Because Baking is Creative: Avocado Pound Cake

Yes, you read correctly. There is avocado in this pound cake. And it's darn good. I couldn't resist, I just had to try this recipe. Who would have imagined that avocado and pound cake could make such a delightful match?

The avocado in this pound cake ensures that the cake is perfectly moist, curiously green, and strangely sweet, while the cornmeal adds a welcomed, slight crunch. But the best part of this invention is the browned crust, it completes the entire experience. Yes, this cake is an experience. Try it. And Happy Friday.

Avocado Pound Cake

from Joy the Baker

Makes 2 9×4x3-inch loaves, or 1 tube/bundt pan

3 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup yellow cornmeal
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
3/4 cup unsalted butter, softened
3 cups sugar
4 large eggs
2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
3/4 cup buttermilk
flesh of 1 1/2 ripe avocados, just over a cup to a cup and a half of avocado, mashed

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour two loaf pans and set aside.

In a medium sized bowl, sift together flour, cornmeal, salt, baking powder and baking soda. Set aside. Set the four eggs out on the counter to come to room temperature while you beat the butter and sugar.

In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat butter on medium speed until softened and pliable. Add the sugar and beat until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add the avocado and beat another minute to incorporate. Scrape down the sides of the bowl to ensure that everything is thoroughly mixed.

Add the eggs one at a time, beating 1 minute after the addition of each egg. Beat in vanilla extract.

Reduce the mixer speed to low and add half of the flour mixture, all of the buttermilk, and then the rest of the flour mixture. Beat just until combined.

Divide the dough between the two loaf pans and place in the oven. Turn the oven down to 325 degrees F. Bake for 40-45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in the center of the cakes comes out clean. Let cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then invert onto a cooling rack to cool completely.

Cathy  – (April 9, 2010 at 9:41 AM)  

ooo we love avocados and we love pound cake ... I can't wait to try this curious combo!

Anonymous –   – (April 9, 2010 at 1:42 PM)  

That cake was amazing!! Loved it! Feel free to invite me over next time you make it :)


stina  – (April 9, 2010 at 6:20 PM)  

can't wait to try this. even mike said, "ooh that looks good" when he saw the pics and didn't know that it was avocado.

Ellen  – (April 15, 2010 at 1:02 PM)  

That looks SO GOOD! I want to bake it just to be able to say, "Avocado Pound Cake" all together like that...

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