate ganache might also need less milk. Add 1/4 cup first, then add more until you get the right consistency.

  11. Allison June 13, 2014 at 1:56 am Reply

    This looks incredible! I have a pretty stupid question, but I really want to make this for Father’s Day so I’m going to ask. I’m new to the whole Paleo thing and barely ever use full fat coconut milk from a can. I know what it is and I actually have seen the brand you recommend, so I’ll get that…however…when you are asking for coconut milk in a recipe and open the can, do you mix the water and cream together? I’m assuming yes, and that if you just wanted to use the coconut cream you would have specified. I feel silly asking that, but I want to get it right and I’m really trying to learn. I’ve had some great success with the paleo recipes I’ve tried, so I want to make sure I do it correctly. Thanks!

    • adriana June 13, 2014 at 4:45 pm Reply

      Allison, there are no stupid question! Especially when making these types of desserts!
      For this recipe in particular, you will want to use coconut milk, which means the cream that rises to the top of the can is mixed with the water on the bottom. Open the can and stir the two together until well combined.
      Some recipes I post here use just the thick cream that forms on the top of the can, and when this is needed I specify in the instructions. The coconut cream is great for making dairy free whipped cream for example.

  12. Allison June 13, 2014 at 11:38 pm Reply

    Thank you!! That’s what I thought but I just wanted to verify. I’m making it today…can’t wait!

  13. Rebecca July 2, 2014 at 4:34 pm Reply

    This was so yummy and really easy to make! Will definitely make it again. YUM!

    • adriana July 3, 2014 at 9:45 am Reply

      Thanks Rebecca!

  14. Malwina July 12, 2014 at 7:16 am Reply

    I made it today as my birthday cake and I am soooo pleased with the outcome! It doesn’t look so immaculately as the one on the picture, but my god that tastes so GOOD!! 🙂 and it’s supereasy to make as well!

    • adriana July 13, 2014 at 9:47 am Reply

      Thank you for your feedback Malwina!

  15. Linnea July 28, 2014 at 4:23 pm Reply

    i LOVE this cake. Made it three times already. Here is my blogpost about it, referring to your site.

  16. plasterer bristol July 28, 2014 at 9:52 pm Reply

    Yum yum one of my favorites, gonna give this a go this week, thanks for sharing this 🙂


  17. Kathyonherway November 20, 2014 at 9:59 pm Reply

    I made this incredible cake a few days before and I loved it! So much coconut and chocolate and yeah as I said, just incredible.
    You HAVE to make this!
    Check out my instagram (kathyonherway) ☺️
    Thank you for this amazing recipe!

    • adriana November 21, 2014 at 8:25 am Reply

      Thank you so much for your feedback and for sharing your photo Kathy!!

  18. Jacquelyn January 31, 2015 at 3:53 pm Reply

    This is by far one of the most delicious cakes I’ve made. Even my picky husband and 3yr old daughter couldn’t get enough of it. I am so grateful to have found your site. Thank you for sharing your amazing recipes❤️

    • adriana January 31, 2015 at 3:56 pm Reply

      OMG, this is amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your photo and feedback!

  19. tasmin mahfuz April 5, 2015 at 8:29 am Reply

    I just made this and love it!

    I was wondering — How many calories would you say this has (without the chocolate glaze?)

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  20. martina April 30, 2015 at 4:08 pm Reply

    I have used quinoa flour instead as I didnt have almond flour at home! great recipe, uses all my favourite ingredients 🙂 thank you for sharing

    • adriana May 1, 2015 at 1:51 pm Reply

      Thanks Martina! It’s great to know that quinoa flour also works! 🙂

  21. anthony May 25, 2015 at 2:08 am Reply

    I’ve started my 4th month on the paleo conversion and couldn’t be happier. Nothing dramatic, but just a slow and steady march towards feeling better and better. I’m making this cake a 4th time today and I’ll tell you, it is for sure a keeper. The cake lasts me and my wife all week and satisfies our yearning for something sweet after dinner. Great job whomever came up with this one. And thank you. It’s helping me and my better half tremendously. Tasty little morsel it is.

    • adriana May 25, 2015 at 8:18 am Reply

      Anthony, thank you for your feedback! I developed all the recipe you see on this website 🙂 I am happy my recipes are helping you and your wife transition into eating healthy unprocessed wholefoods 🙂

  22. Amy June 29, 2015 at 12:52 pm Reply

    Amazing. I’ve gotten several requests for this for birthday cake.

    • adriana June 29, 2015 at 10:00 pm Reply

      WOW Amy! Your cake looks amazing! Thank you so much for sharing your photo and feedback. It’s great to know your friends like the cake 🙂

  23. Lauren July 4, 2015 at 9:19 am Reply

    Thank you so much for this delicious recipe! My cake turned out wonderful and it is simply rich and decadent without the added sugars and calories. I added the strawberries and blueberries for a more fourth of july festive look!! Have a great one!
    Lauren 🙂

    • adriana July 4, 2015 at 9:37 am Reply

      AMAZING!! Thank you so much Lauren 🙂

  24. Debra July 26, 2015 at 1:44 pm Reply

    Do you have the calorie count? Fat? Sugar?

