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Raw Brownie Cake with a Chocolate Avocado Frosting

Posted in Desserts, Favourites by Janet M on February 22, 2014

Raw Brownie Cake with a Chocolate Avocado Frosting

Remember Valentine’s Day? I reneged on my promise to make dessert. Rob had no problem coming up with an alternative. In fact, he was happy when I said I didn’t have the time to make my dessert of choice. He had already planned the whole meal!

The week post-V-Day is always special for us because we celebrate Rob’s birthday and our anniversary, so I eventually made my planned dessert, too. Our stash of avocados were perfectly ripe and could I really ignore an excuse to try out a new coconut flour-based dessert?

Raw Brownie Cake with a Chocolate Avocado Frosting

I cobbled together a delicious dessert from a few places. The base is inspired by Emma’s Raw Brownies but I topped it with a chocolate avocado frosting, based on my chocolate avocado mousse. To get a firm frosting, I used juicy Medjool dates as the sweetener (with a dash of agave only because I ran out of dates) along with a touch of lemon juice to balance the flavours. Next time, I might try a spiced version with cinnamon and cardamom again (like in my mousse).

Raw Brownie Cake with a Chocolate Avocado Frosting

Because I smushed this into a springform pan, this is more like a brownie cake. The brownie was delicious and it was amazingly fudgy and moist for a raw/no-cook dessert. Unlike my walnut-based raw brownie, this was lighter in texture due to the coconut flour (but more fudgy than my raw chocolate zucchini muffin). Plus the frosting just sealed the deal: delicious decadence. I highly recommend this. Although make no mistake, this is a decadent and filling treat.

Raw Brownie Cake with a Chocolate Avocado Frosting

This is my submission to this month’s Four Seasons Food, Dead Easy Desserts and Tea Time Treats.

PS. Here’s a shout-out to my Mom who got me a small off-set spatula. Which I totally used to frost the brownies. :)

PPS. Have you entered my giveaway for No Meat Athlete yet?

Raw Brownie Cake with a Chocolate Avocado Frosting

Raw Brownies

1/4 cup water
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp maple syrup
1/2 cup apple purée (from 3/4 of an apple)
1/2 cup cocoa powder
1/2 cup coconut flour
1/2 cup cashew flour
Pinch of salt

Chocolate Avocado Frosting

2 small avocados (180g flesh)
1/3 cup cocoa powder
2 tbsp raw almond butter
5 large pitted Medjool dates (soaked if dry)
1 tbsp agave nectar
1 tsp fresh lemon juice (optional, still good without it)
2 tbsp non-dairy milk
pinch salt

1. I made my apple puree first, so take an apple and process in a food processor fitted with its S-blade until smooth. Add water, vanilla, maple syrup and pulse until combined. Add cocoa powder, coconut flour, cashew flour and salt and pulse until combined and fully incorporated. It should be thick and come together. Spread mixture into a 6″ non-stick springform pan (or equivalent [lined] container) and press to flatten. Place in refrigerator.

2. Meanwhile, make your frosting. In a blender with a damper (a food processor may work too, although not tested), place avocado flesh, cocoa powder, almond butter, dates, agave, lemon juice and salt. Adjust sweetness to taste. Add non-dairy milk to thin if it is too thick. This will depend on the dryness of your dates, so play it by ear. I added 2 tbsp.

3. Frost cake prior to serving. Store in fridge.

Serves 4-6.

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  1. Johanna GGG said, on February 22, 2014 at 8:32 AM

    looks amazing – perfect for celebrations – hope rob had a great birthday and you enjoyed your anniversary celebrations – I think I need a slice of that cake and an off set spatula (suddenly they are everywhere I read)

  2. sprint2thetable said, on February 22, 2014 at 8:54 AM

    I just pinned this to try – it sounds amazing I just bought pecan flour and might try using a mix of that and almond since its what i have on hand.

    Hope Rob had a great birthday, and Happy Anniversary to you both!

