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Gluten Free Coconut Cake with Fresh Berries, Ganache, and Whipped Cream for #SundaySupper

 This Coconut Cake with Fresh Berries, Ganache, and Whipped Cream is tender, slightly sweet, and fragrant. Plus, it is a truly decadent gluten free dessert. 

Gluten Free Coconut Cake with Fresh Berries, Ganache, and Whipped Cream |

It’s difficult to imagine where I’d be without mom’s table. I grew up at that table amidst plates, casserole dishes, and the Sunday paper.  It’s where I took my first bites. It’s where my brother and I fought for elbow space, where I slurped cereal and read the comics before school. It’s where I ate stuffed crust pizza and giggled about boys with my friends. It’s where I learned to hull strawberries and play a mean game of Rook. It’s where we hashed out curfews and dating relationships, where I agonized over college decisions, and where I cut, pasted, and sealed hundreds of wedding invitations. It’s where we celebrated birthdays and Thanksgivings, long summer nights and wedding mornings.

mom and dad

Over the years, Mom’s table has welcomed friends and family, neighbors and distant guests. It’s captured stories from the walls of elementary schools to the safaris of Uganda. It’s seen celebration and grief, fights and forgiveness. It’s been full of turkey and mashed potatoes and full of junk mail. Laden with candles and china or paper plates and solo cups (or both). It’s been a desk. A counselor’s office. A crafting nook. A bakery. A card table. A refuge.

Mom and Me

Anyone that’s lucky enough to spend some time around Mom’s table has experienced it. There’s a sense, a feeling you get, sitting there, that this is the kind of place you want to be. It’s the kind of place you can let loose a little bit. Be yourself. Laugh until you snort. It’s the kind of place you want to stay awhile and cozy into. The kind of place that feels like home.

our kitchen table

It’s not the table that draws me back there, time and again, and makes me stay into the wee hours of the morning. It’s not mom’s colorful, vintage decorating style (though it’s so inviting), and it’s not even the smell of her fresh baked goods (though I can’t resist them).

No, the reason this table is so powerful is because of Mom. It’s her person, her presence,that draws people. Mom’s love hits you the moment you sit at her table. It whispers: You are welcome here. You are loved. You are enough. You belong.

Mom and me

I can never thank Mom enough for that simple message. For showing me, through brownie batter and breakups, what it means to be unconditionally loved. What it means to be welcomed, no matter the circumstance. What it means to be generous with my time and my food, and with my own kitchen table. Her love has changed and shaped me, and pointed me to Jesus, time and again. And that’s the greatest gift she could have ever given me.

mom and table

This week all of our #SundaySupper contributors are honoring our mothers by making special dishes just for them. Our kitchen table has looked a little different since mom found out she has to follow a gluten free diet. You’d never hear a complaint come out of her mouth, but mom has had to pass over too many desserts since then. I made this cake so she could enjoy a truly decadent gluten free dessert.

Gluten Free Coconut Cake with Fresh Berries, Ganache, and Whipped Cream |

The cake is made with coconut flour which is light and nutty and has an absolutely intoxicating scent. Coconut flour soaks up a lot of liquid, so this recipe requires a lot of eggs. But this couldn’t be easier to make. Honestly, it’s easier than any gluten-full cake I’ve ever made. You just throw all the ingredients together in a mixer or food processor and blend until smooth. That’s it. No separating the wet and dry ingredients. No creaming butter and sugar.  Just throw it in and blend.

The resulting cake is tender, slightly sweet, and fragrant. It makes a beautiful base for frosting or, in this case, piled high with fresh berries, rich chocolate ganache, and fluffy, orange-scented whipped cream.

I love the understated elegance of this cake. It reminds me of mom. It’s not fancy or glamorous, but has a graceful beauty about it that just begs you to grab a slice.

Gluten Free Coconut Cake with Fresh Berries, Ganache, and Whipped Cream |

Gluten Free Coconut Cake with Fresh Berries, Ganache, and Whipped Cream

Prep Time 40 minsPrep Time
Cook Time 35 minsCook Time
Total Time 1 hr 15 mins Total Time
Yields 10


    For the cake

    • 1 cup coconut flour
    • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    • 8 large eggs
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
    • 5 Tablespoons unsalted butter
    • 1/2 cup honey
    • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract

    For the ganache

    • 8 oz. semi sweet chocolate, chopped
    • 1 cup heavy cream

    For the whipped cream

    • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
    • 2 Tablespoons powdered sugar
    • Zest of 1 orange
    • 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed orange juice

    For the berries

    • 6 oz. blackberries
    • 6 oz. raspberries
    • 1 quart strawberries, halved


    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Butter 2 8 inch round cake pans and dust with coconut flour. Set aside.
    3. Place all the cake ingredients in the bowl of an electric mixer, and mix together, starting on low speed. Once the flour is mostly incorporated, turn speed up to medium high and beat until smooth and well combined.
    4. Divide batter evenly between the two cake pans and smooth with a spatula. Bake for 35-45 minutes, or until golden and a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan for about 2 minutes then run a knife around the outside and invert cakes on a cooling rack to cool completely.

    For the ganache:

    1. Place chocolate in a large heat proof bowl. Heat cream on the stove top over medium low heat until bubbles are just beginning to form around the outside surface. Keep an eye on it because it can bubble over fast! Remove from heat and immediately pour over chopped chocolate. Allow to sit for 5 minutes then whisk until smooth.

