Grain Free Chocolate Sunbutter Birthday Cakes

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Grain Free Chocolate Sunbutter Birthday Cakes

Number of Servings: 
Makes one 8” three layer cake


  • ¼ c coconut flour
  • ¼ c cocoa powder
  • 1 Tbsp instant espresso powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 4 large eggs (at room temperature)
  • ¼ c coconut oil, melted
  • ¼ c honey
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk (plain or vanilla)
  • 1 ½ Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
Caramel Filling
  • 1 c medjool dates, pitted and soaked in water for about 1 hour
  • 3 Tbsp raw agave nectar
  • 2 Tbsp cashew butter
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp coconut oil melted
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract
Sunbutter Frosting
  • 1 c sunflower seed butter
  • ¼ c palm oil shortening
  • ¼ c coconut manna, melted
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Combine the coconut flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, baking soda, salt and salt in a medium mixing bowl. Whisk to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, combine the eggs, coconut oil, honey, almond milk, vanilla extract and lemon juice.
  4. Add the dry ingredient to the wet and mix to combine into a smooth batter.
  5. Fill each of three round cake pans half way up, distributing the batter equally among the pans.
  6. Place pans on a cookie sheet in the oven and bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center of each cake comes out clean.
  7. Allow to cool until ready to fill and layer. Once cool, invert cakes on a wire baking rack to release the pans.


  1. Place all ingredients into the bowl of your food processor and blend until smooth, stopping to scrape down the sides.
  2. Using an offset spatula, spread filling to about ¼” thickness onto the flat side of 2 cakes, leaving about 1/4” from the outer edge of cake all around. Stack one on top of the other, and top with the last cake.


  1. Whip all ingredients in a mixing bowl with a hand blender until fluffy.
  2. Chill in refrigerator until ready to use.
  3. Whip again before frosting the cake.

Try topping your cake with raw unsweetened cacao nibs or toasted coconut flakes! 

Jesa Henneberry

Jesa Henneberry is a health and wellness-oriented, private chef  specializing in Vegan, Paleo and allergen-free diets to support active lifestyles--offering creative healthy perspective to a variety of cuisines and products. She also offers weekly healthy meal programs delivered to individual clients, including delicious desserts that are actually good for you! 
Jesa’s work as a  freelance  private chef has taken her into the kitchens of  many bold-faced names, has her  creating the menus for major social events and producing and modifying food for clients who are focused on eating in a healthful but delicious and sophisticated manner.  Applying  very different food disciplines, Jesa is an expert Paleo chef and also a Vegan chef, and manages to combine the two harmoniously.