Chocolate Avocado Cake

Are you looking for a sweet treat without all the guilt? This Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake might just fit the bill. I used avocados to create a rich, velvety chocolate cake. I think you’re gonna love it.

If you’re into vegan cake as much as I am, you should think about making my Vegan Vanilla Cake with Chocolate Frosting. Oh, and don’t forget my Vegan Coconut Cake. It’s a dreamy, delicious cake!

A slice of chocolate cake sits next in front of the rest of the cake.

I remember the first time I saw someone use avocado in a cake. I’m glad there wasn’t a camera pointed at me because I’m pretty sure the expression on my face wasn’t pleasant. I’m not one to hide my feelings on my sleeve, particularly when it comes to food.

But then I finally tried a cake with avocado in it, and it wasn’t too bad. In fact, it was pretty good. I decided to make my own cake with avocado. My first one was this Lemon Avocado Cake (see link below the recipe). That was pretty darn good.

So I figured a Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake had to be the next, natural step in my avocado-loving progression.

Benefits of Avocado in a Cake

I think we’re all paying a little more attention to the food we eat these days, particularly when it comes to fats. I know it can be confusing, understanding nutrition and its role in our health, but one thing we can say for sure, getting healthy fats from plant-based sources is a good idea. And that’s where the avocado comes in.

I once read that eating an avocado is better than taking a vitamin. Let’s talk about the nutrition of Avocados:

  • Vitamin K
  • Folate
  • Potassium
  • Vitamin E
  • Monounsaturated Fats.

So how exciting an avocado can be? Don’t even get me started on dark chocolate. 🙂

This vegan chocolate avocado cake is moist, rich, and a perfect indulgence any day of the week.

How to Make Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake with Chocolate Frosting

It’s fun to make this moist and yummy Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake with Chocolate Frosting! Just heat your oven to 350°F. Spray two round cake pans with vegetable spray.

Pour the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.

In a food processor combine the vegetable oil, mashed avocado, water, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla. Pulse until smooth.

Add avocado mixture to flour mixture. Stir to combine. Pour into prepared cake pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle, comes out clean.

When done, remove the cakes from the oven. Allow to cool about 10 minutes, and then invert each cake on a plate or wire rack to cool completely.

In the meantime, make the frosting placing the chocolate chips in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Pour about 1/4 cup plant-based milk over the chocolate chips and stir to combine. Microwave for one minute. Place a plate over the top of the bowl to cover and set aside for a minute. The chips should be melted. If not, heat for another 30 seconds until melted.

Once the chocolate chips are melted, add the powdered sugar and stir to combine. Add additional plant-based milk until you achieve a nice, spreadable consistency.

Once the cakes are cooled, spread half of the frosting on the top side of one of the cakes. Place the second cake on top of the bottom, frosted cake. Then add the remaining frosting to the top cake and spread evenly across the top.

A slice of vegan chocolate avocado cake sits next to a glass mug of coffee.

Ch-Ch-Ch-Ch-Changing

I happen to love this vegan chocolate avocado cake exactly the way it is, but that doesn’t mean you have to. In fact, I encourage you to think, no dream, about the ways you might want to change this recipe. Make it your own. Take it for a spin. If you need some ideas to get the ol’ ball rolling, well, here are some ideas I have for changing up this recipe:

  • If you’re into it, add a teaspoon or so of cinnamon. The good news is it will add a little spice and cinnamon plays a role in keeping blood sugar from spiking
  • I could see adding a tablespoon or two of peanut butter powder
  • How about shaving some dark chocolate over the top? It would look so dramatic!
  • Play around with the sugar quantities to find the perfect level of sweetness for you
  • Try coconut sugar instead of granulated sugar for a healthier twist
  • To make this gluten-free, simply use gluten-free baking flour

Go ahead, run with these ideas, or come up with others to make this Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake something completely unique!

A slice of chocolate cake sits next in front of the rest of the cake.

Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake

This moist and delicious Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake uses the fat from an avocado to create a dense, chocolate cake with just the right amount of sweetness.
4.5 from 2 votes
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Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 14
Calories: 456kcal
Author: Marly

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Heat your oven to 350°F. Spray two round cake pans with vegetable spray.
  • Pour the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, salt, and baking powder into a mixing bowl. Stir to combine.
  • In a food processor combine the vegetable oil, mashed avocado, water, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla. Pulse until smooth.
  • Add avocado mixture to flour mixture. Stir to combine. Pour into prepared cake pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted in the middle, comes out clean.
  • When done, remove the cakes from the oven. Allow to cool about 10 minutes, and then invert each cake on a plate or wire rack to cool completely.
  • In the meantime, make the frosting placing the chocolate chips in a large, microwave-safe bowl. Pour about 1/4 cup plant-based milk over the chocolate chips and stir to combine. Microwave for one minute. Place a plate over the top of the bowl to cover and set aside for a minute. The chips should be melted. If not, heat for another 30 seconds until melted.
  • Once the chocolate chips are melted, add the powdered sugar and stir to combine. Add additional plant-based milk until you achieve a nice, spreadable consistency.
  • Once the cakes are cooled, spread half of the frosting on the top side of one of the cakes. Place the second cake on top of the bottom, frosted cake. Then add the remaining frosting to the top cake and spread evenly across the top.

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Nutrition Facts
Vegan Chocolate Avocado Cake
Amount Per Serving
Calories 456 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Sodium 88mg4%
Potassium 213mg6%
Carbohydrates 81g27%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 50g56%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 15IU0%
Vitamin C 1.1mg1%
Calcium 71mg7%
Iron 4.1mg23%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

If you’re into vegetarian or vegan avocado dessert recipes, check these recipes out:

Whatever vegan dessert you’re dining on, enjoy!

3 Responses to Chocolate Avocado Cake

  1. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyLinda Reply

    Hi! I tried the recipe today and I wonder if I overmixed the batter or put too much oil, but it turned out raw on the inside. So it needed more than 40min in the oven (180 C). Also, I wonder if 2 tsp baking powder is enough for all that batter (~800ml flour). I’ll try again, nevertheless. 🙂

    • Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyMarly

      Hi Linda. Thanks for your comment. I find ovens can vary in temperature, so I would recommend baking it a little longer until you can insert a toothpick or piece of spaghetti in the middle and it comes out clean. I’ve made this cake several times and have seen a nice loft from the baking powder, and also the gluten in this recipe serves as a great binder. Hope this is helpful!

  2. Avatar thumbnail image for MarlyDiane Reply

    Never would have thought of this combination! I’m sure it’s delicious though.

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