This Chocolate Avocado Cake is an insanely delicious, moist, rich, decadent cake that you would never know had avocado in it!
Chocolate Avocado Cake
I was strolling through the grocery store the other day with Olivia. I had only a few things on my list… milk, beef, avocados, and cereal. Those are the staples in our house because we have taco’s at least twice a week. And drink lots of milk! But there was such a great price on avocados I bought a bunch.
After a relaxing shopping trip (which is quite honestly a reward in itself) I got home and realized that I may have added a few things to my list.
Chocolate. Lots of chocolate. And fruit. Lovely organic fruit. And maybe some more chocolate.
So what would I do with all these organic avocados, chocolate, and raspberries?
Bake a cake of course. I mean, I am baker. But then I had to go about finding a recipe that would accommodate such unique ingredients. After testing quite a few, I settled upon a recipe that yielded the most moist, dense, rich chocolate cake I have ever had.
It was exactly like a cake I had in a high-end artisan bakery that was charging $12 a slice!
How to Make Chocolate Avocado Cake
Make sure the avocado is mashed fine. If you can, use a food processor.
Coffee is recommended in this recipe, but if you would prefer to not use it, feel free to substitute water.
I highly recommend using GOOP (Homemade Baking Spray) to prepare your pans for this recipe. Because the cake is SO moist and dense I found that it stuck a bit when using a baking spray.
Chocolate Avocado Cake and Chocolate Buttercream
- 5 -6 ounces dark chocolate, finely chopped
- ¼ cup 32g baking cocoa
- 3 cups (375g) all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons baking soda
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ cup (50g) vegetable oil
- 2 cups (460g) coffee
- 1 large ripe fresh avocado, cut lengthwise, pitted, and mashed (no chunks)
- 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
- 1 cup (200g) brown sugar
- 1½ cups (340g) butter, room temperature
- 4 cups (500g) confectioners' sugar
- ¾ cup (94g) baking cocoa
- 4 tablespoons (60ml) heavy whipping cream
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1 pinch table salt
- Preheat oven to 350F. Prepare two 8" round baking pans with baker's spray or GOOP.
- Combine chocolate, cocoa powder and three tablespoons of coffee in a heat-proof bowl. (The best way to do this is the brew coffee and place 2 cups into a medium bowl. Remove 3 tablespoons. You will use the remainder in a moment.)
- Place bowl over a pot of simmering water, gently stir until melted and combined. Remove from heat. (You can also melt in microwave. Heat for 30 seconds then switch to 10-second increments. Stir between each heating.)
- In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, cinnamon, salt, baking soda and baking powder.
- In another bowl, whisk together the vegetable oil, remaining coffee, avocado,and both sugars. Stir in the slightly cooled chocolate.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients. Whisk until fully combined and smooth, scraping the side of the bowls completely. (try to not over mix)
- Divide batter between both baking pans. Bake in preheated oven for 45 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean.
- Allow to cool completely before frosting.
- In a the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with whisk attachment whisk butter and sugar on medium high speed until very pale and fluffy or about five minutes.
- Be sure to stop at least once and scrape the bowl.
- With the mixer off, add in cocoa powder, vanilla and salt.
- Turn mixer on low and blend for about 30 seconds.
- One tablespoon at a time add in heavy cream.
- Once all cream has been added and mixture is mostly combined, turn off the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl.
- Now turn the mixer onto medium-high to high and whisk for 3-5 minutes or until mixture is lighter and fluffier. The frosting will be shiny and seem to have many large air bubbles throughout and this is exactly what we are going for. (You can smooth those out on the cake if so desired.)
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What can you substitute for the sugar?
Could I use all cocoa in place of finely chopped chocolate? If so how much cocoa would I use? I’m thinking 3/4 cup or possibly 1cup
I use 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder and no finely chopped chocolate. I mix that with about 1/2 c of the coffee until well blended.
Love chocolates 🍫 recipes thank you 😊
I’ve made this recipe several times & it’s the richest most dense chocolate cake ever! Thank you.
I make it in a 13 X 9” pan with cream cheese frosting.
My one request would be to give a weight range on the avocado. They come in various sizes We have a tree & they are quite large so I never know just how much to put in the cake.
Thank you, Karen! I will measure it next time I make it. 🙂
Thanks. I just kinda wing it & last time the cake seemed dryer so I probably didn’t use enough.
Hi. Should coffee be hot or cold
Hi, Rita! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. For best results, use warm or hot coffee. Have a great day!
Hi Amanda I tried out your Chocolate Avocado Cake and it turned out really delicious. I added a bit of red chilli powder to the batter, used only brown sugar and also used Avocado Chocolate Frosting. I halved the recipe which was perfect for 8-10 people. The slight bitterness from the avocado came through but then we didn’t mind it as we love both the chocolate and avocado.
SO glad you enjoyed it Mayuri! Love the addition of the red chili powder!
Looking for a carb count and other nutritional value info please.
Hi, Michelle! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We only provide a rough estimate of calories per serving. Have a wonderful day!
Do you know the nutrition facts per slice, including calories?
Hi, Sarah! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. We just provide a rough estimate of calories per serving. If this cake is cut into 12 servings, it’s about 539 calories per piece. I hope this helps, and have a great day!
I had an avocado to use so tried this recipe and followed the recipe exact, but unfortunately I didn’t care for it.I checked the cake at 40 minutes but it was already too done. I have a 5 month old oven which I calibrated recently,so bummer it was overbaked. I baked another chocolate cake the week before which turned out perfect using the baking time instructions. It looked perfect, but too dry, so doubt I’ll try it again. Glad others liked it.