Sunday, 21 February 2016

Avacado and Chocolate Cake

How fast is 2016 going?

Maybe the last seven weeks have disappeared into a space-time warp generated by the collision of two black holes. Or perhaps its just that I've been rather preoccupied keeping a mini Pete Tong rather busy:

But last weekend, I finally dusted off the KMix, located the missing flour and sugar behind a pack of rusks and baked this Avocado and Chocolate Cake. A lovely teashop near us makes the most delicious version, complete with a almost offputting luminous green avocado icing and, Blue Peter-esque*, I wanted to make my own version. It turned out the baby rather likes avocado so ate for breakfast what I'd intended to use for the icing. Oops. Instead, I made a plain chocolate icing but this didn't detract from what was a ruch, fudgey, almost-dense chocolate cake.

* NB: I haven't seen Blue Peter for years. Do they still make Thunderbird Islands out of toilet rolls?

Chocolate and Avocado Cake

1 large, ripe avocado
250g light muscovado sugar
350g plain flour
50g cocoa powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
2 tsp baking powder
400ml milk
150ml rapeseed oil
1 vanilla pod

1. Heat the oven to 160C/140C fan/Gas Mark 3. Grease and line two 20cm round cake tins. Whizz together the avocado and sugar in a food processor until smooth. Add the remainder of the ingredients and whizz until smooth.
2, Divide the liquidy batter between the two cake tins and bake for 25-30min or until risen a skewer interested in the middle comes out clean
3. Cool in the tins for 5 minutes then turn the cakes onto a rack to cool completely.
4. To make the frosting, beat together the butter and icing sugar until smooth and use to sandwich together the two cakes. Dust with a little extra icing sugar.

Baker's notes...

  • This is based on a BBC Good Food recipe
  • Should you not have an avocado-eating-baby and wish to make the delicious green avocado icing, Joy the Baker has a fab recipe


  1. Would you know there was avocado in the cake or is it one of these ingredients that enhances but not overpowers?

  2. Such an adorable picture of your little one! I've put avocado in brownies before and it really is delicious, hope you enjoyed the cake :)

  3. Nice post, love your sharing, thank you!

  4. yum cake!!! and baby is damn cute.. :)


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