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We know, we know, avocado in chocolate cake, what weird vegany-type came up with that idea?

If your first thought when you see avocado, chocolate and cake in the same sentence is, “errr, that’s disgusting” then you’re not alone. However, you’d also be wrong, and here’s why.

It turns out that avocado as a substitute for eggs and butter is amazing, once you get passed the whole “why did you have to go and ruin my guilty pleasure” thing.

And look at this way, with all the other bad-for-you-food you’re going to eat over the holidays, with this, you can have your cake, and eat it too.

Here’s one of our favourites; a decadently delicious dark chocolate cake.


Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 55 mins

Total time: 1 hour 10 mins


For the cake: 3 cup all-purpose flour; 6 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder; 2 tsp baking powder; 2 tsp baking soda; ½ tsp salt; ¼ cup vegetable oil; 1 ripe avocado, mashed until very smooth; 2 cups water; 2 tsp white vinegar; 2 tsp vanilla extract; 2 cup granulated sugar.


For the frosting: 2 large ripe avocados, peeled and pitted; 2 cups powdered sugar; 4 tbsp cocoa powder



For cake:

Preheat oven to 350.

Grease and flour a tube pan.

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, avocado, water, vinegar and vanilla. Whisk until well combined.

Whisk sugar into the wet mix.

Add the wet mixture to the flour mixture all at once. Beat with a whisk (by hand) until smooth.

Pour batter into a greased tube pan. Bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Let cake cool in pan for 15 – 20 minutes on a cooling rack. Turn cake out onto cooling rack to cool completely before frosting.


For buttercream frosting:

Scoop avocados out into a food processor. Process until smooth, about 2 minutes, stopping to scrape down avocado with spatula if necessary.

Add powdered sugar and cocoa powder to pureed avocado. Process for another minute or until creamy and combined, stopping once to scrape down mixture if necessary.

Frost cake. Let cake sit a few hours before serving, allowing time for flavors to blend.

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