chocolate cupcakes & avocado icing

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes & Avocado Frosting  / loveandlemons.com

It’s my birthday and I baked myself a cake. Actually, cupcakes… and technically I baked them last night so I could make this little b-day post today.

I’m thirty-four today (ouch, that hurts to type).

It’s the age that you start to forget what age you are… the age when you realize how silly you were when you felt old at 28. And it’s the age that you have to start taking really good notes because you just can’t keep “it all” in your head anymore.

Vegan Chocolate Cupcakes & Avocado Frosting  / loveandlemons.com

They say avocados and chocolate are brain foods right? (I don’t know who says, but it seems like something I might have read somewhere). I know it sounds weird and maybe a little gross to put them together but it actually works to make really thick and rich chocolatey frosting.

But here’s a tip – don’t let your husband watch you put the green stuff into the blender. Of any recipe I’ve made, this was perhaps the one he was doubting the most. But, of course, he loved it in the end.

chocolate cupcakes & avocado icing

chocolate cupcakes & avocado icing

Ingredients

    cupcakes:
  • 1 1/4 cups spelt flour (or blend of white/wheat)
  • 3/4 cup agave syrup
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • frosting:
  • 2 very ripe avocados
  • 1/4 cup chopped baking chocolate (around 65% cacao)
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • pinch of salt

Instructions

  1. Make the cupcakes: Mix the wet ingredients, mix the dry ingredients, mix together and bake for 15-18 minutes at 325 degrees. These are best if you under bake them slightly (since there's not very much oil in the recipe).
  2. Make the frosting: Melt the baking chocolate in the microwave (careful not to burn it). Let it cool slightly. In a food processor mix all ingredients together. Taste and adjust. Let chill in the fridge for at least 15 or so minutes.
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cupcakes adapted from The Skinnygirl Dish

frosting adapted from Giada De Laurentis’ Avocado Mousse

83 comments

  1. Stacy from delightfulcrumb.com on said:

    Happy day and happy year to you! My birthday is coming up this weekend, and I’m looking forward to a bit of celebrating myself. (: I’ve heard much of avocado in desserts and have probably tried a few, but I’ve not yet made anything myself. I ought to amend that soon!

  2. I’m super big into vegan cupcakes and desserts right now. These look delish!

  3. Kathryn from londonbakes.com on said:

    Many happy returns Jeanine, I hope you have a wonderful day of celebrations. These cupcakes look like an admirable way to mark the occasion – I’m always on the look out for healthier frosting options too so I can’t wait to try this!

  4. Courtney Jones from thefigtree.blogspot.com on said:

    Wishing you a truly wonderful birthday!
    I am excited to try the frosting out. I’m intrigued! Looks delicious!

  5. ileana from alittlesaffron.com on said:

    Happy birthday! The frosting looks great!

  6. Mary Ann from n on said:

    Sounds like this could just be a keeper! I recently found agave with maple (real) added. That might be a nice touch for the icing :)

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Mary Ann, sounds good, I think even pure maple would work here for the sweetness (since it’s the avocado that really creates the texture). Hope you try & like!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Leah, thx! … I usually have problems making vegan baked goods look super pretty (even if they taste really good!). But I’m by no means an expert on vegan baking :)

  7. Sonja from acouplecooks.com on said:

    Happy Birthday, Jeanine!! (From Alex and I!) Hope your birthday is wonderful! I love avocado frosting – I have been meaning to try it out in our kitchen, but hadn’t yet gone around to it. Looks wonderful :) Have a special day!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      thanks Sonja! Hope you like it!

  8. Natasha from tartletsweets.blogspot.com on said:

    I adore your blog! Hope you have a wonderful birthday!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Thanks Natasha, I adore your blog too :)

  9. Elizabeth A. on said:

    Happy Birthday Jeanine! I was just thinking about making cupcakes for MY 34th coming up in a few months. These are right up my alley. Thanks for the inspiration and the reminder (as I, too, have to write everything down these days).

