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30 Best Paleo Chocolate Cakes (Moist and Dark)

Chocolate cake is an absolute classic, and everyone needs a favorite go-to chocolate cake. Of course, when you’re following paleo, you can’t just use grandma’s recipe for her famous cake. But these paleo chocolate cake recipes are so delicious, you’re sure to find a new favorite on this list.

These are the best paleo chocolate cake recipes that are both tastier and healthier than any other cake recipes out there, gluten free or not.


1. Chocolate Pudding Tart
With a delicious chocolate cake base and a chocolate pudding cream top, this cake is everything you want in a decadent, chocolaty dessert. The cream topping is made with creamed cashews and avocado, so the bonus is a powerful dose of nutrition in a sweet treat.


Chocolate Mug Cake
Photo: Stephanie Kay Nutrition

2. Chocolate Mug Cake
You know I had to include an easy mug cake on this list. This recipe can be made two ways, and you’ll want to check out the second way for instructions on making it paleo. I love the use of tahini, olive oil, and maple syrup in this uniquely flavored chocolate cake.


3. Flourless Chocolate Pistachio Pear Naked Layer Cake
I love everything about this cake, from the fact that ground almonds are the only “flour” to the creamy filling to the amazing flavor combination of chocolate, vanilla-maple coconut cream, sweet pears, and salty pistachios. Don’t even get me started on the colors!


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4. Mini Grain Free Chocolate Cakes
With arrowroot starch and coconut flour, these easy-to-make cakes are simple and sweet. Coconut milk keeps them rich and moist yet light, while maple syrup is the perfect natural sweetener. Fill them with chocolate whipped coconut cream and top with chocolate ganache.


5. Patriotic Paleo Chocolate Cake
Perfect for a holiday, this cake could be made with different berries if red-white-and-blue isn’t the color scheme you’re looking for. What about raspberries and peaches for summer? Yum! I love the triple layer chocolate cake with a fruity olive oil and Italian flavor.


Chocolate Avocado Oil Cake With Raspberry Chia Filling
Photo: Queen of My Kitchen

6. Chocolate Avocado Oil Cake With Raspberry Chia Filling
This cake is delicious with avocado oil, cocoa powder, almond flour, and a yummy chia raspberry filling that reminds me of the best jelly donut, but healthier and tastier. It would make a lovely elegant cake for guests or special occasions, like a birthday!


7. Simple Flourless Chocolate Cake
This super-rich cake is modestly sweetened with coconut sugar (to replace the sugar) and stabilized with eggs, so it’s a high-protein treat that’s lower in sugar than many other cakes. I love the deliciously buttery flavor from the grass-fed butter in the recipe.


8. Strawberry Chocolate Paleo Cake
Applesauce keeps this cake moist, along with fresh strawberry juice from the berries themselves. Infuse your chocolate cake with an awesome strawberry flavor and frost it with a coffee-enhanced chocolate frosting topped with fresh berries for good measure.


9. Chocolate Roulade
This grain-free rolled chocolate cake is made with nothing but chopped chocolate, honey salt, vanilla, eggs, and cocoa. Since it’s flourless, it’s easy on your wallet, and it’s surprisingly simple to make. Not to mention impressive to friends and family, and filled with a yummy cream!


Chocolate Cake With Bananas Foster Filling
Photo: Jessi’s Kitchen

10. Chocolate Cake With Bananas Foster Filling
Bananas Foster is one of my favorite classic dessert, but what could compete with a classic chocolate cake? Thankfully, these two don’t have to compete—this rich chocolate cake has a gooey banana filling with grass-fed butter and coconut sugar, and a creamy delicious topping.


11. Paleo German Chocolate Cake
Need a chocolate cake made without any oil or butter? This avocado-based German chocolate cake is sweetened with honey and flavored with vanilla, using a base of coconut and tapioca flours for the perfect texture. Top it with a paleo version of the traditional coconut and pecan frosting.


12. Chocolate Mud Cake
Why mud cake? Because it’s gooey, fudgy, and basically a giant dish of chocolate heaven made with coconut oil, cacao powder, eggs, stevia, vanilla, almond meal, and honey or maple syrup, which you can use to replace the non-paleo rice malt syrup.


13. Flourless Chocolate Cake With Hard Cider Ganache
For this recipe, you’ll need eggs, dark chocolate, butter, sea salt, vanilla, and fresh berries. You know any ingredient list that looks like that has got to result in a cake that’s pretty much the queen of the cake universe. And this one it, with a flourless, melt-in-your-mouth texture and a silky chocolate topping.


Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake
Photo: Healthy Sweet Eats

14. Dark Chocolate Mousse Cake
Is it mousse or cake? The world may never know, because this cake/mousse has a light and fluffy texture that’s just fudgy enough to be in the cake category, but still light and creamy like mousse. Make it with coconut milk, medjool dates, bittersweet chocolate, and more.


15. Almond Flour Chocolate Cake
When you just need a simple cake using only one flour, try this easy almond flour chocolate cake made with melted butter, eggs, honey, vanilla extract, blanched almond flour, unsweetened cocoa powder, kosher salt, and baking soda. It’s simple and tasty!


