I’m sure a few you have one eyebrow raised as you read the name of this recipe with skepticism. Let me reassure you, this is to die for!
Now don’t get me wrong…this is not a low-calorie cake by any means, but it’s vegan! And we need to remember that we’re allowed to indulge in the incredibly sweeter things in life, in moderation of course.
The unique thing about this cake is that avocado is not only baked into the chocolate cake itself, but it’s also one of the main ingredients in the rich buttercream frosting as well. I will tell you that the key to making this cake a success is fully RIPE avocados! If you’re avocados are not yet ripe, be sure to put them in a paper bag and wait…patience is everything!
For the 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 almond oil (vegetable oil would work too)
- 1/2 cup soft avocado, well mashed (about 1 medium avocado)
- 2 cups water
- 2 Tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350 F. Grease and flour two 8 or 9-inch rounds and set aside.
Sift together all of the dry ingredients except the sugar. Set that aside too.
Mix all the wet ingredients together in a bowl, including the super mashed avocado. Add sugar into the wet mix and stir. Mix the wet with the dry all at once, and beat with a whisk (by hand) until smooth.
Pour batter into a greased cake tins. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes, until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cakes cool in pan for 15 minutes, then turn out onto cooling racks to cool completely before frosting with avocado buttercream.
For the Avocado Buttercream Frosting
- 8 ounces of avocado meat (about 2 small to medium, very ripe avocados)
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 pound sifted powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Peel and pit the soft avocados. Again, it’s important to use the ripest avocados you can get your hands on! If the avocados have brown spots in the meat, avoid those spots when you scoop the meat into the bowl.
Place the avocado meat into the bowl of a stand mixer fit with the whisk attachment. Add lemon juice and whisk the avocado on medium speed, until slightly lightened in color and smooth, about 2-3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time and beat. Add vanilla extract until combined.
Garnish with some fresh fruit, I used strawberries. If not using right away, store in the refrigerator. Don’t worry. It won’t turn brown!