IMAG3073One of the roughest things to find is a clean and healthy birthday cake. After years of searching this recipe satisfies every time. Now making an extra cake every time your child is invited to a party isn’t so bad since you can have a piece too!




Chocolate Birthday Cake- GAPS Approved
A savory birthday cake for every occasion.
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  1. 3/4 block Kerrygold butter (3/4 of a cup)
  2. 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  3. 1/2-3/4 cup local honey
  4. 2 teaspoons almond extract
  5. 1/2 cup kefir (preferably kefir made from cream)
  6. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  8. 3 cups almond flour, preferably fine ground, blanched
  9. 4 eggs, preferably from pastured chickens
  1. Combine butter, cocoa powder and honey in a stand up mixer, beat until frothy, about 10 minutes. Add almond extract and kefir. Combine baking soda, cinnamon and almond flour into a separate bowl. Alternate adding one egg and a little of the dry ingredients mixing until fully combined Pour batter into a greased round cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees 30 minutes or until tester comes out clean.
  1. Better served cold.
  2. * If you would like to use medjool dates as your sweetener it is an option. Note that the use of dates will cause the cake to fall in the middle. If this is not a concern to you this option is more healthful than honey.
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This cake was originally made with this frosting from Thank you to Sarah at Nourished and Nurtured for allowing us to share her delicious frosting recipe here on Nourishing Plot. Since originally posting the recipe a more GAPS compliant one was developed by this author and edited below on the recipe card. The updated recipe does not used heated honey leaving the valuable enzymes in place.



Buttercream Frosting
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  1. 2 eggs
  2. 2 teaspoons almond extract
  3. pinch of salt
  4. 2 sticks real butter (made from pastured cream or use Kerrygold or cultured butter)
  5. 1/2 cup honey (less if preferred)
  6. optional 1/4 cup cocoa powder
  1. In stand up mixer add eggs, almond extract and salt and mix on low-medium until light and fluffy, a few minutes.
  2. Pour egg mixture into a separate bowl and set aside.
  3. Add butter, honey and cocoa to mixer and beat until fluffy, about 15-20 minutes.
  4. Pour the egg mixture slowly into the butter mixture and beat a few more minutes until well combined. Frost cake as desired.
Adapted from This recipe was originally from Nourished and Nurtured and was used with permission. Over time it was made more GAPS compliant with this current version by this author.
Adapted from This recipe was originally from Nourished and Nurtured and was used with permission. Over time it was made more GAPS compliant with this current version by this author.
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*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, GAPS who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia through food she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. This is not a news article published by a paper trying to make money. This blog is put out by a mom who sees first hand the effects of nourishing food vs food-ish items. No company pays her for writing these blogs, she considers this a form of missionary work. It is her desire to scream it from the rooftops so that others don’t suffer from the damaging effect of today’s “food”.





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11 Responses to Birthday Cake – GAPS Approved

  1. Debra says:

    I don’t have kefir…. any suggestions on what else I could use?

  2. Mishelle says:

    This cake is the Cat’s Meow!!! For Real!!!! Making it in 2 days for my little mans 1st birthday!!

    • Becky Plotner says:

      LOL. Seriously, right?! You know I came home and made another one for his birthday the next day! It’s so relieving to have a cake that we can actually have AND it tastes good! If you figure out a better easier frosting let me know!

  3. Naomi Holloway says:

    Do you know if I would have to make any adjustments to make mini cup cakes instead of a full size cake?

  4. Priscilla says:

    Would sour cream be Ok? No kefir cream in the house 🙁

  5. Priscilla says:

    Last time i did the heated honey and nailed the recipe. This time i didnt heat it and it flopped. I beat it for 20 mins but didnt really get fluffy just sorta creamy. Should i have beat it longer?

  6. Meleisha says:

    Will a hand mixer work? Also, I don’t have a “whisk attachment” so will the other work or is it just not a good idea to attempt that?

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