Macadamia birthday cake recipe
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Healthy macadamia birthday cake

It can be hard to find a cane-sugar-free cake recipe that still delivers that rich and decadent experience we all love. With macadamias as the main ingredient in this recipe, the cake has a lovely moist texture and well-rounded flavour. The only limit on the icing colour and decorations is your imagination!  Makes one 18cm round cake.
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Servings 8
Course Dessert
Perfect for Celebrations
Skill level Easy



  • 2 cups macadamias
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3 eggs
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/3 cup coconut oil melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence


  • 1 cup erythritol or another sugar substitute
  • 125 grams copha (vegetable shortening), cubed
  • 125 grames butter or vegan ‘butter’ spread, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence
  • 2-3 drops food colouring
  • Macadamias, dried fruit and flowers to decorate 



  • For the cake, preheat oven to 160°C. Grease and line an 18cm high-sided, round cake tin. Place the macadamias, flour and baking powder in the bowl of a food processor and blend until the nuts resemble a fine, floury crumb. Do not over-mix as the mixture will stick together. 
  • Place the remaining ingredients in a large bowl and whisk together until combined. Gently stir through the flour mixture until thoroughly combined.
  • Spoon into the prepared tin and bake for 50-60 minutes, until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Allow to cool in the tin for 10 minutes before turning out onto a wire rack to cool completely.


  • For the icing, place erythritol (or sugar substitute) in a high-speed blender or food processor and process until the mixture resembles a powder. Place the copha and butter in a bowl and, using electric beaters, beat until smooth and pale. Add the erythritol and beat until combined. Add the vanilla essence and food colouring and stir until thoroughly combined.

To serve

  • To serve, cut the cake into two or three layers and place the bottom layer on a serving plate. Using a knife or spatula, spread the icing over the bottom layer. Repeat with the remaining layers, finishing by spreading icing over the entire outside of the cake. Decorate with macadamias, dried fruits and fresh flowers.


Calories: 787kcalCarbohydrates: 49gProtein: 9gFat: 65gSaturated Fat: 24gPolyunsaturated Fat: 6gMonounsaturated Fat: 31gTrans Fat: 3gCholesterol: 95mgSodium: 183mgPotassium: 251mgFiber: 4gSugar: 20gVitamin A: 480IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 109mgIron: 2mg

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