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Looking for something different and guilt-free for Easter? Look no further than these Chocolate Cupcakes with Avocado Frosting.

Perfectly light and moist – a great alternative to the heavier Easter treats around. Using avocado in icing might sound strange, and I suppose it is a little strange, but surprisingly it works! And they’re egg and dairy free so even your vegan friends can enjoy a treat at Easter!

Have a look at our Publicity Assistant, Gemma, making up her batch at home:

The Recipe, in black and white

Makes 24 mini cupcakes (12 servings)

Per serving:
Fat: 4.5g (of which saturates: 0.8g)
Calories: 111kcal
Preparation time: 30 minutes
Cooking time: 12 minutes

For the chocolate cakes:
240ml/8fl oz/scant 1 cup almond milk, plus extra for the frosting
1 tsp cider vinegar
185g/6½oz/heaped ¾ cup granulated sugar
3 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tsp vanilla extract
½ tsp almond extract (optional)
250g/9oz/2 cups self-raising flour
30g/1oz/ ⅓ cup cocoa powder, sifted
1 tsp baking powder
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

For the avocado frosting:
2 ripe avocados
4 tbsp cocoa powder, sifted
2 tbsp clear honey
a little almond milk, to loosen

  • Preheat the oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas 4 and line two 12-hole mini-muffin tins with paper cases.
  • Mix together the almond milk and vinegar in a large bowl and stir well, then leave to one side for a few
    minutes to curdle.
  • Beat in the sugar, oil, vanilla extract and almond extract, if using, and whisk until frothy.
  • In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix together well.
  • Spoon the mixture into the prepared muffin tins, filling the sections three-quarters full. Bake for 10–12 minutes until a skewer inserted in the centre comes out clean. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
  • To make the frosting, scoop out the avocado flesh into a small blender or food processor (or bowl and
    work with a hand-held blender).
  • Add the cocoa powder and honey and process until smooth, then gradually add a little almond milk, a drop at a time, until the mixture just begins to hold its shape.
  • Spoon the frosting into a piping bag fitted with a 1cm star nozzle and pipe the frosting onto the centre of the cakes in a nice high peak. (You don’t need to cover the entire surface as this would add too much icing and therefore too many calories.)
  • Peel back the paper and enjoy – the great thing is they are so mini you can eat two!



Gee Charman

Guilt-Free Baking

£16.99 | available from Nourish Books

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There is nothing more wonderful than the aroma of freshly baked cakes and biscuits. Baking really is a very simple skill to master and requires only a light touch and good-quality, fresh ingredients. Get ready to celebrate the chocolate cake day on January 27th with a delicious Flourless Chocolate & Citrus Cake. To know more about chocolate and be guided through a range of delicious chocolate recipes, take a look at Chocolate by Jennifer Donovan.

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Preparation time: 25 minutes
Cooking time: 45–5O minutes
Makes: 1 x 23cm/9in cake

175g/6oz butter, melted and left to cool, plus extra for greasing
6 eggs, separated
200g/7oz/¾ cup plus 2 tbsp caster sugar
zest of 1 orange, finely grated
zest of 1 lemon, finely grated
125ml/4fl oz/½ cup orange juice
125g/4½oz/1¼ cups ground almonds
2 tbsp cocoa powder
250g/9oz dark chocolate, melted and left to cool icing sugar, sifted, for dusting


  •  Preheat the oven to 180˚C/350˚F/gas 4. Grease a deep 23cm/9in spring-form round cake tin with butter, and line the base with baking paper.
  • In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks, sugar, orange and lemon zest together until thick and pale, using an electric hand mixer. Stir in the melted butter and the orange juice. In a clean bowl, combine the ground almonds and cocoa, then fold into the egg mixture. In a clean bowl, whisk the egg whites to soft peaks, using clean attachments for the electric hand mixer, then pour in the melted chocolate and stir together. Fold into the cake mixture until just combined, using a metal spoon, then pour into the prepared tin.
  • Bake in the hot oven for 45–50 minutes, or until the cake is firm around the edges but still slightly soft in the middle. Remove from the oven and leave the cake in the tin to cool completely, then remove the cake from the tin and dust with icing sugar.


Jennifer Donovan
Available from Nourish Books