Gluten-Free 4th of July Cake (Nut-Free)

Fourth of July weekend is coming!  Whether you are headed to a BBQ with family or friends or hosting a get together of your own, you’ll need a classic festive cake for the all the parties! Let’s make the most perfect (AND nut-free) vanilla cake topped with an easy buttercream and garnished off with tons of fresh fruit (red and blue for good measure)!

gluten-free cake for 4th of July

Gluten-Free 4th of July Cake (Nut-Free)

This super easy cake is a great gluten-free and nut-free cake recipe for any occasion! Top it with your favorite fruit, clean sprinkles, and other naturally colored frosting flavors for a perfect grain-free cake recipe!

If you’ve seen my new gluten-free cake recipe, you know it’s pretty epic! BUT I get a lot of requests for a gluten-free cake that is nut-free and made with no almond flour! This cake is for you.

nut free cake recipe

This cake is…

  • Fluffy and moist
  • Gluten, grain, dairy, and nut-free!
  • Flavorful
  • Topped with a perfectly sweet and fluffy buttercream
  • July 4th, Memorial Day, and Labor Day festive!
  • And loaded with fresh local, in-season berries!

paleo cake recipe with coconut flour

Want other festive paleo desserts? Try these favorites:

Nut-free 4th of July Cake

Watch the video:


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How do you celebrate the 4th? What is your all-time favorite 4th of July festive meal?

The BEST Gluten-Free Layer Birthday Cake

Lexi’s Clean Kitchen turns FIVE today and to celebrate, we made The BEST Gluten-Free Layer Birthday Cake. Seriously, it’s the best cake ever. It tastes like the real deal cake you’ve been wanting!!!

The BEST Gluten-Free Layer Birthday Cake

The BEST Gluten-Free Layer Birthday Cake

We took my nut-free cake and made it even more amazing. SO if you’re looking for a nut-free cake recipe, go for the two in my cookbook or this July 4th Classic Cake!

Aside from the health benefits of using gluten-free flours in this cake, the combination of almond and coconut flour is so moist and tender! While you do have to cream the butter and sweetener together, this is a relatively fool proof recipe as there is no concern about the cake being tough from over-beating the batter like there is with a gluten flour containing cake. We also use all natural/homemade food dyes, see here!

The BEST Gluten-Free Layer Birthday Cake

I can’t believe Lexi’s Clean Kitchen has been up and running for FIVE whole years.  I truly feel so blessed that this is my job and that all of you trust me with the recipes you feed your family and friends, and yourself! Thank you for trusting me, supporting me, continuing to follow along this journey, and for being a part of  the LCK family. I truly mean it with all of my heart. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

Let’s celebrate!

The BEST Gluten-Free Layer Birthday Cake

Tips Tools Needed to Frost a Cake Like a Pro

Now not everyone is going to frost this cake like we did. But if you want to give it a whirl, getting these tools make it easier to get an even and smooth cake!

Use the video as a guide on how to build up the cake. Additionally here are some tips that make it easier to frost a cake:

  1. Temperature matters: Chill your cake layers before assembling, and chill the cake after you have built your layers as it helps keep your cake evenly stacked.
  2. Apply a crumb coat: Frost the cake with a thin layer of frosting that locks in any stray crumbs
  3. To achieve a smooth finish: Once you have finished frosting the cake, chill again for 10 minutes and then heat the bench scraper or off-set spatula with hot water (make sure to dry it off completely) and make one final swoop to smooth it all out.

Video:

Tips to Making Cake Ahead of Time:

  • Make the cake layers and the jam the day before. Once the layers are cooked completely wrap them up or put them in a large airtight container, otherwise they will dry out.
  • Make the frosting and assemble the day of.
  • Cakes keep wonderfully fully assembled in the frige for a few days.

