Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Avocado Chocolate Cake


Yes this is a cake made with avocado. Not only is it made with avocado, but it is made without butter or eggs.


I saw a recipe for avocado chocolate cake about a year ago and of course I was intrigued.  For whatever reason I never got around to testing it out until now.

I found the recipe on Joy the Baker.  She created a layer cake with an avocado buttercream. While I love the green color of avocado buttercream, I decided to make this cake a bundt cake.

I used the Nordic Ware Platinum Original Bundt Pan. I have so many Nordic Ware bundts and in so many different unique shapes that this classic bundt pan doesn’t get used very much. For a minute there, I almost lost my resolve and was very close to putting the cake in my heart shaped pan. But in the end, I decided on this pan.

One of the reasons I wanted to use this pan is that I had this decoration idea in my mind with the chocolate ganache and the Valrhona crunchy pearls.

This is my first time decorating a full-sized bundt cake with something other than powdered sugar. I think it went okay. There were some little hiccups (uneven drips of chocolate), but overall I was happy with my first attempt. I’ll have to do some more research before trying again.

I really was trying to make this cake look very chocolatey-decadent because I was afraid no one would eat it. I knew that my family would balk at the idea of a vegan chocolate cake. So I tried to trick them by making the cake look irresistible. Heehee.

So, if you’ve never tried this recipe, you’re probably wondering how it tastes. It was interesting for me. It was tasty, though a little bit “chewy” for a cake. Yes, I could tell that this was a cake without eggs or butter. But it still tasted good. It wouldn’t satisfy my cravings for a deep, rich chocolate cake. Instead this cake reminded me more of a quick bread, like a chocolate zucchini bread/cake. If you are looking for a good vegetarian cake recipe, this is a a good one to bookmark.

Recipe found on Joy the Baker, who got it from Think Write Eat.

Avocado Chocolate Cake
5.0 from 2 reviews
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Recipe type: Dessert
Author: Kirbie’s Cravings
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Total time: 1 hour 5 mins
Ingredients
  • Cake
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 6 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup soft avocado, well mashed (About one avocado. I put mine in a food processor to ensure there weren’t any lumps)
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • Chocolate ganache frosting
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 oz bittersweet chocolate, chopped
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Use Pam Spray with flour and spray an 8-10 cup bundt pan. Set aside.
  2. Sift together all of the dry ingredients except the sugar.
  3. Mix all the wet ingredients together in a bowl, including the mashed avocado.
  4. Add sugar into the wet mix and stir.
  5. Mix the wet with the dry all at once, and beat with a whisk (by hand) until smooth.
  6. Pour batter into a greased cake pan. Bake for 40-50 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.
  7. To make the chocolate ganache frosting, combine chopped chocolate and heavy cream in a glass bowl. Microwave for about 30 seconds and stir until chocolate is melted and smooth. If it isn’t hot enough to melt the chocolate, microwave for about 10-15 more seconds.
  8. Let chocolate ganache cool for a few minutes. Then put into piping bag and pipe chocolate ganache along the lines of the bundt cake. I then added some Valrhona pearls.

 

 

22 Responses to “Avocado Chocolate Cake”

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    Sandy — June 8, 2011 @ 6:35 am

    Very amusing about decorating your cake to get the family to eat it! It almost seems like a crime to use that gorgeous avocado in a cake.

    • Kirbie replied: — June 8th, 2011 @ 8:07 am

      I know what you mean! I love avocados. I kept eating some of it. And it was so sad to see it turn all brown.

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    Rosa — June 8, 2011 @ 8:47 am

    I have to ask, what widget are you using to insert your recipes in those little printable card thingies? That’s neat! And are you using a widget to create your index?

    • Kirbie replied: — June 8th, 2011 @ 8:51 am

      The plugin is called “easy recipes” I just found it and I love that it automatically generates a printable version! Before I was creating my own and then I got lazy and stopped. The only thing is I haven’t figured out how to add images if I do step by steps to the recipe index. I don’t think it allows it and it screws up the display, but other than that it’s pretty cool.

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    Vivienne — June 8, 2011 @ 6:58 pm

    it’s also something ive been meaning to try as well :) def a healthier alternative for the health conscious people! your deco makes it looks absolutely divine! i also want to try using avocado frosting on top of cupcakes…should be yummy too!

    • Kirbie replied: — June 8th, 2011 @ 9:03 pm

      The avocado frosting looks really good and pretty. From the recipes I’ve seen, it isn’t very sturdy though, so you can’t pipe it. You would just sort of have to slather it on.

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    Mackenzie — December 31, 2011 @ 5:15 pm

    Technically this recipe isn’t vegan because of the use of flour.

    • Kirbie replied: — January 1st, 2012 @ 12:13 pm

      Oh, I wasn’t aware of that. Thanks for letting me know. I’m going to edit the post.

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    Lorna — January 14, 2012 @ 4:07 pm

    Whether white flour is vegan or not really depends on where you live and what you buy. In the uk Dove flour is definately vegan.

    • Kirbie replied: — January 16th, 2012 @ 9:19 am

      Ah, thanks for the information!

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    Jes — February 22, 2012 @ 5:46 pm

    I’m intrigued by the comments, flour is NOT an animal product, how is it NOT vegan?
    thanks for the recipe, i’m pinning it :)

    • Kirbie replied: — February 23rd, 2012 @ 9:30 am

      I don’t quite know the answer to that. Perhaps someone else can explain it

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    Mimi Avocado — May 11, 2012 @ 5:50 pm

    I made your recipe as cupcakes and filled them with fresh mango! Just posted it on my site! Thank you!

    • Kirbie replied: — May 12th, 2012 @ 2:17 pm

      Ooh sounds delicious with mango!

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    Dori — July 13, 2012 @ 7:08 am

    Just made this recipe as cupcakes – so so so delicious!!

    Using them for a baby’s first birthday party, he’s allergic to eggs, dairy and soya so this is the first cake he’s ever tasted and he loved being able to lick the spoon like his big sister does when we bake ordinary egg cakes!

    • Kirbie replied: — July 13th, 2012 @ 7:32 am

      Aw that’s so wonderful to hear!

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    Sourish Pau — September 8, 2012 @ 9:41 pm

    Hey there this is kinda of off topic but I was wondering
    if blogs use WYSIWYG editors or if you have to manually code
    with HTML. I’m starting a blog soon but have no coding skills so I wanted to get advice from someone with experience. Any help would be enormously appreciated!

    • Kirbie replied: — September 9th, 2012 @ 11:49 pm

      The blog uses a food blog theme which was set up and purchased from Purr Design

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    Lisa Wahlgren — April 29, 2013 @ 11:46 am

    Fabulous recipe! No eggs and almost fat free and it is one of the most moist and delicious chocolate cakes I’ve ever had!
    Lisa

    • Kirbie replied: — April 29th, 2013 @ 12:07 pm

      So glad you like the recipe!

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    Lara — June 29, 2013 @ 8:28 am

    Hello! I have an avocado tree in my house, so we get a LOT of avocados every. Single. Day. I didn’t know how to use them, but this is an amazing ideia! And I have to make a dessert for a family lunch tomorrow, I think this cake would be great! And I was wondering… How many servings do this recipe make?

    • Kirbie replied: — June 30th, 2013 @ 9:02 am

      How lucky you are to have so many avocados! I have quite a few avocado recipes you can try out. http://kirbiecravings.com/category/recipes/avocado-recipes Also avocados are really good to use as an egg substitute in baking
      With regards to serving size, it makes a full sized bundt. So it really just depends on how you slice it.

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