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WGGA is 3! + Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with Maple Vanilla Frosting

These delicious Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with Maple Vanilla Frosting are a healthy and yummy treat for any occasion!

Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with Maple Vanilla Frosting

You guys, I can’t believe it. What Great Grandma Ate is 3 years old today! I feel so blessed to be doing what I absolutely love to do, and this blog has been my baby that I’ve given my all to. I’ve never been so passionate about anything else before this, and I wake up everyday with so much gratitude and happiness because I still can’t believe creating delicious recipes and sharing nutrition tips is my job!

When I first started this blog (it was then called Primal Health with Jean), I didn’t know if I wanted to become a full time blogger. I mostly wanted a creative outlet and a place to market my nutrition consulting business. I didn’t really take blogging seriously back then.

Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes

Well, the more I started creating various content and the more I started interacting with YOU lovely readers, I fell in love with it more and more. At the same time, I started realizing that working with nutrition clients was draining me energetically and it didn’t feel right for me. So a year ago, I decided to take blogging way more seriously and invested a lot more into it. Today, I don’t regret this decision AT ALL, because it helped me grow so much personally and in my career.

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So, to celebrate, I want to thank YOU most of all being so supportive through my growth. Whether you are new or have been a long time fan, you truly have made What Great Grandma Ate what it is today, and I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without you!

Also, of course, I’m sharing a special treat with you as a sign of gratitude. These Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with Maple Vanilla Frosting are so moist, delicious, and chocolate-y, you would never guess that it’s gluten and grain free. The cashew based maple vanilla frosting is so creamy and you won’t want to make this without it.

Hope you enjoy these yummy cupcakes, and THANK YOU again for following along. I plan to bring you more exciting recipes and content in the future, so I hope you stick around!

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Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes

Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with Maple Vanilla Frosting

Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 cupcakes
Author: Jean Choi

These delicious Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes with Maple Vanilla Frosting are a healthy and yummy treat for any occasion!



Chocolate Cupcakes

Maple Vanilla Cashew Frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F and line a 6-cup muffin pan with cupcake liners.
  2. In a food processor, combine coconut flour, cocoa powder, tapioca starch, baking soda, and sea salt. Pulse until well combined.
  3. Add the rest of the wet ingredients and pulse together until well mixed, scraping down the side if necessary.
  4. Divide the batter evenly into each cupcake liner, filling it up no more than 2/3 of the way up.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes.
  6. Move to a cooling rack and cool completely before icing.
  7. While the cupcakes are baking, make the Maple Vanilla Cashew Frosting. Drain the soaked cashews and place in a high-powered blender.
  8. Add the the rest of the ingredients in the blender, and blend together until smooth and creamy.
  9. Chill for 15 minutes before icing the cupcakes.
  10. If using, garnish with shredded coconut and chocolate chips.
  11. Store the cupcakes in the refrigerator before serving.

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30+ Paleo Cake Recipes

Just because you have food allergies, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t celebrate with cake. Hope you enjoy these grain-free, paleo cake recipes!

30+ Paleo Cake Recipes

I’m back home after the most EPIC week in Sayulita, Mexico for my wedding week! The whole trip and all the events exceeded my expectations and it was one of the best weeks of my life. Only our family and closest friends were there since it was a destination wedding, and everything turned out perfectly from the beach ceremony to the private sunset cruise that ended the week. It makes me smile thinking about it!

While I’m dead tired, I’m still in a giddy, celebratory mood, and I figured, “Why not continue the celebration?” So I decided to round up some of the most delicious and decadent paleo cake recipes and share them with you. While my wedding cake wasn’t paleo, it WAS gluten free and I got to enjoy every bite of it! (I hope to share photos soon so be sure to follow along on Instagram.)

Scroll on for some delicious and beautiful grain-free and paleo cakes from my fellow talented bloggers:

Paleo Cake

Easy Grain Free Chocolate Cake from Recipes to Nourish

Strawberry Swirl Mug Cake from The Castaway Kitchen

Egg-Free Fudgy Mug Cake from The Curious Coconut

Spiced Dark Chocolate Cake from Delicious Obsessions

Pineapple Dreams Coconut Cake from Fresh Planet Flavor

Simple Coconut Flour Cake from Savory Lotus

Paleo Birthday Chocolate Cake by Paleo Flourish

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Clementine Chocolate Paleo Cake from What Great Grandma Ate

