Coconut Coffee Cake

I have a straight up issue right now. Legit ISH SHEW. Ok, so last week, I was being a really great friend and taking Sergio coffee. I bought two lattes at one of my favorite coffee shops then headed over towards Sergio’s house. It was snowing, again, so I was trying to get out of my car without getting slushed. So, to not get completely bombarded with yellow slushy snow, I placed one coffee on top of the other, kicked open my door, grabbed my purse, and sh*t got crazy. One of the coffees legit jumped out of my hand (meaning it fell off of the other coffee) and spilled everywhere (meaning the lid came off and completely poured out onto my car floor). I literally sat there screaming NOOOOOOOOOOOOO….OOOOO….OOO for a good 30 seconds, pretty much until I couldn’t breathe anymore. Then I stared at the coffee as it sunk into the carpet. Then I threw my scarf on top of it in a pitiful attempt to soak it up. It did nothing. Then I went on with my day. Hoping it would clear itself up. Welp, it’s been a week. I’m stupid. And my car smells like a dump truck. Legit dump. Not poo, just spoiled milk. I’m going to go get it detailed. They are going to hate me.

I had to snatch the sh*t out of things today. First 7 minutes of burpees, now 10 minutes of snatches. Look at you go CrossFit. WOD 12.2 was a doozy. Constantly snatching for 10 minutes is pretty damn hard. I’m excited for this wod to be over specifically so I can stop hearing all the snatch sexual innuendos and jokes going around at the gym. They aren’t original anymore. I’ve seen them on aboooout 65 different CrossFit shirts at this point. And every dude thinks he’s so creative when he makes a joke about it. Way to go guys.

You know what’s weird about coffee cake? There’s no coffee in it. That’s kind of dumb. I mean, I’m guessing it was named that because people drank coffee with it? I don’t know. I guess we might as well call it donut cake. That makes sense. Since you eat coffee with donuts. Right? I don’t know what I’m saying. Either way, my coffee cake has coffee in it. I don’t mess around. Nor lie. So if you’re into coffee cake that doesn’t taste slightly like coffee, you’re not gonna be into this. And I won’t really be into you anyways.

I smell like bacon. Damnit.


Coconut Coffee Cake

  • Yield: 4-6 1x



For the topping

  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt


  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix all dry ingredients: almond meal, coconut flour, shredded coconut, baking soda and baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  3. Then add your wet remaining ingredients to the dry ingredients. Mix together.
  4. Grease an 8×8 or 9×9 glass baking dish and pour into the dish.
  5. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until edges are browned and middle is completely cooked through.
  6. While your cake is cooking, pull out a large skillet and place over medium heat.
  7. Add your coconut oil then almonds. Mix to coat almonds.
  8. When the almonds begin to toast and have a bit of browning to them (be careful because they burn easily) add your honey, maple syrup, cinnamon, vanilla and salt and mix thoroughly.
  9. Cook for a couple minutes longer being sure not to burn the almonds, but remove from heat.
  10. Once cake is done cooking, top with almonds and slightly press down to help stick to the cake. Let cool then serve with some delicious Chameleon Cold Brew Coffee!

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72 thoughts on “Coconut Coffee Cake”

    1. Linnea,

      I hate to sound like a complete stalker, but when I saw your name and that you were in CO I thought you might have been the same Linnea from CFBirmingham. I’m pretty sure we’ve been to the dog park together and done the Warrior Dash last spring, if this is not the same person, I apologize for the creepiness, if it is – it’s a small world!


  1. Will you stop outdoing yourself?!?! This sounds so good!! The topping?! Wha what? So clever as a replacemt for brown sugar crumb bum. Cannot wait to try this tomorrow. Can I use regular brewed coffee or does it have to be ice brew? Thanks!

  2. This weekend is a weekend of paleomg! Rosemary apple pork burgers tonight, sweet tate fries, and roasted green bean fries. Since I passed my written test to get an Indiana license, I am no longer grounded from going to the farmer’s market this weekend (yes that’s a punishment) and after I plan on making this. I hate (not really) that you posted this because I am torn between the french toast and this coffee cake. Gah Juli…

  3. Good luck with the WOD, I go back and forth between wishing I signed up for the open and being sort of happy that I didn’t when I hear what the WODs are haha. But I bet its a ton of fun and lots of positive support and energy going on in the gym.

