Whole Wheat Chocolate Cake with Easy Whipped Cream Frosting

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Adapted from Williams-Sonoma, this whole-wheat chocolate cake recipe is the perfect solution for anyone who wants to make a cake from scratch without spending days in the kitchen or having the end result look like it was decorated by a 4-year-old. And while this cake does contain sugar, it's so much better made from scratch than the box cake batter.
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Whole-Wheat Chocolate Cake Recipe from 100 Days of Real Food

Earlier this year my daughter asked me if I could “write” Happy Birthday on top of her homemade cake, and I practically laughed out loud at the thought of what that would look like.  So cake-decorating skills or not…absolutely anyone can make this “tie dye” cake turn out beautifully. And don’t be afraid to switch up the colors. I used peaches and raspberries in the pictured version, but if you want it to be more “boyish” blueberries would add some great color as well.

Before we switched to “real food” I used to make birthday cakes out of a box topped with frosting from a tub mixed with food coloring from little squeeze bottles. I’ve always loved to bake, but I never used to make cakes from scratch because I didn’t have a good “go-to” recipe and I also didn’t know any better! Now that we’ve cut all highly processed food from our diets I prefer a cake made from scratch with only a few simple ingredients when it comes time for those special celebrations. No matter how much we say junk food is okay in moderation I almost never want the highly processed, factory-made, artificial version anymore. So as I mentioned in my previous whole-wheat chocolate chip cookie recipe, this cake “breaks the real food rules” a little, but I would much rather you make this for your next celebration instead of relying on Betty Crocker (or worse – your grocery store bakery)! Feel free to check out the ingredient list for those options if you don’t believe me that this is a much better choice. :)


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  1. Hi,

    This was a great recipe, really easy to follow, and my kitchen smelled heavenly when the cakes came out of the over. The only problem was when I went to make the frosting – I used two cups (not three) of heavy cream, and three tablespoons of sugar, but what I got after brisk hand whisking was not frosting but a very liquidy material – not really sure what to call it. I “poured” it over the cake, covering all sides and the layer in between and have now put it in the fridge hoping it will “solidify” in the cold.

    Can anyone tell me what I did wrong? I used “heavy cream” not “whipping cream” but from looking at other posts, it seems both are the same, so that wasn’t the problem.

    It’s a great cake so now I just need to perfect the frosting…Thanks!

  2. 4 stars
    Never made a cake before…..well…..not successfully anyway! This was so
    Easy and the results were great! Thanks so much

  3. I made this cake for my husband’s birthday and it was delicious. The recipe made a lot of whipped cream so I think next time I would only use two cups of the cream.

  4. 4 stars
    Just mixed this up and popped it in the Oven. My Husbands Birthday is next weekend and he loves chocolate cake with Peanut butter icing. So i am doing a trial run with the cake. It smells amazing! Thanks for the recipe!

  5. So yummy! I made this into cupcakes for my daughter’s first birthday and they were amazing! (I tried 4 or 5 others in the process and this was definitely the best).

  6. on liz’s comment from May 2nd, I also used honey and apple sauce because we are trying to eat much healthier. we also added 1Tbsp ground cinnamon and omg it was incredible. I never thought a whole wheat cake would taste so good and rewarding. we just added some melted dark chocolate lightly drizzled over the top of the cake since we are not big frosting eaters. amazing! 2 thumbs up!!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Heather. I think that should be fine. Coconut oil and butter exchange 1:1. Just like with coconut oil, you will need to bring it to a liquid form before adding. ~Amy

  7. I made this cake today as a run through for my daughters birthday in two weeks. While I haven’t tasted it yet, I’m wondering if anyone else found that it didn’t rise much… I used two 9″ cake pans and both vakes came out quite thinner than the traditional ‘toxic’ cakes I used to bake. I followed the recipe exactly but did choose non-aluminum baking powder and Dutch processed organic cacao. Did I do something wrong or does the photo accompanying the recipe just appear like a bigger cake? Thanks!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      No Shannon, sorry. This is one of the few recipes we have that contains some refined sugar so it is off limits during the pledge. ~Amy

