Avocado marble cake

Do you like avocados?

No? 

Yes?

Sorta?

I think people either love them or hate them. There is no “in-between”…lol.

Maybe it’s the ghoulish green color that throws people off???

My brother, sister and even my husband can’t stand them…lol.

Turns out that as a kid, I used to hate them too. According to my mom, she would try force-feeding them to me but I would close my mouth so tightly shut that she couldn’t even get a spoonful in… lol. 

The ironic part is that NOW, I love avocados in pretty much everything… dips, tacos, burritos, salads sandwiches, cookies (Yes! Even cookies! I found a fantastic avocado chocolate chip cookie recipe that you should try).

I have been working on this avocado marble cake recipe since Summer but every time I made it, something was missing. After a gajillon tweaks, this recipe is now PERFECT…it has actually become my new favorite cake recipe and I thought that would NEVER happen coz I am obsessed with my chocolate cake recipe…lol ;)

This cake is soft and moist…

Not too dense like a pound cake but not too airy like a chiffon cake either…there’s a nice balance.

And if you are short on butter or oil, you can still make this cake coz 1 avocado replaces all oil and butter. Pretty cool and it’s a healthy replacement too ;)

I know most of you are worried that you will taste the avocados but trust me when I say this=> You can’t taste them at all. My husband couldn’t tell and he has a very strong palette! 

Whenever I try a new cake recipe, I make a few cupcakes too just to see if it the batter tastes better as an actual slice or as a cupcake. 

In this case, cupcakes don’t work… at least not for me! They look cute but they feel too heavy and dense to be a cupcake. I prefer the actual cake version so much more! But, since everyone has different tastes, I have included directions for making cupcakes too…

To make this fabulous cake, you will need the following ingredients:

Avocado cake batter:

1 avocado (pureed into a smooth paste so there are no lumps)
2 1/2 cups sugar
4 large eggs
1/8 tsp salt
4 tsp baking powder
2 tbsp vanilla extract
1 cup fat free milk
1/2 cup evaporated milk
3 cups all-purpose flour 

Chocolate batter to create the “marbling” effect: 

1 1/2 cup avocado batter (same as above)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
4-5 tbsp of evaporated milk (more or lesss may be needed to make batter smooth)
5 tbsp sugar

And here are the steps:

Step 1:
Puree your avocado into a smooth paste so there are no lumps. I found a blender worked well for this and then I just dumped the pureed avocados into a deep mixing bowl.
Then, add sugar and mix everything. 

Step 2:
Add eggs, one at a time, and mix until everything is smooth but don’t stop…

…continue mixing for about 3 minutes until the batter becomes light green and creamy.

Step 3:
Add, flour, fat free milk, evaporated milk, salt, baking powder and vanilla extract.

Step 4:
Mix everything until the batter is well-blended. The batter will be thick! Don’t worry…

Step 5:
Now, scoop out 1 1/2 cups of this avocado cake batter and put it in separate bowl. 

Add cocoa powder, sugar and evaporated milk. Mix until everything is smooth. 

Step 6:
Pour your avocado cake batter into 2 loaf pans (Dimensions: 9x3x3). Fill them a little less than half-way each.

Step 7:
Now, add random spoonfuls of chocolate batter on top of the avocado cake batter.

Step 8:
Run a btter knife through the batter to create a “marbling” effect. You can use a toothpick too.

Step 9:
Bake at 350 degrees for about 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.

Step 10:
If you decide make cupcakes instead of the cake (though I don’t suggest you do but you can try and you may like it), all you need to do is scoop out 1 tbsp of the avocado batter into cupcake liners.

Step 11:
Then, pour 1 tsp of chocolate batter on top. You can use a toothpick to marble it but I didn’t.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. 

And you are done!

Making this cake is a little time-consuming but worth it coz it doesn’t disspoint!

And the the best thing about this marble cake is there is no need to make it pretty. Thanks to all those swirls, it’s already beautiful Laughing

Do you have a favorite avocado cake or cookie recipe? If so, please share … I like trying out new recipes Wink
 
Until next time, take care y’all Smile

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73 thoughts on “Avocado marble cake

  1. Henna

    an avocado cake huh? I would have never imagined! I tried a chocolate zucchini cake this summer and I was blown away by how a vegetable added to an otherwise heavy dessert just took it to the next level! Im sure this tastes amazing :)

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  2. chicago foodie girl

    Oooh, this looks great! I had an avocado cupcake for the first time last summer (avocado vanilla cake w/salted avocado frosting) – it was surprisingly delicious. I’m definitely going to have to give this a try.

