PALEO Pumpkin Cake with Maple Vanilla Frosting (grain-free, dairy-free, and gluten-free)

This is the one. A cake and a frosting recipe that I am beyond satisfied with.

Here’s the deal, it’s challenging and time-consuming to sort through the multitude of ‘paleo’ cakes and frosting recipes on the internet. They either have tons of butter in them, or the pictures look great but the actual cake tastes dry, or the frosting drips right off the cake. Since paleo cake ingredients aren’t that cheap, it’s a waste when the recipe doesn’t come out right!

This pumpkin cake has evolved through multiple test tries. My friend and I invented it in Seattle when we wanted some fall-ish flavored baked goods. We wanted it to be healthy and paleo, which resulted in the creation of healthy pumpkin cupcakes with no sugar, flour, canola oil, or butter. PALEO PUMPKIN. Done.

Now, it’s birthday party time and I’ve made a couple more tweaks to perfect this frosted treat! It’s tasty, delicious, and (I don’t like this word but it’s true of this recipe)… moist. The best part is that you can make this in a bread pan and make a light pumpkin bread for Thanksgiving, or your can make cupcakes or double the recipe for a double layer cake. Serve with a piping hot pumpkin spice coffee and some freshly ground cinnamon : )

What you need for the batter:Cake Ingredients

1 cup pumpkin

1 cup almond flour

1 cup almond butter

½ cup honey

3 eggs

1 ½ tsp baking powder

½ baking soda

1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

What to do:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees convection

2. Mix all ingredients together in a standing blender (or handheld whichever you have)Mix Batter

3. Taste it and add more spices if you like it extra fall flavored

4. Spoon batter into a coated 9” round baking pan (makes one layer) or into a lined cupcake tray


5. Bake for 18-23 minutes (time will vary depending on your oven- mine took 20 mins in a convention oven). Almost done!

6. Let cool while you make the frosting!

Vanilla Maple Frosting:Paleo Frosting Ingredients

2 cups coconut manna

1/2 cup coconut oil

2/3 cup maple syrup

1/2 cup raw honey (it’s thicker- almost like a paste)

2 tbsp vanilla extract

1/8 tsp salt

Blend all ingredients in a food processor or a blender. Frost away! If you want to use it later, store it in the fridge but make you let it come to room temperature before using.

Frosted Cupcakes photo 3

Rhys LOVED the frosting the most.

photo 3 photo 1

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Victoria says:

    Could I frost the cake ahead of time and put in the fridge to store? Then just bring to room temperature before eating?


  2. Judith says:

    How much pumpkin and coconut manna does recipe call for. Amounts are missing. Thanks!!


  3. Judith says:

    How much pumpkin and coconut manna are required? Amounts in recipe are missing. Thanks!!


    1. adiatucci says:

      Hi Judith, it’s 1 cup of pumpkin and 2 cups of coconut manna! the amounts are showing on my screen so I’d like to try to figure out why they aren’t showing for you… are you viewing it on a cell phone or computer?


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