Friday, April 1, 2011


Avocado, Coconut & Lime Bundt Cake

I've been neglecting my blog lately. It wasn't intentional though. A couple of days ago marked the last day of my first trimester. Yes, we're expecting our second bundle of joy this fall! It hasn't been an easy first trimester compared to when I was pregnant with my love. I've had strong food aversions (especially garlic and Korean food, gasp!), scent aversions, crazy dreams, nausea, fatigue...shall I go on?

It wasn't like this with my first. I had no symptoms at all, except for the fact that I ate a whole lot. And I mean a LOT. I'm feeling better but not 100%. And with allergy season upon us, boy has it been miserable. Okay, enough of my pity story. That's why I haven't been in the kitchen lately. Except to cook simple meals that doesn't smell up the entire house.

So today, I wanted to share with you this healthy (well somewhat) and moist avocado cake. Made with sour cream and  avocados, this cake has not a lick of butter (but it would have been even better with some butter of course). I wanted to see how avocados would do as a replacement for butter. I substituted unsweetened coconut flakes for sweetened and used 1/2 cup less sugar to lower the sweetness factor since the amazing lime glaze was smothered on it.

As we all know avocados are an amazing fruit that is low in saturated fat and has over 20 essential nutrients. This rich and creamy fruit is one of my favorites. Avocados also pair nicely with pink grapefruit like in this Avocado and Pink Grapefruit Salad.

Printable Recipe
Recipe Courtesy of The Amazing Avocado with Modifications
2 Avocados, Peeled & Mashed
3 cups White Sugar ( I used 2-1/2 cups)
5 Eggs
1-1/2 tsp Vanila Extract
2 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
1/2 Cup Sour Cream
3 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Baking Powder
Zest of 1 Lime (reserve a tsp for the glaze)
1 Cup Sweetened Coconut Flakes (I used unsweetened)

1. Preheat your oven to 350º and spray your bundt pan thoroughly with baking spray. Sift together the flour and baking powder and set aside.

2. In a large bowl or stand alone mixer, cream together the avocado and sugar until thoroughly mixed. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the vanilla, lime juice, sour cream, lime zest and coconut flakes.

3. Beat in the flour mixture, mixing until just incorporated. Pour batter into prepared bundt pan and bake for 1 hour or until toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes then invert onto plate.

Lime Glaze
1 Cup Confectioners Sugar
3 tbsp Fresh Lime Juice
Reserved lime zest

Combine the above ingredients and drizzle over the warm cake. Sprinkle with coconut if you wish.

I was a bit worried when I poured the batter into the bundt pan, because the batter appeared a bit thick than I would have liked. But, the cake same out moist, a bit dense and pretty tasty considering I replaced my favorite ingredient, butter. The lime glaze was fantastic. Tart and flavorful, it added the perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess. I licked every drop of the glaze. SOOO good. And don't you just love the color the avocado yielded. Hope you'll try it. Enjoy!

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  1. Newyorkerbyheart said... April 1, 2011 at 11:21 AM

    Wow, it looks amazing - I'll definitely have to try to make this :-)

    My best,

  2. Federica said... April 1, 2011 at 11:33 AM

    complimenti deve essere buonissimo! buon w.e.!ciao!

  3. I'm a full-time mummy said... April 1, 2011 at 11:59 AM

    Oh goody!!! Congrats on your 2nd one! Mine is due somewhere between the 1st and 2nd weeks of Sept. What about you?

    Take care and do rest more, ok?

  4. jose manuel said... April 1, 2011 at 12:12 PM

    Que maravilla, usando aguacate, no me imagino la textura.


  5. Fun and Fearless in Beantown said... April 1, 2011 at 12:40 PM


  6. Xiaolu @ 6 Bittersweets said... April 1, 2011 at 1:02 PM

    Aw I'm sorry you've been feeling sick this time around, Lisa! Hope you feel better and better as the weeks go on. We do miss you around here but it's for a very good reason you've been MIA hehe. Plus as long as you drop off amazing treats like this once in a while, I think we'll survive until your full return. Love the green from the avocado (yay for natural colors!)

  7. spcookiequeen said... April 1, 2011 at 1:37 PM

    Glad you are feeling better Mama.

    Like this idea, do you taste the avocado?

    The fats from avocados are so good, I guess it wouldn't matter.

    Hope you are feeling great today.

  8. Shabitha Karthikeyan said... April 1, 2011 at 2:04 PM

    Congrats Lisa !!! Gorgeous loooking cake. Loved the pics too!!

  9. Brindusa said... April 1, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Hello Lisa. I missed you a lot, but now that I know the reason, I am very happy for you. I hope you will soon feel better, I know how it is :)
    Great cake! I love lime. And I am very curious how the avocado will taste in it. Thanks for sharing
    Have a nice and healthy weekend.

