Friday, April 13, 2012


Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes

I was supposed to remember that I was supposed to send some cupcakes with Jobin to work on Thursday, as he had signed up to bring a dessert for a potluck. He said he wanted something small that he could carry along with him on his way to office. Last time, I baked him these yummy Vanilla Cupcakes with Glossy Chocolate Frosting. This time he suggested Madeleines and I agreed to it 100% because I love baking those dainty things.

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So after our trip,he casually reminded me on Wednesday that I should be getting the dessert ready for him on Thursday morning. That's when the reality struck me. There were no eggs, no butter and hardly any milk left in the fridge. Now, Target (a supermarket) is like a 10 mins walk through the skyway but I didn't think about it, rather chose not to :-) I told him that we can go shopping once he is back from work and I can make the batter and leave it the fridge which would give me those nice Madeleines with a fat belly.
Later, when I was alone at home, I realised that it's better if I could bake something and get it ready by evening than wait till the next morning because I know what a sleepyhead I am.

Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes

So when we went grocery shopping with our cousins in Chicago, our veggie bags got mixed up and I realised it only after we got back home to Minneapolis. I saw a bag filled with Avocados along with some bananas. I didn't know what I was going to do with it because I am not an Avocado lover. Forget about loving it, I don't like it at all. I don't like fruits which are tasteless in it's raw form. Anyhow, I put it along with my other veggies into the fridge thinking I shall do something with it,someday.

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And I did do something with it, not very long after that! :-) Since I was butterless & eggless I thought of using Avocado because I have heard about how buttery that fruit is. We call it butter fruit in Kerala. So I went online and searched for some recipes and I was rewarded with this simple chocolate cupcake recipe and a super duper easy chocolate frosting recipe with Avocados! I decided to go ahead with it , so I called him up and told him my plans of switching from Madeleins to Cupcakes. Jobin lets me make the decision when it comes to food, so this time it was no different :-)

Recipe source: Joy the Baker Cookbook
Makes 14 cupcakes

1 1/2 c flour
1/4 c cocoa powder
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 Avocado, mashed up
1 c sugar
2 tbsp oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp vinegar
1 c water

Method: Preheat the oven to 350F/180C and line a muffin tin .
In a bowl,mix flour, cocoa, baking powder & baking soda together. In a large bowl, mix avocado,sugar,oil, vanilla,vinegar & water.Add the dry to the wet and fold it using a spatula until the batter is mixed well. Pour out 1/4 c of batter into each muffin cup and bake for 18-20 mins or until done. Let it cool.

Recipe source: not quite Betty Crocker

1/4 c cocoa
1/2 avocado
75 g sugar
1 1/2 tsp vanilla

Method: Blend all the ingredients together in a mixie/food processor until creamy and smooth. Decorate the cooled cupcakes with the frosting.

I used an offset spatula and just smeared the frosting over each cupcake. If you want to pipe it, I would suggest that you double the recipe.Also, you can flavour the frosting with espresso,orange extract, peppermint extract etc.

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So he knew the cupcakes had avocados in it. When he got back from work, he found me frosting the cupcakes so I asked him if he wanted to taste test one. He obliged, like always and took a bite of it. He nodded in agreement when I asked him if they were good. After chewing down one half of the cupcake, he asked me what's the frosting made of...a question I was waiting all this while to answer. When I told him it had just avocados, cocoa & sugar, he was definately surprised! I don't think he thought I would go that far with that fruit :-)

This frosting kind of sets and loses it's sticky property so this is perfect to pack and send it to wherever you want!The cupcakes were super moist and the frosting was rich and creamy.No one would guess it has what it has :-)


Shobha said...

Never tried making any cake adding veggies...sounds interesting.

Poornima Nair said...

Those cupcakes look fabulous and I love the green. I've had the frosting bookmarked for a long time, I can now try it without doubts. Were they a hit at work?

Hamaree Rasoi said...

Simply delicious and lovely cupcakes. Wonderfully prepared.Decoration is simply mind blowing.


KrithisKitchen said...

This is awesome... love the fact it being all avocado and no butter and eggs... would love to try..

Unknown said...

wow awesome combo....luv it! will surely try this....amazing clicks...

Jina said...

Avocado is my fave fruit converted vegetable. Too bad it has a lot of fat.
I had avocado icecreams and dessert in Brazil. But I would have never thought of avocado cup cakes.
As usual, it looks awesome.

Rose /Magpie said...

This is just brilliant Ria!

Rahin said...

every since I saw the avacado cake recipe on Cool Lassie's blog I wanted to try it , ur post is a reminder, cupcakes look decadent, v delicious

Richa said...

my kind of cupcakes!

Manju @ Manjus Eating Delights said...

looks nice...have u used just 1/2 avocado for the entire cupcake recipe?

Ria Mathew said...

Thanks everyone for your valuable feedback!

Manju, yes just 1/2 an avocado as mentioned in the recipe.

Unknown said...

Looks soft and f;uffy...beautiful looking cupcakes

Archana said...

Looks delicious. I hate avocado too so next time I will make these muffins, frosting I ma not sure but muffins yes.

Priya Suresh said...

Wow cupcakes looks terribly moist and incredible..

www.mahaslovelyhome.com said...

delicious inviting cup cakes.

cfp123 said...

deliciously delicious.....

Anonymous said...

Wow, thanks for linking back! Amazing looking cupcakes!! :) Beth

notyet100 said...

Bookmarking this,..looks super delicious

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