It is Great British Bake Off time again! So excited! So it is also time for PETA UK’s vegan bake off again, and this is my entry for this virtual competition this year: a cake that brings colours to the table, a chocolate avocado cake. Edit: I made it to the final again! So happy! You have until Sept. 18th to vote for your favourite creation here.
Now I cannot imagine anyone hatin’ on avocados, but even if you should, the avocado frosting does not really taste of avocado. It is rather sweet with a tangy zing from the lime juice. This paired with chocolate cake and some fresh fruit = heaven on a plate.
Here is what you need for a 18 cm / 7 inch cake pan of the chocolate avocado cake:
1 2/3 cups all purpose flour
1 cup sugar (brown sugar gives it a nice caramelly taste)
1 cup cocoa powder
1 heaped tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups water
1/2 cup canola or sunflower oil
1 tsp white or apple cider vinegar
For the avocado frosting you need:
1 ripe avocado (ripe, but not overly; no brown spots)
25 gr margarine (such as Earth Balance or Alsan)
100+ gr powdered / icing sugar
1.5 tbsp lime juice
For the cake, preheat the oven to 180°C (350°F). You can bake the layers in two separate tins (recommended), or in one cake tin and then cut them in the middle once done and cooled. In a bowl combine all dry ingredients, mix them, then add the wet ingredients and mix until just combined. Pour the mixture into you cake tin(s) and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes (if you are using just one tin, this time will be longer – check with a wooden skewer). Once the cake(s) are done, let them cool completely on a cake rack.
For the frosting scrape out the flesh of the avocado. Make sure you don’t have any brown spots in there, as you want your icing to be bright green, not a muddy colour. Put the avocado in a high bowl pitcher, the add the slightly soft margarine and the lime juice. Use a stick blender and blend them until smooth. Add the powdered / icing sugar and mix it all in until you have a smooth consistency. If you desire your icing to be stiffer, add more powdered sugar. I put my icing in the fridge for a couple of hours to let it harden a little (it will not harden a lot, but stays super creamy), and put it on the cake just before serving. Garnish with fresh berries and a little more sieved powdered sugar. Enjoy your chocolate avocado cake and marvel at its colours!