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Bold and Free Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes

Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcake

A Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcake topped with a Vegan Avocado Chocolate “butter cream” icing to satisfy one of the most stringent diets and the familiar chocoholic.

Hey, Guys!

Today is Friday and you know what that means: Cupcake time!

It is also the day that Aimee from Be Bold and Free goes live on her Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Who is Aimee and what is Be Bold and Free?

Aimee is the inspirational author of the blog Be Bold and Free. Though she documents her journey with health and maintaining a plant-based diet, her site is really more about taking risks and finding new adventures.  In many ways, I feel like her message of “be bold to live free” goes hand in hand with my message to make life taste sweeter.

In the spirit of Aimee’s message of taking chances and exploring life outside of my comfort zone, I decided to experiment with my first intentionally vegan recipe. Aimee has removed meat from her diet and found that her health and mood have both drastically improved. Keeping meat out of a cupcake may sound like a pretty easy feat for some folks but that isn’t so easy for the creator of the Almost Legendary Apple Bacon Cupcakes.

The other challenge with veganism is also abstaining from animal byproducts like eggs, milk and even honey. That part is a little more difficult but certainly not impossible.

Why Avocados?

Do vegan chocolate cupcakes have to be made with avocados? Absolutely not! The avocados were just an extra challenge.

Captain Cupcakeasaurus hates avocados. He will not touch the guacamole or the chunky Mexican shrimp cocktail. Making a dessert that I know he would not be able to resist like a chocolate cupcake and then filling it with his least favorite food was both torturous for him and hilarious for me. I knew he wouldn’t be able to resist and would end up loving these Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes.

Avocados Are Cool

They are also an awesome fruit with twenty or so essential vitamins and minerals.  Some people even call them a super food because of all of their healthful benefits.

Avocados are sometimes called Alligator pears. How appropriate is that name for this Floridian baking endeavor? They are green and pear shaped and often have a scaly outer skin. My Florida avocados were quite large and actually had a smoother skin than their Mexican counterparts.

A Chocolate Cupcake is a Chocolate Cupcake, with or without avocados. Click To Tweet

A Chocolate Cupcake is a Chocolate Cupcake

To be completely honest, these chocolate cupcakes are just regular chocolate cupcakes with a few substitutions. If you are really that scared of using an avocado in your chocolate cupcakes, you could easily use an oil equivalent. I’m telling you though, these cupcakes are perfect just the way they are.

If you are looking for another chocolatey vegan cupcake recipe, you can always try Black Bean Chocolate Cupcakes with Date Syrup. Just remember to use agave instead of honey for that recipe.

Bold and Free Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes
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A chewy vegan chocolate cupcake made with Florida avocados and topped with a vegan avocado "butter cream" icing
Servings Prep Time
12 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Bold and Free Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes
Print Recipe
A chewy vegan chocolate cupcake made with Florida avocados and topped with a vegan avocado "butter cream" icing
Servings Prep Time
12 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Servings Prep Time
12 cupcakes 20 minutes
Cook Time
20-25 minutes
Ingredients
Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes
Vegan Avocado Chocolate "Butter Cream" Icing
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake tin with twelve liners.
  2. In a small bowl of measuring cup stir together almond milk and apple cider vinegar. Let sit while preparing other ingredients.
  3. Brew coffee and let cool to room temperature.
  4. In a large bowl whisk together dry ingredients of flour, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder and salt.
  5. In a large mixing bowl with a paddle attachment, mix together the sugar, avocado puree, applesauce and both vanilla and maple extracts. Mix on medium speed until well blended.
  6. Add almond milk mixture and brewed coffee to the avocado mixture. Batter will be very wet.
  7. Add dry ingredients into avocado mixture a little at a time mixing thoroughly between each addition.
  8. Spoon batter into cupcake liners 3/4 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Remove from tin and let cool on rack.
Vegan Avocado Chocolate "Butter Cream" Icing
  1. In a large mixing bowl with the whisk attachment, mix the avocado puree, coconut spread, cocoa powder and salt on medium to high speed until well blended.
  2. Add confectioner's sugar one cup at a time, mixing thoroughly between each addition.
  3. Icing will be a bit wetter than most; refrigerate until ready for use. Ice cooled cupcakes and enjoy.
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The cupcake batter may seem a bit wet when you are spooning it into the cupcake tin but I promise it works out just fine out of the oven. Sometimes when I bake, I have a couple cupcakes that want to swell more than others and create that dreaded muffin top. This batter stays put and all the cupcakes come out even and beautiful. They are chewy and moist like every favorite chocolate cake you’ve ever eaten.

