Well… not really. But last I checked we live in the real world and birthday parties and special occasions do happen. I do my best to avoid a sugar free-for-all in these situations, but finding healthier alternatives really helps. This coconut cream cake is easy, convenient, and contains actual nutrition!
While you can usually spot a gluten-free baked good from a mile away, this recipe (more like a recipe shortcut… shhh) makes a fluffy, moist cake that no one will know is healthy!
Gluten-Free Coconut Cream Cake (That Is Actually Delicious)
Special occasions can be a nightmare to navigate if you’re on a limited diet. Let’s face it, there are a lot of gluten-free, dairy-free baked good recipes out there that are just terrible!
Boxed gluten-free cake mixes are often no better, as they are almost all rice flour (spikes blood sugar and has potential arsenic problems) and are full of sugar and other additives.
I have made grain-free cake from scratch, but sometimes a little convenience goes a long way.
Thankfully there are store-bought options now that weren’t available when I first started blogging (yay for progress!). This grain-free boxed mix from Simple Mills is the perfect solution. It’s convenient to keep around for special occasions and has an ingredient list I can live with.
Many thanks to Elena’s Pantry for the inspiration for the coconut frosting, which is dairy free but also totally delicious! I like this recipe because it has the right level of sweetness and holds up better than some whipped cream frosting recipes.
Once cake is cooked, remove it from oven, carefully turn onto a cooling rack, and allow to cool completely before frosting.
Once the cake is cool, put one layer of onto your cake stand.
Spoon a big dollop of coconut cream frosting on it and spread with an icing spatula or large knife.
Place the second layer of cake on top and then ice with the rest of the coconut cream frosting until achieving a naked cake design, spreading evenly on the top and filling in holes on the sides but leaving the cooked cake exposed.
Top with coconut flakes for decoration and pour maple syrup on the top until it starts dripping down the sides. Enjoy!
I recommend using a scale and weighing both the cake rounds to ensure they weigh the same before baking.
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