  3. Gabby @ the veggie nook said, on February 22, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Yum! Chocolate avocado frosting is probably the best thing going in the raw food world. I could eat a whole bowl, skipping the cake completely! Which is saying something because I’m not an icing person typically. When I was a kid I would actually scrape all the icing away from cake, the part most kids devour!

  4. Heidi said, on February 22, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Glad you’re using your new offset spatula. And Happy Anniversary – 1 day!.

  5. The vegan 8 said, on February 22, 2014 at 4:03 PM

    This looks so rich and delicious!! I love making raw desserts. I’ve yet to try avocado chocolate mousse because I’m real weird about desserts tasting “off”. I tried avocado once in a baked dessert and it was awful. But this seriously sounds and looks incredible!

  6. Laura said, on February 22, 2014 at 7:19 PM

    Rob sounds like an amazing guy – and this looks truly decadent and amazing!

  7. Kate said, on February 22, 2014 at 8:05 PM

    Wow, this looks amazing! Another great use for coconut flour :)

  8. Joanne said, on February 23, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    That looks fudgy beyond belief!! What a fabulous treat for all your celebrations this week!

  9. Aqiyl Aniys | Natural Life Energy said, on February 23, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Yummy, I could dive right into it!

  10. Deena Kakaya said, on February 23, 2014 at 3:01 PM

    That looks as creamy as it gets x

  11. Deena Kakaya said, on February 23, 2014 at 3:10 PM

    Could a cake get creamier? Nice work xx

  12. coconutandberries said, on February 23, 2014 at 5:11 PM

    Fabulous Janet! I’m glad I could help you out with the coconut flour too! Sounds like you enjoyed the brownie base :D
    Happy anniversary to you and Rob.

  13. kimmythevegan said, on February 23, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Oooh what a great birthday/anniversary treat =)

  14. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts said, on February 24, 2014 at 3:59 AM

    Yum, yum, yum! Gorgeous :)

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  16. Veggiewitch said, on February 25, 2014 at 4:19 PM

    Reblogged this on veggiewitch and commented:
    YUMMMMY! ❤

  17. Alissa (@alissaloves) said, on February 26, 2014 at 1:01 PM

    I love the sound and look of this chocolate recipe!

  18. The New Loaf said, on February 26, 2014 at 1:31 PM

    Excited to try this!

  19. Sarah, Maison Cupcake said, on February 27, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    That looks looks totally chocolatey and fabulous! Thanks for sending to Dead Easy Desserts!

  20. Karen Burns Booth said, on February 28, 2014 at 4:29 AM

    What a FAB cake Janet and such a pretty looking cake too, I am super impressed that is is raw too, such an innovative idea! Thanks for adding this to Tea Time Treats! Karen

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  23. annelifaiers said, on March 4, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    That is a very good looking dessert indeed! Wonderfully decadent for your Valentine! Great entry for Four Seasons Food thanks!

  24. Jessica Eagle said, on March 4, 2014 at 6:05 PM

    Ohhhh miammm !!! I’ll definitely try this one soon :) Thanks for sharing :)

  25. heathergfc said, on March 7, 2014 at 7:58 AM

    This looks divine! Chocolate cake with chocolate frosting, and all raw! Wowza! Come share at Raw Foods Thursdays! We must be on the same food wavelength as I made a chocolate avocado pudding this week. :)

    • heathergfc said, on March 8, 2014 at 12:21 PM

      I have a birthday coming up and I’m thinking about making this cake! I’ll be featuring it for sure at RFT next week. Thanks for linking up!

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  27. Herbivore Triathlete said, on March 12, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    This looks amazing! I’ve never thought to use avocado in frosting but I can imagine it makes it super creamy. Love the strawberries on top, chocolate + strawberries are a wonderful combination.

  28. Herbivore Triathlete said, on March 12, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    PS~Thanks for sharing on Healthy Vegan Fridays!

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