Easy Gluten-Free Birthday Cake

Prep Time 00:45 Cook Time 00:20 Yields 6" 3 Layer Cake

Ingredients

For Cake

For Strawberry Filling

  • 2 cups strawberries, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

For Buttercream Frosting

  • 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3 cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • Natural food coloring (follow this guide)

Directions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 350ºF and prepare three 6" cake pans by cutting out a three parchment paper circles to fit exactly inside the cake pan. Butter sides and bottom of cake pan and place parchment paper circles inside.
  2. In a heavy duty stand mixer, or hand held mixer, add butter and honey/maple syrup to bowl and cream together until light and fluffy, about 3-5 minutes.
  3. Add eggs, one at a time, blending together after each one.
  4. Add almond flour, coconut flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and beat on medium for 1-2 minutes until well blended.
  5. Add almond milk, vanilla extract and almond extract and beat on medium for 2 minutes until light and fluffy.
  6. Divide batter into cake pans, about 1 cup of batter each, and bake for 20 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Let cake cool in pan for 5-10 minutes, and then remove from pan to a cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.

For Strawberry filling:

  1. In a medium sauce pan place strawberries, honey and lemon juice and turn on heat to medium low.
  2. Cook, stirring frequently, until reduced, about 15 minutes.
  3. Let cool completely before using in cake.

For Buttercream Frosting:

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment beat the butter until light and fluffy, 3-5 minutes.
  2. Add the sugar and mix on low speed until well blended. Increase the speed to medium and beat until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add the vanilla and 1 tablespoon of almond milk (or more if needed) and beat on medium speed until lightened in color. 
  4. Add natural food coloring if using and blend.

To Assemble Cake:

  1. Once cake and jam is cooled completely place first layer on serving plate and frost with a thin layer of buttercream. Create a 1/2" dam of buttercream on the perimeter of the cake layer by piping it, or using a offset spatula, to prevent the jam from leaking out of the cake. Top with 2 heaping tablespoons of jam and smooth over.
  2. Add next layer of cake and repeat with layer of buttercream, buttercream dam,  and jam.
  3. Place cake in refrigerator for at least 15 minutes, to let set up and to make frosting cake easier.
  4. Once cake has chilled, add about half of frosting to the top of the cake and using an offset spatula frost cake starting with the top and moving excess down the sides of the cake and smoothing as going.
  5. Decorate as desired with additional frosting.
  6. Cake will keep 3-5 days in refrigerator.

Recipe Notes

  1. We used a combination of maple syrup and honey equal to 1/3 cup together to prevent the cake from taking on the flavor too much of either one.
  2. The butter absolutely must be at room temperature or it will not cream together with the honey. It is always best when making a cake if all ingredients are as close to room temperature (especially eggs and milk) as the cake batter comes together more easily and you get a fluffier textured cake. If the eggs are not at room temperature you can place them in a bowl with warm (not hot) water for about 10 minutes. You can also gently heat up milk using your preferred method (stove top or microwave) to bring it up to room temperature (but make sure it is not hot).
  3. Follow this guide for our post on Natural Food Coloring!
  4. Sprinkles we use: We get them from Whole Foods  because they are artificial food dye free. These are also a decent option.
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Thank you for being a part of the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen family throughout these amazing 5 years. I love you all!!

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cookies (With Maple Glaze)

These Paleo Carrot Cake Cookies with a Maple Glaze are the perfect treat to make for your Easter holiday celebration. This gluten free carrot cake cookie recipe yields soft and chewy cookies, is easy to make and packs all the flavor of a traditional carrot cake in an easy-to-serve form.

Paleo Carrot Cake Cookies with Maple Glaze 

Carrot Cake Cookies with Maple Glaze

Easter weekend is here! While traditional carrot cake or a carrot cake loaf is standard, let’s switch it up this year! Everyone loves a good cookie, and a soft carrot cake cookie topped with the most delicious maple glaze is just guaranteed to be a hit of the dessert table. Guaranteed. 

Paleo Carrot Cake Cookie Dough

These cookies are wonderful for any carrot cake lover; and personally, since we don’t actually celebrate Easter in our home, can vouch that they are perfect for any occasion. These cookies are: lightly sweetened, packed with delicious add-ins, soft, and topped with a decedent frosting.