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Thanks Elizabeth – the worst is that I keep forgetting that I will forget things :)

  10. Amber from theusualbliss.com on said:

    Happiest birthday! These look delish. PS Typing thirty-eight on my birthday last week may have hurt to type a little more. Ouch! :)

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Amber, so glad you understand :)

  11. Claudia from buenprovechoblog.blogspot.com on said:

    Feliz Cumpleaños! I hope you had a lovely day surrounded by good food! Those cupcakes look like you kicked off the celebration on the right foot :)

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Claudia, thanks! Yes, I cooked us a nice dinner, nothing fancy :)

  12. Ashley from edibleperspective.com on said:

    #1- Happpppy Birthday lovely!!! xo I hope you enjoyed your day and at least 5 cupcakes. #2 – I got overly excited when I saw chocolate cupcakes pop up on your blog. #3 – I adore chocolate avocado mousse and love the idea of sweetening it up a bit to use as frosting.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      well I had 2 (well 3) today… just finished the last of them off…

  13. Happy Birthday Jeanine!!! I must admit this sounds a little crazy, which makes me want to try it even more :)

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      I know, it sounded crazy to me too which totally intrigued me as well :)

  14. Happy birthday! That is so funny, I am 28 and I thought I was 27 for an entire year. I am already losing track! I need this kinda brain food! Where can I find spelt flour?

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      so weird, I did that from 27 to 28 too :). You can get spelt flour in the bulk bins at whole foods (or in the health food section of higher end grocery stores). But feel free to use all purpose or half whole wheat, I just happen to keep spelt on hand.

  15. Jess from inquiringchef.com on said:

    Happiest of birthday wishes to you! Here’s to one more year of avocados and chocolate. ;)

  16. Nadia from natureinsider.com on said:

    Happy birthday Jeanine!
    Wishing you lots of happy moments, smiles and health!

    P.S. I reached 35 last year, so I know how you feel :)))

  17. Tove on said:

    Happy birthday! Those cupcakes look lovely!

  18. Zita from ziziadventures.com on said:

    I love love love these cupcakes. I used avocado before to make a raw chocolate ganache cake and it was the best chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten! These cupcakes are definitely on my to-do list!

  19. rachel on said:

    Happy Birthday! I love making my own cake, that way I get just what I want!

  20. Laura from thefirstmess.com on said:

    Happy birthday Jeanine! I’m pretty sure I’ve consistently read (in an ambiguous way) that chocolate is TOTALLY the best brain food, so you’re completely on point with that.

    Also agree that not letting the avocado be seen is totally crucial in an avo frosting or mousse situation. These look so great :)

  21. Caitlin from theveganchickpea.com on said:

    happy birthday, jeanine! the cupcakes look delicious! i definitely have to give the avocado a try next time i make frosting!

  22. Liz B on said:

    Happy Birthday!! I’m so happy you posted these!! I have been longing for a chocolate cake fix, and wanted it to be vegan.. and you have hit it perfectly, and I have everything in my cupboards, I am SO happy! Thank you! xx

  23. I love avocado and chocolate together in savory dishes, like chicken mole… Love the idea of joining them in a sweet context. Wonder if there’s a way the avocado color and flavor could come through and play against the deep chocolate, without it seeming too weird, like sweet guacamole.
    And happy birthday! Yes, the notepad is critical.

  24. Janet from foodbeautiful.blogspot.com on said:

    happy birthday – chocolate heaven!

  25. Happy birthday! I’ll turn 33 soon and I agree, you start to forget how old you are when you’re over 30 ;) I love that you added avocado to the frosting. And thank you for a tip, I’ll try to hide it from my hubby, hahaha.

  26. buckwheattobutter from buckwheattobutter.blogspot.com on said:

    Happy Birthday! And these look delicious. I love chocolate-avocado mousse so I can only imagine I will like it on top of mini chocolate cakes.

  27. Happy Birthday!!! I have seen avocado and chocolate frostings before and heard they are good. I would definatly have to make this alone. Picky eaters at my house :-)

  28. Kasey from turntablekitchen.com on said:

    Happy birthday! I think 34 sounds like a great age. I’m turning 30 this year, and I feel like I’ve already reached the point where I find it hard to remember how old I am ;) What a way to celebrate. xo

  29. My birthday was just on the 5th!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!! My husband made “brookies,” those brownie/cookies…. yours look pretty good as well. And I turned the big 3-0, OUCH! :) Yay for us.

  30. And PS, I can’t wait to try the frosting, I’ve made avocado ice cream and avocado cookies, but frosting??? BOOM!

  31. Batya from sparrowsandspatulas.blogspot.com on said:

    Happy birthday! Mine is next week….and I was looking for the perfect sweets! Looks delicious.

