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Creamy Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cake

Avocados are the perfect addition to vegan desserts. They thicken it up, add extra creaminess, and maintain a low profile (flavour-wise) so that other ingredients can take centre stage. (They’re modest that way.) In this case, chocolate is the star of the show, but avocados are the behind-the-scenes winners. Try this rich and creamy avocado chocolate cake yourself, and you’ll see what we mean.

Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cake

2 ½ cups gluten-free all-purpose flour or regular all-purpose flour

2 cups coconut sugar

1 cup cocoa powder sifted

3 teaspoons baking soda

½ teaspoon salt

½ cup avocado oil

1 avocado

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 T. espresso balsamic vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) (Olive Oil stores carry espresso vinegar)            

2 cups water or cold coffee

Coconut Fudge Frosting

¼ cup coconut oil

1 ½ cup coconut sugar

1 cup flaked coconut

¾ cup chopped pecans (optional)

3 T. maple syrup

2 T. cashew milk

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Method

For the cake: In a large bowl, whisk together flour, coconut sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt. In a smaller bowl, using a hand blender, mix together oil, avocado, vanilla, vinegar and water until smooth. Pour wet mixture into dry ingredients and whisk well (mixture will be thick). Pour into greased and floured 9 x 11 inch oblong cake pan. If batter it is too thick to get a smooth surface, dip a knife into water and smooth top of batter.

Bake in 350°F oven 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the centre comes out clean. Let cool completely in pan.

Frosting: Melt coconut oil in pan and add coconut sugar, salt and maple syrup. Heat all until sugar as well blended and mixture begins to boil. Remove from the heat. Using a hand mixer, blend in cashew milk, vanilla and coconut and pecans. Spread over cake. Enjoy!