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Cakespy: Chocolate Avocado Cake With Avocado Buttercream

[Original artwork and photographs: Jessie Oleson]

Yes, you heard me. Chocolate avocado cake. With avocado buttercream.

Trust me, I too had my doubts about this vaguely healthy-sounding, bright green-topped confection. But after reading Joy The Baker, who raved "It actually worked! It was honest-to-goodness delicious!" I felt that it was worth a try.

Plus, with the Super Bowl—only the biggest avocado consumption day of the year—just around the corner, chances are you might have an extra avocado or two lying around. Why not make use of it by making a sweet treat full of good fat?


The verdict? True to Joy's word, the cake is pretty fantastic—amazingly dense, and not at all avocado-y. The frosting may be a bit more of an acquired taste—it is definitely different from a typical buttercream, with a flavor that is light and creamy and vaguely nutty-citrusy tasting—but if the concept of avocado buttercream is simply too much to digest, I'll bet the cake would taste great with a chocolate or fudge buttercream too.

Chocolate Avocado Cake With Avocado Buttercream

About the author: Jessie Oleson is a Seattle-based writer, illustrator, and cake anthropologist who runs Cakespy, an award-winning dessert website.

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