Paleo Rhubarb Crumble Cake from Eat Primal, Run Hard

Paleo Carrot Cake from Fresh Planet Flavor

Paleo Lemon and Vanilla Cheesecake from Pure & Simple Nourishment

Chocolate Mug Cake from Downshiftology

Coconut Chocolate Cake from Living Healthy with Chocolate

Vanilla Bean Faux Cheesecake from Delicious Obsessions

Tutti Frutti Cake from My Heart Beets

AIP “Chocolate” Cake from The Curious Coconut

Paleo Apple Cinnamon Poke Cake with Caramel Sauce from Beauty and the Foodie

Paleo Red White and Blue Mini Crepe Cakes from I Heart Umami

5-Min Microwave Paleo Chocolate Cake from Paleo Flourish

Orange Walnut Paleo Cake with Cardamom Cream from The Nourished Caveman

Lemon Curd Cake with Dark Chocolate Buttercream from The Castaway Kitchen

Carrot Cake by Eighty 20 Nutrition

Lemon Berry Skillet Cake from Savory Lotus

Chocolate Celebration Cake from The Life Sutra

Decadent Plantain Chocolate Cake from The Castaway Kitchen

Chocolate Cardamom Cupcakes with Sweet Potato or Pumpkin Frosting from Whole New Mom

Clementine Upside Down Cake from Downshiftology

Orange-Coconut Paleo Cake from Delicious Obsessions

Paleo Chocolate Cake from Living Healthy with Chocolate

Vanilla Pound Cake by Paleo Flourish

Paleo Sticky Toffee Pudding by Eat Primal, Run Hard

Chocolate Fudge Raspberry Sauce Cake from Beauty and the Foodie

Paleo Chai Banana Cake with Cinnamon Frosting from The Urban Ecolife

Southern Style Strawberry “Jello” Cake from The Curious Coconut

30+ Paleo Cake Recipes

Paleo Red Velvet Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

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Paleo Red Velvet Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting
Paleo Red Velvet Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting
I know I know, I haven’t posted in forever and a day. The past few weeks have been a bit stressful with a trip to NYC and starting classes at the Nutritional Therapy Association. That’s right, folks. I’m going back to school for ANOTHER certification, to be a Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. It’s exciting and terrifying at the same time because it’s much more in depth about the chemical and biological changes our bodies go through in reaction to food, and while it’s super interesting (to me, at least), it’s also a lot of work coupled with a full time job. Anyway, I’m pausing on pursuing my health coaching business while I’m still in school but I will continue to update this blog as much as I can. Sorry for being MIA while I adapt to this transition.

But don’t ya worry, I’m back with a dessert recipe just in time for Valentine’s Day. To me, whether you are single or not, all Valentine’s Day is is an excuse try out a delicious restaurant and/or eat some yummy sweet treats. C and I have similar attitudes towards it. Last year, we used a Groupon to try out a restaurant, then rushed back home to start watching the new season of House of Cards released that day. So romantic. We loved it. This year, we are trying out a restaurant that’s in a department store (Hey, it’s Nordstrom so it must be classy) and then going to a comedy show. Good food. No presents. That’s the way we like it. And maybe add a sweet dessert that I can actually eat, which made me think of this delicious red velvet cupcake recipe.

Paleo Red Velvet Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting

Paleo Red Velvet Cupcakes with Coconut FrostingIf I was being honest about how I ate this, I would have called this recipe, “Coconut Frosting with a side of Red Velvet Cupcakes.” The creamy frosting really makes this cupcake and I couldn’t stop spooning it in my mouth on its own. It’s made with coconut cream separated from coconut milk, and you can’t tell that it’s dairy free or that it’s healthy. Double whammy.

There’s something that feels decadent about red velvet cakes or cupcakes because of its beautiful color. I don’t use or eat artificial food coloring for a number of different reasons (Red 40 is NOT food), so beets did a perfect job of giving the cupcakes that deep red color. You can taste a hint of the beets but it complements well with the chocolate sweetness. Try this out for a velvety sweet dessert on your V-day!

Paleo Red Velvet Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting
Paleo Red Velvet Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 Cupcakes
Author: Jean Choi



  • 1/2 cup pureed red beets (about 1-2 small beets)
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca starch
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder




  1. Place the beets in a saucepan and add water to cover them.
  2. Bring the beets to a boil, and reduce heat and simmer for 30-45 minutes until they are fork tender.
  3. Rinse the beets under cold water.
  4. Peel the skins off the beets and place the beets in a blender or food processor.
  5. Puree the beets, and measure out 1/2 cup of puree.
  6. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  7. Mix the beet puree with the wet ingredients in a large bowl.
  8. In a separate bowl, whisk together coconut flour, tapioca starch, cocoa power, and baking powder.
  9. Mix together dry and wet ingredients.
  10. Pour the batter into a 6 cup muffin pan.
  11. Bake for 30 minutes.
  12. Cool before topping off with the coconut frosting.


  1. Refrigerate a can of coconut milk for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Carefully take out the can and turn it upside down.
  3. Open the can. You'll see the coconut water floating on the top.
  4. Pour out the coconut water, until you see the thick coconut cream resting on the bottom.
  5. Scoop out the cream into a large bowl.
  6. Add the honey and the vanilla extract.
  7. Using a hand mixer, a stand mixer, or an electric whisk, whip the cream until it becomes fluffy.
  8. Store in an airtight container in the fridge.

Paleo Gluten Free Refined Sugar Free Red Velvet Cupcakes with Coconut Frosting