It wouldn’t be a birthday party without chocolate cake. Well to be honest I go for Carrot Cake first than Chocolate Cake comes in at second or third, depending on if I am in the mood for ice cream cake. These are my top favorites. For R’s birthday though I did chocolate cake and vanilla cupcakes for all to enjoy.
Last years chocolate cake was a little more dry than I would have liked, even though everyone loved it. I am picky about my cake and nothing bothers me more than dry cake. I just can’t do it. So I did some researching to find what would make my cake more moist and maybe a bit healthier.
In comes avocado. Of course, why didn’t I think of that? The cake was so moist and I am thankful it turned out great the first time through. All I needed to do was add one avocado and some apple cider vinegar and my chocolate cake was moist, and reminded me of red velvet cake or German chocolate cake. And many of my family and friends thought so as well.
Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake
I even used the avocado in the frosting as well, but I need to get better at mushing the avocado more into the frosting so it’s not chunky. I didn’t have the energy or the time to make it look perfect. The frosting was just avocado and powder sugar with cocoa powder. It was so easy to make.
You won’t be able to tell there is any avocado in this cake. It tastes like the best cake you will ever have. With the avocado you don’t need eggs and very little oil. The rest of the ingredients are sugar, flour, water, apple cider vinegar, baking soda and powder, salt and cocoa powder with vanilla. Just like your typical cake, but a little green and healthy fat added.
It doesn’t make this cake a health food though, so don’t think you can eat the whole cake, even though you’ll want to. Seriously it is that good. I shared leftovers with my cross country varsity girls and they all loved it. No one knew my secret ingredient.
I also did cream cheese frosting as well the first time I made it, but to make it completely vegan, I think it is easier to just use the avocado and powdered sugar. Next time making it, I might try it with a gluten free flour blend instead to see how it works and if it will still have the same texture and taste.
Cake is cake though, so I didn’t even attempt to use a healthier alternative to raw sugar. Instead I chose organic raw sugar and used a smaller amount of sugar than what most recipes call for. I think this cake with be a great German Chocolate Cake.
Best of all it’s a one bowl recipe and like most cakes simple to make. I like easy clean up!!
- 3 c organic all purpose flour, unbleached
- ⅓ c cocoa powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- ¾ tsp sea salt
- 1½ cup raw organic sugar
- ¼ c oil
- 1 ripe avocado, mashed
- 2 c water
- 2 Tbs apple cider vinegar
- 2 ripe avocados, medium
- ¼ c cocoa powder
- 1 - 1½ c powdered sugar
- 2 tsp vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease two 9 inch cake pans, one bundt pan or 9 x 12 inch pan.
- In a large bowl cream together the avocado, oil and sugar. Beating until the avocado is well mashed and combined.
- Add the water, apple cider vinegar and vanilla and stir well.
- Mix in all the dry ingredients next (all in the same large bowl, I often do one bowl recipes, less clean up).
- Divide batter between the two cake pans and bake for 28-30 minutes, or until done.
- Let cool 5 minutes and then remove from pans. Let cake cool entirely before frosting.
- For frosting:
- Cream together cocoa powder, avocado and powdered sugar, making sure all chunks are removed. Frost the cake once cooled, frosting the middle layer as well.
Chocolate Avocado Cake, a #vegan, moist birthday cake worth of any celebration Click To Tweet
Even though I am a nutritionist, I love birthday cake and sometimes I wish we could eat it everyday and not suffer any health consequences. Chocolate anything is really my favorite, and I have love my square of dark chocolate every evening. I look forward to it. It’s a reward I have learned to love the end of the day and dark chocolate has some health benefits according to research. Everything in moderation.
Until Next Time Be Whole and Be Fit