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Last Updated on December 6, 2020

Paleo yellow cake

There are only a few celebrations in life where cake is necessary: weddings and birthdays.    My birthday is  Saturday and I’m going to be 37.   Yes, 37 and I feel rather aged, truth be told.  However, I think that once you get over the 30 year age hump, you start to realize that what Aaliyah said is true, “Age ain’t nothing but a number.”

Paleo yellow cake

So with my old age comes wisdom and that wisdom has shown me that cupcakes are far superior to cake.   First, you get the perfect serving size.  If you eat five of these in a row, you’ll be staring face to face with the evidence that you destroyed five cupcakes in an hour.  With a cake, who knows, the dog could have eaten it.

Also, you will have fewer dishes to clean up.  This ranks high on my list since I am the one with the dish-washing duties in my house.

Paleo yellow cake

So I’m celebrating my birthday with this Paleo yellow cake recipe.  This cake is the wallflower at the dance.  It’s sweet, light and fluffy.  It makes the perfect base for strong flavors like berries and coconut cream.  Chocolate frosting is to die for with the cake.

I plan to spend the day with family doing what I love best, eating and celebrating.  I’m also crossing my fingers that one of them gets this item for me on my wish list.

Paleo yellow cake
Yield: 12

Paleo Yellow Cupcake Recipe

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes



  • ½ cup coconut flour, sifted
  • 5 large eggs
  • ⅓ cup ghee
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup B grade maple syrup
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda


  1. Combine the coconut flour, baking powder and baking soda in a bowl and blend.
  2. Add in all the liquid ingredients; mix well with a spoon.
  3. Pour into the cupcake tins and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
  4. Frost and enjoy!

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Paleo yellow cake

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MaryBeth Billington

Friday 1st of June 2018

I am looking for a yellow cake recipe to replace the recommended boxed yellow cake mix for a bundt cake recipe. I was wondering how you think this might hold up for that use? It will have pudding injected into it at the end (for which I am also looking for an appropriate recipe).

Kelly Bejelly

Wednesday 6th of June 2018

Hi MaryBeth, yes, this cake is really sturdy so that should work hun.

Audrey Marie

Friday 24th of November 2017

Would this come out the same with butter, or is the ghee necessary?

Kelly Bejelly

Sunday 26th of November 2017

yes, butter will work hun


Tuesday 26th of April 2016

Hey again!

Is there another frosting (non-chocolate) you think would go well with these cupcakes? Like i mentioned in my earlier post, I am making these for a friend who eats gluten-free and sugar-free, but I didn't want to buy a tub of palm shortening if I wasn't going to use it often.


Kelly Bejelly

Tuesday 26th of April 2016

You can make frosting with butter hun.


Tuesday 20th of January 2015

My daughter turns six soon and she wants cake rather than cupcakes for her birthday party. Do you think this would translate well to cake, and if so would you make any adjustments? Thanks!

Kelly Bejelly

Tuesday 20th of January 2015

Yes, It works great as a cake but if you are going to make a normal size cake you will need to double the recipe. You will have to cook it longer, until a toothpick comes out clean from the center.

Joan Russo

Wednesday 20th of August 2014

Do you think this yellow cake recipe would do well with a pineapple up-side down cake?

Kelly Bejelly

Thursday 28th of August 2014

I'm not sure to be honest. If you try it, please let me know!

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