Gluten Free, Sugar Free Birthday Cake.

gluten free sugar free birthday cake

Happy Birthday to US! Today is our 3rd Birthday! Hooray! 

And of course… birthdays call for cake. LOTS of cake and when you turn 3… birthdays call for cakes shaped like this.

gluten free sugar free birthday cake

We were kind of (ok ALOT) excited when Merrymaker Mum came up with this healthy ‘sponge’ replacement cake last week for Australia Day with these amazing lamingtons. The obvious thing to do was to turn it into a gluten free, sugar free birthday cake. Because… duh!

The past 3 years have been absolutely AMAZING. We are so grateful that we can share our Merrymaker journey with YOU. You’re the reason we continue to publish delish recipes, to share inspo and info. All in the hope that you’ll read something and take action towards a healthier, happier life.

gluten free sugar free birthday cake

We love you. Thank you for celebrating with us! Now it’s time to party like it’s 1999 (or 2099?) with this gluten free, sugar free birthday cake!

If you make a fun birthday cake using our epic recipe… be sure to share a photo to social media with #makelifemerry! We LOVE seeing your creations!

Always merrymaking,

Emma + Carla

p.s YUM

gluten free sugar free birthday cake

The recipe below is equivalent to 1 x regular butter cake. So to make a ‘3’ we used 2 x the recipe and cooked them in round pans! Using the Women’s Weekly children’s party cake cook book template! Who else loves that book?! 

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Gluten Free, Sugar Free Birthday Cake
Serves 16
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
40 min
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
stuff you need
  1. 2 cups blanched almond meal
  2. 1 cup coconut milk (canned)
  3. 1/2 cup butter (approx. 100g/3.5 oz.)
  4. 1/2 cup rice malt syrup (or natural sweetener of choice)
  5. 1/4 cup coconut flour
  6. 4 eggs
  7. 1 tsp. baking powder (gluten free)
  8. 1 tsp. 100% vanilla extract
For the butter cream frosting
  1. 1 1/4 cups shredded coconut
  2. 1/2 cup butter cubed (approx. 100g/3.5 oz.)
  3. 1/2 cup mixed berries (thaw if frozen)
  4. 2 tbs. rice malt syrup (or natural sweetener of choice)
  5. 1 tsp. 100% vanilla
Now what
  1. Preheat oven to 180°C (350°F) and line a 20 x 20 cm (8 x 8 inch) slice tin with baking paper.
  2. In a large bowl combine the almond meal, coconut flour and baking powder.
  3. In a blender or mix master, beat the butter and rice malt syrup together.
  4. Add the eggs, vanilla, coconut milk and mix well. (Don't worry if it looks a little 'curdled').
  5. Pour this into the large bowl with the dry ingredients and gently mix together.
  6. Transfer into the lined tin and bake for 40-45 minutes or until lightly brown.
  7. Allow to cool completely before cutting into desired sized squares.
For the frosting
  1. In a high power blender or food processor whiz the coconut until buttery.
  2. Add the butter cubes and continue to whiz until smooth.
  3. Add the berries, whiz again! You should have a nice purple colour frosting.
  4. Last but not least, add the rice malt syrup and vanilla and whiz on super slow until combined.
  5. Spread the frosting onto the cooled cake and YUM!
  6. Keep stored in the fridge or you can freeze separate slices in the freezer!
Merrymaker tip
  1. Make your icing different colours: kiwi makes green, cabbage juice makes blue, mango makes orange etc. etc!
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