  8. Just made a trial run of this cake, (minus the frosting) for a birthday party. It turned out with a pleasant flavor & very moist. The one thing that seemed to be missing was the “fluff” (as my husband described it.) Is this just because of the whole wheat factor, and can I tweak anything to maybe make it rise or “fluff” more?
    Thanks for all the great recipes!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Alicia. The whole wheat does tend to make a cake that is more dense. It may just take a bit of adjusting to a slightly different cake texture. :) ~Amy

  9. Love your blog but have to give this recipe two thumbs down. :(
    Cake sort of tasted like bad whole wheat bread with a hint of chocolate. On the plus side, though, it’s a great calorie saver since I didn’t actually want to eat any of it…except the yummy whipped cream frosting!

  10. Made this tonight– the cook time was almost double though, which I thought was odd. Anyway, can’t wait to try it! The berry sauce is amazing, as is the “frosting”. (Had to taste a tiny bit along the way.) Can’t wait to see how the actual cake part turned out!

  11. 5 stars
    Thank you so much for this recipe! Made it last night… this cake is ridiculously good and tastes fresh and light… I substituted applesauce and raw honey for oil and sugar (used about 3/4c or a little less of honey and a little more than a cup of applesauce) and I pureed the mango but then decorated with strawberry slices instead of pureeing berries. SO GOOD! This will be a repeat for special occasions.

  12. Hi,
    I’m trying to make the frosting and I obviously did something wrong (I’m not a baker). I bought heavy whipping cream & added the sugar. Problem is its all runny. Did I buy the wrong kind of whipping cream? I bought the liquid you find by milk. I tried heating it to thicken & just all liquid.

    Luckily this is a trial run before party. Please help! :)

    1. Hi Krista,

      I’m not affiliated with this site, but thought I might help with your question, as I’ve done a lot of baking in my time. When you make your own whipped cream (or whipped cream frosting), you do start with heavy cream, but then you need to use an electric or hand mixer to actually whip it until you get soft peaks. It can take a little while (anywhere from 3-4 minutes to closer to 10) so you kind of just have to keep going until you get the right consistency. Hope that helps! Amanda

    2. Do not add the sugar until after you have whipped the cream. Fold in the sugar once the cream has reached your desired consistency.

  13. If making this cake a day or so before the party would you recommend freezing or just refrigerating? Wondering if you have tried this yourself? Thanks, love your blog!!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hello Kim. The cake should be fine covered in the fridge over night. We do recommend that you make and apply the frosting just before serving. ~Amy

  14. How long does the whipped cream frosting look nice for once it’s on the cake? I was thinking of doing this as cupcakes for an Easter party, but worried that the frosting might lose it’s consistency, and slide off, if they are sitting out at a party.

  15. When you use coconut oil to substitute for oil in a recipe, do you measure it in solid state or liquid? or is that the same thing?

  16. I just made this cake and it looks perfect and yummy. I used strawberries and blueberry berry sauce. But, I did it a day early, our party is tomorrow and I just needed to get something done today. Do you think I should cover it when I put it in the fridge overnight?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Karema. It can take us over a week to respond to comments as our volume is pretty high. Hope the party went well! ~Amy

  17. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

    Hi Melissa. So happy you are enjoying the blog! The cake batter was whisked by hand but an electric mixer was used for the whipped cream. You certainly could make the cake the day before but prepare the whipped cream and the berry sauce right before the event. Happy celebrating! ~Amy

    1. Thanks for clarifying…I have make whipped cream by hand before its not easy but it is possible…I will make just before serving…can the fruit sauce be made ahead and refrigerated?

