Chocolate avocado cake

Chocolate avocado cake

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(17 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins Cook: 25 mins plus cooling

Easy

Serves 12 - 16
This indulgent, fudgy vegan bake is topped with a rich frosting - you'd never guess that it's free from dairy, eggs, wheat and nuts

Nutrition and extra info

  • without frosting
  • Gluten-free
  • Vegetarian
  • Vegan

Nutrition: per serving (16)

  • kcal452
  • fat24g
  • saturates6g
  • carbs53g
  • sugars34g
  • fibre3g
  • protein4g
  • salt0.9g
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Ingredients

    For the cake

    • a little dairy-free sunflower spread, for greasing
    • 1 large, ripe avocado (about 150g)
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    • 300g light muscovado sugar
    • 350g gluten-free plain flour
    • 50g good quality cocoa powder
    • 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
      Bicarbonate of soda

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    • 2 tsp gluten-free baking powder
    • 400ml unsweetened soya milk
    • 150ml vegetable oil
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract

    For the frosting

    • 85g ripe avocado flesh, mashed
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    • 85g dairy-free sunflower spread
    • 200g dairy-free chocolate, 70% cocoa, broken into chunks
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    • 25g cocoa powder
    • 125ml unsweetened soya milk
    • 200g icing sugar, sifted
    • 1 tsp vanilla extract
    • gluten-free and vegan sprinkles, to decorate

    Method

    1. Heat oven to 160C/140C fan/gas 3. Grease 2 x 20cm sandwich tins, then line the bases with baking parchment. Put the avocado and the sugar in a food processor and whizz until smooth. Add the rest of the cake ingredients to the bowl with 1/2 tsp fine salt and process again to a velvety, liquid batter. Divide between the tins and bake for 25 mins or until fully risen and a skewer inserted into the middle of the cakes comes out clean.

    2. Cool in the tins for 5 mins, then turn the cakes onto a rack to cool completely. While you wait, start preparing the frosting. Beat together the avocado and sunflower spread with electric beaters until creamy and smooth. Pass through a sieve and set aside.

    3. Melt the chocolate, either over a bowl of water or in the microwave, then let it cool for a few mins. Sift the cocoa into a large bowl. Bring the soya milk to a simmer, then gradually beat into the cocoa until smooth. Cool for a few mins. Tip in the avocado mix, icing sugar, melted chocolate and vanilla, and keep mixing to make a shiny, thick frosting. Use this to sandwich and top the cake. Cover with sprinkles or your own decoration, then leave to set for 10 mins before slicing. Can be made 2 days ahead.

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    Midships
    15th Feb, 2017
    5.05
    This cake is just amazing! you'd never guess it was g-f! I used butter and milk etc.. as didn't need it vegan. The frosting makes a large quantity so i've frozen some for cupcakes. It didn't suggest leaving the frosting to firm up to make it spreadable. I put mine in the fridge for ten mins which really helped
    happypuppy
    11th Jan, 2017
    Yum
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    trinaz
    11th Jan, 2017
    Hey ;) i thought this was a good one to comment on as its chocolate and avocado :D Just like the person this is written to, it is absolutely stunning ;) Definitely the most beautiful cake ever :D Peaches are a gorgeous addition to this :D:D Love you Kake :D:x You mean everything to me ;)
    dianashanks
    13th Dec, 2016
    I have made this twice as a birthday cake for a friend who is wheat-free. It's so rich and very tasty.
    Waksey
    1st Dec, 2016
    5.05
    My husband is Vegan so I thought I would give this a try for his birthday and I was absolutely blown away by how delicious this cake was!! It has the moist texture of a brownie but isn't too sickly sweet. I think this is the best cake I have ever made!! Thank you BBC Goodfood :)
    howletticus
    8th Oct, 2016
    Recipe sounds great but to make it vegan you cannot use regular icing sugar because it contains powdered egg white, so not vegan-friendly.
    dianashanks
    13th Dec, 2016
    No, it doesn't. Royal Icing mix contains egg whites - plain icing sugar is just sugar.
    jaynepearson
    11th Dec, 2016
    No it doesn't. That is the most ridiculous tosh I've ever heard. Some brands contain a little cornflour to stop the sugar caking. You may be thinking of royal icing mix, which is (oddly enough, what with it being royal icing) icing sugar with egg white and glycerine. Yet another exampe of oh-so-clever vegans making claims that are just baseless inventions.
    FiSpurtle
    5th Oct, 2016
    3.8
    Made this for a vegan friend at work and none of the others realised it was anything other than a delicious chocolate cake ( or that it had avocado in it ). Great to be able to do one cake which works for everyone rather than special ones
    Julietty
    10th Sep, 2016
    5.05
    This is the first vegan bake I've made for my dairy-free son that actually tastes like a normal cake - if not better! Very moist chocolate cake with a lovely flavour. Other family members never would have guessed it had avocado in it...does it count towards our 5 a day..!

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    theonlychris
    22nd Feb, 2017
    Hi, looking to make this cake for a Vegan (21st). Would it be ok to freeze?
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    goodfoodteam
    3rd Mar, 2017
    Thanks for your question. Yes, you can freeze this cake without the frosting.
    moramento22
    2nd Nov, 2016
    If I can't get those dairy-free and gluten-free products can I simply substitute them with normal products?
    jemma_dudley@li...
    18th Apr, 2016
    How long will the cake last once cooked and assembled?
    Lilly4cara
    12th Apr, 2016
    When making the frosting when do I add the sunflower spread?
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    Azlanova
    6th Feb, 2016
    Really want to make this cake but I can't get a sunflower spread, is there any alternatives? And the same thing with muscovado sugar, can I just use a regular one or at least brown sugar?
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    goodfoodteam
    21st Mar, 2016
    You should be able to find a dairy free sunflower spread in larger supermarkets and online. If you can eat dairy then a normal sunflower spread should be fine too. A dark brown sugar will be perfectly ok to use instead of Muscovado, although it might make the cake a little lighter in colour.
    Dr.Jackie
    16th Nov, 2015
    Has anyone tried to make this as muffins/cupcakes instead?
    stonefruit
    7th May, 2015
    Why is this recipe not marked as vegan?
    htanna
    2nd May, 2015
    If you don't use gluten-free flour and baking powder, does it change the recipe at all?

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    trinaz
    11th Jan, 2017
    hey