Dec 20

Strange But Good: Mexican Chocolate Cake

Dessert is my favorite part of a fiesta.


Christmas counts as a fiesta, no?

I made this for Thanksgiving, but it would be fantastic for a Christmas dinner, too.  Or New Years.  Or just for breakfast.

When you read the ingredients in this cake, you’ll see that it actually wouldn’t be so bad to have at breakfast.  It’s full of healthy fats and protein, and sugar-free!  This brings me to the strange.  The healthy fat in this one is avocado.  It’s good, I swear.

Mexican Chocolate Cake


Between the avocado, eggs, and yogurt, this is one of the lightest, moist cakes you’ll ever have.  It’s the perfect end to a heavier dinner.  You could eat half of it without blinking an eye.  Not that I would know.

The almond, cinnamon, and cayenne are the Mexican part.  If you’re concerned about the cayenne, you could leave it out.  It’s not overwhelming; it simple gives the smallest hint of “hmmmm” at the end of a bite.

Mexican Chocolate Cake with Coconut Icing


The icing on this cake was yet another healthy fat addition.  I whipped coconut cream into a pillow-y spread for the cake.  Don’t worry if it doesn’t seem stiff enough at first – it will firm up as it settles.

You can have fun with the flavors here.  I added vanilla and cinnamon, but a liqueur like Frangelico or pie spice would be excellent as well.

I know several of you made these Chocolate Avocado Cookies or these (Vegan) Blood Orange Scones… vouch for me! You really can’t taste the avocado.


Mexican Chocolate Cake

Mexican Chocolate Cake

  • 1 small avocado
  • 1 egg
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 C xylitol (or other sugar substitute)
  • 3/4 C Icelandic yogurt (or Greek)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp almond extract
  • 1 C all-purpose flour
  • 1 C whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne
  • 1 C unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Coconut Icing


Preheat oven to 350.  Prepare a bundt pan.

In a small blender, mix the avocado and eggs until smoother.  Stir in xylitol, yogurt, and extracts until combined.

Whisk together dry ingredients.  Gradually add dry ingredients to the wet.

Once combined, add in milk and beat well.

Pour into bundt pan.  Bake for 45 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean.

Cool for 10-15 minutes in pan and then transfer to wire rack to completely cool.

Eat as-is, or ice the cake with whipped coconut cream frosting.  I used this recipe for the coconut cream whip, only I subbed more xylitol for the sugar, and added vanilla and cinnamon.

Note: Like most cakes, the flavors improve after that cake has a day to rest.  Do wait to frost it until the day of.


How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

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My mom took home a couple of slices and called the next day (at breakfast) to tell me it had gotten even better!  I think day 2 is the perfect storm for this one.

Avocado.  Would you bake with it? Have you ever?

What is your favorite dessert for the holiday season?



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  1. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta

    Avocado makes a great healthy fat in a lot of dishes, plus it adds good texture. Is this one veganizable? Cake is so touchy :-)

    1. Laura

      The yogurt would be easy (coconut or almond yogurt or vegan sour cream), but that’s a lot of egg to replace. Maybe with energ egg replacer? Let me know if you try it!

  2. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    That icing…. Looks too inappropriate for my mind!!

  3. Gina @ Health, Love, and Chocolate

    Christmas most definitely counts as a fiesta. Any day that you want to eat strange but good mexican chocolate cake is a fiesta, really. Love the avo in there, I swear the stuff is literally butter.

  4. Miss Polkadot

    Chocolate and cayenne [can we talk about a slight spice addiction?!] combined in a cake? I recently tried Mexican Hot Chocolate Cookies so this cake’s right up my alley, too. And seeing as I baked vegan brownies with avocado before I can totally see how well this would work. Covered in coconut icing? I’m sold [aside from the eggs ;)].

    1. Laura

      That is my go-to spice combo – add ginger and cinnamon and I’m in heaven.

  5. Arman @ thebigmansworld

    I promised myself that in the upcoming weeks to try the avocado and chocolate combination…I think you’ve won me over. I would never have guessed an avocado was hidden in that masterpiece…

    Also thanks for the note from Mama #Strangebutgood- first time I’ve heard of a cake tasting better the longer it sits. Cake the new curry? :P

    1. lindsay

      oh my gosh you haven’t yet? GET on iT! hehe

      1. Laura

        Yes. What she said. ;)

        Also, cake usually tastes better after a day or so. Mom used to make carrot cakes 1-2 days in advance so it could all settle together.

  6. Angela @ Happy Fit Mama

    Nothing strange about that! Yum – might have to make this today or over the weekend.

    1. Laura

      Let me know if you try it! I need to make another… I’m thinking as a muffin…

  7. Lucie@FitSwissChick

    I love to bake with avocado! I made chocolate muffins and pancakes with it and it’s perfect.
    So this cake seems completely normal to me droolworthy!! The coconut frosting is a must.

    1. Laura

      Oh! I haven’t done pancakes yet. Must try that one asap!

  8. Kierston @candyfit

    I’ve always wanted to try baking with Avocados. I must do that soon!

    1. Laura

      Let me know when you do! It’s such a great, healthy add!

