Cavewoman coconut cake for my birthday

A great snorkeling beach on Maui, called “White Rock”

Aloha! Back from Hawaii. Sorry I was gone but I just had to go to Hawaii to re-hab my new knee. Three days before my surgery I was stressing out like no body’s business. Stress can drive people to do strange things like… book a ticket to Hawaii 6 weeks after a major surgery. The day after I came out of surgery I looked at my husband and whimpered, “What did I book those tickets to Hawaii for?! I’ll never make it!” But I did.

We snorkeled and swam and snorkeled. (Did I mention that we snorkeled a lot?) My knee grew stronger and more flexible each day to the point that when I saw my physical therapist upon our return she threatened to stop our visits. (I won though and get to see her again. I guess I like the torture.) I almost had a Hawaii 5-0, (I turned 50 yesterday) but I felt the pull to come back and party with my family and community.

Now the question arrives… what sort of birthday cake do I want? Now I love love love birthday cake. I love it so much I lay awake at night and dream up cakes for people’s birthdays. Our early primal/paleo friends probably just stuck a candle in a meat loaf or something but we have so many more options! Gluten and grain free baking has come a long way baby.

I decided use my recent visit to islands as inspiration and make a coconut cake made with coconut flour, oil and milk. Now that makes perfect sense doesn’t it? (unlike the coconut bread I had at the Polynesian Culture Center that was supposedly a traditional recipe from Tahiti made with white flour and hardly any coconut. Blah).

Polynesian cultural center

The first thing that one notices very quickly when baking with coconut flour is that it is a very THRISTY flour. This entire cake that I baked only took ¾ cup of flour! Wow! The second thing that is odd about the recipe is the 10 eggs it requires. 10 eggs, another wow. I thought this cake was going to turn into a giant frittata or custard. Couldn’t fathom it. But I had baked with coconut flour before and I actually like the results better than almond flour, so I surged blindly forward.

The other thing I have learned from cooking with coconut flour is that it does not need to cook long. Maybe it’s my oven, maybe it’s that I live at sea level, but I always start checking the item half way through the suggested baking time. Sure enough, this cake was done and pleasantly golden at 17 minutes. (The recommended time was 30-35 minutes.)

I also used coconut nectar in this cake to further contribute to the low glycemic index. Coconut nectar is the sweet sap of a coconut tree. This sap is very low in the glycemic index, has 17 amino acids, loaded in Vitamin C and Bs, and a nearly neutral PH. Great stuff. It tastes a little molasses-y on its own but is great in baked goods. It is easy to use; just replace any liquid sweetener, such as honey, maple syrup of the likes, with the exact amount.

I am proud to announce that the cake turned out fantastic! I highly recommend it as an elegant way to celebrate any event, but a birthday or Mother’s day is a must! As I was taking pictures I kept giving samples to everyone who came by. It was a hit. I think I would change the frosting next time and use honey though. The coconut nectar made it tan in color and a tasted a bit too much like molasses. I got this recipe from the talented folks over at The Food Lovers Kitchen. Happy Mother’s day and happy birthday to all of you all year long! Enjoy!

Cavewoman Coconut Cake
I used eggs from my backyard chickens and their rich orange yolks turned the batter very yellow. Next time I will use boring store bought eggs with light yellow yolks. You can get the unsweetened coconut in the bulk section of any health food store.

10 eggs
1 cup of coconut oil, melted
1 cup of coconut syrup, honey or grade b maple syrup
1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract
1 teaspoon of baking soda
½ teaspoon of baking powder
1 teaspoon of sea salt
¾ cup of coconut flour, shifted
1 cup of shredded non-sweetened coconut

First things first, put on some Hawaiian music and turn on the oven to 325 degrees. Oil your cake pans and add a little coconut flour to them and knock the flour around till the bottom is dusted. (I used 10 inch round cake pans. If you use 9 inch or smaller add more time to the baking)

In a mixer bowl add the 10 eggs and mix well. When that is mixed to your satisfaction, with the mixer running slowly add in the melted coconut oil, coconut nectar, and vanilla and mix some more. Next, add the meager ¾ cup coconut flour to a separate bowl with the soda, powder, and salt, whisk together well.

With the mixer going add the flour mix slowly to the egg mix. Blend till mixed well. (But don’t overdo it!) Fold in the shredded coconut and then pour the mix evenly into the prepared cake pans. Tuck in the oven to bake. Bake for 15-20 minutes till they are golden and a toothpick comes out clean. (I like to touch the center of the cake, if it is firm and springs back, it’s done.)

Place the cakes on a cooling rack and let cool completely till you take them out of the pan. While the cakes are cooling, whip up the frosting and frosts up these jewels.