  4. O…M…G… this is going to be amazing!!! I have to say, I have cooked my a$$ the past couple of days to stock up on meals and that Honey Ginger Apple Pulled Pork and Chicken Enchilada Stew are KEEPERS! Holy Sh!t, my house smelled awesome AND… the sh!t tastes amazing! All I can say is thank you JB.. you keep me supplied with the best tasting food (well, the recipes for it… I still have to make the sh!t)! Thank you, thank you, thank you… will be testing this recipe this weekend along with the banana (yes, I just sounded that out too) bread french toast! Hope you killed the (won’t even say it)! Enjoy your trip to CA and hope to see some more awesome posts!

  5. meant… cooked my a$$ off… left out that word… was too excited about posting my comments on the food! 🙂

  6. I once split a protein shake made w milk down my centre console, in the summer! It was dee-sgusting.
    A year later I did the exact same thing you did w the coffee, but luckily I had my gym bag with my dirty towel so i sopped it up with that.
    whoa i just realized how ridiculously clutsy i am~
    luv ur site & recipes I spend most wknds cookin up ur sh*t & i havent been disappointed yet!

  7. Dearest Juli Bauer,

    I love you. Full stop. This recipe is on my list of things to try in the next week. Also, THANK you for inspiring me to learn handstand pushups. I suck at them at the moment. I can maybe do ten in a set only sinking down about 2 inches at a time… But they’ll get better as I go. Cheers!

  8. You going to make me go to the leaderboard to see that you put up more reps than Froning? Damn dude is straight up strong.

    I like that guy’s snatch (bet you haven’t heard that one).

  9. It seems like a difficult recipe, but It’s worth of trouble I suppose. It really looks amazing and these almonds fits just perfectly. Great job.

  10. Hi!!! I’m doing a 30-day challenge of a Paleo diet…and I just made your coffee cake! I can’t wait to cut a piece of the cake! Your recipes are making the diet change much more exciting!! Can’t wait to try some of your other recipes!

      1. IT WAS AMAZING!!! Everyone loved it! Those who are paleo and those who aren’t. There were only one or two slices left (which I plan on consuming today). Thanks so much for the recipe! Definitely going to make it again! Super excited to try some of your other recipes!

  11. omg, you totally crack me up with your posts.. literally, I can picture you sitting here with me at my kitchen table over a cup of coffee…. hopefully not spilling the crap out of it. but you just make my day.. thanks for the great food,but thanks for sharing your stories and making me smile 🙂

  12. Huge success! Before I headed to the farmer’s market I warmed up the coconut milk, added a touch of rum flavoring and soaked some raisins in it. Tossed everything in to the mix, and the cook time was perfect. I also whipped up a small bowl of Melissa’s maple vanilla frosting ( It was phenomenal! And husband bought like 10 lbs of bananas so hopefully a few will survive long enough to be perfect for the banana bread french toast.

  13. Love it! This blog rocks! Your recipes, attitude, and personality are wonderful and humorous. Thank you for sharing the good bad and smelly with us! Blessings!

  14. I spilled milky coffee in my car once too… It really sucked when it started to stink– I was pregnant (1st trimester–helloo nausea!) at the time, and working nights. Had to drive in to work in that car trying desperately not to puke…

  15. Just checked you out on the CrossFit Games page…you are rocking it (and you are so humble about your very impressive scores)!!! Keep up the awesome work!!! And, of course, thanks for sharing all of your wonderful recipes!! Can’t wait to try this one!

  16. I may have just had a baking disaster. My cake doesn’t look a whole lot like yours and seems to taste a bit funky too. 🙁
    I think i’ll just have to eat the almonds off the top – they turned out just fine!

      1. Hmm I’m not sure, but I think more coffee may be in order next time.

        In an interesting update, I came downstairs this morning and a sticky fingered monster (AKA my Dad) had eaten half the almond topping right off the cake, so that was most certainly a major hit. Given my initial concern, I also seem to have had no trouble eating said disaster of a cake. Is looks as though I’ve only got half left and I don’t think anyone else is to blame but my good self. Almond topping totally gone – that’s Dad again!

        Thanks Juli! You even make my disasters too tempting leave behind!

  17. WOW! You never cease to amaze me with these recipes! The bad thing about this one is it makes you want ice cream with it right out of the oven!!!!