      1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

        Hi. It should be fine if you make it ahead and keep in refrigerated. ~Amy

  18. Hi, i’m looking for cake ideas for my son’s 2nd birthday… we made a ‘fruit cake’ for his 1st birthday-literally a watermelon cut into the shape of a cake and decorated with berries, kiwi etc- anyhow, this year i wanted to make a more traditional cake but without all the processed crap and this looks perfect. I’m wondering if you mixed the batter by hand or with a beater (i don’t have a beater) also, given the whipped cream icing, i’m wondering if this is a make ahead cake or if it would be better to make the cake part a day ahead and then ice just before? I’ve started meal planning thanks to your site- got me off on the right foot and gave me some inspiration, saves so much time and money! Thanks~melissa

  19. Curious what fruit was used for the red sauce in the picture. I am guessing rasberry? I want to make a sauce for “elmo red” for cupcakes. Maybe strawberries would work? Any suggestions would be great. I made this into cupcakes for my moms bday and I’m making them again they were soooo good!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Kris. Lisa used peaches and rasberry for the colorful toppings in this recipe. Strawberry would work, though the color would likely be less vivid. Enjoy. ~Amy

  20. I’ve gotten rid of all my refined sugar and do not want to buy any, as I fear that will start the junk-food cycle again. So, I was wondering if honey or maple syrup or some sort of fruit juice could be substituted in this recipe without it turning out strange?

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

      Hi Laura. I so respect that perspective…the whole slippery slope thing. I think Lisa mentioned that this was a cake that breaks the rules a bit but it is far superior to reverting to a boxed mix. I imagine she chose sugar because that is what worked. You, however, can experiment with the recipe in any way you choose. Good luck and let us know how it turns out. ~Amy

      1. Have you considered Xylitol? It is natural, plant-derived, and low on the glycemic index. It can be powdered and substituted for sugar.

      2. Assistant to 100 Days (Amy)

        Hi Melissa. We’ve not experimented with xylitol because we do not consider it a real food. We are aware, however, that many find it a good and sometimes necessary alternative to using sugar. ~Amy

  21. 5 stars
    I just slightly adapted this amazing recipe to make it vegan (which I’m doing for lent) by replacing the eggs with chia seed gel and whipping up some coconut cream for the whipped cream. It tastes REALLY great! Oh, and I made cupcakes instead of a whole cake and used beet juice to color the whipped cream. So much fun! Thank you for so much inspiration!

  22. Made this for my twins 8th birthday today…minus the berry sauce. I put fresh raspberries on in the shape of their initials. They said it was the best cake ever and to make it every year for their birthday. This is coming from kids who previously have had store bought cakes. Thank you for the recipe!

  23. Made the cake today and overall it is delicious and pretty – a few things to note, it took about 25 minutes to bake and I only needed 2 cups of whipping cream to decorate. If I had used the 3 cups called for (I didn’t read that until after my trip to the store) then I would have added more to the middle layer. I followed a few other posts and used 1/2c applesauce and 1/4c coconut oil and decorated with shaved chocolate.

  24. Has anyone tried a mostly-whole-wheat “yellow” cake? We haven’t introduced chocolate to my will-be-turning-2-year-old, and from how wired chocolate cake makes her older sister, I don’t want to start just yet.

    Alternatively, has anyone tried this recipe with all whole wheat pastry flour? My plan was to try a yellow cake recipe switching out the flour to ww pastry, and the sugar to sucanat/rapadura. I’d welcome advice if any one has any!

  25. Hi was wondering if this cake could be made and then frozen? I used to freese my other non whole wheat from scratch cakes just to keep them fresh and moist until I needed them. Usually only a week or so. Also anyone have a good time estimate on cupcakes? Thanks!!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Anna. Yes, I think it could be. I would just wait to frost it until you have thawed it out. As for cupcakes, I would start with maybe 18 minutes, maybe even a little less and then check continuously. Jill

  26. I have a question on this recipe or any other baking recommendations you have. My 8-year old wants me to make cupcakes for his school birthday celebration, and I want to try to make them as healthy as possible. Can this recipe be made 1) without chocolate, ie, a white cake option and 2) can it be made into cupcakes? Or do you have another suggestion for that? We LOVE this site and are so grateful for some healthy ideas!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Tricia. I have not tried it without the chocolate, but, give it a try if you like…I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. And, yes, you can make this recipe into cupcakes, you’ll just need to adjust the baking time. Jill

    2. Hi Tricia – wondering if you tried this without the chocolate and how it turned out? Wanting to make this for my son’s 1st birthday but we’re not big chocolate cake fans.