  10. Swathi said... April 1, 2011 at 2:15 PM

    Congrats Lisa on your second bundle of joy. Take care eat good food . I love this avocado coconut lime cake, looks moist and soft.

  11. Jennifurla said... April 1, 2011 at 2:37 PM

    Congratulations! Sorry you had such a rough time!

    I saw this post and was like...I don't think I've seen here for awhile!

    Glad you are back, and this looks great.

  12. Priya said... April 1, 2011 at 3:47 PM

    Congrats..happy for u...bundt cake looks super marvellous..

  13. Cooking Gallery said... April 1, 2011 at 3:49 PM

    Congrats on the good news :)! It's good to see you back, especially with such a gorgeous and yummy looking cake...:D.

  14. Sommer J said... April 1, 2011 at 4:16 PM

    Congratulations!! Man, food/smell aversions suck. SO happy you're back and plus 1! I can not wait to read the stories and read your preggo recipes :)

    I love the look of this cake! I've been waiting for some hass avocados of mine to ripen and have coming up with master plans on what to do with it lol.

  15. aipi said... April 1, 2011 at 4:39 PM

    Really really heartfelt congratulations on getting ready to welcome a new family member Lisa- lots of love n hugs- now I know what are you craving for- the cake sounds wonderful!

    US Masala

  16. Roxan said... April 1, 2011 at 5:50 PM

    Lisa, big congratulations on the news! I've been wondering where you were (I swear! I'm not just saying that). You must be so excited and your son must be so proud and excited to be a big brother. :)

  17. said... April 1, 2011 at 6:33 PM

    It looks so yummy!

    Congrats on the baby 2 big brother must be so excited :) Hope you feel better! I had no symptoms with my daughter either! But as they say, every pregnancy is different!

  18. Cooking Creation said... April 1, 2011 at 7:23 PM

    Congratulations! I hope you are feeling back to yourself. The bundt cake looks wonderful.

  19. Susi's Kochen und Backen said... April 1, 2011 at 7:47 PM

    Congratulations on the happy news :o) I'm sorry to hear the first trimester has been so rough, but at least it'll be all worth it once you lay eyes on your little bundle of joy :o)

    This cake is such an interesting concept with the avocado and sour cream instead of butter. Plus you can never go wrong with coconut and lime. Lovely cake!

  20. Anonymous said... April 1, 2011 at 10:35 PM

    When I was pregnant with my 2 boys I didn't have any morning sickness or anything but I heard with girls it's different. So maybe it's a girl :)

  21. alison said... April 1, 2011 at 11:27 PM

    welcome back,lisa,gret news!and your bundt cake sounds and looks healthy and delicious!:)

  22. Monet said... April 2, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    Congratulations! I loved hearing this news and seeing this moist and delicious cake. Thank you for sharing, my friend. After such a long and hard week, it is good to visit the blogs that I love. I hope you have a safe and happy weekend.

  23. Koci said... April 2, 2011 at 2:09 AM

    Well, first of all, congratulations on your new bundle of joy! Even if things aren't feeling so wonderful at the moment, I'm so happy for you.

    Now, that avocado cake looks all kinds of delicious. I love the addition of the coconut and lime! Very cool!!

  24. Hyosun Ro said... April 2, 2011 at 9:22 AM

    Congratulations, Lisa! Take good care of yourself. I have never had avocado in a cake, but this looks absolutely delicious.

  25. Katie Yoon said... April 2, 2011 at 6:11 PM

    And the cake looks so yummy!

  26. Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } said... April 2, 2011 at 7:37 PM

    Congrats on the upcoming new addition to the family. Your cake looks amazing and I love the new blog design!!

  27. baking.serendipity said... April 3, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Congratulations Lisa! I hope your pregnancy continues to go well, but that you are feeling back to normal soon! This cake looks fantastic. I have baked with avocado once before and loved this results. I need to try it again now with this recipe :)

  28. Catheryn @ PinkBibs said... April 3, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    Dearest Lisa,

    Miss you so much over the past weeks! And you returned with such wonderful news!! Congrats on your 2nd baby :)

    Take good care and God bless ;)

  29. Jackie said... April 4, 2011 at 7:59 AM

    I've still never baked with avocado and I really want to try this one out now - it looks like it has such a gorgeous texture. Incredible.

    Jax x

  30. ~Lisa~ said... April 4, 2011 at 9:18 AM

    Thanks everyone!

  31. Kim - Liv Life said... April 4, 2011 at 12:29 PM

    Yay!!!! Woo Hoo!! Congratulations on #2! I was so lucky, so long as I didn't let my stomach get empty I was feeling fine - hence - I gained 70 lbs. Ugh! It went away quickly though.
    Love the cake! I've seen a couple with avocado in them but I've never tried it. You have inspired me!
    Hang in there... I'm SO excited for you!!!!

