What’s the first thing you think of, when you see an avocado? Guacamole. Right. But cake? Neither would I ;)
Avocados are like pineapples for me (sounds weird, I know). I see them in the supermarket and think “hm… I really like them. Haven’t had one in a while. Let me buy one!” – and then I look at them at home and think “I will do something with it tomorrow”. And after a couple of days they are rotten, because I never touched them again. It’s bad.
Finally I found something for avocados I will definitely do more often. Never thought I would like a cake made with avocados so much. It’s moist, tasty and plain delicious.
Now I only have to find a good and easy recipe for pineapples and I can buy them again ;)
INGREDIENTS / ZUTATEN
1-1 1/2 ripe avocados
1 tsp. lime juice
1 cup (220g) butter, at room temperature
1 cup (200g) sugar
1 tsp. vanilla extract
a pinch of salt
2 3/4 cups (350g) all-purpose flour
3 3/4 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup (50g) ground almonds
3 1/2 tbsp.(50ml) milk
For the glaze:
1 cup (125g) confectioner’s sugar
3 tbsp. lime juice
2 tbsp. chopped pistachios (unsalted)
1-1 1/2 reife Avocados
1 TL Limettensaft
220g weiche Butter
1 TL Vanille Extrakt (oder 1 P. Vanillezucker)
1 Prise Salz
1 P. Backpulver
50g gemahlene Mandeln
Für die Glasur:
3 EL Limettensaft
2 EL gehackte Pistazien
DIRECTIONS / ZUBEREITUNG
2. Grease a 12 inch loaf tin and dust with flour. Pour in the batter and even out the surface. Bake for 60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in the tin for several minutes.
3. While the cake is cooling down, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl mix the confectioner’s sugar with the lime juice. Remove the cake from the tin, place on a plate and spread the glaze with a brush on top and sprinkle with pistachios.
2. Die Kastenform einfetten und mit Mehl ausstäuben. Den Teig in die Form füllen, glattstreichen und bei 180°C für 60 Minuten backen. Mit einem Holzspieß testen, ob noch Teig kleben bleibt und erst herausnehmen, wenn der Holzspieß sauber herauskommt. Kuchen in der Form einige Minuten abkühlen lassen.
3. Während der Kuchen abkühlt die Glasur vorbereiten. Puderzucker mit dem Limettensaft in einer kleinen Schüssel zu einer glatten Masse verrühren. Kuchen aus der Form nehmen, auf einer Servierplatte platzieren und die Glasur mit einem Pinsel auf den Kuchen verteilen. Zum Schluß mit den Pistazien bestreuen.
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- Prep Time: 10
- Cook Time: 60
- Total Time: 80
For the dough
- 1–1 1/2 ripe avocados
- 1 tsp. lime juice
- 1 cup (220g) butter, at room temperature
- 1 cup (200g) sugar
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- a pinch of salt
- 4 eggs
- 2 3/4 cups (350g) all-purpose flour
- 3 3/4 tsp. baking powder
- 1/2 cup (50g) ground almonds
- 3 1/2 tbsp.(50ml) milk
For the glaze
- 1 cup (125g) confectioner’s sugar
- 3 tbsp. lime juice
- 2 tbsp. chopped pistachios (unsalted)
- Preheat the oven to 350˚F (180°C). Cut the avocado(s) in half and remove the flesh of the fruit. Add to a bowl and purée with the lime juice until creamy (use an immersion blender or a fork for example). Add butter, sugar, vanilla extract and salt and mix well. Add the eggs one by one and mix well. Mix the flour with the baking powder and the ground almonds. Add to the bowl in 2-3 portions in turns with the milk.
- Grease a 12 inch loaf tin and dust with flour. Pour in the batter and even out the surface. Bake for 60 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Let cool in the tin for several minutes.
- While the cake is cooling down, prepare the glaze. In a small bowl mix the confectioner’s sugar with the lime juice. Remove the cake from the tin, place on a plate and spread the glaze with a brush on top and sprinkle with pistachios.
- Enjoy baking!
- Serving Size: 12
What a great idea! Looks fabulous too!
This looks so delicious. Will try it ASAP! I might try making it with spelt as I’m meant to be eating low GI…
This looks delicious! I’ve been looking for recipes to use avocados in desserts. Apart from ice cream and coffee avocado mousse, this will be the third on my list to make. If the recipe works, I will make it for my customers at Puur Fren and will give you the credits for it :)
I bet you will like it! ;)
One question: do you use a mixer to mix all ingredients? Or by hand?
I used a fork to mash the avocado and then my KitchenAid to do the rest – but mixing all by hand will get the same result – you just get a little extra workout for your arms as a bonus ;)
Hi Marc, I’m new on your blog. I’m loving it, especially with the cookies recipes. Today I bake your avocado cake. It’s so so yummy. It’s moist, and I can taste the freshness of the avocado and having some almond make this cake perfect. I skip the glaze as I like the sweetness as it is. thank you.
happy to hear you like the cake – it’s also one of my favorites! :)
Hope you find me you like and bake…
How do I know if I need 1 or 1 1/2 avocados?
Depends on how much you like avocado ;) And how big they are. Small ones 1 1/2 – regular sized ones just 1.
Very, very yummy. Even my husband loved it and he turned up his nose when I mentioned avacado cake. Thank you for posting this recipe.
