Chocolate avocado cake for a Skinny #SundaySupper

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This week’s Sunday Supper is being hosted by the amazing Sue of Sue’s Nutrition Buzz. Sue works magic in the kitchen by transforming what would ordinarily be fat-laden, cholesterol-causing, indulgent dishes and making them nutritious yet still delicious. I have no such ability, as this week’s post demonstrates.
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This cake was supposed to be skinny. It was supposed to be rich in taste but a healthier version of the normal chocolate cake. I made a vegan chocolate avocado cake from a trusted blog, one that never steers me wrong, and I was pretty excited about it. No eggs, no butter, just olive oil and avocado as the fats. It smelled amazing as it was baking. I took it out of a oven, let it cool, and when I cut into it, I knew something was wrong. It was super moist but not in a good way. The inside of the cake was totally gummy. Disgustingly, mouth-stickingly thick, viscous and glutinous. As I chewed, it would form a gelatinous blob in my mouth. Not appetizing at all. To continue my losing streak, I attempted an avocado frosting that looked delightfully thick, luscious and fluffy online. Here’s what mine looked like:

That's right - into the sink it goes for disposal.

That’s right – into the sink it goes for disposal.

You don’t have to tell me what it looks like – I already know! It’s what comes out of your nose when you have a really really bad cold, bordering on bronchitis.

An epic fail of massive proportions! I was devastated. I spent a whole freaking day making these things.

Since I’m notorious for procrastinating and doing everything last minute, I didn’t have enough time to search for another healthy chocolate avocado cake that may or may not turn out.  I sent an SOS message to the Big Sis From Another Miss asking for her amazing chocolate avocado cake recipe.  She made one years ago that was incredibly luscious, creamy, and decadent.  I couldn’t believe it when she told me that there was avocado in there.  She graciously shared her recipe with me and even though my eyes bugged out when I saw the cup of butter and the four eggs in the recipe, I forged ahead because I couldn’t come to the Sunday Supper dinner table empty-handed.
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The universe is obviously telling me that I shouldn’t bother making healthy foods.  It’s just not in my nature.  If you want a recipe that will be good for your waistline, scroll down to the bottom of this post and visit all my Sunday Supper friends.  If you want cake that’s full of butter and sugar, with a dash of healthy avocado and ground almonds, then stick with Fatty McHeartDisease here.
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To redeem myself, let me say in my defence that avocados are pretty healthy. A quick googling of its benefits tells me that avocados are rich in cartenoids (acts as an antioxidant and helps prevent eye disease), full of fibre (yay for regularity!), help stabilize blood sugar, full of folate, and most importantly, can prevent bad breath. What can’t this green wonder do?! And of course, the almonds are a healthier alternative to flour: their fats come mainly from monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, and there’s plenty of magnesium, vitamin E and some iron and calcium in there. Not too shabby! And if I’m wrong about any of this info, I blame the internet and I’m sure Sue will set me straight!

This recipe is from the Associated Press, as passed along to me by the BSFAM.  I’ve commented several times on this lady’s incredible baking skills and to my delight, she just started her own blog at When Ali Cooks.  She’s absolutely wonderful so stop by, say hello and drool over her yummy recipes.

Chocolate Avocado Cake (adapted from the Associated Press)

6.5 ounces ground almond
1 cup sugar, divided
7 ounces dark chocolate
6 ounces unsalted butter
1 tbsp flour
4 large eggs separated
2 ripe fresh avocados, mashed (I did this in my food processor)
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp cream of tartar

Preheat your oven to 300 degrees F.

Butter a 20 cm (8 inch) springform pan, line it with parchment paper, then turn the paper over.

Melt the butter and chocolate together and stir to combine. I did this in the microwave – quick ‘n easy!

