This paleo Double Layer Carob Cake is refined sugar-free, grain-free, and still a decadent dessert! Made with carob powder, paleo flour, and topped with maple syrup-carob frosting, it's a healthy, guilt-free chocolate cake.
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I love presenting this impressive double layer chocolate cake for birthday and holiday celebrations. It has all the excitement and flavor of a dense and decadent chocolate cake, but it happens to be naturally sweetened and paleo.
There's something extra special about making both the cake and frosting from scratch for a birthday celebration. And with this homemade Double Layer Carob Cake recipe, you don't need to sweat it. The recipe is straightforward and foolproof, always resulting in a crowd-pleasing chocolate cake fit for a special day.
What is Carob?
Carob is actually a legume like peanuts and chickpeas. It grows in pods on trees in the Mediterranean and Middle East and produces beans that are dark brown and sweet. It's often used as a healthier alternative to chocolate in desserts like this Double Layer Carob Cake.
Carob is different from cocoa powder because it's naturally caffeine-free and contains three times as much calcium. It has a similar flavor, but tastes even sweeter than chocolate on its own. These features make carob an excellent swap for chocolate to make healthier desserts of all kinds.
Where Can I Find Carob to Make Double Layer Cake?
Carob is readily available as a powder at natural food stores like Basil Bandwagon. You can also find 100% organic carob powder online if a store isn't near you.
How to Make Naturally-Sweetened Carob Cake
Making this healthy two-layer carob cake is just as simple as your favorite cake-from-scratch recipe.
First, start by combining the dry ingredients: paleo flour, carob powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Next, make the cake batter by adding in the wet ingredients: eggs, avocado oil, vanilla extract, and maple syrup.
After your ingredients are just mixed into a mostly smooth batter, bake the cake in two 8-inch round cake pans. I prefer to use springform cake pans because they're easier to release the cake after baking. And for extra security, I recommend lining the cake pan with an easy 8-inch parchment paper round.
The cakes are done baking when they're fully set in the center. If a toothpick in the center of the cake comes out clean, you're good to go!
How To Frost Two Layer Carob Cake
Once your cakes are out of the oven, be sure to let them cool fully before frosting. Adding frosting to a warm cake will result in a melty mess!
You can even pop your cakes (out of their pans) in the freezer for a few minutes. They will firm up quickly, which makes frosting even easier. Be sure not to leave them in there too long, though, as no one wants to bite into a frozen cake!
I like to use a small offset spatula to frost this double layer cake. It helps make a smooth surface and beautiful presentation. The spatula is also a handy tool to remove the cake from its pan out of the oven.
Just like the cake should be fully cool, you'll also want to let your carob frosting come to room temperature before frosting the cake. If you made the frosting ahead of time and stored it in the fridge, let it sit on the counter while the cake cools.
At room temperature, your carob maple syrup frosting should be perfectly spreadable. To frost your double layer carob cake, start by frosting the top of one layer. Then carefully place the next cake layer on top. Finally, frost the top and sides of the whole cake, using your spatula to create a smooth surface.
How To Serve Carob Layer Cake
Just before serving this layered carob cake, I like to drizzle the frosted cake with homemade raspberry sauce and a sprig of fresh mint.
You can use any of your favorite colorful garnishes for this cake. I also love to decorate the cake with fresh berries, chocolate glaze, caramel sauce, or a simple homemade whipped cream.
More Healthy Dessert Recipes
If you and your family love this Double Layer Carob Cake, be sure to try these dessert recipes that are free of artificial and refined sweeteners.Print