Thursday, 21 February 2013

Avocado Marble Cake

Some people love avocados and some don't. I am on the side which adores this fruit to bits. I can eat avocados as it is, but mostly I prefer it in a smoothie or salad. My family is divided on this fruit as well. My hubby won't eat it as its high in purine and may cause gout, my eldest daughter wouldn't touch it, but my two younger ones love it as much as I do. When I saw this Avocado Marble Cake from Cake Whiz, I immediately put it on my growing to-bake list. This recipe quickly found its way to the top of that list when I saw some avocados on sale at the supermarket.

The most amazing thing about this cake is that it uses no butter or oil. The avocado "acts" as the oil/butter in this recipe and gives it a lovely moist texture. The texture is almost difficult to describe. It isn't light and fluffy like normal butter cakes and neither is it dense like pound cakes. If I have to compare it to something, I would say it is like the Chinese steamed egg cake (Ji Dan Gao) which is moist and slightly chewy. The chocolate batter added a chocolate-y taste to the cake which made it even more delicious. The best part was no one could tell there were any avocados in the cake and even the ones who do not touch this fruit at home ate it as well. 

I didn't make any changes to the recipe except that I cut down the sugar by half - that was sweet enough for me as I prefer my desserts not too sweet. I also had a little difficulty getting the avocado blended so I took 3 tbsp of milk from the 1 cup and added it to the avocado to make it easier to blend. 

Don't forget to participate in our Cook like a Star, Delia Smith blog hop event starting on 1st March 2013. This event is hosted by Zoe from Bake for Happy Kids, Baby Sumo from Eat your heart out and Mich from Piece of Cake (myself!). Hope that you can be the trend-setter of this event. 

Avocado Marble Cake (2 loaves 9x3x3 inches)
Recipe from here

Avocado Batter
  • 1 avocado (pureed into a smooth paste so there are no lumps)
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar (Reduced to 1 1/4 cup)
  • 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 (I used low-fat 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 (I omitted this)
  • Puree your avocado into a smooth paste so there are no lumps using a blender or food processor (I had a little difficulty getting the avocado blended so I took 3 tbsp of milk from the 1 cup and added it to the avocado to make it easier to blend).
  • Place mixture into a mixing bowl. Add sugar and beat well. 
  • Add eggs, one at a time, and mix until everything is smooth ...continue mixing for about 3 minutes until the batter becomes light green and creamy.
  • Add, flour, fat free milk, evaporated milk, salt, baking powder and vanilla extract.
  • Mix everything until the batter is well-blended. The batter will be thick. 
  • Scoop out 1 1/2 cups of this avocado cake batter and put it in separate bowl for the chocolate batter. Add cocoa powder, sugar and evaporated milk. Mix until everything is smooth.
  • Pour your avocado cake batter into 2 loaf pans. Fill them a little less than half-way each.
  • Now, add random spoonfuls of chocolate batter on top of the avocado cake batter.
  • Run a butter knife through the batter to create a "marbling" effect. You can use a toothpick too.
  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for about 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
  • Best served warm!


  1. hi,love this cake belly much,,haha,,
    but these avacoda is belly fattening yah,,
    any subsitute..can share yah,,,

    1. Hi, I reckon something like pumpkin might work? Though I haven't tried it out...

  2. I love that you used avocado in this marble cake. Avocados are so healthy for you and your marble cake looks divine!!

  3. hi,,how much is one cup of flour in gram,,
    and can i used fresh milk for the one cup
    milk-or used total 1.1/2 cup of evaporated milk,,
    hope you can share,,

    1. 1 cup of flour is 120g. I think you can use all fresh milk or all evaporated milk. Evaporated milk tastes better than fresh milk in bakes.

  4. I love it...healthy and unique! Great post!

  5. Looks fluffy and colour of the cake looks good too. I am thinking of baking orange mable cake.

  6. Mich, I had no idea that avocado can be used in a cake! So interesting, I will KIV this recipe when I get avocados. Sounds very yummy!