    • adriana July 26, 2015 at 2:26 pm Reply

      Hi Debra, based on 10 servings:
      Calories 496 (From Fat 361); Fat 41g (Saturated 25g); Cholesterol 38mg; Sodium 69mg;
      Carbohydrate 28g (Dietary Fiber 6g); Protein 9g.

  25. Karen August 8, 2015 at 6:10 pm Reply

    I have a chocolate glaze and coconut flour chocolate cake recipe that I love, that also doesn’t use sugar, just honey, so I used those instead. BUT, I did make the coconut creme filling and OMG!!! Putting this in between my cake and the chocolate topping I make was crazy good. I couldn’t believe something healthy tasted so, so good! Thank you so much for this recipe!

    • adriana August 11, 2015 at 12:31 pm Reply

      Thank you Karen! 🙂

  26. Jacque August 29, 2015 at 6:07 pm Reply

    HI, this sounds great. I along with a lot of other commenters on here would prefer to use a mixture of flours (as almond flour is so expensive). I was wondering if I could sub a small amount of tapioca in for some of the almond flour.
    I also just buy almonds and soak and dry them and I find when I dry them in the dehydrator for a while the skin does come off. So I was hoping I could rub the skin of then grind my own almond flour finely. Do you think this would work? What would happen if I used almond meal instead of flour (if I cant rub off the skin)?
    Thank you

    • adriana August 30, 2015 at 9:19 am Reply

      Jacque, substituting tapioca for almond flour will not works and they have completely different properties.
      You can use your homemade almond flour and leave the skin on if you like. This will cause your cake to be dense and a bit oily. You will not get that same light and fluffy texture that the finely ground blanched almond flour gives.

  27. Ivy September 4, 2015 at 1:25 pm Reply

    Hey, I see that you say a lot of other flours won’t work. Will rice flour work instead of almond flour?



    • adriana September 4, 2015 at 1:28 pm Reply

      Ivy, rice flour is dryer so you may need to make some modifications to the recipe so your cake comes out nice and fluffy and with tender crumbs.

  28. Leena November 17, 2015 at 9:34 pm Reply

    Hi Adriana,
    Thanks for sharing this recipe! It’s amazing! I doubled the chocolate layer to make it thicker and used honey instead of sugar and it turned out great! I was wondering if I could freeze a cake like this for a couple of days (before pouring the chocolate glaze on it).

    • adriana November 21, 2015 at 9:24 am Reply

      Hi Leena, thank you for your feedback! I am happy you like the cake 🙂
      This cake freezes well so you should have no problems. I’d love to see a photo of your cake. Please share a photo of it here next time you make it ?

  29. Dana January 27, 2016 at 5:20 pm Reply

    Absolutely LOVED this cake! So did everyone was simple, sweet and very satisfying!! ? Going to try the base of this cake and do a little experimenting! Thank you so much for this delicious recipe ?

    • adriana January 28, 2016 at 10:43 am Reply

      Hi Dana, thank you so much for your feedback and for sharing your photo with me! It looks really good! 🙂

  30. Yana April 14, 2016 at 2:42 pm Reply

    Can this cake be frozen?

    • adriana April 14, 2016 at 8:42 pm Reply

      Absolutely Yana. It will still be good after frozen and defrosted.

  31. Lesley April 22, 2016 at 5:55 pm Reply

    Made this for a Passover Seder tonight and it was a huge hit. Everyone was raving! I doubled the proportions and baked in a 12″ springform pan. Worked perfectly. Thank you for the great recipe!

    • Lesley April 22, 2016 at 5:57 pm Reply

      Forgot to mention that I garnished with toasted coconut chips around the perimeter of the cake. Looked lovely! Wish I had taken a picture to post.

      • adriana April 23, 2016 at 8:06 am Reply

        Hi Lesley, thank you so much for dropping by and leaving your feedback! I’m so happy your pie turned out good and everyone liked it. I wish you took a photo of it too! 🙂

  32. Jolene May 7, 2016 at 7:52 pm Reply

    Made this cake for Mother’s Day 🙂

    • adriana May 7, 2016 at 9:23 pm Reply

      OMG it looks beautiful Jolene! Happy Mother’s Day! 😘

  33. Pattie June 12, 2016 at 8:17 pm Reply

    Can any other oil be used in place of the coconut oil? Coconut oil is NOT my belly’s friend. It gives me a terrible stomach ache. Thanks for the feed back.

    • adriana June 13, 2016 at 10:29 am Reply

      Hi Pattie, I haven’t tried making this recipe with a different oil. I think it won’t be a problem to substitute the coconut oil for something else, but the final taste will be a bit different. I would try butter or ghee, or palm oil.

  34. Pattie June 13, 2016 at 7:10 pm Reply

    Thank you, I will try one of these other oils you have mentioned.

    • adriana June 14, 2016 at 8:15 am Reply

      Please let me know how it goes Pattie. Basically any oil that taste good to you and that solidifies at colder temperatures will give you the same texture.

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