  27. Just used this recipe to make my daughter and son’s birthday cake today. Took me a while to figure out that I had to use the hand mixer for about 8-10 minutes for it to reach the whipped cream consistency. Wish that was in the directions. Anyway, instead of doing the “tie dye” look, I mixed the berry sauce with some extra whipped cream and used that to decorate the cake (write happy birthday and make flowers around the edges). It turned out really pretty! Definitely going to use this recipe again for my 10 year old’s birthday in March. Now that I know how to do it, it should take me a lot less time!

  28. I would love to make this cake for a special event coming up but was wondering if there are any dairy-free alternatives to the frosting? Is my only choice to make traditional frosting with massive amounts of powdered sugar?

  29. We just made this tonight for my baby’s 1st birthday tomorrow. My husband thought we should do a practice run just in case whole wheat cake is gross. It is wonderful. I only used whole wheat flour and honey instead of sugar. My husband, children and I love it. Thanks for sharing! I was worried about what we were going to do about birthday cake. :)

  30. I am using this recipe for my daughter’s birthday this weekend, but she really wants cupcakes instead of a cake. Has anyone tried this as a cupcake recipe before? How should I adjust the cook time?

    1. Katy, did you try this? My son wants the same thing for school birthday party. Let me know! He also wants them white so not sure if I can just leave out the cocoa or what.

  31. This cake was awesome and the whole family loved it! I used all organic ingredients and substituted applesauce for oil. I was short a tablespoon of vanilla but it still tasted great. I followed the whipped cream recipe (took approx 10-11 min w/hand mixer for a good consistency)Instead of berry sauce, I shredded 65% organic dark chocolate on top for decoration.

  32. I love this chocolate cake, it is delicate in taste and is not overwhelmingly chocolaty. Instead of making the frosting I topped my cake with Nutella hazelnut spread and some chopped walnuts. My mother loved it, the consistency of the cake isn’t moist but it is delicious! I am certain this recipe is enjoyable by fans of dry cake and moist cake alike. Second time I have made it this week and it is delicious.
    PS: It looks great as a bundt cake!!

  33. I was wanting to make cake balls for my daughters birthday using this recipe. Has anyone tried this? I’m wondering if there is an organic dipping chocolate (store bought or homemade) you could use to cover the cake balls.

  34. Thanks Lisa for the wonderful recipe. I made a smaller cake by halving most of the ingredients except for the eggs, and added few chocolate chips. I also substituted oil with 1/2 cup apple sauce + 1/4 cup oil (for half the quantity mentioned in the original recipe). The outcome was awesome. Thanks once again for posting such a healthier version of choc cake.

  35. Making this now for my sons first birthday. :) Is it really 2 TABLEspoons of vanilla? That’s not a typo right? Just wanted to double check! :)

  36. If you wanted to make this with honey instead of sugar, you could try these recipe adjustments I found in How To Cook Everything by Mark Bittman. It says that you can replace sugar with honey in any recipe by reducing the amount by 1/4 (because honey is sweeter), adding 1/2 teaspoon baking soda for every cup of honey ( to balance the acidity of honey), and in quick breads, cookies and cakes, reducing the heat by 25 degrees to prevent over browning. Also, cookies spread more with honey, so leave extra room.

  37. I saw a blog post on chocolate cupcakes on this site. Could this recipe be used to make cupcake or was that a different recipe? Thanks!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Jennifer. I don’t see why you couldn’t make cupcakes with this, you would just need to adjust the baking time. Let us know how it turns out. Jill

  38. I just made this today for my 3 yr old’s birthday party cake! We are thrilled. The cake is really light and I didn’t get the layers on evenly but just made up for it with extra whipping cream. So great! Thanks for the recipe – I never bake cakes from scratch.