A vegan cupcake was not so difficult. A vegan icing on the other hand proved to be a bit more challenging. You try making a delicious icing that doesn’t use milk, butter or cheese!

Originally I was going to just make an avocado “butter cream” but frankly the color put me off enough that I decided to make it chocolate icing instead. I can’t ruin a beautiful chocolate cupcake by putting an avocado green icing on top.

I used a little bit of a coconut spread to help the “butter cream” hold together. If you have a vegan butter on hand, it would probably work as good if not better.

Today we made life taste sweeter with vegan sugar.

Just remember when you are making a recipe that has strict dietary restrictions make sure to read all of the labels. Even ingredients that you would not expect, like sugar, might have animal products or by products included. Typically, if a product is vegan it will be labeled as such. Reading the ingredient list on the packaging is helpful too.

Everyone Needs a Chocolate Cupcake Sometimes

It is even better when you are also receiving healthful nutrients from avocados. I definitely stepped out of my comfort zone to create this Vegan Avocado Chocolate Cupcake. I hope you are also inspired by Aimee’s message and take a risk by giving them a shot.

Let me know in the comments what you think of these vegan alligator pear chocolate cupcakes. Then head over to Be Bold and Free and let Aimee know how much you loved her custom cupcake.

 

Summertime Tequila Margarita Cupcakes

Summertime means toes in the water and butt in the sand and a Tequila Margarita cupcake in hand. These Cuervo-ed cupcakes are all you need to round out your Margaritaville themed summer bash.

Summertime Tequila Margarita Cupcakes

 

It is Friday folks!

That means we made it through another week and it is time to celebrate!

It is five o’clock somewhere and if you haven’t broken out the tequila yet, maybe you should go ahead and do that. Today I’m making heavily alcoholic Tequila Margarita Cupcakes with a Tequila Lime Butter Cream Icing.

Tequila topped in tequila! Yes, siree!

Summertime Tequila Margarita Cupcakes

Summer brings on all the fun festivals and fiestas. This Tequila Margarita cupcake is sure to be a crowd pleaser wherever you may be headed.

Now, I have made Margarita Cupcakes several different ways but this is by far the most…should I say lush? The first time I attempted concocting the perfect Margarita cupcake, I made a purely lime based cupcake with a Tequila Butter Cream Icing. Well, that was nice and all but the lime flavor wasn’t very strong and it didn’t make me think of Jimmy Buffett when I took a bite.

Today, I present to you the new and improved Tequila Margarita Cupcakes specially concocted for that perfect tequila margarita taste.

Summertime Tequila Margarita Cupcakes

 

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees. This is another recipe where we will be keeping our Wet Ingredients from our  Dry Ingredients.

In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients of flour, baking powder, and salt. Place this bowl to the side for a moment while we prepare the Wet Ingredients.

Summertime Tequila Margarita Cupcakes

In a large mixing bowl, pour the sugar and lime zest.  Now the idea here is to get your sugar all limed up. (I start singing “Put the lime in the sugar bowl and shake it all up.”) You can press it with a fork or your fingers or whatever you’ve got until the sugar is fully mixed with lime oils. If you have a paddle attachment, use it to mix in your butter, eggs and vanilla extract until smooth.

Summertime Tequila Margarita Cupcakes

Put the lime in the sugar bowl and shake it all up! Click To Tweet

This recipe calls for buttermilk. Sometimes, when I plan ahead, I have buttermilk on hand.

Other times, I do not and I still want my Tequila Margarita cupcakes!