In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs yolks. Gradually add 1/2 cup of the sugar and continue whisking until the yolks are thick. Add the avocados and whisk together. Stir in the vanilla, chocolate/butter mixture and the ground almonds. Combine.
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In a large bowl with an electric mixer or in the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the egg whites and cream of tartar. Beat on medium speed until peaks form. Slowly add in the other 1/2 cup of sugar and continue beating until the egg whites are stiff. Fold 1/2 cup of the beaten egg whites into your batter to lighten it, as it will be very thick. Fold the rest of the egg whites into the batter in 3-5 parts. Pour the batter into your prepared pan.
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Bake for 45-55 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean. Allow to cool in the pan.
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Remove the sides of your springform pan. Store in the fridge and serve chilled.
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I need to give a shout-out to the Husband for help with this post. He’s the one who took the photos of the slice of cake. I’m trying to improve my photography skills and since he knows way more about cameras and photography than I do, he was giving me a brief tutorial. Thanks for being such a trooper, hun.
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I took a few liberties with the original recipe (it’s supposed to have ground pistachios – yum!) so maybe one of these days, either myself or the BSFAM will blog about it in it’s true form. Even with my changes, this cake tasted just as good as it did the first time I tasted it. There’s a lovely contrast in texture from the creamy, rich chocolate cake and the ground nuts. You don’t taste the avocado at all. Sure, there’s a cup of butter in there, but the fattiness of the avocado definitely lends itself well to this cake.
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Not quite guilt-free indulging. Maybe make one of these amazing, healthy recipes first and then you can have a slice of this cake!

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80 thoughts on “Chocolate avocado cake for a Skinny #SundaySupper

  1. Oh ops, so sorry it didn’t work out first, I hate when that happens. I panic in those moments because I am always late with everything. Looks like we have similar habits yum choco avocado cake, I wonder what it tastes like. It looks super amazing on the pictures!.

  2. HAHAHA Nancy, I love you. First of all, I’m so curious–was the recipe you tried Joy the Baker’s vegan avocado cake? I must know so I don’t try it as well! Eek. Your description was quite…descriptive! Bleh. But omg the photos…are so beautiful! I was about to be like GIRL. WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN DOING. WHAT CAMERA ARE YOU USING. Before you so helpfully put in that photo of your hubby taking a photo with that fancy dslr. But the photos are looking gorg! I love the one of the cake in the green towel or whatever under the disaster frosting. So intriguingly bumpy!

    Also, now I really want to make this cake because it looks absolutely fabulous. Why all the butter why?!?!? (Although I am totally officially off my detox so…I could totally do this, just saying…:))

  3. I wouldn’t mind if my face “accidentally” crash landed in that cake! I LOVE that you use ground almonds and avocado! Baking using healthful ingredients is tons of fun and I’ll have to give your avocado trick a whirl!

  4. I aint mad you girl! Some things are just meant to be delicous in all of it’s 700 calories per slice glory! I’m a huge beliver in that some ingredients are just not meant to swapped with another ingredient. Like butter and sugar! I made non butter frosting for Levi birthday a few years ago and let me just say that I am very sorry Levi will never know the pleasures of butter frosting. I just served the cupcake with no frosting because it would be sack religeous to put that atrocity of a frosting on a perfectly good cupcake!

  5. One of my fave desserts to make and suprise people with is raw vegan chocolate mousse, i.e. avocado, tons of cocoa powder, agave, dash of vanilla – blend until suuuuuper creamy and smooth and chill. No one ever believes there’s avo in it, nor would they with your great cake!

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  7. Your cake looks fantastic! Sad the first didn’t turn out; I hate when I head out on a limb and things don’t turn out the way I had hoped. But, your second turned out beautiful. And, now you have me very intrigued to try avocado’s with chocolate. YUM!

  8. I’m a little late commenting, but these photos are gorgeous!!! that’s so cute that your husband helped you out a bit :P that’s so disappointing that the first avocado recipe didn’t work out, but at least this one worked out really well and it looked like it was incredibly delicious!!!

  9. I too wish I could make my baked treats healthier and lower calorie, but darn there’s nothing like butter, sugar and flour. In moderation how bad can it be. Anyway, yay for the husband for helping out with photo duties. Nice post!

  10. Wow, that cake looks so rich and dense…as it should be with all that butter, lol! You crack me up! I can’t even tolerate food that rich anymore, it upsets my tummy. I absolutely make sweets all the time because I love them, I just have to be careful with oils etc…which is why I come up with so many other ways. I’ve definitely found plenty of ingredients that completely mimic butter and sugar…it shocks people when they eat my desserts!
    I made a chocolate cake one time with avocado and I tasted the avocado instantly, guess I added too much or need to try it again. Your pics are beautiful, hubby did a great job!

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    • Hey Chantal! I’m so glad to hear the cake turned out well and that everyone you served enjoyed it! Thanks so much for letting me know – it’s always thrilling for me when someone actually attempts one of the recipes I post (also nail biting because I’d feel terrible if it didn’t turn out). Happy Sunday to you!

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