  7. I never try Avocado with marble cake before, next time must try it. Your cake looks delectable.

  8. Hi, Mich, I love avocado too and surprisingly this cake still looks in pretty yellow colour though using 1 avocado. Love it. I don't know how to make the marble effect???

    1. Jessie, all you have to do is put the chocolate batter on top, take a tooth pick or a knife and draw designs all over... the chocolate marble effect will spread out.

  9. Looks great! Can't tell without any butter added. I like avocado and used to eat as smoothie.

  10. What a great idea and yes I love avocados so no problem for me. looking forward to your new challenge.

  11. Hi Mich
    First time come across avocado is used to make cakes....quite rare having it for cakes. You made this cake looking so well baked.

  12. Oh yum yum! I love avocados in bakes! It gives that unique creaminess & much healthier too! Thumbs up! Definitely a good bake to have after all those CNY food, lol!

  13. Nice work, Mich. I've yet tried baking anything with avocado. Must be so tasty good. thanks for sharing.

  14. What a great idea to use avocados! I'd love to give this a try.

  15. Very inventive as usual Mich! The avocado must add lots of richness and goodness to this cake. It looks beautiful and professionally made Mich, I always love your baking!

  16. A very beautiful marbled cake. I only had avocado muffins before, need to get some to try this one.

  17. I love avocados too, but they're pretty expensive in KL. I think usually RM4-5 each. Your cake looks so good... I like that you used avocado in lieu of butter/oil. Thumbs up!

  18. Hi Mich! Avocados are buttery enough... no need butter!

    Like avocado milk shake! Yum!

  19. This looks just lovely. I have made a few baked treats with avocado, and I'm pleased with them each time. These photographs all look just scrumptious, my friend. Thank you for sharing....and for injecting a dose of sweetness into my day. I hope you have a great end to your week!

  20. Even though I don't like avocado , I can't help but lick my lips when I saw that beautifully marbled cake lol

  21. So pretty! I'm always fascinated by marble cake! We love avocado, but I only use in savory dishes. This is a beautiful cake!

  22. hi Mich, i am very intrigued by this cake - avocado and no oil/butter. Going straight to the top of my to-bake list!

  23. I baked avocado cake once, quite a good one., your version with chocolate topping, sound so great!

  24. I love this avocado cake! It sounds so healthy since it's without butter! Definitely a good save of calories especially after all that lapis!! Lol

  25. You know what? My Nan puts avocado in smoothies and she used to put it into our banana smoothies when we were kids and we had no idea. I was intrigued, my brother was horrified. Yummy cake Mich!

  26. Your cake looks so moist and yummy! I have never tried baking with avocado before. I am one of those who love avocados, I could eat it as it is! I especially love it in guacamole! Interesting to use it as an ingredient in a cake!

  27. This is one amazing cake!
    I know avocado replaces butter - I'm made Avocado Brioche (I have the post on my blog), but never thought of a cake
    I like this, and like the adventure in baking such a cake

  28. Beautiful cake Mich! If not for the title, I wouldn't have known that it contains avocado ;) I'm okay with eating avocado on its own, but definitely not in a smoothie/milkshake... haha. I'm adding this cake to my already-very-long baking list! ;)

  29. hi mich, i mostly eat avocado as it is as in sandwiches. Never tried it in cakes tho...i like the marble effects on the cake. Very appealing!

  30. Oh Mich, you are such a talented baker - the avocado marble cake looks divine and how exciting to host your own challenge. Good Luck, I'm sure it will be very popular!

  31. Hi Mich,
    I love avocado too, especially in sushi :p
    I made chilled cheesecake with it once, it is great.

    Oh! Your cake looks moist and texture look great.
    I love your marble too .
    I will definitely cook or bake a dish from Delia Smith.
    Have a great week ahead.