    Happy 2013!

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  3. Anne@FromMySweetHeart

    I LOVE avocados! But I have yet to use them in baking! This marble cake is just beautiful. And I can only imagine how moist it must be! I’ve got to start sneaking those avocados into my batter! Happy New Year Abeer! : )

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  4. MaryMoh

    Oh wow…wow…..this is very interesting. Never thought of avocado in a cake! I would love to try it one day. I never tried avocado until one day my sweet mother-in-law made avocado drink with condensed milk. I was hooked to it in an instant. That was so refreshing and delicious. These days I love avocado in salad. I even made salmon avocado pizza and it was really good. Thanks very much for sharing your recipe. I need to bookmark it. Take care and hope you have a lovely day.

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  5. thoma

    Merry merry merry…you’re a darling!!!!!!!!!! Me trying this cake right away!! I’ve gathered avocado complements taste magically though tasteless by itself!

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  6. Sawsan @chef in disguise

    I love avocados and have a few in the freezer that I stored to make smoothies. Now I can’t wait to try this marble cake recipe :)
    P.S. I love how scientific you are with recipes. Trying them as a cake and cupcake…brilliant

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  7. Wendy Irene

    I love, love, LOVE avocados! :) But I didn’t like them as a kid either. I think the green color probably grossed me out. Baking with them is such a great idea. I’ve been thinking about making an avocado chocolate mousse. Have you ever tried that before?

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  8. kale

    i think you’re right, it’s not a "kinda" thing. love or hate. personally I LOVE them!! but i’ve never seen a recipe like this. so cool!

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  9. Becky

    I have never tried baking with avocado, either, but your your cake is gorgeous. I can’t wait to try it. The cake would be much healthier with the avocado.

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  10. john@kitchenriffs

    I like avocados, though they’re one of those foods I can take or leave (a good guacamole is terrific, however). Never had them in cake – very creative! And it looks so terrific. Thanks so much.

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  11. Isabelle @ Crumb

    Avocado in cake? I’m intrigued! I’ve tried avocado ice cream before, so I know that avocado can work well in desserts, but I can’t say I’ve ever thought to put it in cake… love the subtle green colour it adds to the batter, though!

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  12. Suzanne

    Ok this cake looks really good and I’m sure it’s moist too. Avocados are one of my favorite fruits since I grew up with a tree in my backyard but I never thought of it in a dessert wow.

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  13. Abeer

    @anon: omg! i am soo sorry… i forgot to type in the baking powder. i really hope you didn’t bake this cake yet coz it was 4 teaspoons. that’s quite a bit and without that, i don’t think the cake would work at all :S

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  14. Cass @foodmyfriend

    I am in the love group. Avocado would be in every meal if I had my way! My Nan puts them into banana smoothies and it makes it thicker than ice cream does! Your cake looks really beautiful. Love the marble effect :)

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  15. Erica

    Oh my! That is genius, I’ve never tried avocado in sweets before — My dad is SUPER picky, I’m going to make him this cake and see if he notices the avocado!

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  16. EA Stewart

    I am just like you…really disliked avocados as a kid, but love ‘em now! My dad was forced to eat them growing up {had tons growing at his house in San Diego} & still dislikes them to this day. Love your cake with the cocoa avocado swirl-looks so moist and delicious!

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  17. rita cooks italian

    I love avocados! I eat avocados mainly with salad or combined with mozzarella cheese and tomatoes DELICIOUS. I’ve never tried to bake a cake with it…It looks moist and delicious. Thank you for sharing the marble effect tip!!

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  18. Monet

    I adore baking with avocados and this looks just delicious! Thank you for sharing with us. I hope you have a great start to your week. Stay healthy, happy, and warm!

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  19. Jerry | Simply Good Eating

    Abeer,

    I like how you incorporated the avocado into your marble cake. I love avocados on pretty much anything but I never tried making cake with it so this is something I look forward to trying out. Thanks for sharing this great post :)

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  20. Gina

    Hi i made this cake yesterday and i used 2 avocados instead of 1..I used home milk instead of evaporated milk cuz i didnt have any at home.. I baked the cake in 1 9by5 loaf pan at 350 for 75 min….but the results were not that good..the cake was very dull tasting and super moist…i dont know if it was underdone and i used 2 tsp of baking powder instead of 4…what did i do wrong…the presentation was nice …plz help me thx

