California Avocado Cupcakes w/ Key-Lime Buttercream

Fun …………..can you tell? That’s what we’ve been having here at The Café for the last four months as we’ve been creating, cooking and photo shooting for The California Avocado Commission …………
…………… We were given a list of assignments back in January and, though a number of them are still works in progress, we’ll be sharing some of the completed projects over the coming weeks. I think you’re gonna’ flip when you see some of these recipes; unique, fun and delicious appetizers, entrees, sides and desserts ………….. desserts? With avocado?

Oh my, yes! I was a bit skeptical when I saw the assignment for an California Avocado Birthday Cake. At first it just sounded a bit odd. But then again, lots of things have sounded a bit odd when I’ve first heard of them. Lots of wonderful things …………. like “Google” (I thought that was the dumbest name EVER when I first heard it), or blog (“What in the world is a blog?”, I asked my daughter when she told me she was starting one). So I’ve learned not to judge too quickly, but rather, give things a try.

I got to work on the cake and, after a number of tests and tweaks, I must say the results are quite spectacular. The cake is a fairly classic yellow cake recipe with much of the butter being replaced with heart-healthy avocado. The result is a very moist cake. The avocado does give just a slight tinge of green to the batter and, to me (and a few of my taste-testers), a bit of banana-like flavor.

And see that lovely green icing? Yup, it’s got avocado too! Delicious, with vibrant key-lime flavor, the avocado lends a creaminess that makes it swirl and twirl like a dream! I used a 1M Wilton decorating tip, but you could also spread the yummy icing with a knife. If you’re looking for a delightful, unique dessert for Memorial Day or any summer celebration, give these California Avocado Cupcakes w/ Key Lime Buttercream a whirl …………. or a swirl ………… you’ll be glad you did!


P.S. You might recognize the recipe. It’s the same one I used for this cake which I shared several weeks ago. As you can see from these two versions, the sky’s the limit when it comes to decorating. I’d love to see your rendition!

We are compensated by The California Avocado Commission for our recipe development and photography, but the opinions are very much our own.

For the recipe, go to The California Avocado Commission website.

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