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Ericka. I have not tried substituting the applesauce in this recipe, but, give it a try if you like! Good luck. Jill

  39. Hello,
    I need to make a cake for my daughter’s 7th birthday next week. I’d like to use your whole-what chocolate cake recipe but I have two questions. First, can I substitute honey for the sugar? We have tried in the past three weeks to completely eliminate sugar from our diet. Secondly, if not, is there a ‘healthier’ sugar you recommend to buy? I’m thinking the kind I’ve bought in the past at the grocery store can’t possibly be the best choice and is highly processed. Thanks for your help. -Kathie

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Kathie. I have not tried substituting the honey. As for the sugar, you could try Sucanat, a whole cane sugar. Unlike refined and processed white cane sugar and brown cane sugar, Sucanat retains its molasses content. It is essentially pure dried sugar cane juice. Good luck. Jill

  40. Brittany Benninghoven

    I am making this cake, this weekend for my son’s 3rd birthday. You say to use whole-wheat flour, organic pastry or white winter wheat recommended. I currently use the King Arthur white whole wheat that you normally use. Is that what you used in this recipe? Thanks very much! I love your blog!

    1. Assistant to 100 Days (Jill)

      Hi Brittany. There is one cup of whole-wheat flour which should either be whole-wheat pastry flour or white winter wheat (I used the pastry flour) and then 1 cup of all purpose flour which I think is what you are referring to below. Hope that helps. Jill

  41. I am making this as a sheet cake for a home school open house tonight. I’m not into the whole foods movement, mostly, I was trying to find a cake recipe for things I already had on hand…the batter sure tastes good:)

  42. I am fairly new to real food. I am an avid baker and am yearning for a resource with lots of baking recipes. Does anyway have a resource for BAKING? My daughter’s first birthday is next month, and I’d love to pick from some recipes to see what to make.

  43. Oh my!! Made this tonight and it is better than any boxed cake ever! My husband, who doesn’t have a big sweet tooth, commented on how good it was. This is so birthday/special event worth! We didn’t even use any frosting or topping. I have made cakes from scratch and they are usually on the dry side but not this cake, a keeper for sure!

  44. Laura in Florida

    I haven’t tried this cake, but I recently made homemade whipped cream with organic heavy whipping cream, maybe 1 tablespoon of local honey and a dash of cinnamon. It was SOOOO good, and no sugar!

  45. Wow, my son’s birthday party is in 3 days and I want to try this. Can I make the cake the day before? If yes, how do I store it?

    1. I made this today and it was a big hit. I used coconut oil and would personally skip it next time because I could taste it in the cake and I’n not a huge fan of coconut. I made strawberry and blueberry sauces and everyone was very impressed with the design. This was my first attempt at making a birthday cake and I was pretty happy with myself. Thanks for sharing!

  46. I just read this article to my 7 year old daughter who will be celebrating her 8th birthday in less than 2 weeks. I was able to “talk her into” a homemade party. The menu is a taco bar with grass fed ground beef with homemade taco seasoning, corn shells, WW tortillas, cheese, sour cream, tomatoes, and lettuce. I will also make refried beans and red beans. She wants a giant chocolate chip cookie so I have to research that. LOL Thank you for the inspirational article.

  47. Happy Birthday MOM!…Instead of doing the tie-dye design I whipped a medly of frozen berries into the whipped icing. My son, who is the world’s pickiest eater had a big smile on his face when he sampled it..so far so good! I hope you enjoy mummy!

  48. I just made this cake. My 5 year old loved helping. We haven’t even put the frosting on and he says it’s very “tasty”. I love your website. I am trying new stuff everyday. Love it!,,,, thank you so much!!!!!!

  49. I love chocolate cake, but I love vanilla even more! Do you have a recipe for vanilla cake instead of chocolate?

  50. If mixing the berry sauce with the whip cream isn’t recommended, do you have any other ideas for making the whip cream red or pink? I am LOVING your site…very inspiring!

  51. Just made this and the recipe is definitely getting saved in my cook book! Tastes very yummy and fluffy. Didn’t have time to make frosting but whipped up some of your chocolate sauce and drizzled it on the top and it was a hit!

  52. I made this cake today for my birthday. I’ve been wanting to try the recipe so this seemed like the perfect occasion. I really loved it. I didn’t use the berry sauce (just didn’t have the time for that final step) but look forward to trying it sometime. Instead I just decorated it with fresh blueberries on top of the whipped cream. It’s a delicious recipe for someone looking for a sweet treat that tastes natural and wholesome. It was decadent, but in a way you don’t feel bad about eating. I’m so grateful for your website, Lisa.

