Eggless Avocado Cupcakes
Do you remember those days when we walk into the fresh market & buy those health fruits that are in little mesh bags? Well, it was one of those days for me,where I picked these avocados without exactly knowing how I’m going to use them in my cooking.Each time I opened the refrigerator, they seemed to mock at me saying, “Now what ?” My acquaintance with this “alligator pear” is very recent, to know more than the dish “guacamole” associated with them.Why should it always be guacamole, I thought…so mustered the courage to pick up those avocados that were hiding in the furthest corner of my refrigerator,with creativity in my pocket & health on my mind ventured to try something new.The healthy component of avocados is due to its high monounsaturated fat content,its fiber content,the vitamins & the folate along with the healthy minerals in it.This delightfully versatile avocados with their flavor, texture & nutritional value can be used in varied recipes,I’m told…mine was a blind date with the Avocado cupcakes & to my delight they turned out into amazingly moist cupcakes.
All purpose flour/Self rising flour- 1 cup
Sugar- 1 cup
Baking powder- 1/2 tsp
Baking soda- 3/4 tsp
Avocado -1(pureed with 1 tsp lime juice)
Vanilla extract- 1/2 tsp
Milk- 1 cup ( mixed with 1 tsp of White vinegar)- I used this combo to substitute for Buttermilk in the original recipe.
Ghee- 6 tbsp ( since I ran out of butter)
Flaxseed(powdered)- 1tbsp ( mixed with 3 tbsp of water)- allowed to set into a gel consistency after stirring it well.This is used as an egg substitute here in this recipe.
Salt- a pinch.
1.Mix the flour, baking powder, soda, salt together & set aside.
2.Now slowly beat the sugar & ghee together into a fine paste like consistency.Now add the avocado puree ,along with the flaxseed paste & the vanilla extract to this mix & beat them all together into a fine paste.
3.Now slowly add the flour mixture into this beaten mix of avocado gently pouring in the milk alongside.When all the flour is mixed with the milk & avocado puree, make sure its a homogenous mix with no unmixed powder particle left behind.
4.Grease a Bundt pan or a cupcake tray & powder it with a little flour & pour in the batter.
5.Preheat the oven for 10 minutes at 350 F & stick in your cake pan.
6.When the aroma of the cake reaches you, in around 45 minutes or so gently check the cake to see if its baked well by sticking in a toothpick or fork.If the toothpick comes out dry & non-sticky its time to switch off the heat.
7. Gently remove from the oven & place it on a cooling rack to let it cool. Serve it to your little ones at home.Enjoy.
Note: Its a very moist , creamy textured avocado cake with a very subtle flavor .One can use any icing on top, I stuck to my plain & simple healthy resolution, so did not use any icing on top.