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Paleo Cocoa Butter Pound Cake (nut-free, flourless)

Paleo Cocoa Butter Pound Cake has an incredible texture, flavor and aroma! This cake is nut-free, flour-free, dairy-free, refined sugar-free + incredibly special and delicious! Also Keto, GAPS-friendly and Gluten-free.
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American, British, French
Keyword cocoa butter, paleo, pound cake
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 servings
Calories 697kcal
Author Megan
Cost $5


  • cake pans
  • oven
  • bowl


Optional Streusel Topping (nice for coffeecake if serving for brunch; nuts are optional; not Keto, find Keto version below in recipe Notes)


  • Preheat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. Lightly grease a 1-pound loaf pan, and line it with parchment paper, leaving the paper taller than each side of the pan (see photo). The ends of the pan do not need to be lined.
  • Place the coconut flour into a medium-size bowl. Sift the baking soda into it, add the sea salt, and stir the three together. Set aside.
  • Place all remaining ingredients into the work bowl of a food processor (or use a hand mixer).
  • Blend until well mixed. Add the baking soda mixture and mix again, briefly but thoroughly, 8-10 seconds.
  • Pour into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean or with a teeny moist crumb adhering. Check first at 1 hour for loaf pans. For 9" cake pans, check first after 30 minutes.
  • Cool on rack and serve. Use the parchment paper as handles: free the ends of the cake with a metal, offset spatula or knife; then pull up on the paper to easily remove your cake for slicing.

Optional Streusel Topping (nice for coffeecake if serving for brunch; nuts are optional)

  • Place flour, coconut sugar, coconut oil and sea salt into food processor. Blend, pulsing to begin with, for at least one minute, until the flour and sugar change color just slightly as they begin to absorb the fat. The mixture will be powdery, not yet clumping together.
  • Add optional macadamia nuts and pulse until nuts are in smaller pieces.
  • Top cake with about half the topping (or a pie with all of it), pressing down slightly so topping sticks to itself. (Reserve any leftover for other uses, such as topping muffin batter before baking!)
  • Proceed with baking the main recipe.


How to melt and measure cocoa butter

Use one of two methods:
  1. Place estimated amount of cocoa butter into pyrex (oven-proof) or metal bowl. Place bowl in preheating (300 degree) oven until fully melted. (This is my favorite method, easy!) Measure out 1/2 cup and melt a bit more if needed.
  2. Place estimated amount of cocoa butter into top insert of double boiler. Make sure water in lower half of double boiler does not touch bottom of insert. Heat water and simmer over medium-low heat until cocoa butter is fully melted. Measure out 1/2 cup and melt a bit more if needed.
Note - Make sure that no water gets into the cocoa butter at any point.

How to melt coconut butter

Store-bought or leftover coconut butter can be melted by placing the jar in a hot water bath, then stirring, until the entire bottle is liquidy. Making fresh coconut butter in your food processor will yield a recipe-ready finished product.

Keto Streusel Topping

In a food processor, or in large bowl with a pastry cutter, combine all ingredients until a crumble forms. Sprinkle over cake batter before baking.

For Paleo version, find Otto's Cassava Flour, with free shipping, here.

The nutritional data below reflects the Keto version of this recipe.


Calories: 697kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 59g | Saturated Fat: 29g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 123mg | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 107mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 178IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 3mg