Celebrate with SCD and GAPS: Delicious Birthday Cakes for All!

Birthdays are a time for joy, celebration, and of course, cake! But for those following the Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD) or the Gut and Psychology Syndrome (GAPS) protocol, finding a birthday cake that fits the dietary guidelines can feel like a challenge. Fear not! With a little creativity and some fantastic SCD/GAPS-friendly ingredients, you can whip up a delicious and celebratory cake that everyone will enjoy.

Almond Flour

Why SCD and GAPS cakes are different:

SCD and GAPS eliminate grains, legumes, refined sugars, and certain starches to promote gut healing. This means traditional birthday cakes with wheat flour and sugary icing are off the menu. However, this doesn’t mean you have to miss out on the fun!

Sweet Alternatives:

The good news is, there are plenty of delicious alternatives that are both SCD and GAPS compliant. Here are some key ingredients you can use:

  • Nut Flours: Almond, hazelnut, pecan, and other nut flours provide a great base for your cake.
  • Honey: A natural sweetener perfect for SCD and GAPS.
  • Eggs: They bind the ingredients and add richness to the cake.
  • Coconut Cream: This versatile ingredient can be used for both the cake and icing.

Fresh Fruits: Add bursts of flavor and sweetness naturally.

A Fantastic Recipe for your Celebration:

Now, let’s get baking! Here’s a fantastic recipe for a Honey Nut Birthday Cake that’s perfect for any SCD or GAPS follower:


Nut and Honey Birthday Cake

This birthday cake is SCD & GAPS friendly and also fits well with a traditional diet.
Course Baked goods
Cuisine western


  • 1 cake tin round
  • 1 over


  • 100 grams Almond flour this can be substitued with hazelnut or pecan nut flour
  • 170 grams Honey ideally raw
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt or other natural and mineral rich salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder make sure it's natural and aluminium free
  • 125 ml yoghurt home made 24-hour cultured GAPS yoghurt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • Berries


  • Preheat your oven to 175°C/350F/Gas 4. Grease and line two round cake pans (or one loaf pan) for even baking.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the eggs and honey until pale yellow and frothy. This can take a few minutes with an electric mixer.
  • In a separate bowl, combine the nut flour, salt, and baking soda.
  • Gently fold the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients until just combined. Be careful not to overmix.
  • When you want to use berries, gently fold them into the batter. Keep a few separate for decorating the top of the cake
  • Pour the batter evenly into your prepared pans.
  • Bake for about 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let the cakes cool completely before decorating with the icing and berries.

Ideas for the icing:

  • Whipped coconut cream: Whip full-fat tinned coconut milk until stiff peaks form. You can add a touch of vanilla extract for extra flavour.
  • Nut butter icing: Blend together nut butter of choice (almond or cashew work well) with a little honey and some unsweetened applesauce or mashed banana for creaminess.


  • Use room temperature ingredients for a smoother batter.
  • If the batter seems too thick, add a tablespoon of coconut milk or water to thin it out a little. Take it slowly so that you don't make it too thin. You may need more than 1 tablespoon.
  • For a richer flavor, toast the nut flour lightly in a dry pan before using. Watch closely to avoid burning.
  • You can customise this recipe with different nut flavours, spices, fruits, or chopped nuts for variety.
Keyword GAPS, SCD, Traditional, WAPF

Beyond the Cake:

While cake is a classic birthday treat, there are other delicious options to consider for an SCD/GAPS celebration:

  • Fruit Salad with Honey Yogurt Dressing
  • Homemade Nut Butter Bars
  • Chocolate Avocado Mousse

With a little planning and creativity, you can create a birthday celebration that’s both delicious and gut-friendly! So let go of the worry and embrace the joy of celebrating with a cake that everyone can enjoy.


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