I diiiiid it!

I’ve been in such a good mood today :-)

Maybe it’s five days of veganism having an effect, maybe it’s because it’s Friday. Maybe it’s because of a great story I got today (construction workers on an almost-finished big shop told not to use the car park before next week’s opening – in case it gets dirty!)

Or maybe it’s because of these:

I was driving home late yesterday after work and doing the horses and knew I had to make chocolate cake, not only to finish off the vegan feature but to try and prove my doubting colleagues wrong! I thought I’d find a good recipe on t’internet and just get on with it.

Then, I realised that, as far as fat went, I only had olive oil (not the way forward for cake!) and coconut oil.

I knew the coconut would work but when I  used it for these cookies, although they went down really well at work, one of the boys mentioned the slight coconut flavour and I didn’t want ANYTHING to affect the chocolateness of the vegan cake.

I couldn’t be bothered to go out at gone 7pm and buy soya spread or oil just for the cakes and I didn’t want to use yoghurt or apple puree because I really wanted these to be rich and gooooood.

Then, my eye was caught by these:

I’ve never been a huge fan of avocado but I’ve always been a huge fan of bargains! And I thought a vegan week was a good time to get these healthy dudes into my diet. I also knew Heather was doing an “avocado week” so I thought there would be inspiration there…

But I suddenly thought, these are (healthy) fat! I’ve had chocolate avocado pudding before and knew it worked so would it work in a cake…? I Googled something like “substituting avocado for butter” and found conflicting advice but the upshot seemed to be it was possible…

A lot of blending and some complete guesswork later and I had something that tasted good, in raw form anyway. I’d lost the will to live too by then so I just bunged them in the oven and hoped for the best…

And it worked; I haven’t got a clue how! It was the first time I’d used flax “eggs” too and I’d just chucked in some soya milk and cider vinegar at the last minute because the mixture seemed too dry but I tried one of these as soon as they were half-cooled.

Really chocolatey, really moist (sorry) and just sweet enough. You can’t taste the avocado at all but I think it gives it a really good texture.

Preheat oven to 150C, line a muffin tin with cases and take:

110g really ripe avocado

110g sugar

110g flour (I used plain white GF, then it ran out and I made up the weight with self-raising GF flour but I think any would probably work!)

10g cocoa powder, mixed with 2tbsp just-boiled water

1tbsp ground flaxseed, with 3tbsp warm water

1 tbsp soya milk

1tsp cider vinegar

1 heaped tsp baking powder

Make up the flax egg and mix the cocoa and water in separate bowls.

Puree the avocado till really smooth then add everything else and mix till well blended. Scoop into the tin, about 1/2 to 1/3 up each cup and bake for 20-25 minutes until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

For icing, I wanted to make avocado buttercream but it was too late by then! I just blended 150g silken tofu till smooth and added 70g melted dark chocolate and 4tbsp sieved icing sugar. Those quantities make too much for the cakes (I made 9 little ones) but I’d imagine you could, possibly, just eat the rest with a spoon (not that I did of course…)

I took them into work (and had to pose for pictures to go with the piece; not happy) then handed them out. And everyone liked them! It was hilarious the way everyone was so surprised when they said “this is actually really nice” and especially one girl, whose face dropped about a foot when I said they were vegan. But even she said how much she liked it :-)

I’m so pleased with these. I thought, half way through cooking, that the chances of them being edible, given the amount of guessing and hoping involved, were slim to none and I was already thinking I’d have to make some others over the weekend so realising they worked was brilliant!

They were fairly dense little cakes and I doubt these proportions would work for a big one because I reckon it would just sink in the middle. But the avocado thang is definitely something I’m going to keep experimenting with.

Do you like avocado? What’s your favourite way to use it…?

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29 Responses to I diiiiid it!

  1. Little Bookworm says:

    Congrats on the cakes – they sound amazing! :) Favourite way to eat avocado – in chocolate pudding or as guacamole.

  2. Delicious! So creative, I love it. I’m a huge fan of taking foods that are typically used in savory dishes and making them sweet, so I am all over this! I’ve had avocado mousse before and loved it :)

  3. I definitely want to give avocado a try in baking!! No doubt they give the cakes a wonderful texture!

  4. Yes, avocado works awesome in chocolate cake recipes and also in chocolate pudding! I use it to make dairy-free ice cream and smoothies also. Wonder fat :)

    You can also use olive oil in chocolate baked goods. The flavors actually go together very well.

  5. you’re so innovative! I never would have thought to do what you did :)
    I looove avocados- It’s a strange story, but in 2008 I suddenly developed a horrible allergy to them. I was unable to eat them anymore without getting a terrible tummy ache and bloating. Then, this past November I got food poisoning from a restaurant and had to be a family dinner the next day. There was avocado dip there and I figured since I was already ill, it couldn’t get any worse. I stuffed myself on that dip and nothing bad happened!! Ever since then, I haven’t been allergic anymore… so strange, but I’m so glad to have avocado back in my life!

    • That’s amazing….! I’d never heard of anyone being allergic to them but then to suddenly be “cured” – wow!
      I love your thinking of “I’m ill anyway so I might as well have it” – genius, especially as now you can eat it again :-)

  6. I’m iffy with avocados the texture can kind of freak me out! Sometimes I like guac and sometimes I don’t, I think it just depends on my mood! I didn’t know you could make dessert with avocados! I’m not sure if I’m brave enough to try it though!

    • That’s what it was with me; the texture! I think the key is pureeing it like this and adding it to something else… and this is one of those things that you’d be better off trying it before you knew what was in it!
      Thanks for visiting and the comment :-)

  7. These are awesome!!!! I love these little cakes!!!! hmm i just eat avocado plain in a wrap!

  8. I used to hate avocado, and then I avoided trying it because it’s high in fat. Now I’m educated I know it’s all good fat and I love them! Guacamole is amzing obviously, and I also love it in salads. I’m seen a few people in blogland use them in sweet recipes, so maybe that’s the next adventure!

  9. Olivia says:

    I didn’t know about avocado week until reading your post! So glad I did but thank goodness I’ve been eating lots of guacamole:) Your cupcakes look so yummy and I’m so happy to hear you’ve been having a great day and loving the veganism week! I’m super jealous of all the bloggers who did it, but I just couldn’t at this stage in my life :/ Love your blog btw!

  10. Lauren says:

    I love avocado. I use it in everything: sliced on my oatmeal, pasta, rolled up in tortillas, baked into cakes, breads and brownies, or even just plain with salt on it. I have yet to try it in mousse form with chocolate, though! These look yummy!

  11. Yay they look lovely!
    I dont like avocado at all so not sure if I would make them, although if someone made something with it in I would try it. I do quite like some guacamole in small amounts!

    • I didn’t like it either though; think it’s the texture so it was perfect to blend it up… but I thought I couldn’t tell anyone at work about the avocado till after they’d eaten them – or they’d never have tried them!

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  13. Oh my goodness, those look so good! I love avocado. I probably eat 1 a day. I put them on top of salads and latin style stuffed red peppers, mix them into smoothies, make chocolate pudding out of them and recently made green yogurt (coconut milk kefir, kale, banana & avocado). :)

  14. I love avocado – in sweet or savory items! I’ve tried avocado cakes but haven’t actually made any avocado baked goods myself yet. Your post is inspiring me to do so soon! My favorite way to eat avocado is avocado toast: I mash it on top of multi grain toast, sprinkle with salt and pepper, then top with a slice of cheese. Yum!

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