16. Chocolate Lover’s Mug Cake
You can’t really have too many mug cake recipes, but I’ll keep it to just a few on this list. I had to share this one, made with almond and coconut flours, monk fruit sweetener, cocoa powder, dark chocolate chips, oil of choice (I’d use coconut), and milk of choice (almond or coconut work well).


17. Blueberry Chocolate Cake
Blueberries aren’t the most common fruit to be combined with chocolate, but their rich berry flavor is perfect with sweet dark chocolate—and the antioxidant load is great for your body! Make this cake with blanched almond flour raw honey, coconut milk, and more.


Paleo Double Chocolate Brownie Fudge Cake
Photo: Peachy Palate

18. Paleo Double Chocolate Brownie Fudge Cake
You’d never guess that the main ingredient in this fudge brownie chocolate cake is sweet potato puree. Yes, a vegetable! But it adds a deliciously sweet and moist flavor and texture to this cake that can’t be beat. I especially love the frosting made with medjool dates and coconut milk.


19. Nut free Chocolate Birthday Cake
This chocolate birthday cake has a surprise filling in the form of a sweet and gooey apricot jam. Make the cake with coconut flour, cocoa powder, and arrowroot for the base, with coconut milk, honey, ghee, vanilla, and more delicious flavors under a chocolate glaze.


20. Paleo Blackout Chocolate Cake
With a rich and dark chocolate flavor, this regal cake is perfect for any occasion. You’ll need cocoa, coconut flour, honey, coconut oil, eggs, and for the frosting, coconut milk, chocolate chips, coconut flakes, and optional chopped nuts for decorating.


21. Sticky Chocolate Plum Cake
This plum cake is filled with dried plums, chia seeds, almond milk, almond butter, vanilla, dark chocolate, and other rich and decadent flavors. Bake it in a loaf pan for an unassuming shape and impress your guests with wild and unexpected flavors and textures.


Molten Chocolate and Espresso Cakes For Two
Photo: Perchance To Cook

22. Molten Chocolate and Espresso Cakes For Two
When I was a kid, my dad kept the freezer stocked with store-bought lava cakes, and they were my favorite treat. I definitely ate way too many! But you don’t have to feel guilty about enjoy these awesome molten cakes with maple syrup, coconut oil, espresso, and a custardy texture.


23. Chocolate Beet Cake With Dark and White Chocolate Frosting
Chocolate and beet are an unexpected combination in a cake, but one that works well. The flavor of chocolate helps to balance the earthiness of the beet, which adds rich nutrition to what is otherwise a semi-healthy treat with maple syrup, vanilla, ground almonds, and cocoa powder.


24. Nut Free Flourless Chocolate Cake
Made completely paleo and free of nuts and seeds, this chocolate cake is suitable for a variety of diets. It’s made with dried mulberries, medjool dates, alkalized cocoa powder, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla extract, coconut oil, cacao nibs, salt flakes, and more.


25. Chocolate Paleo Cupcakes
Some paleo cake recipes can be eggy, but not this one! It’s made with shredded carrot, coconut oil, honey, cocoa, almond butter, coconut flour, and a few other ingredients to create the perfect non-eggy cake texture with a fairly simple list of ingredients.


Chocolate and Blackberry Cream Dream Cake
Photo: A Tasty Love Story

26. Chocolate and Blackberry Cream Dream Cake
With fresh blackberries and healthy ingredients like dates, ripe banana, walnuts, and cocoa powder, this is a fresh and simple cake that’s delicious but also good for your body and soul. Just replace the heavy cream in the frosting with coconut cream.


27. Flourless Chocolate Almond Cake With Cherry Sauce
This romantic little cake is made with ground almonds, coconut nectar, raw cacao powder, coconut milk, eggs, vanilla, and coconut oil. The silky flavors of chocolate and almond and the sweet, sticky cherry sauce complement each other perfectly. This is a great date night dessert!


28. Banana Cocoa Cake With Almond Butter Swirl
For a cake that’s sweet enough to be dessert and healthy enough to be perfectly snackable, try this banana cocoa cake made with almond, coconut, and tapioca flours, sweetened with ripe bananas and honey, and swirled with delicious almond butter.


29. Paleo and Vegan Chocolate Cake With Healthy Frosting
You won’t believe how simple and easy this paleo and vegan cake is, with just dates, almonds, chia seeds, apple sauce, cocoa powder, baking powder, dark chocolate, coconut oil, and a frosting made from avocado. Such clean and delicious ingredients!


Flourless Chocolate Date Cake With Raspberry-Maple Sauce
Photo: Little Market Kitchen

30. Flourless Chocolate Date Cake With Raspberry-Maple Sauce
The complex flavor of this cake comes from the addition of cinnamon and almond extract, which helps balance the richness of the chocolate. Date and maple syrup are the perfect sweeteners. Thanks to the grass-fed butter, the cake has a rich and delicious buttery flavor.

(Make this next: Decadent Chocolate Cake with Ganache)

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