Tuesday, 17 July 2012

Chocolate, walnut and avocado sponges

I recently made a beetroot cake for the first time and was quite impressed by the subtle flavours and moistness it offered. Carrot cake is another favourite of mine as, again, I like the subtle flavour the carrot brings as well as great texture. I always make cakes with fruit in but I have never tried making a dessert with avocado due to its lack of sweetness but as my beetroot cake was a success I thought I would give it a go. Whilst avocados are not sweet, they have a high fat content, which makes them a great addition to a dessert; in my recipe I use a small amount of butter but it can be left out altogether if you prefer. I did not have a problem finding ripe avocados in our house as my daughter is currently weaning and loves them. Avocados do have a high fat content so we should never eat them in abundance but as with all foods ( in my opinion) everything in moderation is good for you, whether that be on the body or the mind. There are lots of great vitamins to be found in avocados and you can make great salads, sandwiches and savoury treats with them but for this recipe I have gone for the full on treat that will give you a different chocolate fix. This recipe also includes vanilla essence to give an extra dimension to the cake. I used Ndali vanilla, which is a great fair-trade product that I came across when reading Vanessa Kimbell's experience of spending a week in Uganda visiting Ndali.





Ingredients

For sponge

125g self-raising flour
125g caster sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp baking powder
50g butter
1 avocado
2 tbsp cocoa powder
2 tbsp milk
1tsp vanilla essence
50g chopped walnuts

For filling

1 avocado
150-200g icing sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla essence

Method

1. Cream the butter and sugar in a large mixing bowl, until sooth then mash in the avocado until fully combined.
2. Add in the eggs and whisk together then add in the vanilla, milk cocoa powder and walnuts
3.  Fold in the flour and baking powder to complete your mix
4.  Line a baking tray with grease proof paper and place 6 greased stainless steel ' finishing ' rings ( I used rings that were 8cm ) onto the sheet. Fill each ring until 2/3 full and cook in an oven preheated to 180 degrees/gasmark 4 for 15 minutes.
5. Whilst the sponge is cooking, make the creamy filling by mashing the avocado with the vanilla essence then adding in the icing sugar bit by bit until you get a soft mixture that is thick enough to spread onto cake.
6. Once out of the oven allow the cakes to cook slightly then carefully remove rings. Slice the cakes in half through the middle of the cake, top the bottom half of the cake with the avocado cream then place the top half on top of the cream and dust the top with icing sugar.


4 comments:

  1. What a super recipe and so healthy !

    I love that you used a fair trade product. You know I met the very people who are the farmers and to see the hope that a fair and decent wage really means is beyond any words I can write in a comment. But you can see that when children have hope there is a light in their eyes - so thank you.

    All kindness

    Vanessa

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  2. Ooh these look yummy. I have an avocado which needs using too. So glad to have discovered you! x

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  3. What an interesting idea.
    I have a whole cookbook dedicated to using veg in cake recipes to make them healthier but I have to admit that I haven't tried any of them.
    I might give this a go next time I have an avacardo in my veg box.
    Caroline

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