A few weeks ago my dear friend Maria invited me to a ladies/moms only party at her house where two of her friends would be selling Thirty-One bags and purses and L’Bri skin care. But my son Connor, being the party boy that he is, decided to crash the party and make it a moms only plus one little man affair. I probably don’t need to comment on the fact that he thoroughly enjoyed all the female attention he received that afternoon, and I’m sure he is getting ready for the next bash!
I myself had an absolutely wonderful time and am anxiously waiting for the next get together. Maria was the perfect hostess. She welcomed her guests with a warm and happy smile and entertained all of us with charm and finesse. I met some fabulous women and mothers particularly, Amanda and Anne. Amanda sells Thirty-One products which range from “totes or purses you can wear while you’re out and about, thermals to help you transport food and drinks to a party, or organizational items to help you keep your house neat and tidy.” They have everything a lady, especially a mom, could possibly want to keep her life orderly, have her looking marvelous, and feeling super! I am totally addicted and have already put in two orders.
Anne sells L’Bri Pure n’ Natural, which is a complete line of skin care, nutritional, and beauty products made with aloe vera. Beautiful, ageless skin is possible (no matter what the kids do to you in a single day) with the products L’Bri has to offer, and you don’t have to feel guilty about putting these goods all over your body because they are free of sodium lauryl sulfates (SLS)! What more could a mother possibly ask for – besides perfectly behaved children all the time!
It was an afternoon of pampering and girl talk, and of course, good food! Which brings me to the recipe for today – Chocolate Avocado Cupcakes. I made these and brought them to the party to accompany all the delicious appetizers Maria served. Avocado is the unique ingredient in this recipe, and you would never know it was included because you can’t see it, taste it, or smell it. Yet, it adds the perfect balance of moistness and richness. The cupcakes themselves are actually very healthy because they are sweetened with maple syrup and are made without eggs, which is great for those who have allergies. I made mine dairy-free and used almond milk instead of cow’s milk, but, of course, I had to top them with Coffee Icing which threw the whole healthy part out the window! But, hey, it was for a party, right!
I apologize for blogging about another chocolate cupcake so soon after writing about the Chocolate Surprise Cupcakes, but I think these have become my new favorite treat, and I couldn’t wait to share them with you. They just might become your favorite too! Whip up a batch and let me know what you think!
Chocolate-Avocado Cupcakes with Coffee Icing
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon baking soda
1 semi-ripe avocado, pitted and peeled
1 cup pure maple syrup
3/4 cup milk
1/3 cup olive oil
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
3 tablespoons coffee, cooled
1 tablespoon instant coffee granules
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a 12-count cupcake tin with paper liners.
Combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, and baking soda in a large mixing bowl.
Puree avocado in food processor until smooth. Add maple syrup, milk, oil, and vanilla. Process until well combined. Pour this mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until well combined.
Spoon batter into prepared cupcake tin and bake for 25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out with a few crumbs. Cool before icing.
Beat powdered sugar and butter on high in a mixing bowl until blended together. Add coffee granules and coffee. Beat once more until well combined. The icing will turn a slight mocha color because of the coffee, and the granules will give the frosting a nice texture and unique look. Spread even amounts of icing on the cupcakes and serve. Don’t expect there to be any leftovers!
All wet ingredients in food processor
Blended avocado mixture
Flour and avocado mixtures combined. Okay, I had a few spoonfuls!
The finished product. Sorry, I never took a separate picture of the icing.
You can’t eat just one! Enjoy!