Paleo Lemon Cake

Paleo lemon cake slices piled next to lemons on a plate.

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Paleo lemon cake is one of my favourite treats that works equally well as a healthy dessert, snack or breakfast. It’s gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free and grain free, so it’s perfect if you have to accommodate various dietary restrictions.

This cake turned out delicious and is so quick and easy to make. It’s sweet, zingy and fresh tasting from plenty of lemon zest and it has a satisfying cakey texture. 

I used coconut flour in this recipe, as that’s my preferred flour to use in paleo baking these days. It’s nutritious and low carb plus it’s high in fibre so it’s an excellent flour alternative to use in all kinds of healthy desserts, muffins and other treats. I love that coconut flour adds a subtle sweetness to desserts without being overwhelmingly “coconutty” tasting.

Coconut flour absorbs liquid differently than regular all purpose flour, so it’s important to note that you can’t just substitute coconut flour for wheat flour in most recipes without adjusting the other ingredients. I find that adding a few extra eggs to cake recipes often allows me to substitute coconut flour with good results.

I used extra virgin olive oil as the fat in this lemon cake. I tend to use olive oil when baking, regardless of whether it’s a sweet or savoury dish. Extra virgin olive oil is paleo diet friendly, dairy free and full of healthy fat so it’s a really good option to use in healthy dessert and snack recipes. I love the rich, warm flavour the extra virgin olive oil adds to this healthy cake. If you prefer to use a different oil, feel free to substitute it. Any liquid fat (including melted coconut oil) should work well in this recipe.

This cake freezes well, so go ahead and stash some in the freezer and thaw it out as needed for a healthy dessert, breakfast or snack. 

If you prefer to eat your cake in muffin form, you can make these in a muffin tray with paper liners. To convert this recipe to make muffins instead, simply reduce the baking time to 33 minutes. 

Paleo lemon cake slices piled next to lemons on a plate.
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Paleo Lemon Cake

This paleo lemon cake is easy to make and bursting with lemony flavour.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword lemon
Prep Time 12 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 12 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 207kcal
Author A Sweet Alternative


  • The zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup raw honey
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • Pinch of salt


  • Add the eggs to a large bowl and whisk well.
  • Add the extra virgin olive oil, lemon zest, lemon juice, raw honey, vanilla extract, salt and unsweetened apple sauce and whisk once more to mix the ingredients.
  • Add the coconut flour and baking soda and mix once more.
  • Pour the cake batter into a greased (just use a little extra olive oil) and parchment lined medium sized loaf pan (my loaf pan is 9.25 x 5.25 x 2.75 inches).
  • Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 60 minutes.
  • Let cool completely before removing the cake from the pan.
  • Makes about 10 slices of paleo lemon cake.


Calories: 207kcal | Fat: 10.6g

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