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  33. Jacqui from goodthingsgrow.com on said:

    Happy Birthday Jeanine! These cupcakes sound pretty delicious and that’s coming from someone who doesn’t like cake very much! I’ve made an avocado mousse before though, so maybe I’m just wanting to eat that part, ha!

  34. Crista from peacelovequinoa.com on said:

    GOOD IDEA!! i love this idea of chocolate frosting made with avocados! i’ve made chocolate pudding with avocados and it was tasty!

  35. Floyd on said:

    I made this recipe tonight with my own blend of gluten-free flour (1/2c rice flour, 1/4 tapioca flour, 1/4c potato starch per cup of all purpose flour called for) and it turned out AMAZING. So delicious. Thank you!!!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      so glad you liked it! (and so glad it worked as a gluten free version :). Thanks for sharing!

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  39. A very Happy Birthday! Jeanine..
    Can relate to your post.. Same pinch.
    Avocado chocolate frosting sounds counter intuitive, but sure looks good!
    Saving the recipe.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      thanks! I know, it sounds SO weird :)

  40. Rebecca on said:

    This looks wonderful. Thanks for sharing! Happy belated birthday!
    What do you find is the texture of the cupcake? And how do you feel the frosting golds up after the second day?

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  42. Adair Kerrison from health365.tumblr.com on said:

    Hi Jeanine!
    Tomorrow is my friend’s birthday and I wanted to bake her a chocolate cake. What changes would you suggest for a cake? Thanks so much!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      ah, have I replied too late? I’ve made cake out of this same recipe…

      • Adair Kerrison from health365.tumblr.com on said:

        i ended up making the cupcakes instead! they were a HUGE hit!!

        • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

          oh yay, I’m so glad!

  43. Wow! What an amazing recipe! I’ve just landed in your blog and these cupcakes are fabulous. I’m lactose intolerant so I love this kind of recipes.

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  45. I baked these cupcakes and they were absolutely lovely! Thank you for sharing your recipe!

    Here they are, translated in portuguese!

    http://cozinharsemlactose.blogspot.pt/2013/04/muffins-de-cacau-com-cobertura-de.html

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      so glad you liked them!

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  49. Kimmay from hurraykimmay.wordpress.com on said:

    Hurray! I am very very very lactose intolerant. I made these for Easter and shared them with my non-vegan family members and they loved them! I shared my photos and suggested that my readers make these for Mother’s Day on my blog: http://hurraykimmay.wordpress.com/2013/05/11/last-minute-diy-mothers-day-gifts/

    Thanks for sharing such an awesome recipe!
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  50. Brianna on said:

    This recipe looks delicious! I’d love to try this recipe but I’m living abroad and can’t get my hands on agave or maple syrup. Can I substitute sugar or honey for the agave syrup? If so, how much? Thanks!!!

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Just replace with regular white sugar in equal amounts. They say agave is a little sweeter than regular sugar, but these cupcakes are slightly on the less-sweet side as it is, so I would just sub sugar in equally.

      If you mix the frosting, taste it, and would like it sweeter, then you can add more sugar to your liking.

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  53. Mariah Hoffman on said:

    These Cupcakes were delicious. I served some of them to my non-vegan friends and they loved them! All natural, healthy, and fantastic!

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  58. This recipe looks very tempting and also health-friendly :) I’ve already convinced my girlfriend to prepare it one of these days haha :)

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  62. Phyllis on said:

    Hi! The recipe looks delicious and I can’t wait to try the icing! I’m concerned however about the use of agave, because I recently I read that even though it has a relatively low glycemic index, it’s highly processed and practically all fructose which is bad for us. Maple syrup is too expensive an option for me (agave isn’t cheap either). I am wondering if it would work with coconut sugar, and what adjustments you would suggest. I did find something interesting in an Asian market however – it’s called palm sugar (not coconut sugar) and is sold in a bag of little blobs from the sap of a type of palm tree not used for coconuts, without heating or processing. If anyone out there in cyberspace can either find it or order it, you just mix about 4 or 5 of the light golden blobs with a cup of water, and boil until they dissolve into a syrup thinner than agave (for the thicker syrup start with less water or more blobs. It thickens slightly when chilled). It is delicious, healthier and less expensive and a more environmentally sustainable alternative to agave/maple.

    • jeanine from loveandlemons.com on said:

      Hi Phylis, I’m not sure but… let me know if you give it a try.

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