  32. 선미 (Sunmi) said... April 4, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    한동안 안보이시기에 무슨 일 있었나 했는데... 이런 이유였다니! 정말 축하드려요!! 둘째도 첫째만큼이나 귀엽고 사랑스럽겠죠? ^^

  33. Kelly @ The Startup Wife said... April 5, 2011 at 5:15 PM

    Oh my goodness-congratulations!! I'm so excited for you! And this cake looks intriguing ... I have a whole bunch of avocados in my fridge, and I might just try this!

  34. sophia said... April 6, 2011 at 3:07 AM

    Oh wow, you're gonna get busier! Congrats, Lisa!! What happy, joyful news!

    I've made avocado cake before, but never with coconut and lime. What a delicious mix of flavors!

  35. Annette said... April 7, 2011 at 5:28 AM

    Congratulations Lisa! Oh how I remember those days of being highly sensitive to any pungent odors...I guess it doesn't mix well with cooking/baking. I am soooo happy for you. What an exciting time!

  36. Emme @Food Samba said... April 9, 2011 at 3:41 PM

    Congratulations, Lisa! I love using avocados, but have never tried it in a cake before! It looks amazing.

  37. Hannah said... April 12, 2011 at 9:36 AM

    This looks so good! I would never have thought to use Avocado in a baked good! Congratulations on you second baby! That is so wonderful! It is crazy how different two pregnancies can be. I hope the rest of it is easy for you!

  38. Quay Po Cooks said... April 12, 2011 at 1:36 PM

    Congrats on your 2nd one.. Take good care. This cake is something new to me. I am sure it has a unique flavor. Looks very moist and delicious.

  39. Jen said... April 13, 2011 at 4:54 PM

    Congratulations! I amazed at how much you've done so far with morning sickness (that's the worst!). If you have a problem taking your prenatals try gummy bear vitamins for kids :)

  40. Kay Heritage said... April 13, 2011 at 9:49 PM

    Oh, Lisa! Congratulations! I was the same way in my first trimester of pregnancies. Could not stand garlic and herbs and avoided meat dept. in grocery stores. :) I'm sure you will be out of it soon! So happy for you. And oh, your bundt cake is beautiful!

  41. amy k. said... April 16, 2011 at 6:50 PM

    So glad to hear from you.

    Congratulations! I hope all else is going well with you.

  42. Anonymous said... April 19, 2011 at 11:17 AM

    Its baking in the oven right now! Looks and smells delicious!

  43. Jean said... April 23, 2011 at 11:07 AM

    Gosh, Lisa, a huge congrats to you! I feel like my head has been buried in the sand being so late to extend my well wishes. I did see your FB post this morning--please take good care of yourself--we'll gladly wait for the cake in exchange for your and the baby's good health. :-)

  44. Chef Dennis said... April 23, 2011 at 2:03 PM

    hi Lisa

    I love your new look, and congratulations are certainly in order!! I hope you are feeling better, allergy season is just beginning and I have had one headache after another......
    Your bundt cake is such a wonderful combination of had me at coconut!


  45. PapaCheong's 拿手好菜 said... April 25, 2011 at 7:51 AM

    Very Nice Creation you got!


  46. Gitte said... May 3, 2011 at 8:41 PM

    Congratulations with your pregnancy, hope the rest of your pregnancy gets easier.
    I have never heard of Avocado cake but your cake sure does look moist and delicious.

  47. Anonymous said... May 5, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    Lisa my girl...I was gonna say how are you but...I see you are having a few issues. Sorry to hear this pregnancy is not as easy as the first. It happened to me like that. Been Missing you girl! But I understand why. Avocado, HMMMM! I don't know look good though. I might try it just to taste.

    BTW, I am writing a Mother's Day Salute and going to include you. I will send you the link the day I post it. Love ya. Take care.


  48. Janis said... May 29, 2011 at 5:44 PM

    I stumbled on your blog and love what I see. Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy. Hope it gets easier!

  49. Small Burst said... June 2, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    I've got his bookmarked and will be making it this weekend. I can't hardly wait! I hope you're feeling better. With my 2nd I couldn't stand the smell of garlic/onions, chinese food. It made it difficult to cook so I can totally relate.

  50. Lori Lynn said... June 14, 2011 at 12:18 PM

    Hi Lisa - congrats on your upcoming bundle of joy!
    We are huge fans of Bundt AND avocado so this recipe really caught my eye!

  51. Eftychia said... July 4, 2011 at 2:28 PM

    Delicious! Simply delicious!

  52. Susan said... September 14, 2011 at 8:26 PM

    It looks awesome. I should make this and have my husband try it...haha, he hates avocados!

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