Avogadro’s Chocolate CupcakesApril 24, 2008 at 5:56 PM | Posted in blog event, cupcakes | 39 Comments
Tags: avocado, chocolate
Ok. I admit it. I am a nerd. Actually to be specific – I am a science nerd.
I majored in biology in college but was also considering double majoring in chemistry. I think its in my genes. My mom has a masters in Chemistry and my dad has a PhD in engineering. Too bad that most of their smart genes went to my brother, the doctor. LOL. Thats how my parents introduce him to their friends, my son… the doctor. Good thing we get along really well or I’d wanna kick his arse.
But being the black sheep has its perks. I think a black sheep means that you aren’t tied down to parental expectations and I love the freedom I have with my parents when I come up with quirky ideas. They just inadvertently roll their eyes, nod their heads and continue to think silently there must have been a mix up at the hospital.
Let me try to explain for you non-science people (like my history nerd husband) what exactly Avogadro’s number is. Its the number of atoms in exactly 12 grams of 12Carbon. The mass unit, mole, is defined as this number of “entities” (atoms or molecules) of any material. The value for this number is:
NA = 6.0221415 x 1023 mols-1
If you are a nerd like me you’ll already be laughing at the name of my new cupcake once you see that one of my cupcake ingredients is avocado. I use to make my college classmates laugh by saying “Avocado’s number” during study groups. Lame? Well I guess you just had to be there… *shrug
What can I say… we’re science people. Thats the best we got. LMAO
Now I know what you are thinking… Whaaaaaaat? Avocado in a cupcake? But bare with me. In many Asian cultures avocados are mixed with milk, sugar, coffee and/or rum to create sweet, not savory, dishes.
“…although the avocado is best known for its staring roll in guacamole, this multifaceted culinary actor can also take on rolls usually played by eggs, butter, and even shortening. The results are delicious, healthy, and very green.”
~ Alton Brown
Makes about 15 cupcakes
For chocolate cupcakes
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, room temp
1-1/4 cups sugar
2 large eggs, room temp
3/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 cup milk
1 teaspoons vanilla
4 ounces avocado meat, approximately 1 small to medium
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 pound powdered sugar, sifted
1/4 teaspoon lemon extract
[NOTES: You could probably 1/2 the frosting recipe b/c I had a good amount left over after frosting 15 cupcakes.]
To make cupcakes—
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Beat butter until softened. Add sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until well combined.
Measure the flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cocoa powder into a small sized bowl and whisk to combine. Measure out the milk and vanilla and stir to combine.
Add about a third of the dry ingredients to the butter/sugar and beat to combine. Add about a half of the milk/vanilla and beat to combine. Continue adding, alternating between dry and wet and finishing with the dry.
Scoop batter into cupcake cups about 2/3 full. Turn oven down to 350 degrees and bake cupcakes for about 22-25 minutes or until a cake tester comes out clean.
To make frosting—
Peel and pit the avocado. Place the avocado into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment along with the lemon juice and beat until lightened in color, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time and beat until smooth. Add the lemon extract and mix to combine. If not using right away, store in the refrigerator.
To assemble cupcakes—
Use a 2-1/4 inch diameter cookie cutter and dollop about 1 tbsp frosting inside. Spread the frosting the edge of the cookie cutter. Give the frosting a couple seconds to set before pulling the cookie cutter slowly away to create the shape. Garnish with chocolate jimmies*.
[NOTES: The frosting isn’t thick like buttercream so I compared it more to icing.]
Husband rating: A
I didn’t tell him that it was avocado until after he finished. After he found out it was avocado, he was impressed that it tasted pretty good but his sweet tooth prefers cream cheese frosting more than this healthier alternative.
Wifey rating: A
The “cake” is moist and chocolate-y goodness. The frosting reminds me alot of kiwi with a little kick of sweet avocado aftertaste. It compliments the chocolate as a lighter, healthIER frosting compared to a buttercream – b/c it replaces the butter. I can definitely see making this again. Halloween maybe? Can you say avocado frosting slime? LOL
My veggie loving friend, Nina, hosts the weekly Vindicate the Vegetable Challenge. As luck would have it, this week’s vegetable is avocado. Score! I love 2fors! LOL. She’s in for a doozy with this recipe huh? But honestly, you know she’s gonna get a lot of guacamole recipes. I gotta stand out somehow, right?!! ;)
Need some motivation to eat more veggies? Definitely go check out the VTV blog.
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