The holidays are coming soon! Like next week soon! All of us on health and fitness journeys need to form game plans! Most of us have been working hard all year long, pursuing our goals with passion and persistence. I’m here to help you enjoy the season, without the guilt. What better way to do that than with this gluten free, paleo vanilla cake with chocolate espresso frosting!
This time of year calls for a whole new level of willpower. No holiday weight gain! We didn’t work this hard to give in now. And before anyone starts in with, “Come on, it’s the HOLIDAYS!” Hear me out: I have no problem with some indulgences, but all in moderation. When I can, I stay as healthy as possible so when I want to indulge in something I’ve really been craving there’s no guilt.
Now, if I can find a healthy recipe that hits my cravings and I don’t have to go off my eating plan, all the better. And man! This moist, delicious, cake totally hits the spot!
The espresso in the frosting goes perfectly with the maple syrup used as the sweetener. They both taste rich and a little creamy. Ugh, it’s love.
I added the orange zest to the top originally simply for decoration, but it added a nice little zing to it that I really appreciated. So if you want add it on top too!
I kept the chocolate powder on the lighter side for the frosting, so feel free to add more if you want it really rich! If it starts to get a little thick add in a tad more almond milk. And play with the amount of espresso powder as well! It’s fun to experiment until you find “your perfect” version of the recipe.
If you try it make sure to let me know what you think in the comments! Or, better yet, tag me on IG if you post a photo of your cake!