  53. My whipped cream frosting didn’t do quiet right. it was very runny and i had a ton leftover. is there a certain way to make the heavy whipping cream thicken up? mine was running everywhere. it still tasted ok just wouldnt stay on the sides and build up between the cake layers.
    thanks for your help!!

    1. ok i see the above person had the same problem. i dont guess i whipped it long enough!! i have enough leftover to try again :)

      1. 100 Days of Real Food

        Yes, you just keep whipping till it turns into whipped cream. Don’t stop until you get there (and don’t over whip it either!)

  54. Do you think you could mix the red berry sauce with the whipped icing to make it pink? Not sure if it would affect the cream. My daughter’s 4 year “princess and knight” birthday party is coming up and she LOVES pink. Thanks!

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      I tried, and the two didn’t mix together nicely. Maybe if you strain the seeds out first you’d have better luck. Let me know how it ends up turning out!

      1. You could try using a few drops of beet juice – we use it in pancakes to make them pink with no taste of beets!

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      I agree sugar is not “real food” which is why the post (above the recipe) says this “So as I mentioned in my previous whole-wheat chocolate chip cookie recipe, this cake “breaks the real food rules” a little, but I would much rather you make this for your next celebration instead of relying on Betty Crocker (or worse – your grocery store bakery)!”

  55. We had my son’s first birthday party today. For any of my older daughter’s parties, or my husband’s or any other occasion, I have always used a box mix. I would make a 9×13 pan of cake and maybe a third of it would get eaten. Today, I made your recipe here. There was barely a speck of cake left in the pan when the last guest left!! WOW, was it ever delicious! Thank you so much for sharing :)

  56. The cake just came out of the oven and it looks and smells delicious! My one concern is that I am making the icing and it is so liquidy. Any tips/suggestions would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      Keep whipping the cream…it might take several minutes, but it will turned into whipped cream! Also, make sure the cake is cool before you frost it.

      1. Success! Thanks for your quick response and your awesome blog! We have been using your recipes for a month now, and LOVE them all! I can’t wait to try the cake!!

  57. This was delicious! Not overly sweet; just perfect. I put the extra syrup out for guests to use too and it was delicious when soaked into the cake!

  58. Great recipe. I can’t wait to try it. One question: I often substitute applesauce for oil when using a cake mix. Will this substitution work in this recipe, or is the fat from the oil necessary to make the cake successful?

    1. 100 Days of Real Food

      I haven’t tried it personally, but I know that trick has worked in some of my other recipes (from comments people have left) so would be worth a shot!

  59. It is really important for me to have the whole family be able to eat cake on one of our birthdays-it was really depressing the year that my husband didn’t join in the cake eating after he stopped eating sugar and other sweeteners that are not the whole food including raw honey. It sounds silly,I know, but birthdays are a big deal to me.
    I have created a cake recipe that doesn’t use processed sugar (just whole chopped fruit)since my husband doesn’t eat sweeteners that are not whole foods. It reminds me of the cakes in Germany that are dryer than typical US ones, but it is really good and made from whole foods. I’m still working out the details of the recipe to make it better, but I was so excited when my cake fit my bill of no sugar and fairly easy.
    We also make cakes out of only fruit by slicing fruit in fun ways and building them up to look like a tiered cake-actually they are some of the tastiest cakes I’ve ever eaten!

  60. I have loved reading about all of these recipes- and am eager to try them! But I am curious… I noticed on several occasions you used coconut oil. Is there a reason you use it instead of other oils? I believe that it has somewhere near 5 or 6 times the saturated fat that canola or olive oil has. So I was wondering if there is some reason it would be preferred over a much more heart-healthy oil?

  61. My husband is wheat-sensitive, so I simply substitute brown rice flour for wheat flour in most recipes. It can cause some issues, but it mostly works. As for sugar substitution, the most creatively I’ve ever done this was to blend an equal or slightly greater portion of dark sweet cherries and substitute it for sugar in a recipe (I did this with brownies). I had to lower the liquid requirements, but it mostly came out ok. It is a trial-and-error thing. I especially like the colorful fruit drizzle in this recipe; not only adds color but a tangy taste!