Gluten Free Carrot Cake Cookies

Want other paleo desserts with veggies? Try these favorites:

Carrot Cake Cookie Recipe

Carrot Cake Cookie Recipe

Carrot Cake Cookies with Vanilla Maple Frosting

Prep Time 10 min Cook Time 10 min Yields 12

Ingredients

Add-ins

  • 1/4 cup or more chocolate chips (Enjoy Life's or your favorite dark chocolate chunks)
  • 1/3 + 2 tbsp grated carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/3 cup raisins

Vanilla Maple Frosting

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350
  • In a medium-sized mixing bowl combine almond flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and salt
  • In a small mixing bowl combine egg, honey, oil, and vanilla
  • Combine bowls and mix well, add your add-ins of choice and mix well
  • Drop tablespoons of dough on a lined baking sheet (I cover mine with parchment paper )
  • Bake for 10 minutes (undercooked), 10-12 (not undercooked)
  • While baking, mix together (using your KitchenAid or hand-mixer) all frosting ingredients until creamy, taste and adjust sweetness as desired
  • Let cool completely, frost, and serve!
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    P.S. Here are the cookies with the old frosting from 2015!

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    The BEST Paleo Bread [VIDEO]

    This recipe is one of my most popular paleo recipes for good reason! It is the BEST paleo bread recipe. These ultimate paleo sandwich rolls are ones that everyone will love. They are gluten-free, grain-free, fluffy, sliceable, and TOTALLY BREAD-LIKE with the best texture! Plus, they are simple to prepare!

    P.S. Want a nut-free version? Click HERE.

    Paleo Bread Recipe Sliced

    How to make paleo bread

    I’ve been thinking about bringing paleo-friendly bread and rolls to LCK for some time now. But I knew before I did that I needed to make sure they fit specific criteria. They need the right flavor and fluffy, soft, air-y, bread-like texture. You see, I’ve never bothered buying gluten-free breads in the store. I never thought it was worth it because I always felt they were dense, not the right flavor, etc.

    Paleo Bread Recipe Video:

    Paleo Sandwich Bread with deli meat

    My ‘Everything Bagel’ Cauliflower Rolls are a huge hit around the web. But let’s be real, just like cauliflower pizza crusts, they are still cauliflower. They can’t really taste like pizza (or bread). So I bring you: The Ultimate Paleo Sandwich Rolls. Trust me. 

    Paleo Dinner Rolls on plate in sandwich

    Can you see that texture? Easy, breezy sandwich rolls. Trust me!

    Other Paleo Bread recipes: 

    How to use the bread:

    holding delicious paleo bread

    What kind of bread can you eat on the Paleo diet?

    Making this homemade bread is easy and kid-friendly! Paleo bread is different from gluten free bread because often on the paleo diet most grains are avoided. So gluten-free breads made with gluten-free flours like rice flour, teff flour, and corn meal would not be considered paleo bread! I like using this  combination of almond flour and tapioca flour as it creates the most legit paleo bread, and gluten-free I’ve ever tried!

    Paleo Sandwich Bread

    Prep Time 7 min Cook Time 15 min Serves 4

    Ingredients

    Directions

    • Preheat oven to 350°F.
    • In a bowl combine almond flour, tapioca, baking powder, and dash of sea salt.
    • Add in eggs and apple sauce and mix to combine.
    • Place round molds or large mason jar lids on a baking sheet and grease well.
    • Pour batter into molds until almost at the top, a little less.
    • Bake for about 15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean*
    • Let cool slightly, slice in half, and serve.
    • Store in the refrigerator.

    Recipe Notes

    1. *Baking time might vary slightly based on how thin or thick you make your rolls
    2. I use round molds or mason jar lids, and it yields 4 fluffy sandwich rolls. See the comments for how readers have adapted!
    3. Updated 2/2017. I used to add 1 tablespoon of coconut oil or palm shortening but don't find it necessary for the texture so it has been removed.
    4. For 1 roll:
      Calories: 167
      Total Carbohydrate 17.3g
      Sugars 2g
      Protein 5.9g
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    The BEST Paleo Pancakes [VIDEO]

    Pancakes should be fluffy, golden, and loaded with your favorite add-ins. I’m not kidding when I say these Paleo Pancakes are the real deal. They’re based off of my cinnamon crunch pancakes, and are really just the perfect paleo pancake recipe base, ever. They are paleo pancakes made with almond flour, are kid-friendly, freezer-friendly, and nobody will know their paleo! Guaranteed! These paleo pancakes are made gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar free, and without banana. I make batches of the mix for my mom every time she comes to visit, and she’s not grain-free!

