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The Best Paleo Chocolate Sheet Cake (nut-free)

May 29, 2018

The Best Paleo Chocolate Sheet Cake made with coconut flour, coconut milk and all nut-free ingredients paired with a homemade chocolate ganache that is refined sugar-free!

The Best Paleo Chocolate Sheet Cake made with coconut flour, coconut milk and all nut-free ingredients paired with a homemade chocolate ganache that is refined sugar-free!

I am actually giddy writing this blog post for you today.

I love all the recipes I share here with you but this one has me feeling extra gooooood today!

I am sharing The Best Paleo Chocolate Sheet Cake that is nut-free, grain-free, dairy-free and just deliciously simple and topped with a homemade chocolate ganache. But the recipe itself isn’t the only reason why I am giddy.

It is more about who I have partnered with on today’s blog post. Chances are you know I am obsessed with all things Hu Kitchen. I eat there at least 3-4x per week and am constantly running in and out of their restaurant when I am in the city. It is also my “office” in the city, where I sit with my computer and do work in between various meetings and things in the city.

Incase you are new around here and wondering what the beep Hu Kitchen is, let me fill you in.

4 years ago, Jord and I were living in the heart of Chelsea, just a few short blocks away from Hu Kitchen. I would go here all the time for sweet treats, eats and to meet friends for lunch or dinner. I love that Hu is a paleo-friendly restaurant (I am not paleo just love grain-free foods so much!) and that they use no canola oils and all organic ingredients. It isn’t common to see a restaurant have that much passion for the quality of ingredients they serve. I trust Hu’s food just like I do the food from my own kitchen. 

Hu serves anything from these epic Jordy Cakes for breakfast (named after the founder, Jordan), which are banana pancakes to wild salmon cakes, grain-free focaccia bread and an impressive line up of desserts. You can find Jord (husband Jordan) eating their walnut brownies and me feasting on their almond butter cookie dough balls and their paleo chocolate chip cookies. For my birthday last year we got 5 different desserts and put candles in them all. That is how obsessed I am!

Hu also sells a chocolate line that is refined sugar free. All organic and sweetened with coconut sugar. Let’s just say, I haven’t eaten a Hu Kitchen chocolate bar I didn’t like. The cashew butter and pure vanilla bean one is my favorite but I love baking with and eating all of them. Keep them in the freezer too as they are SO good frozen, oh my goooosh.

Today we are making this homemade chocolate sheet cake that is paleo, made with 6 key ingredients then topped with a chocolate ganache using Hu Kitchen chocolate, grass-fed butter or coconut oil and a few other goods.

This cake will put devil’s food cake mix to the test. it is super moist, lightly sweetened and too easy to make!

Don’t forget to stop by Hu Kitchen when you’re in town and share on social when you make this cake.

The Best Paleo Chocolate Sheet Cake made with coconut flour, coconut milk and all nut-free ingredients paired with a homemade chocolate ganache that is refined sugar-free!The Best Paleo Chocolate Sheet Cake made with coconut flour, coconut milk and all nut-free ingredients paired with a homemade chocolate ganache that is refined sugar-free!The Best Paleo Chocolate Sheet Cake made with coconut flour, coconut milk and all nut-free ingredients paired with a homemade chocolate ganache that is refined sugar-free!

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The Best Paleo Chocolate Sheet Cake (nut-free)

The Best Paleo Chocolate Sheet Cake that tastes like healthy devil’s food cake! Gluten-free, refined sugar-free and nut free-friendly!

  • Author: Rachel
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 slices 1x
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Ingredients

Chocolate cake:

  • 1 cup coconut sugar (cane sugar, date sugar or maple sugar should work too. not a liquid sugar though!)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour (I haven’t used another flour but I’d guess about 1 1/4 cup almond flour would work)
  • 1/2 cup cacao powder
  • 1/3 cup liquid coconut oil 
  • 6 large pasture-raised eggs at room temperature (I don’t recommend flax egg)
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk (or any nut milk – not from a can)
  • 1 Hu Dark Chocolate Bar, melted (code RACHL for free shipping)

Chocolate ganache:

  • 2 Hu Dark Chocolate Bars (4.2 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (or any nut milk – not from a can)
  • 1 tablespoon grass-fed butter or liquid coconut oil
  • 12 tablespoons coconut flour

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and great an 8×8 baking dish or line with parchment paper
  2. In a large bowl mix together the coconut sugar, coconut flour, cacao powder, liquid coconut oil, eggs, baking powder, sea salt, vanilla extract and coconut milk and mix until well combined
  3. Add in the melted chocolate and mix again
  4. Pour cake batter into baking dish and bake for 20-25 minutes
  5. While cake bakes, begin making the ganache by adding the Hu Kitchen chocolate, milk, butter or coconut oil and coconut flour in a small sauce pan over medium heat
  6. Stir the chocolate mixture until melted then remove from heat and add to fridge once pot cools down
  7. Stir every 5 minutes in fridge until the ganache thickens then spread over the cake, slice into 6 slices and enjoy!

xx, Rach

Thank you Hu Kitchen for sponsoring this post! It means so much to me to work with brands I love and believe in!

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38 Responses

  1. That sounds absolutely fantastic!! I too am a huge fan of Hu & eat there frequently. Their chocolate ? is my fave ever, which brings me to say this…at $7 per chocolate bar, this cake is suddenly hitting almost $30 price tag which is sadly not viable for me 🙁

    1. thanks petra. as i always say, do what works for you. i personally invest in quality ingredients that i feel good putting in my body. you can use what chocolate is affordable for you! xx

  2. Omg hi babe this looks ?? and i cant wait to try this one out :’) just wondering the measurements on the coconut oil and cacao? (Are they both cup?) THANK YOU

  3. This recipe is SO GOOD. I didn’t have access to the Hu Chocolate Bar, so I substituted one bar for a heaping 1/4 cup of Enjoy Life semi-sweet chocolate chunks and it turned out great!!! Thanks so much, Rachel!!!

  4. This looks phenomenal! Have you ever doubled the recipe to utilize a 13×9 baking dish? And are there any modifications with baking time when using a glass dish vs metal baking pan? One last question, I live at high altitude (~5,600 feet), any modifications I might need to try (more coconut milk, oil or egg)?

  5. I think this chocolate cake was the best chocolate cake I have ever eaten. Hands down. I did have a question about the ganache. I feel like the coconut flour never fully dissolved, is there a substitute for the coconut flour that you recommend?

    1. so happy to hear! i don’t have a recommendation but you can try lessening the amount of coconut flour in the ganache next time to see if it works better for you.

  6. This is truly amazing!! I was craving a classic chocolate cake and after I baked it I really didn’t think I needed the ganache… But I’m SO glad I added it! Its the best part!!!

  7. So easy, and so damn delicious!! I was out of coconut flour and oil so I subbed almond flour and avocado oil, but it was still perfect ?

  8. Has anyone tried using less sugar? I am going to make this tomorrow but want to use as little sugar as possible 🙂 thank you!

  9. I made this in a loaf pan and used 1/2 cup hu gems instead of the hu bar, and I topped it with a vegan monk fruit frosting. Turned out amazing, I’m having it for breakfast with my coffee and feel like I am at a trendy cafe eating chocolate loaf ?

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