Better Birthday Cakes

So - what to do when it's your child's birthday, but you also prefer to avoid excessive sugar, artificial coloring and other fake ingredients?! For me, that meant spending lots of time trying to figure this out for my daughter's 1st birthday. She's almost 3 now, but I still prefer to make something a little cleaner than most cake recipes out there. So here you go - timesaver to file away for later. These are some of the best cleaner cake recipes I've found. These desserts are still amazing and fun, but with more wholesome ingredients. Many of these are also good options for kids with food allergies. Been there! Have a favorite birthday cake recipe to share? Post in the comments.

PALEO CHOCOLATE BIRTHDAY CAKE

Paleo Chocolate Birthday Cake from Elana's Pantry. This is a coconut flour based, gluten-free, dairy-free recipe with an optional Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (not dairy-free). The frosting seems SO simple and obvious but also looks delicious. I will definitely save that recipe since it can be used for so many things.

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PALEO STRAWBERRY CUPCAKES

Also from Elana's Pantry, Paleo Strawberry Cupcakes. Yum! And love the cute wrappers. Also coconut flour based, gluten and dairy-free. Would be perfect for a little girl.

BLACKBERRY LEMON CHEESECAKE

This Blackberry Lemon Cheesecake from Wholehearted Eats is just gorgeous! An impressive looking birthday cake too. This "cheesecake" recipe is actually cashew based and gluten, dairy, and egg-free.

COCONUT FLOUR CAKE

The Coconut Flour Cake recipe from Nourished Kitchen is a staple for making First Birthday smash cakes, or any other cake for that matter.

FLOURLESS CHOCOLATE COCONUT BUTTER CAKE

So hard to pick a favorite (they are all my favorite!), but the Flourless Chocolate Coconut Butter Cake from The Coconut Mama is simple and amazing. A dairy free version of flourless chocolate cake. Dense, dark and delicious.