The avocado was introduced from Mexico to California in the 19th century and since then has become a commercial success. Approximately 59,000 acres (95% of U.S. avocado production) is located in Southern California, 60% in San Diego. Fallbrook, California, is known as the “Avocado capital of the world,” hosting an annual avocado festival. Carpinteria, California, also holds an annual festival in honor of the avocado.
For 12 moist and delicious mini cupcakes made with avocado, try the following recipe:
1⁄2 C granulated sugar
1⁄4 C butter
1⁄2 C avocado, peeled, seeded, mashed
1⁄4 C buttermilk
3⁄4 C all purpose flour
1⁄4 t freshly grated nutmeg
1⁄4 t cinnamon
1⁄4 t allspice
1⁄2 t baking soda
1⁄4 C raisins
1⁄4 C walnuts, chopped
1⁄2 t additional flour
Avocado Cream Cheese Frosting
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
1⁄8 C butter, softened
1 1⁄2 T avocado, peeled, pitted, pureed
3⁄4 C powdered sugar
1 t sour cream
1⁄8 t vanilla extract
Cream together sugar and butter. Add the avocado and eggs and beat to incorporate. Mix in the buttermilk.
Mix together the flour, spices and baking soda. Add them to the batter and mix well.
Toss the raisins, walnuts and small amount of flour together. Add to the batter and mix in.
Pour into mini cupcake pans lined with holders and bake at 350 degrees until done and golden, about 15 to 18 minutes. Cool to room temperature before frosting.
Avocado Cream Cheese Frosting Preparation
Beat together the cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Beat in the pureed avocado.
Beat in the powdered sugar, sour cream, and vanilla. Refrigerate. Shelf life of the frosting is 3 days.
–To caramelize an avocado simply peel, seed, and slice the avocado. Press both sides of each avocado slice into granulated sugar. Sauté on medium in a little bit of oil in a non-stick sauté pan until the sugar is caramelized. Flip and repeat on other side. Top each cupcake with a carmelized slice.
Nutrition Information Per Serving:
Calories 210; Total Fat 11 g (Sat 5 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 1.5 g, Mono 3.5 g); Cholesterol 40 mg; Sodium 80 mg; Potassium 120 mg; Total Carbohydrates 26 g; Dietary Fiber 1 g; Total Sugars 19 g; Protein 3 g; Vitamin A 287 IU; Vitamin C 1 mg; Calcium 21 mg; Iron 1 mg; Vitamin D 0 IU; Folate 24 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.3 g
Recipe, nutrition information from California Avocado Commission
For eating out, try Gasperetti’s Restaurant, 1013 N 1st Street, Yakima 509.248.0628, for great food, including salads and desserts. John’s Chicken Salad: Half an avocado filled with a traditional salad of poached chicken, celery, raisins & pecans served with their own Louis dressing.
Grow your own avocado tree, click here.