Mireille's Journey To Health


Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake with a Chocolate Fudge Frosting Recipe

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

Chocolate Fudge Frosting

One of my little boys had a birthday today.  He just turned 7.  I wanted to make him a really amazing cake for his birthday.  I’m trying to teach my kids that healthy eating can be delicious and satisfying.  Of course, when it comes to a birthday cake, the pressure is really on.  You really don’t want to mess up someone’s birthday cake.  It has to be your best work.  It can’t taste “healthy.”  At least, not for my 7 year-old.  It has to taste rich and decadent.

Just Right Chocolate Cake - Paleo

Just Right Chocolate Cake – Paleo

I decided to use my Just right Chocolate Cake recipe, as it is tried and true.  I knew it was a great chocolate cake, and that it turns out of the pan really well.  That was really important to me.  I doubled the recipe.  I wanted to make 2 rounds so I could create a double layer cake.


I needed the frosting to be out of this world.  It had to taste great, and it had to stay put.  I didn’t want the cake to look like it was melting away.  I cam up with this great frosting recipe, and I had my little man taste test it before using it just to be sure.  That was critical for me, so that I could apply it with absolute confidence.  The result was rich, fudgy, chocolaty frosting.  Here’s the recipe I came up with:

8 oz. chopped dates, soaked in water (2 hours or more) and drained

2 avocadoes

1/2 cup butter, firm (refrigerated)

1/2 cup melted chocolate chips (check ingredients, I used Enjoy Life)

2 Tbsp cocoa

1 Tbsp maple syrup

Directions:  Puree everything in a high-speed blender, or beat with and electric mixer on high.  It doesn’t matter the order in which you add ingredients.  What is critical, is that it is blended completely and totally smooth.  It takes a little time to get it completely smooth, but it is very important.  From time to time, you’ll need to give it a good stir.  I used my Vitamix.  It comes with a big black stirring stick called a temper, and I stirred until my arm was sore.  You really want it mixed and smooth.  From there, you can go ahead and begin applying it.  I applied my middle layer and top layer at this point.  I refrigerated the remaining frosting for about 20 minutes before applying the sides.  It thickens into a soft fudge, so you don’t want to wait too long to apply.  Also, if you want extra frosting to pipe, you may want to double the recipe.  This is enough to do a double layer, frosting between the layers, and all around.  I did not have any leftover.

decadent cake

I added some chocolate dipped strawberries to decorate.  They also added complementary flavor.  I simply melted about a half cup of Enjoy Life chocolate chips with 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and dipped the strawberries.  For me, the coconut oil makes the melted chocolate easier to work with.

cake with candles

cake 2


2 comments on “Ultimate Chocolate Birthday Cake with a Chocolate Fudge Frosting Recipe

  1. Jen
    July 29, 2015

    Hi there,
    I’m wanting to make a celebration cake for my daughters’ birthday, I like to make tiered cakes ideally with fondant icing but most paleo cakes are either quite crumbly or fluffy and I don’t think they’d stack or be firm enough to ice. Do you think this recipe would work? Or should I just give up on the idea?! My mum always made me beautiful cakes and I want to do the same for my girls! Thanks! X Jen

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    • mireillesjourneytohealth
      July 29, 2015

      Definitely! I did a double layer with it. I was actually amazed when I made the cake originally. I was playing around with a chocolate cake just to snack on one day after dinner. The result was so perfect for a decorated, stacked birthday cake, and that is why I ended up using it for the birthday. It was one of my glorious, unexpected results to be honest. In fact, I’d thought about doing fondant with it, too, but I haven’t seen a great paleo fondant recipe. You’ll have to let me know what you come up with for that. But yes, the cakes come out of the pan really well and are great for picking up and stacking. They hold up really well. AND they are really yummy. Like I said, when I came up with that recipe, it really was a glorious moment for me. I’d love to see your finished product once it’s complete!


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