  9. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    I love me some avocado, but I’ve never baked with it… of course I would try it!

  10. lindsay

    coconut icing? damn girl… gimme. love the creamy avocado addition

    1. Laura

      It would be easy to make GF! Come on and I’ll whip one up for y.

  11. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    This looks so freaking awesome – I expect you to make me a fresh one and throw it out the window as I drive by between family Christmas celebrations on Saturday night. :)

    1. Laura

      Did you catch it?!

  12. Jennifer F

    OMG – the coconut icing! Love

  13. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I’ve never tried avocado in sweet things – cakes or puddings or whathaveyou. I really need to get on that sometime!

  14. Davida @ The Healthy Maven

    Love love love Mexican chocolate! I’ve been meaning to post mexican hot chocolate pancakes I’ve made. Hopefully I’ll have time to post them over the break!

    1. Laura

      Ohhhh… those sound amazing!

  15. Purelytwins

    love using avocado in baked goods, reminds us we need to do it again haha

    1. Laura

      I always think of you two when I use avocados. :)

  16. Grubarazzi

    This looks so decadent. I love everything about this cake.

  17. Whitney @ To Live & Diet in L.A.

    I LOVE desserts made with avocado! Can’t wait to try this :)

    Today I’m sharing some interesting skinny cocktails, but if you want to see something REALLY STRANGE, check out the doggie birthday party I posted about on Monday, haha.

  18. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    I think Christmas counts as a fiesta. We’ve actually made Mexican for Christmas lunch before. I mean, why not?!

    1. Laura

      I think that sounds perfect! It sounds like something my family would do – we all LOVE Mexican.

  19. Susie

    Mmmmm I love Mexican Chocolate, and that cake looks to die for. I wanted to post a #strangebutgood this week but unfortunately didn’t have anything that I felt was sufficient. Still a few good eats up, though! Hopefully next week I’ll have something :D
    Ps your Atlanta posts make me soooo homesick every time.

    1. Laura

      I’d love it if you joined up! I took a break this week, but next week it’s ON! :)

      Let me know if you ever make it back this way!

  20. Missy

    I could eat that for breakfast for sure though! With extra cayenne.

    Icelandic yogurt has me intrigued… I wonder how it differs from Greek? Off to google I go!

    1. Laura

      I always add extra cayenne for myself too. ;)

      Icelandic is similar, but actually has a higher protein content!

  21. Cat

    Frangelico is the shiznit! (do people still say that..?) That cakes look pretty amazing too – I still haven’t used avocado in baking – usually because I can’t resist eating them first…

    1. Laura

      Wait til they go on sale and buy a TON of them. ;)

  22. Jolynn @ Lift Pray Love

    Shut the front freaking door. Best #strangebutgood ever.

    1. Laura

      Thank you! Best #strangebutgood comment ever. ;)

  23. She Rocks Fitness

    I have never cooked with avocado, but have seen SO MANY recipes that I should give it a shot! My favorite sweet treat during the holidays are “chocolate peanut butter balls” and a family friend’s “cream cheese coffee cake”! AMAZINGBALLS! ;)

    1. Laura

      Those balls sound sooooo good! (That’s what she said.) ;)

  24. Amelia

    I am all over this cake. Love the flavors. Haven’t tried the whipped cream, though. I have used avocado in so many chocolate cakes that I have made and no one has ever noticed nor bat an eye. I even went as far as using it in chocolate frosting and even my husband (the man who can spot anything ‘healthy’ or ‘non butter’) could not detect it! Win. :)

    1. Laura

      I love the frosting idea!!! Do you have a recipe for it?

  25. Jody - Fit at 56

    That looks so amazing!!!!!!!! You come up with the craziest stuff!!!!

    I tired to tweet but something is wrong right now.. :( Will try in a bit…

  26. Amanda

    Dizamn, that sounds friggin fabulous!! I love mexican chocolate anything.

  27. Debra

    I have made a killer chocolate pudding with avocados, so why not? Looks delicious and I love the spice.

    1. Laura

      That’s the first avocado-dessert thing I tried a few years ago. Still one of my favorites!

  28. Shelby

    This looks awesome! Definitely a great dessert to make for Christmas dinner. Are there any substitutions for the avocado?

    1. Laura

      Thanks! The avocado is really just a healthy fat sub. You could use butter. ;)

  29. Laura @ Mommy Run Fast

    I loved your blood orange scones… and this cake is calling me name, too. Looks so good!

    1. Laura

      Thanks Laura! Let me know if you try this one. :)

  30. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    I love every single thing about this cake! Baking with avocado is the best! I made this cake http://joythebaker.com/2009/07/vegan-chocolate-avocado-cake/ once and took it to a work party and no one would have even noticed had I not topped it with the avocado buttercream (but I ran out and actually used coconut cream “icing” too…love that stuff!) Yeah, I could totally see this turning into breakfast muffins! :D

    Favorite dessert: BUCKEYES!!!!!

    1. Laura

      I feel like me need to do a side-by-side comparison… ;)

  31. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    I love the addition of the cayenne pepper. I think it’s be fabulous with the chocolate. Nicely done!

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