  18. I love you for many reasons (in a totally non-stalkerish or creepy way). I love that you said ‘snatch the sh*t of things today.’ Such a perfect description of 12.2 lol also that you ‘eat coffee with donuts’.
    You are obsessed with sweet potatoes and nut butters and are therefore my idol. Can I be you when I grow up??

  19. Hi chica,

    Questions 🙂 coconut milk – canned or the one in the carton? Do you require full fat?

    Can’t wait to make this tonight since I have pretty much all of the ingredients! And promise I will REALLY read the recipe to the “T” – hah!

      1. OMG this is so good! I almost ate the entire pan when I made this the other night! But I read on here that because of the caffeine content, it made her ‘buzzy’. I did not take heed :/ I ended up awake the whole evening! :/ I think next time Im going to brew a pot of decaf coffee and use that instead of the brew :/ I know Im messing with perfection but if I am to hog the entire pan Im gonna have to 🙁 Please dont hate me 🙂

  20. I made this cake today for the first time and I LOVE it! I took it with me to dinner with friends, and even though they totally opposite Paleos (whatever that might be called), they all really liked it. I think I was most amazed that it tastes nothing like coffee even though you put a boatload in there, AND (bonus), I think it gives you a little caffeine buzz because I am usually dead-to-the-world by 9 pm, and it’s 10 and I am still going strong! Whoo! Thanks for making my paleo mouth happy!

  21. I must say most of the paleo cake recipes I try are disappointing. But this one is GREAT! It’s light, the dough is surprisingly liquid but it works anyway. The topping is really sweet, almost too much, but everything goes really great together. Thanks a lot!

  22. Tried this coffee cake and it was AMAZING! Great job! My husband the nuts in the sauce just by themselves. He said they reminded him of those roasted nuts you get at the little stands. I’m looking forward to trying some of your other recipes!

  23. Ok, I am seriously tempted to lick the entire top of (what’s left of) the cake to claim it as my own so that no one else will eat it.
    Light, fluffy, nutty…a real winner. Thanks for sharing your great recipes. Everything of yours that I’ve ever made is a winner. Keep up the great work! And congrats on Regionals!

  24. obscenely good. didn’t even last 24 hours in my house! probably ate 1/3 of the pan by myself… oops. even my non-paleo family loved it. win!

    1. I think almond flour might work, you will just need to use a bit more of it because coconut flour and almond flour are very different in baking.

  25. Would this recipe work well as a donut? I’m tempted to make all cake recipes into donut recipes… Also can I use only coconut flour? I’m not a fan of almond flour.

    1. it might!! haven’t tried it in a donut pan, though. you could use coconut flour, but i’m not sure how much coconut flour you would need since it is very different than almond flour

  26. Ages ago on the highway I had to slam on breaks, and my latte flew into the air conditioning vents. A few weeks later it smelled to high heaven. So I put a TON (actually 1/8 cup) of lavender oil all over the inside of the car. I sealed it, came back 2 weeks later (in the summer) and poof, no smell. The oil killed all the fungus or bacteria or whatever smelled so bad.

  27. This looks amazing. Do you think it would still work out okay without the coconut flakes. I’m not a big fan, but don’t mind coconut flour. I’m looking forward to trying it. Love your site, and your stories make me smile. Keep up the great work!

  28. Hello! My husband is allergic to nuts….is there something else i can use instead of almond flour?? I am excited to make this but would love it if my husband could eat some too!

  29. Hi! Great recipe! I made some substitutions (some by choice, some due to incorrect assumptions about what ingredients I had at home) that came out soooo good I wanted to share. I had just bought fresh, ripe peaches and wanted to make a moist peach cake with a pecan topping. I love and trust your recipes so I decided to adapt this one. I had much less coconut oil than I needed, so I used olive oil in the cake. I put the peaches at the bottom of the pan and then flipped it for an ugly but delicious upside-down peach cake. I also left out the coffee and used pecans in place of the almonds. Seriously amazing. Thank you!

  30. I made this today and the taste is amazing! I dont know what I did wrong though, because I had the cake in the oven for 30 minutes on 350 F but when the timer went of the cake was still waayy undercooked. So I lef it in the oven for a few more minutes and then I took it out and the bottom of the cake was still very wet. So I popped it back into the oven for 15 more minutes on 320 F and finally it was still wet 🙁 I still ate it though and it tasted super delicious, but just super wet…I hope you can tell me what went wrong. I dubble checked the recipe and I didn’t add to much or to less of anything.

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