30 June 2012

Avocado and Chocolate ON Banana CAKE?!

♬ 'Our Version Of Events' by Emeli San

Well as you can see I had another successful Friday baking and creating! A whole week was spent working on strengthening my abdominals then I went ahead and made a naughty batch of banana cupcakes with dark chocolate and avocado frosting. Please don't turn away from the screen in disgust, you have to trust me when I type chocolate and avocado work very well together. In fact I would recommend this topping instead of chocolate buttercream, at least with this green mushy pear look a like you are exposing your body to a heart healthy fat. Butter is a bakers guilty pleasure. 
While munching on porridge and listening to talented Emeli, a bunch of hass avocados were sitting solemnly in the cupboard, all of a sudden I started to reminisce about my days working at a vegan cafe and switched the oven on. It was called Pogo cafe and was ran by dare I type it - extremists. I was first told to change my shoes because they were leather, added to that all of them laughed in my face when I told them I pay rent! Apart from the loud opinions all the staff had they baked awesome vegan cakes. I was mesmerized with the use of vinegar, beetroot, avocado and other delectable ingredients to replace butter, eggs and milk. One of the cakes I was lucky enough to bake for customers was a blueberry chocolate cake with chocolate and avocado frosting. With this recipe still fresh at the forefront of my mind, I dashed to the shops to buy a bar of Green and Black's dark chocolate.

Here on a speedy Viddy are the ingredients, thought I would try something different instead of acting excited and using the word 'amazing'. Saying that it is pretty amazing I managed to list all the ingredients in 15 seconds! Pausing will be necessary...

▶ Method

Preheat oven to 180°c.
Cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy.
: Add the honey, egg, banana and milk. Mix for about 5 minutes until well combined and no lumpy banana bits!
: Tip in the flour, baking powder and cinnamon (I forgot to sneak in and say I used wholemeal not plain, this adds a nuttier wholesome flavour)
: Once lovely and smooth, scoop in 12 muffin cases and bake for 25 minutes.
: Meanwhile melt the chocolate then add to a bowl with the avocados and whisk well. It's up to you how many you would like to cover. Depending on how much you would like to pipe, 3 small hass avocados and 200g dark chocolate will cover 6 cupcakes. 

Taste as you go along, the mixture should look glossy, smooth and not too runny. 
Refrigerate for an hour.
: Once the cakes are out, leave to cool on a wire rack.
: Check the chocolate mixture, it should be firm to touch. Then fill a piping bag and get creative! Sprinkle some gold dust and eat without feeling bad. These can be stored in a tin for up to 3 days, but I doubt they will last that long!


Favourite Song:

ê 'My Kind Of Love'

This song stood out the most when Emeli performed at Hackney Weekend. 
I love her hair.

If you have any questions regarding the recipe or method, please feel free to contact moi via email or at the bottom here. 

P. S If your name is Andy Clarke stop commenting about the dentist you visit and stupidly linking it to cake.
Posting links to other sites on this one is rude, you should ask first.