This paleo black forest cake would be really excellent for like, a murder themed dinner party. Or a murder mystery party. Or a gory themed Valentine’s Day dinner. I mean, look at it. It’s dramatic and kind of looks like it’s dripping blood. Delicious, right?

Seriously though, it’s really good. And it’s really easy to make. Trust me, I’m horrible at baking.

So here’s how I did it – I bought boxed cake mix. Never heard of a paleo boxed cake mix?

Now you have:

Enter Simple Mills. Simple Mills is my new favorite company. This post isn’t sponsored by them, I just love them that much. While their products are sold at Whole Foods, it’s a lot cheaper to buy them at Thrive Market. Thrive Market is basically an online organic, gluten-free and paleo grocery store that sells products for WAY cheaper.

By clicking on this link, you can get 20% off your first three orders. That’s an INSANELY awesome deal. This post is also not sponsored by Thrive Market, although I am an affiliate for them. They are just honestly where I buy my Simple Mills goodies because they’re so much cheaper than Whole Foods.

They sell a wide variety of products including organic and non-toxic skin and body products, tons of paleo products, gluten-free pastas, spices, coconut oil, etc. It’s amazing.

thrive market

ALSO – Simple Mills makes amazing crackers, ready-made cookies and FROSTING. I didn’t use the frosting in this recipe, but it’s one of the best frostings I’ve ever had.

Okay, back to the recipe at hand (sang this in my head to the tune of Nothin’ But a G Thang).

I used boxed mix because I hate baking and can’t follow directions. All you have to do for this easy recipe is add eggs, vanilla, water or milk and melted butter. It’s delightfully easy and turns out perfectly every time.

Paleo Black Forest Cake

Paleo Black Forest Cake


  • 2 boxes of Simple Mills boxed chocolate cake mix
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/3 cup of water per box
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 1/3 cup of butter or oil (use grass-fed butter!) per box
  • Icing:
  • 4 cups coconut cream or grass-fed whipped cream
  • 2 tbsp raw honey
  • Cherry topping:
  • 16 oz frozen cherries
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp almond extract
  • 1 tbsp arrowroot powder


  1. Make and bake the cake mix according to package instructions.
  2. For the frosting, add the coconut cream and honey to a large bowl and whip together with a hand blender. Set aside.
  3. For the cherry mixture, add the cherries to a sauce pan over medium heat with all the juice in the bag (frozen cherries have a good amount of juice).
  4. Add the butter, vanilla and almond.
  5. Let it heat up.
  6. Sprinkle the arrowroot powder overtop and let it thicken.
  7. Once the cake has cooled, add the whipped cream to the top.
  8. The add half of the cherry mixture.
  9. Top with the second cake half.
  10. Add the rest of the whipped cream.
  11. Pour the rest of the cherry mixture overtop.
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