Coconut Cream Cheese Frosting

16 ozs of cream cheese
1 teaspoon of vanilla
½ cup of honey
1 cup of non-sweetened shredded coconut

Toss the cream cheese in a bowl and whipped it up with a blender till creamy. Slowly add the honey and vanilla as the blender is going. Last but not least, add the coconut and blend till beautiful. Frost your cake and celebrate!


  1. says

    Waw, What a great way to celebrate your Bithday! Yeah for you! It looked that you all had a great time! That coconut cake looks very inviting & appetizing too! 🙂 Yummmmmmmm,…!!!

    • ziabaki says

      Oh dear. I did forget to specify didn’t I?? I will change that right now! (It’s pure vanilla extract)

  2. Me:) says

    What a welcomed and refreshing change from the norm! I’m so grateful you took the time in creating this blog site and share your skill with us. It helps in making tasks in everyday life so much easier. I am a fortunate mom of two with a job I enjoy, an ever growing family life and a family with several food restrictions and allergies. Imagine my relief in discovering a treat we can all enjoy!

    I am very excited about this recipe as we have two allergy restricted birthday’s to celebrate-back to back! This means twice as much cake for everyone! HURRAY, let them eat cake!!…coconut cake;)
    • My question?: Can the shredded coconut be omitted without changing the consistency of the cake or the other ingredients? If not, what changes should I make?•

    • ziabaki says

      Welcome and I am glad that you are enjoying it!This cake is so wonderful I hope it makes your birthdays special. I’m not sure if the shredded coconut can be omitted without compromising the cake. I’ve never tried it. It is a “coconut” cake recipe made with coconut flour. But if coconut it not enjoyed in your family, perhaps omit the coconut and add more vanilla extract for a yellow cake. Hopefully it will work. Let me know how it goes! 🙂

      • Me:) says

        This recipe will be a staple in our home! Thank you so much! The birthday cakes were wonderful! This recipe is so easy to prepare and fun to put together with filling and the simple yet palate pleasing frosting! I’m so excited about this cake. It worked well without the shredded coconut in the batter with no change in altering ingredients. It’s like a yellow cake mix. Thank you so much!I think next time for me, I will add the the shredded coconut to the frosting. Then another time maybe add chopped macadamia to the batter or frosting! I’m so excited for the limitless options. Again, thank you so much

    • ziabaki says

      Hi Me! Thank you for getting back to me on the great cake experiment! YUM! Sounds like it was a success! Yeah! Ya know after your comment I found a carrot cake recipe based on this basic recipe. It looks amazing and I think I will make it this week for my Cavey Hubby’s b-day. It is over here. Thanks again for letting me know how that went! 🙂

  3. Yolanda Martins says

    Hello. I tried this cake today and it is delicious but the half bottom came out half brown, like sort of soaked – it’s either the honey or the coconut oil. Does the cake really take 1 cup of coconut oil? it seems rather excessive to me – is it correct? has anyone else had the same outcome (brown, sort of soggy bottom half). It’s still very tasty though and I will definitely make it again, but will wait to hear if anyone else has had the same experience as I did. I followed the exact recipe . Many thanks! Yolanda.

    • ziabaki says

      Humm, I haven’t had that outcome and no one else has let me know if they have. Did you divide the batter in half an bake in cake pans? Did you melt the coconut oil before you added it to the batter? You’ll have to let me know if you make it again and if it worked. Thanks for letting me know.

      • Yolanda Martins says

        thanks for getting back to me. Yes, the coconut oil was melted (naturally, as it’s very hot here in Toronto right now…). I didn’t however bake the cake in two pans. I only used one. I wonder if that’s what it is. I will bake it in two next time. As I said before, it was really delicious and the family loved it!

  4. Elva says

    I’ve been looking for a cake recipe with coconut flour for a while now. I want to make a coconut cake for my husband’s birthday. I find the biggest challenge baking with coconut flour is finding the right ratio of the wet and the dry. More often my gluten free baked goods turn out to be too soggy. How is the texture of this cake like? It seems there’s a slight higher ratio of the wet ingredients in this recipe. Also could I substitute half of coconut oil with coconut milk? Thank you very much.

    • ziabaki says

      I really like the texture of this cake. It gets better the next day. I think subbing half the oil with coconut milk is a great idea! Let me know how it turns out. Thanks for coming by! 😀

      • Audrey says

        Hello Ziabaki. I know I’m a little late for this conversation but what if I wanted to add cocoa to this recipe? If I added 1 cup of cocoa would it ruin it? Thank you! 🙂

        • ziabaki says

          Whoa, 1 cup of unsweetned cocoa powder? Hummm, I’m not sure about that. What if you added a 1/4 cup and upped the honey to make up for both the unsweetnes and the extra dry? That is what I would try. Tell me how it goes! 🙂


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