    Paleo Pancakes Recipe with SyrupThe BEST Paleo Pancakes

    I used to experiment a lot more with protein pancakes (with banana), 2-ingredient pancakes, and so on. While I love those (and ate them everyday for like 3 months at one point), I wanted pancakes that actually TASTE and have the texture of real pancakes.

    Can you use almond meal instead of almond flour?

    Yes. Almond flour is made from blanched almonds which have had the skins removed, and is ground more finely than almond meal, which typically still contains the skins and has a more coarse grind. Both will work, though I prefer almond flour!

    What can you use instead of applesauce?

    Pumpkin puree will work as a sub for the applesauce!

    Paleo Pancakes with almond flour

    This recipe is tried and true, and is loved by so many of you! Read through the comments below for a glimpse of reader reactions!

    Is maple syrup allowed on paleo diet?

    I drizzle these pancakes with good quality maple syrup! Maple syrup, in its natural, unprocessed form, is paleo and is a great alternative to white sugar. Always look for good quality, 100% pure maple syrup!

    Watch the video here:

    Looking for other paleo breakfast recipes?

    How do you make paleo pancakes

    Fluffy Paleo Pancakes

    Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 10 min Yields 2

    Ingredients

    • 1/2 cup blanched almond flour
    • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp vanilla
    • Add-ins of choice

    Directions

    • In a bowl combine almond flour, tapioca, baking powder, and dash of sea salt
    • Add in eggs, applesauce, and vanilla- mix to combine
    • Heat grass-fed butter in a skillet over medium heat and pour in batter
    • Let cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown
    • Continue with remaining batter
    • Transfer to a plate and serve
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    Lexi’s Weekly Dinner Plan Week 56

    Lexi's Weekly Dinner Plan Week 56 | Lexi's Clean Kitchen
    Happy holidays from all of us here at LCK! This week’s Dinner Plan is filled with my favorite holiday EATS! From Apple Cider Braised Chicken to Slow Cooker French Onion Soup, this meal plan will definitely not disappoint!

    New to the meal plans? You can find them all, equipped with *free* printable shopping lists, in our easy Meal Plan Tab on the blog! If you’ve been loving them, we’d love to hear your favorites so far!

    Lexi's Weekly Dinner Plan Week 56 | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    Monday: Christmas Day

    Tuesday: Christmas Leftovers

    Wednesday: Loaded Eggplant [dairy-free, grain-free, paleo-friendly, vegetarian]

    Thursday: Gluten-Free Hidden Veggie Mac & Cheese [grain-free, gluten-free, egg-free]

    Friday: Leftovers

    Saturday: Apple Cider Braised Chicken [one-pot, grain-free, gluten-free, refined sugar-free]

    Sunday: NYE + Slow Cooker French Onion Soup [grain-free, dairy-free and paleo-friendly if you omit the cheese]

    Grab your free printable shopping list HERE!

    Cook from the Lexi’s Clean Kitchen Cookbook this holiday season!

    Apps: The Pork Belly Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Dressing on page 236, Spinach Dip-Stuffed Mushrooms on page 116, The Ultimate Meat & Cheese Board, Easy Chorizo and Kale Soup on page 130, Shredded Brussels Sprouts Salad on page 154, Winter Harvest Salad on page 138, and The Best Shrimp Cocktail on page 92 are my go-tos!

    On The Side: The Pork Belly Brussels Sprouts with Lemon Dressing on page 236, Caramelized Butternut Squash on page 220, and Creamy Mashed Roots Two Ways on page 238

    Cocktails: Apple Cider Sangria on page 256

    Main Dishes: Holiday Desserts: Nanny’s Potted Chicken on page 160, Balsamic Braised Short Ribs on page 204, and Maple-Crusted Salmon on page 186

    Holiday Desserts: Crunchy Chocolate Cookies on page 294, Brown Butter Apple Crisp on page 308, and Pear Tartlets on page 290


    As always, if you have meal plan feedback, please send me an email at Lexi@Lexiscleankitchen.com! I’d absolutely love to hear from you!