So, I improvise. That is really what cooking is all about anyway.

Summertime Tequila Margarita Cupcakes

 

To make your own improvised buttermilk, you will need white vinegar and regular milk (whole or 2% would work best). Take one tablespoon of white vinegar and then fill your measuring cup with milk until it reaches a full cup. Stir and let it sit. It will look chunky and separated. That is actually what it is supposed to look like believe it or not.

It isn’t time for the buttermilk yet but if you needed to make your own like I did, it will need to sit for a few minutes and now is a good time to do that.

Summertime Tequila Margarita Cupcakes

Your mix doesn’t look like cake mix yet and that’s okay. It is going to look a lot funnier before it gets better. Add the lime juice and tequila. Yay tequila! That’s our favorite part, right? Mix on medium speed and scrape down the sides occasionally. The sugar will want to stick to the walls. Don’t let it.

Alright, now time for those Dry Ingredients. Pour a third of the mix in with the tequila mixture. Then pour half of the buttermilk in. I just leave my mixer turning while I’m alternating between the two. Just make sure to have your mixer on a slower setting so you don’t fling flour everywhere. Then add another third of the flour mix, followed by the rest of the buttermilk, and finishing with the flour. Just make sure it is mixed in well before moving to the next ingredient. I found this batter to be thicker than some of my other recipes.

To make your presentation pristine, line your tins with paper cupcake liners. I like to use yellow or green to go with the traditional margarita color. I spray them with cooking spray too and it makes the paper easier to remove.

Oh! I almost forgot, I found this nifty little tip on Pinterest and it really works. Place a little rice in the tin underneath the liners and it helps to prevent the bottoms of your cakes from getting all oily. This is especially helpful if you’ve decided to use adorable little liners.

Fill the cups 3/4 of the way full and place in oven for about twenty minutes. Typically, I only fill my tins 2/3 full but this is a denser cake and they do not rise the same as other cakes. A toothpick inserted will come out with very few crumbs when removed.

Summertime Tequila Margarita Cupcakes

Let those Cuervo-ed cupcakes cool while you prepare the icing.

What better way to top a drunken cupcake than with a drunken icing? Let me tell you, this is the best icing I think I’ve ever made. I’m not just tooting my own horn. I mean I’ve experimented a lot in my kitchen and this has been one of the most successful experiments thus far.

Summertime Tequila Margarita Cupcakes

 

One of my absolute favorite things to do in the kitchen is to experiment! This means adding flavors together that are unexpected or it could mean I didn’t have the ingredient I was supposed to have and I had to improvise.  Improvising is a totally acceptable way to make any recipe your very own.

Often I cook and bake on a whim and I am not running out to a store to pick up something for one freaking recipe.  I am sure you are familiar with that feeling too. You get really excited for a recipe and then while you’re reading over the ingredients you start making a mental grocery list of what you may not have on hand.

Well, my answer to this is just to fake it until I make it. If I don’t have that particular ingredient, I just add in a few things I think will correspond with the flavors. I take what I have and I make it work. Previously, I’ve made tequila butter creams that required meringue, or triple sec or a number of other ingredients.

Summertime Tequila Margarita Cupcakes

I mention this because this recipe has some ingredients that I wouldn’t expect to be common in most households. I tend to collect liqueurs for just such experiments in the kitchen and to develop new flavor combinations. However, I thoroughly encourage you to look around and see what else you have that might work just as well. I don’t only encourage it, I promote it. Please share with me any of the alterations you make while baking these delicious Tequila Margarita Cupcakes. Leave a comment below, even if you have to substitute the tequila!

This icing uses your favorite tequila, an orange liqueur, and a key lime liqueur to round out that delicious margarita flavor.

In a small bowl, mix those together with the salt and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and the shortening. I use the whisk attachment on my Kitchenaid mixer to help get that smooth creamy consistency. Let your mixer spin on medium speed for about two minutes and that should do the trick.

