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Monday, October 10, 2011

Avocado & Cake?

@ Sin Ming Cookhouse / Bakery / Whatever

A while back I was presented with a slight problem; I had excess avocado!  Instead of making the usual salad or an avocado shake, I wanted to see whether I could use the avocado in some type of dessert and a thought crossed my mind owing back to one lunch outing where I saw a shop making an avocado shake with chocolate topping; why not try making a chocolate cake with avocado icing?

This recipe is a mishmash of two recipes that I managed to find from Nigella Lawson (old fashioned chocolate cake) and the Food Network (avocado icing).  I have modified the recipes slightly, any search through your favorite search engine should be able to find you the recipes you’re looking for.
Ingredients – Avocado Icing
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons of lemon juice
  • 200g icing sugar
  • Pinch of salt
Directions – Avocado Icing
  1. Whisk the avocado with the lemon juice (strained) until it becomes slightly pale in color
  2. In 50g lots add the sifted icing sugar and continue beating in the mixer until thoroughly combined
  3. Store in the refrigerator until required
Ingredients – Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake
  • 200g plain flour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 40g cocoa
  • 175g soft unsalted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 150ml sour cream
Directions – Old Fashioned Chocolate Cake
  1. Preheat your oven to 180 degrees Celsius
  2. Put all the cake ingredients - flour, sugar, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda, cocoa, butter, eggs, vanilla and sour cream - into a food processor and process until you have a smooth, thick batter
  3. Bake until a cake tester, or a thin skewer, comes out clean, which should be about 35 minutes, but it is wise to start checking at 25 minutes
  4. Remove the cakes from the tin to a wire rack and let cool for 10 minutes before turning out of the tin. Don't worry about any cracks as they will easily be covered by the icing later
  1. Take the icing out of the fridge and apply liberally to the top of the cake
  2. Working from the centre out in a circular motion spread the icing to the edges
  3. Once at the edge place icing along the sides and even out with icing spatula or regular spatula
  4. Decorate with shaved chocolate
  5. Serve at room temperature
And there you have it.. the rich dense chocolaty goodness of the cake and the semi sweet with a hint of sour from the creamy avocado icing!
Bon Appétit – Sidney


  1. Now I love avocados but I don't know about it as icing. How was it?

  2. Medifast - the icing was soft and silky with a slightly tarte taste of the lemon!



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