Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Chocolate and avocado cake with avocado buttercream


 
 
I have seen lots and lots of chocolate and avocado cakes on the Web, and I really wanted to know what they tasted like.  Trouble is, I don't buy many avocados as avocado in vast quantities makes me gag in its richness.  However, I finally got the chance to make a chocolate and avocado cake after I bought two avocados with the best intentions of having avocado and poached eggs for breakfast, then having it once and deciding it was not for me, and the avocados being already quite ripe.  Hooray - a grand opening for making a chocolate and avocado cake was created.

There are heaps of recipes for chocolate and avocado cake out there, but I chose Lorraine's Chocolate and Avocado Cake with Avocado Buttercream because it is also vegan.  I am not vegan (as you can tell from the last few posts), but as everyone runs out of eggs from time to time, it is essential to have a good egg-free cake up your sleeve.


I was worried that the cake and/or the frosting would taste horribly like avocado - but it didn't.  It was also a terrific way to use up a couple of avocados.  The cake is chocolatey, but as there is no actual chocolate in the cake, it is not going to usurp my favourite chocolate mud cake recipe, but as an alternative when you have avocados and need something a little lighter, it will do quite nicely.



Don't be alarmed by the glow-in-the-dark green frosting - although I got lots of comments about "green slime", it tastes just like any icing, and has a natural green colour to boot.

Next time you have some avocados on the turn and don't want to waste them, give this cake a try - you may be pleasantly surprised.

7 comments:

Johanna GGG said...

looks delicious - I was admiring your green 'slime'. Love avocado and chocolate so mixing them is just so good

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

Oh I'm so honoured for the shoutout! I wasn't as taken with the frosting but I did love the cake. Hubby loved both! :D

Kari said...

I love that you kept the icing green! Funnily enough, I have used avocado in endless vegan desserts, but never a cake (although I have made chocolate avocado frosting). I shall have to rectify that and give this a try!

Blond Duck said...

It could double as a Halloween cake!

Navaneetham Krishnan said...

I seldom buy avocado because its quite pricey over here. Yet this eggless cake looks so inviting esp with the inviting avocado topping on top. Will try the cake and probably use some other local fruits which can work for the topping.

Chaya said...

When I looked at your cake and read the title, I was really curious as to what it turned out to be. I have been afraid to bake sweet cakes with avocado but now I am slightly less timid.

Sarah said...

It's incredible that is the natural colour of the icing. I never have the problem of needing to use up avocados - I just find them so lovely and creamy and good for a snack. They don't hang around too long! But vegan cake is also a good idea. You're right that it's a good thing to know how to make.