Two WOW Birthday Cake Recipes

Hey readers,

I’ll keep this short and sweet. This post is written in honour of my recent birthday picnic and love of real food. Today I’m sharing 2 delicious primal birthday cake recipes. Forget about devouring crappy conventional cakes made out of lousy ingredients, instead try baking these delicious chocolate goodies made from beneficial ingredients that help to improve your health rather than destroy it! 

As you already know from reading my previous posts, cooking and baking are my favourite ways to unwind. Prior to my birthday picnic I decided to make a red velvet cake.

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This cake is fluffy, light, and moist with just the right amount of sweetness - everything you could ever want in a birthday cake… are you drooling yet? Right, I thought so! ;-)

Here is the recipe…

Red Velvet Cake


  • 2 cups almond flour

  • 1 cup tapioca flour

  • 4 tbsp coconut flour

  • 1 ½ cup coconut sugar

  • 1 ½ cup raw cacao powder

  • 2 tsp baking soda

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 5 eggs

  • 1 cup full-fat coconut milk

  • 3 tbsp butter

  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar


  • Preheat your oven to 180 degrees

  • Grease your cake pan and set aside.

  • Add all of the ingredients to a very large mixing bowl and whisk together to create cake batter.

  • Pour the cake batter into your cake pan and bake for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean.

  • Once the cake has completely cooled, decorate with beet-buttercream icing. Remember to make sure your cake is 100% cool before putting on the icing. Even the slightest amount of internal heat will cause the icing to melt.

Beet-buttercream Icing:

  • 4 tbsp organic powdered coconut sugar

  • 2 tbsp raw beet powder

  • 200 grams butter

  • 1/2 cup almond milk, cashew milk or coconut milk

  • 2 tsp vanilla extract

  • 5 drops of doTerra Wild Orange EO

  • pinch of sea salt


  • Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan. Melt, stirring frequently until the mixture is smooth. Let it cool and then whisk until the icing is light and fluffy, the icing should hold its shape when scooped, but not completely stiff.

  • Generously spread the icing over the cake. Decorate it with desiccated coconut and raw chocolate nibs.

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My friends made this cake for me…

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…and yes they get thumbs up for it! The cake was simply delicious and the frosting and decorations stunning to look at. This cake is dense and rich in flavour. They found the recipe on this paleo blog.


Remember eating healthy is not about restricting yourself and missing out on desserts, especially on your birthday. It’s about using the right ingredients and getting creative in the kitchen.

Don’t forget to check out my previous blog for more inspiration on what to bring to your birthday picnic. I promise on my blog there are no tastes, like cardboard nasties… just delicious food made from real ingredients!



P.S. If you liked today’s cake recipe, please share this blog post on your WeChat moments or even by email with anyone you think, who might benefit from reading it. If you decide to bake these cakes don't forget to tag me on Instagram @ThriveInShanghai I'll see that you get bonus karma points for taking the few seconds to do so. 


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Yours in health,