Adorable Avocado Cake Pops

I love avocados. So don't you dare accuse me of trying to replace real avocados with these incredibly cute treats. 

I just want my Avocado Cake Pops to replace real avocados in certain situations. Like birthday parties, office shindigs, bake sales and housewarming parties. 

I originally came up with these for my friend Amy's housewarming and I think they warmed her avocado-loving heart. 

Have fun making these and share snaps of your finished Avocado Cake Pops with me on Instagram! Just tag @thingsbybean and #thingsbybean.

Avocado Cake Pops Supplies
(other ingredients listed in individual recipes below)

  • 20 chocolate-covered malt balls (Maltesers, Whoppers, etc.)
  • 20 cake pop sticks (optional - they look really good served just sitting on a plate)

Avocado Cake Pops Cake Ingredients
Note: You can use whatever vanilla cake recipe you like - you can even use a boxed cake mix! Or you can use the recipe below.

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Avocado Cake Pops Cake Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 175C/350F and spray a regular small cake pan with cooking spray

2. Beat together butter and sugar until fluffy

3. Add eggs and beat well

4. Add flour, baking soda and salt and beat on low until combined

5. Add milk and vanilla and beat until just combined

6. Spoon into pan and bake for about 25 minutes or until the center of the cake springs back when touched lightly

Avocado Cake Pops Frosting Ingredients

  • 3 cups icing sugar (powder sugar)
  • 170g butter (¾ cup) at room temp
  • 1½ teaspoons vanilla
  • ¼ teaspoon green food colouring
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Avocado Cake Pops Frosting Instructions

1. Beat butter and icing sugar in an electric stand mixer or with a hand mixer until smooth, very fluffy and almost white in colour (should take a good 3-4 minutes)

2. Add vanilla, milk and the food colouring (be super careful with food colouring – you really just want a drop) and keep beating it until it’s all combined

Avocado Cake Pops Assembly

1. Break your cake into chunks and put them in a food processor; pulse a few times until completely crumbed

2. Measure out 4 cups of your cake crumbs and put them in a large bowl

3. Add the green frosting and using a spoon or your hands, thoroughly combine the crumbs and frosting; you'll end up with a dough that can be shaped into a ball

4. Divide the dough into 20 balls, using your hands to roll them into an oval shape and placing them on a baking sheet lined with baking paper and put the tray of green ovals into the freezer for at least 15 minutes

5. Remove the tray and shape each oval into a half avocado shape (this took some trial and error but what I ended up doing was putting a sheet of baking paper on my kitchen counter and placing an oval on that; as I shaped it, the side that was pressed against the counter would become flat, just like a real avocado half!)

6. Stick a Malteser halfway into each avocado pop after you've shaped it, stick the cake pop stick into the bottom (if you're using them) then return the cake pop to the tray

7. Place it in the freezer and make your dark chocolate ganache

Dark Chocolate Ganache Coating Ingredients

  • 200g dark chocolate, finely chopped
  • ½ cup cream (or milk if you don't have cream)

Dark Chocolate Ganache Coating Instructions

1. Pour cream into a microwave safe bowl and microwave on high for 30 seconds

2. Add finely chopped dark chocolate to the hot cream and leave it for 3-5 minutes

3. When it looks like the dark chocolate has melted, gently stir it

Avocado Cake Pops Final Assembly

1. Get the tray out of the freezer and one by one, dip the rounded side of the avocado pops into the dark chocolate ganache (if you're using cake pop sticks, it's pretty easy; but if you're not, you can try holding onto the Malteser to dip them - that worked for me)

2. After dipping, place them Malteser side-down (ganache side-up) on the tray

3. Carefully transfer the tray to the refrigerator and give them about half an hour to set

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