I absolutely LOVE avocados, but not in sweet recipes, at least until now. I've tried adding avocado to smoothies and did NOT like the texture because it became fluffy, so I was hesitant to try this recipe. Where did I get it? From the Costco magazine, of all places! My older daughter was reading through and tore it out because the picture looked decadent and scrumptious! I won't lie, I wasn't expecting much from this cake. Boy was I wrong!
Not only is it super simple (throw ingredients in food processor and blend), but there are not a lot of ingredients in this recipe. Win-win! Ready? Here we go:
For the cake:
2 large avocados, cut into large chunks (medium ripe preferred)
1 cup of raw, unfiltered honey
1 cup unsweetened cacao powder
1 cup almond flour
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (I used 3/4 tsp vanilla bean powder)
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
For the frosting:
1 large avocado, cut into large chunks (medium ripe preferred)
1/2 cup raw, unfiltered honey
1/2 cup unsweetened cacao powder
2 TB coconut oil
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Let's make the cake! In a food processor, add wet ingredients and process until smooth. In a separate bowl, combine all dry ingredients thoroughly, then pour into the food processor on top of the wet ingredients. Blend just until mixed. Pour into a 9 inch round cake pan that has been lightly coated with coconut oil. Bake for 35 minutes. Cool completely.
Prepare the frosting by blending all frosting ingredients in food processor until perfectly smooth. Chill at least 30 minutes, then spread on cooled cake.
You're done! This cake is rich, but not overly sweet. It satisfies the sweet tooth, but you don't feel heavy after eating it. I was very surprised that the texture is just like a regular cake. And the frosting is exactly what you're used to - thick and creamy! If I didn't tell you it was free of sugar and flour, you wouldn't know! Very little guilt with this baby!
This is where my creative side comes in. I love texture, even in cakes. You can take this cake and make it your own by adding chopped pistachios and chocolate covered espresso beans, like I did. Or slivered almonds, sliced strawberries, or take it even a step further and add a few drops of Orange Vitality essential oil to the batter and/or frosting! The options are endless, so take this basic chocolate fudge cake and make it your own. It's simple, it's decadent, it's gluten free, and it's DELICIOUS! Next time, we'll take this recipe and make cupcakes with it! What will you try? Share your ideas with me! I'd love to hear from you!