Paleo Pumpkin Cake With Maple Frosting


Paleo Pumpkin Cake With Maple Frosting
Grain free, gluten free, healthy, paleo, protein packed pumpkin cake with vegan maple frosting- no refined sugar! Soft, light, perfect for a fall dessert or healthy paleo snack. Easy Pumpkin Breakfast Cake.
all the pumpkin

Easy to make pumpkin cake… with maple frosting. Yes, Yes, Yes! It’s fall and time to bring on the pumpkin recipes people! I’ve been on a roll making everything pumpkin. Gotta say, I’m pretty happy munching on some pumpkin cake. And this maple frosting. Well, let’s just say that it’s my new favorite frosting! And it’s made without refined sugar or dairy!! This light and airy pumpkin cake is delightfully spiced with all the fall flavors. Topped with a creamy and smooth frosting, it is the perfect fall dessert. Unless your into snacking on cake mid-day like I am;) In that case, it’s just a new snacking addiction.

Grain free, gluten free, healthy, paleo, protein packed pumpkin cake with vegan maple frosting- no refined sugar! Soft, light, perfect for a fall dessert or healthy paleo snack. Easy Pumpkin Breakfast Cake.

So, real moment guys. I wasn’t too happy with the way things turned out today. And mostly I think it was just the clutter that got to me. When my mind is in every place at once, it’s hard to focus my creative, ya know? Anyway, today’s photos shoot was… well, a yummy one for starters. But it was more than that. 

After my three week absence from any photoshoots, due to traveling, today was my first day back. Being back behind my camera and styling food made me happy today:) Due to settling back in, my brain was spread out in every direction. I guess I missed a few details. Halfway through this recipe, I realized I didn’t have all the ingredients I needed! 

Grain free, gluten free, healthy, paleo, protein packed pumpkin cake with vegan maple frosting- no refined sugar! Soft, light, perfect for a fall dessert or healthy paleo snack. Easy Pumpkin Breakfast Cake.
real moment

So, after sending my (very much appreciated) assistant out for eggs, She came back with just what I needed. Third time is the charm. After visiting three neighbors in pursuit of a handful of eggs, She landed two eggs- just enough! 

I mentioned in the beginning of this post that I wasn’t too pleased with todays photoshoot. I just want to be real with you guys. Because I remember being on the other side of the screen drooling over amazing photos and food. It seemed unattainable to reach my dreams and goals in food photography. I know a lot of my readers are aspiring food photographer themselves. And I just want to say, I have been there. I feel ya! 

Grain free, gluten free, healthy, paleo, protein packed pumpkin cake with vegan maple frosting- no refined sugar! Soft, light, perfect for a fall dessert or healthy paleo snack. Easy Pumpkin Breakfast Cake.
taking a step back

Sometimes I just need to take a big step back. Take time to appreciate everything that’s going right. Today I was reminded why I do what I do. Finding the still and beauty in the details is what makes a great photoshoot come together. Taking a breathe. Stepping back. Appreciating the work of my hands is sometimes much needed. 

After abandoning my editing process in frustration I let it sit awhile. I have a tendency to get all caught up in trying to make it perfect. And that just doesn’t happen. The beauty is in the raw. In the mistakes. I was reminded that It’s about the learning. So, today was another step. I always say that what I love about my job is that I get to learn something new every day I go to “my office”. It’s true I just have to remind myself of that when I don’t see what’s going on. 

Grain free, gluten free, healthy, paleo, protein packed pumpkin cake with vegan maple frosting- no refined sugar! Soft, light, perfect for a fall dessert or healthy paleo snack. Easy Pumpkin Breakfast Cake.

So, there you have it. My messy, real, and raw learning process and frustrations. After coming back to it a few hours later, I realized I was refreshed and had renewed passion and vision. In my high paced pursuit for perfection, I sometimes loose sight of what’s important. 

What I loved about todays photoshoot was the memories. The soft rain that surrounded the afternoon. Laughing with friends over recipe taste testing. Being thankful for the details that went into the photoshoot. All of these little things are worth remembering. Worth savoring. And worth focusing on.  

Grain free, gluten free, healthy, paleo, protein packed pumpkin cake with vegan maple frosting- no refined sugar! Soft, light, perfect for a fall dessert or healthy paleo snack. Easy Pumpkin Breakfast Cake. Food photogrpahy

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Paleo Pumpkin Cake With Maple Frosting
Easy to make Paleo Pumpkin cake with the best dairy free & refined sugar free maple frosting. Best easy to make paleo and gluten free pumpkin cake dessert or snack.
Ingredients
Cake Batter
Frosting
Info
Cook Time 45 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
pieces
Course Dessert
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Recipe Notes

Optional: You can add a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon to the frosting if you want a little extra spice!

Info
Cook Time 45 minutes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Servings
pieces
Course Dessert
Votes: 0
Rating: 0
You:
Rate this recipe!
Recipe Notes

Optional: You can add a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon to the frosting if you want a little extra spice!

Ingredients
Cake Batter
Frosting
Instructions
Cake
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a 8" by 8" pyrex baking dish with parchment paper.
  2. Combine all of the ingredients for the cake batter in a large mixing bowl until completely smooth. You can also use an electric KitchenAid mixer for this.
  3. Pour the cake batter into the baking dish and bake on 350 degrees for 45 minutes until golden.
Frosting
  1. Before combining the ingredients for the frosting be sure that your maple syrup is at room temp! THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT! If the maple syrup is chilled, it will clump the frosting.
  2. For the frosting, combine all of the ingredients in a blender or food processor for about 1 minute until smooth. Do not over whip- this will cause the frosting to clump.
  3. Gently frost the cake with the whipped maple frosting and then serve!
Nutrition Facts
Paleo Pumpkin Cake With Maple Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 304 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.02g
Monounsaturated Fat 0.02g
Sodium 183mg 8%
Potassium 15mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 34g 11%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Sugars 14g
Protein 7g 14%
Vitamin A 41%
Vitamin C 1%
Calcium 18%
Iron 12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Grain free, gluten free, healthy, paleo, protein packed pumpkin cake with vegan maple frosting- no refined sugar! Soft, light, perfect for a fall dessert or healthy paleo snack. Easy Pumpkin Breakfast Cake.



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  1. 5
    jillian

    I have somehow,due to the magic of pinterest, happened upon your site and must say am so impressed. You are a natural cooking wizard and seem pretty wise, too. Just printed this pumpkin recipe and hope to make it tomorrow. Am also looking at all of your recipes and posts. Pretty cool!

  2. 7
    Michelle

    Stumbled upon your site today looking for pumpkin recipes. I really like your recipes and food photos! Do you have suggestions for substituting out almond flour? We have a tree nut allergy in our family.

    • 10
      Kaylie Johnson

      Hi Sarah, no- I would stick with arrowroot or tapioca- best option for subbing arrowroot! The recipe will not turn out the same- it will be dry and more crumbly if you use coconut flour or more almond flour to sub.

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