    For the whipped cream:

    1. Place the heavy whipping cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment (this works even better if you've chilled your bowl before hand). Whip the cream, starting on medium speed and increasing to high until soft peaks form. Stir in orange juice, powdered sugar, and orange zest. Continue to whisk until peaks are firm.

    To assemble:

    1. Place one layer of cake on the serving platter. Top with cooled but still pourable ganache, enough to generously cover the top and run down the sides a bit. Place half of the fresh berries on top of the ganache followed by half of the whipped cream.
    2. Add the second layer of cake over the whipped cream, followed by more ganache, and the rest of the whipped cream. Finally, pile the remaining berries in the center. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Note: Ganache will harden when refrigerated. If you'd like it soft, serve immediately or allow to come to room temperature before serving.


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    Recipe adapted from Deliciously Organic

    Make sure you take a look at what all the other #SundaySupper participants are sharing for Mother’s Day!

    Mother’s Day Brunch:

    Mother’s Day Entrees:

    Mother’s Day Starters and Sides:

    Mother’s Day Desserts and Drinks:

    Don’t forget to join the #SundaySupper conversation on Twitter today to celebrate Mother’s Day! We’ll tweet throughout the day and share our delicious recipes. Our weekly chat starts at 7:00 pm EST. Follow the #SundaySupper hashtag, and remember to include it in your tweets to join in the chat. Check out our #SundaySupper Pinterest board for more delicious recipes and food photos.

    This post is all linked up to the Chocolate Party over at Roxana’s Home Baking. They’re sharing recipes with Strawberries and Chocolate…which is my kind of recipe. 🙂

    Happy Mother’s Day everyone!

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    • Hezzi-Ds Books&Cooks May 12, 2013, 7:10 AM

      I can’t believe this is gluten free! I’m pinning it for later because it looks so decadant and delicious I’m going to have to make it soon! YUM!

      • Courtney @ Neighborfood May 12, 2013, 11:47 AM

        I know! I was seriously impressed by this cake. It was the easiest cake EVER to make and tasted and smelled so good!

    • Kanak Hagjer May 12, 2013, 9:10 AM

      That’s an amazing cake!! Wonderful family pictures and a kitchen that looks so welcoming.

    • Jennifer Drummond May 12, 2013, 9:38 AM

      Ok, first I have to say, oh my gosh your cake looks amazing! Gorgeous photos!! Love your post today and I love your family pictures!

    • katyabroad May 12, 2013, 9:52 AM

      What an unbelievably decadent dessert – and gluten-free! Beautiful 🙂

    • Cindys Recipes May 12, 2013, 11:31 AM

      So beautiful!

    • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen May 12, 2013, 12:17 PM

      For me that´s a glamorous dessert, great looking and rustic! And gf, how awesome. This is a beautifully written post, so heartfelt!

      • Courtney @ Neighborfood May 13, 2013, 10:07 PM

        Thanks Paula. It’s somehow fancy without trying. That’s my favorite kind of dessert.

    • Laura Dembowski May 12, 2013, 1:12 PM

      That is definitely one super decadent looking gluten free cake, and it sounds like your mom deserves this lovely treat!

    • DB May 12, 2013, 3:37 PM

      What a gorgeous cake…I am salivating!!!

    • Tara May 12, 2013, 4:36 PM

      Great pictures and post and amazing looking cake!!

    • Sarah R May 12, 2013, 4:53 PM

      Wow! Nicely done!

    • Liz May 12, 2013, 6:38 PM

      What a magnificent cake for your mom! Your description of your mom’s table brought back such memories of mine. Excellent post…and such a wonderful tribute to your dear mother.

    • Life in the Slow Lane May 13, 2013, 9:29 AM

      Wow, haven’t seen that kitchen for years. That place is full of memories.
      Happy Mother’s Day to your mom. 🙂 Nice tribute…

    • Sarah | Curious Cuisiniere May 13, 2013, 1:39 PM

      Such a beautiful cake! A beautiful treat for your mom!

    • Nancy May 13, 2013, 5:52 PM

      Courtney, I totally want to come visit your family and spend time around that table. You guys look like you’re having so much fun in every single photo! You look a lot like your mom – you’re both beautiful ladies. This is one of my favourite posts from this week. Your words are like poetry, so melodic and descriptive. And your cake, with all its incredible components and flavours, is a wonderful ode to your mom. I want to reach into my screen and eat the whole thing!

      • Courtney @ Neighborfood May 13, 2013, 10:10 PM

        This was so sweet Nancy. Thanks for your kind words. I wish we could enjoy this cake together in that cozy kitchen!

    • Family Foodie May 14, 2013, 10:44 AM

      Oh my gosh! That cake looks heavenly! I loved the story and all of the pictures in the kitchen and around the table! Your mom sounds like she is a wonderful person to be around!

    • Dorothy at ShockinglyDelicious May 14, 2013, 3:07 PM

      That looks positively luscious! Great recipe for #SundaySupper!

    • Katie C May 15, 2013, 3:39 PM

      Oh. My. Gosh. Please excuse me for a moment as I drool all over my keyboard. This dessert not only looks gorgeous, but the flavors and textures sound incredible!

    • Renee Dobbs May 15, 2013, 7:44 PM

      Seriously, truly, decadent, and amazing cake! Stunning dessert for sure. Don’t tell anyone it’s gluten-free and they would never be the wiser. Wonderful tribute to your mom too. How great to have such love around a family table because of her.

    • Lori | Foxes Love Lemons May 16, 2013, 9:40 AM

      I loved your writing, and all of the photos! How special for your mom to read this. And that cake is GORGEOUS. Stunning. Amazing!

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