Chocolate Coconut Cake | Low Carb, Refined Sugar Free



When I was planning my posts for the Bakeathon, a blessing in disguise came in between. πŸ˜‰ I was invited to a meet-up session of ladies following keto and paleo lifestyle for their weight loss. Even though I had a very brief stint with keto which wasn’t very encouraging, I decided to just show up with this delicious cake that I had baked specifically for the ladies to enjoy. I had intended to come back as soon as I meet the host but it turned out that the whole get together was so interesting, that I ended up sitting till the end. πŸ™‚ Has that happened to you?


It was a little intimidating for me when the hostess requested me to give some motivation to the group as to how to stick to an eating pattern and exercise for weight loss. I am still learning a lot of things myself and being a confused person, I was initially not ready, but her insistence made me speak and I am glad I am able to motivate a few towards their weight loss journey. Having said that, I am in a phase myself now where I am struggling to stay afloat and thankfully, my body is reacting to the exercises despite my lousy eating, so even though the scale is stuck, there is a drop in inches, so some good points to fall on… πŸ™‚


Coconut flour is one of the carbs that people following a low-carb diet depend on. It behaves like a flour but the carb ratio is very low, and hence will help them stay within their carb limits while enjoying food that feels like carb. I would like to call it “brain tricking”. πŸ˜‰ I hope I don’t get some brickbats for being so vocal on it, hehe… My first successful bake were these amazing chocolate muffins, after which this cake happened. Just like the muffin recipe, this cake recipe was also adapted from the King Arthur site.




The challenge of baking with coconut flour is that it needs a lot of liquid to hold its shape. You need to use very limited flour. I read somewhere that for a cup of all purpose flour, you can use 1/3 cup of coconut flour, without reducing anything from the liquid content. I think I need to try doing that. Actually, my initial trials from this flour has been so discouraging that I don’t feel like experimenting with them, and having to eat the whole thing with a heavy heart. πŸ˜€


However, coming back to this bake, when we were done with the main course and the desserts were served, I was constantly hearing queries, “Who bought this brownie? Recipe is needed!” That simply meant that it was a success! The bake disappeared in no time, and I wished I had baked some more for the ladies to enjoy. When you aren’t sure of how it would turn out, who would bake extra, right? As you can see from the recipe, there is hardly any dry ingredients, but uses a lot of eggs and butter, so make sure to bake this if you are sure you won’t get a heart attack. πŸ˜‰ But then keto treats are meant to be heavy on fat, so it shouldn’t be a worry for them. Off to the recipe…





5 from 4 votes

Chocolate Coconut Cake | Low Carb, Refined Sugar Free

Course Cake
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8
Author Rafeeda


  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 85 gm butter
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup stevia
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 6 large eggs room temperature
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk


  • Preheat oven to 180 degrees. Line an 8 inch pan and grease well.
  • Sift the coconut floor and baking powder into a bowl and set aside.
  • Melt the butter. Whisk in the cocoa powder till it becomes smooth.
  • Add the stevia, salt and vanilla extract and mix well.
  • Add in the eggs and whisk till the mixture is well whisked. Do ensure that the butter mixture is cold enough to avoid scrambled eggs!
  • Add the sifted coconut flour mixture into the wet mixture and fold well using a spatula. Finally add the coconut milk and fold well.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake for 25 minutes or till skewer inserted comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan for 10 minutes before flipping onto cooking rack to cool completely. Slice and serve!


Linking this up to Valli’s Bake-a-Thon 2018 event…



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  1. 5 stars
    this looks wonderful Rafee!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks Gloria!

  2. 5 stars

    I don’t know how you people manage with diet control. If I ever decide to control my calories, I end up eating double the amount. This coconut chocolate cake has got a perfect texture, but the number of eggs are definitely intimidating me πŸ™‚

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Haha… I totally get you. The problem is with the “diet mentality”. I am not in favor of eliminating a complete food group. We need to be eating everything for our optimal functioning, but we just tend to do overdo things and then gain weight. For us bloggers, it comes like a bonus. πŸ˜‰ Thanks a lot Ritu…

  3. Wow.. I sure am trying this out. Can I replace stevia with regular sugar?

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      The original recipe has normal sugar, so you can surely do! Thanks Pankti…

  4. This looks so good !!! Usually coconut flour is dry and gives cakes on the drier side.. I am still working on how to get mosit coconut cake!! Your look so mosit !!Wonderful bake!!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Exactly! That flour needs so much of fluid to get the texture… Thank you so much Swati…

  5. interesting way of using coconut flour instead of regular flour,love the coconut flavor too but am still wondering the combo of chocolate and coconut..will have to try out,looks yumm !!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Coconut flour doesn’t have a pronounced coconut flavor so it is good enough… Thank you so much Julie…

  6. Such a pretty looking low carb cake with stevia, prefect for anyone especially for diabetic peoples who craves for some delicious cakes. Well done sis, looks like coconut flour makes some fabulous baked goodies. Cant wait to include them in my baking as well.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Priyaakka… you will enjoy baking with it!

  7. Delicious looking and guilt free cake.Yet to try my hands on coconut flour.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Nalini…

  8. I am always in search of coconut flour recipes and as soon as saw the texture of the cake, I bookmarked it. This is such a fantastic treat for those in keto and paleo.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I too have some coconut flour to finish, will soon be digging into your blog as well… hehe… thank you so much Gayathri…

  9. It must so inspiring for your friends to hear you talk on the weight loss topic, such a proud moment for you too . The experience talks and I am Sure your talk must have been fruitful for many .
    The low carb cake looks fabulous , the texture is so good , loving the way it has turned out !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      I was actually a bit embarrassed because I am surely a long way to go in getting myself done… hehe… Thank you so much for your kind words, Vaishali…

  10. I just read about Pavani’s cake and read your comment too and then realized this is that cake that I was drooling over when the linkup email came…so sad that I can never bake this, but as you said it looks so sinful!..Nice to read about your meeting and the experience you had. lol on Ritu’s comment, the same thing happens to me, so I have given up on such things…hehehe..

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      If somebody is coming from UAE, ask them to get you a box of coconut flour! Hehe… it is not hard, Valli, initially you will feel too much low but then as you see changes, you will feel good about it… hehe… Thanks a lot dear…

  11. It looks sinful and must be a great dessert choice for those on low carb diet.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Suma…

  12. Coconut flour is very popular right and you see so many bakes with it. Your version looks great.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thank you so much Varada…

  13. That sure is one healthy bake and with coconut flour and stevia makes it so healthy.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Renu…

  14. 5 stars

    what a great use of coconut flour – DEFINIteLY will be trying this one

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Mir…

  15. That is such a chocolaty treat Rafeeda. Looks moist and delicious. If I want to make it with regular sugar, can I use the same amount as the stevia in the recipe? Thanks.

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Surely you can! The original recipe uses sugar in it… actually you have baked this for the bakeathon… Thanks a lot Pavani..

  16. thats a lot of interesting points regaridng coconut flour. Not sure if I will get them here, but the low carb sugar free cake surely looks enticing !

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      You could make your own, Gayathri has posted on her blog… I am sure that would be cheaper too… Thanks a lot Kalyani…

  17. 5 stars

    I am yet to start using coconut flour. This looks very good

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Thanks a lot Veena…

  18. Wow rafee that is superb, did you mention about this in your IG, wow happy that our weight loss is inspiring so many others to stay focussed!
    That cake looks fab! texture is amazing!

    1. Rafeeda AR Author says:

      Oh yes I did! Thank you so much Priya…

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