Gluten free date cinnamon coconut cake

There’s something delicious about a simple cake that delivers all the things you want in a sweet treat. This date cinnamon and almond cake absolutely fit the bill. I wanted to make something new for the little man and his besties that we took to Luna Park for the afternoon and then pizza (Assembly Bar, Sydney CBD. Best gluten free pizza I’ve EVER had). Some might say that’s a bit risky given I was making it ON the day of his birthday but luckily it worked and it was just delicious.

Poor little guy after eating his weight worth of pizza just couldn’t eat any and said as we walked home “Mum I feel like I’ve let you down. You made all that effort and worked so hard to make me something special and I couldn’t fit it in.” To which I replied “Little dude, I’m proud you’re listening to your body and you know when to stop. Do you fancy a nice big piece for recess tomorrow? *big nod* Then that’s settled then. Happy birthday little man.What a special day!”

S0, back to the day: It’s so simple – one that’s worth getting good at once you’ve made it a couple of times. You could easily interchange with dried figs for a different flavour, too.

I cannot wait to hear what you guys think.



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5 from 1 vote

Gluten free date cinnamon and coconut cake

A delicious cake that's gluten free and can easily also be dairy free.
Prep Time8 minutes
Cook Time40 minutes
Total Time48 minutes
Servings: 8 slices



  • Boil the water and place in a bowl with the dates to soak for 5 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 180C / 350F, fan forced
  • Line a standard round cake tin with baking paper and pop a blob of olive oil in and spread over the baking paper.
  • Boil water and place it with the dates to soak for 5 minutes. After 5 minutes, remove half the liquid. The rest of the liquid will go in with the dates when the cake batter is mixed.
  • Melt the butter (if making in thermomix, melt for 90 seconds on Varoma, speed 1) otherwise just melt in a sauce pan
  • Place flours, coconut, baking powder, dates + their half remaining liquid, eggs, spices if using, and coconut cream in with the butter and for thermomix, blend speed 7, 5 seconds, then reverse speed 5, 5 seconds. If using a food processor or blender, simply blend until all ingredients are combined and the dates and coconut well broken down. (unless of course you like a bit of texture, then no worries to leave it to be chunkier)
  • Pour the mixture into the cake tin and bake for 35-40 minutes - use a metal skewer to dip into the centre and test it - if it comes up with goo, it needs more time.
  • You're done - do you feel clever? You should!


I iced the cake with my whipped caramel icing, but I used organic castor sugar for a white / paler finish for the occasion and did 300ml coconut milk instead of 200 for a thinner icing but that's by no means essential. It was GORGEOUS! I also popped a few half dates on as you can see for a simple garnish.
One of the 7 year old dudes proclaimed "it was the best icing I ever had!" I'll run with that thanks Thomas!
The next day for celebrations with his class at school, the cake festival ended with my doing the Chocolate pudding with gooey bits cake part only (ie not the sauce) and the rest of the icing. The class proclaimed "Sebastien's mum is a really good cook". There's something about the approval of kids, right? Feeling like the birthday festival was overall a success!
I hope you guys love it as much as we have, picking at another little slice here and there over the last couple of days. If you make it feel free to share your efforts with me on instagram @lowtoxlife #lowtoxlife.
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Comments 16

  1. Curious about the use of the dates. Is this used for sweetness, to help bind the mixture or a bit of both? As a diabetic they have so much sugar in them that affect my sugar control.

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      They are used for sweetness Janelle, so as a diabetic I’d check in with your practitioner on what amount of dates could be used, or just switch up for the sweetener you’d normally use a small amount of x

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  2. I am about to bake this wonderful cake but I would like to know what could I use instead of tapioca flour? Thank you for your answer in advance.

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      Hi Magdalena, the only alternative is arrowroot – you really need a like-for-like flour when considering the starch factor. Hope you enjoy it!

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  3. Hi Alex. Dates don’t agree with me (FODMAP sensitivities) so is it worth substituting them for RMS or should I avoid the recipe altogether? How much rice malt syrup would you suggest?

  4. Hi Alexx,
    My kids adored this cake! And me! Thank you sooo much. I’m wondering though, if I could replace the butter with coconut oil? I wanted to make it for my mums 60th and she is GF and DF x

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