Paleo Chocolate Frosting

This Paleo Chocolate Frosting is super easy to make. It’s so rich and delicious that you might find yourself eating it by the spoonful! Made with just 3 ingredients –dark chocolate, coconut oil, and vanilla, it is a rich and creamy topping that will take your paleo desserts to the next level!

I designed this chocolate frosting recipe for my Paleo Chocolate Cupcakes, which my children, and their friends, have been gobbling up. I know I’ve got a good dessert on my hands when my children’s gluten eating pals scarf down my gluten-free, paleo desserts, and then ask for more. These healthy paleo cupcakes smothered in Paleo Chocolate Frosting didn’t last long at all!

Paleo Chocolate Frosting

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Servings 1 cup



  • In a small saucepan over very low heat, melt chocolate and coconut oil
  • Stir in vanilla extract
  • Place frosting in refrigerator for 15-30 minutes to thicken
  • Remove from refrigerator and whip frosting with a hand blender until thick and fluffy
  • Serve
Prep Time 5 mins
Fridge Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 30 mins
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I began creating this dairy-free frosting recipe a few weeks ago. While I was in the middle of working on it, I received a comment from a reader named Reggie, that contained a similar recipe to mine. At that point, I knew my recipe was going in the right direction.

If you’re allergic to coconut, try my Chocolate Buttercream Frosting recipe, made with real butter, it’s incredible! If you have a birthday coming up, make sure to use either of my incredible chocolate frosting recipes to top my Paleo Birthday Cake recipe!

Here are some of my fantastic paleo cupcake recipes that you can top with paleo chocolate frosting!

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An excellent chocolate frosting that is so easy to make. It tastes decadent and pairs perfectly with the vanilla cupcakes.


164 responses to “Paleo Chocolate Frosting”

  1. Can I frost the cake 1 day ahead and keep it in the fridge? The gathering is around noon but I have to time to do it in the morning on the actual day. Pls help, thanks

  2. Hi which of your frostings (chocolate frosting or chocolate buttercream frosting) can hold up in a temp about 92-95F better? I can put some ice packs around the cake, will it help to keep it “cooler”? Pls help

    • Connie, I think this one would be your best bet, but not sure whether it will hold up or melt in that high heat. LMK if it works!

      • Thanks. Ok the temp is about 84F with a bit of breeze, does it make a difference? The coconut oil we have here, it is in liquid form “forever” when it’s in room temp, cos of the weather. Is it still ok to do it for frosting? Sorry for all the questions, just wanted to make sure I do it correctly. The event is on sat 23/2, I am 24hrs ahead of you, so quite nervous!!! Thanks.

  3. Today is Wednesday, but the party I’m going to is on Sunday. I already made the cakes and would not hesitate to freeze them. What do you think about frosting them and freezing the completed cake?

    • Darlene, I haven’t tried that so not sure. Might be best to make the cakes, allow to cool on the counter overnight, freeze them, then thaw and frost day of party :-)

  4. Hi Elana! I have one question: when doing the chocolate frosting for the paleo Birthday Cake should I make the recipe with the double of the ingredients/quantity that is here?

    This weekend is my boyfriend’s 30th birthday and I really would like to make this cake for him.

    Thank you!

    • Rita, happy birthday to your boyfriend! I’m so happy I’ll be celebrating with you via this cake! And yes, if you like a thick layer of icing on your cake then double the Chocolate Frosting recipe for this :-)

  5. Hi Elana, I’m thinking of using this recipe for a double layered cake.
    Two questions: Is this enough for about two cake’s worth of frosting and does it work as the layer in between?
    Thanks for the recipe, looks delicious.

  6. What an amazingly simple and delicious frosting. Thank you for the recipe. It made the paleo chocolate cake I made extra special. I’m thinking I’d like to use this frosting for chocolate covered strawberries in the future since it hardened beautifully.

  7. Has anyone tried piping this onto cupcakes? The vanilla cupcake recipe photo has chocolate frosting piped on to look neater than just smearing it on. Has anyone tried this? Is the consistency there to do so?

    • I am making the frosting this weekend for MY birthday cake (the paleo orange cake). My question: I am not using chips, but chocolate bars. Could someone please help me with how many grams = 1 cup chips? I am thinking about 72 grams? I will be weighing the chocolate. Thanks so much.

  8. Hello! I would like to make this frosting ahead of time in order to save some time, but will it keep well if kept in the refrigerator? Thanks!

    • Jessica, I haven’t tried that but I’m worried the frosting would harden too much once refrigerated and not be easy to spread :-)

  9. Hi! I used 65% dark chocolate as that’s all I had but in spite of blending for 10 minutes the chocolate is still liquid. I’ll try making the frosting gain with a darker chocolate but is there another recipe I can make with this liquid chocolate/coconut oil combo so I don’t waste it all?

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