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  21. Abeer

    Hey Gina,
    I don’t think using homo milk was the problem…it shouldn’t really have affected it.
    But yes, this cake really needs the 4 tsp of baking powder, not 2 and 1 avocado is more than enough. Using 2 would affect the texture of this cake considerably and may make it too moist to the extent that it doesn’t taste good.
    So, try out the recipe without any changes and see how it goes….it should work :)

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  22. Gina

    Ok thank you so much for replying i will try this recipe out again tonight and i will definetly let you know how it turns out…thx again

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  23. Abeer

    Oh and Gina…you said you used 1 big pan. I use 2 pans (9×3) when making this cake. So, i am not sure how using 1 pan would affect the cake or the baking time….
    But, let me know how it goes…good luck :)

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  24. Shibi Thomas

    Wow you got a wonderful collection of cakes and its really hard to pick one, because they all look awesome!!!! I have some avocados and I am definitely making this marble cake. Thank you so much for stopping by at my blog.

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  25. Shanny

    Made this cake yesterday and my kids loved it! :) They didn’t realised that there’s avocado in them until my older boy said, there’s something inside…. He loves avocado. Hubby didn’t really enjoy a not so airy cake, too bad for him! And since Ii can’t find evaporated milk and we dont do fat free, I used semi skimmed milk and it turned out great. Although I have to say, I can still taste the eggs which somewhat slightly. Is that normal? Would make this again but in chocolate perhaps? :)

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  26. Abeer

    @ Shanny,…It’s so great to hear your kids loved this cake!
    When it comes down to the smell and taste of eggs, I think it has something to do with the freshness of eggs. Lord knows when those eggs were produced and how long they have been in transit before it hit the market shelves. Also, I have noticed some brands of eggs have an after-taste that I can tell coz i have a strong palette..hehe. My advice would be to try different brands of eggs and see which works best for you. It may seems crazy BUT some brands of eggs seem to have a stronger flavor and smell and some have a more milder taste/flavor. Have you tried organic eggs? They are a little pricey but in my opinion, those are the best… no artificial hormones or weird things were used to get those eggs and that really affects the overall quality of eggs :)
    I hope this helps. Keep me posted on any variations you try :D

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  27. Gina

    Making this tomorrow for breakfast with the leftover avocado we have from making guacamole… so excited!

    I’m planning on cutting back on some of the sugar…. I’ll let you know how it goes :)

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  28. Gina

    I poured the cake into 3 pans and baked them for about 1 hour… but they all came out overly wet, moist, or "gummy". The cakes all rose and achieved a nice golden color on the top, but the inside is just a gooey mess! When they cool they firm up a bit, but still too moist. Any ideas why?

    I did cut the sugar from 2 1/2 cups to 1/2 cup to make it more of a breakfast thing…

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  29. Abeer

    Hey Gina…i haven’t tried any modifications with this recipe. The top does usually crack a little but it should not stay gummy. Also, i don’t know how changing the sugar quantity would affect it but one of my blogger friends made it using 1-1/4 cups suar and it came out fine for her. Since you cut down the sugar by soooooo much, it could have somehow affected the consistency of this cake and caused it to become gummy. The ratio of the flour and sugar must have become veryyyyy imbalanced. Please try and make this cake again without any changes and let me know how it goes :)

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  30. Chi

    So excited to try this cake but was wondering what size avocado you used? I’ve seen the large ones at costco and smaller ones at the local grocery store. Is there a "cup" amount you can guess at? Thanks!

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  31. cakewhiz

    @Chi… I don’t know about the exact cup measurement. But, I don’t use those bog avocados. I used the regular sized ones from my local grocery store. Happy caking :)

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  32. Melissa

    This is awesome!!! Although I must admit, I halved the recipe and forgot to half the chocolate portion so it was more chocolate than vanilla! It was so good!!! I also added 2T of canola oil just because no oil at all made me nervous!! :) Thanks for such a great recipe that is lowfat to feed my family!

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  33. Marcy

    This sounds so good!! But can anyone tell me if it is just 1(one) Avocado or 1 cup of Avocado?? As it says 1 and then in direction on pureeing them it says Avocados…as in more then one so I am confused? Thanks! :)

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  34. Calandra

    These are in the oven, but the recipe didn’t mention anything about greasing the pans, so I didn’t, cringing with worry. THEN I noticed that your pans looked floured. I hope they come out okay :S

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  35. Mira

    This sounds very interesting, never added avocet to cake, but can’t wait to try it. I’m curious about the taste, avocado + evaporated milk, must be good.

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