Yeah you always get them when you tell them afterwards ;)))
Algo hice mal, se quedó muy compacto. La masa era muy densa. A lo mejor puse demasiado aguacate. ¿La leche son solo 50 ml? Hoy volveré a intentarlo
Sorry if I reply in English ;)
The amount of milk is correct – if it was too dense, you might want to reduce the amount of avocado.
I used Hass avocados – they are not too big – maybe yours were larger?
Hi! I’ve made an avocado cake in the past using a different recipe and it turned out so wet like it was still half baked even if it was in the oven for more than an hour; among the ingredients are olive oil and ricotta. From your photos, the cake seems perfect. Would you know the measurement of the avocados in cups? Thanks very much!
unfortunately I can’t tell you the amount in cups – have never measured Avocado that way. The ones I buy are pretty much standard in size, so I assumed that would be enough to measure…
Thanks I have been looking for recipes for avocado cake because I think it will make a difference for sure
I’m very excited to have found this recipe to try! Could I substitute the lime for lemon or do you think lime is better?
lemon is also fine – no problem :)
This cake recipe is amazing! I added a touch of almond extract along with the vanilla; and added almond extract to the glaze. Instead of pistachios on top I continued with the almond theme and added chopped almonds on top instead. This was an amazingly delicious cake!
I made this cake today and it was heaven! Even my little ones devoured it. Since I live in high altitude I had to make a few changes so my cake won’t turn out dry:
-Used 1/4 c. honey+1/2 c. brown sugar instead of full sugar
-I used plain nonfat Greek yogurt instead of milk
-I used a deep cast iron skillet to bake and I like how it browned the exterior but the inside was kept really moist
happy your kids also liked it. Kids approval is always a good :)
Have never baked on high altitude – very interesting!
I am looking for sugar free ideas for cakes and all sort of bakery items. So far, I came up with:
3)berries (especially blackcurrant)
as substitutes for sugar.
The rest of the ingredients I normally use work just fine. The only issue is on the sugary side. If I need a cake rather than just bread, so… do you have any more ideas? Any of them would be very welcomed. Thank you for reading this.
I tried before another recipe for Avocado Cake and it turned bitter. I will try to make your recipe :) hope it won’t turn bitter…maybe I did something wrong with that other recipe.
It depends on the avocado tbh – they don’t like heat that much.
You can mask it with sugar, but that does not always work perfect…
Hi, thank you so much for this delicious cake recipe, i made it and it was a hit, i have a little question, when you taste it its delicious but at the end it taste a little bitter, do you know why it taste like that? maybe its because of tje lemon juice, or what else could make taste like that, excuse me, im form colombia so im not a perfect english writer, again, thanks for this beautiful aguacate recipe!
the lime juice could make it a bit sour but not really bitter, so I have no idea what could cause the bitterness. There is actually nothing that would normally taste bitter. Maybe you are sensitive to a combination of some of the ingredients? I don’t know. Sorry ;)
As I was a little worried about some of the comments re: bitterness, density… (also I didn’t feel like waiting for the last piece of butter to soften!), I made half the recipe, using a small springform pan. I used grapeseed oil in lieu of butter.
Guess what… it is indeed very good!
I noticed that the avocado flesh near the skin might have some bitterness… maybe the baker who asked about this had an especially bitter avocado?
The texture is different from a “regular” cake, more velvety perhaps. The outside developed a nice crust, As I only made a half recipe, it was in the oven for 45 minutes.
Happy to hear it worked well with the adaptions.
As I said in another comment – never had the problem with bitterness. If you use very ripe avocados this normally does not happen ;)
How much avocado is 1 1/2?
I made the cake and it came out very moist, but, a bit on the dense side! I used vegan butter since I am sensitive to lactose. I did not have a 12-inch loaf pan, so I used 3 9-inch layer cake pans. I then frosted it with a simple icing sugar frosting recipe which I dyed a light green to match the cake. My cake came out light green (the avocado flesh was green). I noticed that yours was yellow. Thanks for the recipe.
Going to make this today!
Marc, Can I use this recipe fir a 9×5 Loaf Pan?
Enjoyed this cake as did my two children. I didnt bother with the glaze, so it was more of a savoury cake. Very moist. I found that I used less flour than the recipe stated. I didn’t have lime so substituted for lemon juice. A nice result to being given some avocados by a friend!
Very nice! Happy to hear everything turned out nice :)
Hi! What can I substitute for the 12 inch loaf pan? they aren’t available where I am. Thank you!
Use a smaller one or a larger one ;)
You might have to dump some of the batter if your pan is much smaller, but you can also always use two pans or make some cupcakes with leftover batter…
Hi! Why does mine tasted bitter? I tried to reduce some of the ingredients because I don’t have a 12inch loaf pan? Is it because I reduced the measurement of the majority of the ingredients except for the avocadoes? Thanks.
Adapting the ingredients should not have an influence on the taste… unless you reduced the sugar by a lot. Having more avocado compared to the rest of the ingredients should have an effect on the texture of the cake at the most but not creating a bitter flavor.
The only thing I could think of is that the avocados were not ripe enough. They taste bitter at the beginning.
Ooh… I will try it again then. I’ll update you soon. By the way can I use an 8″ spring form pan instead? I can’t find a 12″ loaf pan in my area.
So good!!! I used ground pistachios instead of ground almonds, oat milk instead of milk, vegan butter instead of butter, and “egg powder” (also vegan) instead of eggs. It actually works really well as a vegan cake. I baked it for 55 minutes, but next time will bake 45-50… the egg powder tends to dry it out a bit.