Summertime Tequila Margarita Cupcakes

 

Man, I love my Kitchenaid mixer with attachments. I have been baking for a long time but I actually did not acquire my Kitchenaid until just a few years ago. Providing a custom cake for a wedding and a friend meant I was paid with a Kitchenaid. How awesome is that?! I know that upfront it may seem pricey, but I promise it is worth every penny! You can get ahold of a KitchenAid KSM150PSER Artisan Tilt-Head Stand Mixer with Pouring Shield, 5-Quart, Empire Red just like mine to make all of your baking adventures easier.

Now that the butter and shortening are smooth, add in three cups of powdered sugar. Add it in one cup at a time and make sure it is well blended before adding the next.

Now it is time to beat in your liquids. The icing will look really wet but we are about to thicken it up. And like the witch in Hansel and Gretel, we are going to thicken it up with sugar. The remaining powdered sugar is added one cup at a time and beaten until the mixture is well blended. The icing will be light and fluffy.

Summertime Tequila Margarita Cupcakes

If you notice, your icing is a creamy beautiful white. That is well and good for icing but when I think margaritas I think of that tropical fluorescent lime green color. Eight to ten drops of Neon green food coloring provided the color I desired. This is baker’s choice really. If you want white, go with white. I wanted Neon Green, so I went with Neon Green. If you want Barney purple, go with Barney purple (but you’re going to need some other food colors for that).

As for garnishing these bad boys, I had an extra lime or two left over from the cupcake recipe and decided to zest the top and then add a slice of lime. By the way, I think dipping the lime in the icing and then sucking it off while biting the lime is absolutely delicious. It has the sweet and sour combination down to perfection. Also, who can have tequila without sucking on a few limes?

Summertime Tequila Margarita Cupcakes

 

Be safe out there this summer. Soak up the sun and dip your toes in the waves. I hope you enjoy these delectable Summertime Tequila Margarita cupcakes. Let me know that you love them by sharing this recipe with your friends!
Tequila Margarita Cupcakes
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Completely inspired by your favorite summer cocktail Margarita, this extra boozy Tequila Lime Cupcake is topped with a Tequila Lime Butter Cream to make the perfect Tequila Margarita Cupcake.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 40 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 40 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Tequila Margarita Cupcakes
Print Recipe
Completely inspired by your favorite summer cocktail Margarita, this extra boozy Tequila Lime Cupcake is topped with a Tequila Lime Butter Cream to make the perfect Tequila Margarita Cupcake.
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 40 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Servings Prep Time
24 cupcakes 40 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Ingredients
Tequila Margarita Cupcake
Tequila Lime Butter Cream
Servings: cupcakes
Instructions
Tequila Margarita Cupcake
  1. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients of flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix sugar and lime zest together until sugar is well coated in lime oils. With a paddle attachment, mixing on low to medium speed, add in butte, eggs and vanilla extract until smooth.
  3. Add lime juice and tequila to butter and egg mixture. The consistency will be very wet. Mix on medium speed and scrape sides as necessary to keep the sugar from sticking.
  4. Alternating between the flour mixture and the buttermilk, add a third of the flour mix to the butter and egg mixture. Mix thoroughly. Then add half of the buttermilk.
  5. Add another third of the flour mixture and mix thoroughly then the remaining half of the buttermilk.
  6. Finish by adding the last third of the flour mixture. Mix on medium to high until all ingredients are well mixed. This will be a thick batter.
  7. Fill lined cupcake tin about 3/4 full. Bake for 20 min or until toothpick comes out clean.
Tequila Lime Butter Cream
  1. In a small bowl stir together the tequila, both liqueurs and salt, and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl with the whisk attachment, beat the butter and shortening on medium speed for about 2 minutes until smooth.
  3. Add three cups of powdered sugar to the butter mixture one cup at a time. Make sure powdered sugar is well blended before adding the next cup.
  4. Add tequila mixture to butter and sugar mixture. Beat on low to medium speed. The icing will be very wet.
  5. Add remaining powdered sugar one cup at a time, mixing well between each cup.
  6. Beat icing on medium to high until it is light and fluffy. Stir in food coloring with a spatula if desired.
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