  62. I’m a bit confused about the sugar and flour. I’m on the 10-day pledge…and I think we’re not to use white flour–or any type of sugar. Are there substitutions for these with this cake?

  63. What a great idea to use whole wheat flour in a cake recipe..sounds so nice and rich. And LOVE the frosting and coloful additions on the top. Thank you for the idea with the toothpicks..makes it so pretty!

  64. I made a tie dye cake from scratch for my daughters’ BDays (I have 2 daughters that are born a week apart). I used your icing recipe. It was amazing! There was no cake left that night. That was a first! I have tried several of your recipes and I have to say they are all amazing and very simple to make! Thank you!!!!!

  65. I’m am loving your blog! Any suggestions for school lunches that are real food and don’t contain dairy or nuts? We have several kids at my child’s school with dairy/nut allergies. I don’t want to send my kid to school with something that could send another child to the ER.

  66. Recipe review: The cake came out delicious! Very comforting and delicate! You will not be disapointed.

    It did come out VERY sweet, so perhaps reduce the sugar content. Or perhaps since I’ve laid off sugar for so long anything tastes extra sweet to me, or, the brand of cocunut oil I use (Spectrum) is known to be too sweet tasting. Anyway, for those that don’t like your desserts too sweet, perhaps reduce the sugar content just a tad.

    Great job Lisa!

  67. That looks great. My son has a birthday coming, so I’m going to try this recipe. All food rules are usually off for birthdays, but after 4 years of a birthday boy who gets super hyper in the beginning of the day and then crashes hard at the end, I think I owe it to him to change traditions and keep our food rules (mostly) intact on B-Day.

  68. This is great! My hubby’s birthday is Wednesday, and my younger son’s birthday is at the end of the month. We LOVE making birthday cakes, and have gotten pretty elaborate over the years (think Cake Boss-style). The kids absolutely love making things out of fondant and modeling chocolate, but I was cringing at the thought as I’m trying to reduce (and eventually eliminate) the white sugar in the house. I’m super excited about the recipe, and especially the whipped cream frosting…this will definitely help reduce the sugar count!!

  69. I make the recipe on the back of the hershey cocoa can. However, I substitute 3 egg whites for the eggs, applesauce for the oil and agave for the sugar and white whole wheat flour for the all purpose flour. Oh and I use unsweetened almond milk. Very moist!

    1. I’m looking for a whole wheat cake with no sugar. I would prefer agave, applesauce and egg whites. It sounds fabulous. How much applesauce and agave?

  70. Okay, all things in moderation right? I’m generally staying away from gluten, but this looks so delicious I can’t resist!!!!!

  71. do you think theis recipe would do well as cupcakes like the box mixes do? just less baking time maybe?

  72. This really looks beautiful!! My boys are turning 2 and 4 next week. I think I will print out the recipe and do a test run this weekend. I told my hubs that I am cooking for 15 kids and 20 adults!
    No pressure!!!

  73. I’ve never been huge on frosting. It’s not something we’re all that familiar with where I grew up.
    In fact here is a funny story. I made a chocolate cake for my husband’s birthday the first year I was here.
    “Oh you made a brownie for my birthday, thanks”.
    “It’s not a brownie, it’s a chocolate cake.”
    “But it doesn’t have frosting!”.

    A little decorating tip I learned from my mom. Works with or without frosting: cut letter or shapes on paper. Put the paper over the cake (you can use it for a negative or positive effect).
    Put the finely powdered sugar (confectionar?) in a mesh strainer and shake it over the cake. Then carefully remove the paper shapes to see the result.
    I did this with a heart shape for a carrot cake. I had made a cardamom frosting so I mixed a little sugar with cinnamon to do the design.

  74. I am so trying this! It is lovely and although my kids love for me to make their birthday cakes, I cringe at the food coloring! I’ll happily make my own icing and cake, but always struggled with how to make them colorful. Plus, my daughter is into tye dye right now, so perfect!!!