California Avocado Chocolate Mousse Layer Cake

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California Avocado Chocolate Mousse Layer Cake

Total Time: 1 h 15 min

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Nutrition Facts

Nutrition information
per serving

Calories 740
Total Fat 53g
Saturated Fat 16g
Trans Fat 0.5g
Polyunsaturated Fat 8g
Monounsaturated Fat 25g
Cholesterol 130mg
Sodium 460mg
Total Carbs 63g
Dietary Fiber 7g
Total Sugars 40g
Protein 9g
Potassium 558mg

Vitamin A 203 mcg; Vitamin C 6 mg; Calcium 107 mg; Iron 3 mg; Vitamin D 1 mcg; Folate 108 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 2.12 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 25%; Vitamin C 6%; Calcium 8%; Iron 15%; Vitamin D 6%

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

These individual servings of California Avocado Chocolate Mousse Layer Cake are the perfect way to treat yourself and your guests. Creamy California Avocado Chocolate Mousse is sandwiched between layers of decadent chocolate cake for the perfect make-ahead dessert.

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Serves: 8

California Avocado Chocolate Mousse 2 ripe, Fresh California Avocados, seeded, peeled and chopped 1 cup cold heavy whipping cream 2 Tbsp. cold heavy whipping cream 1/4 tsp. vanilla extract 1/8 tsp. salt 2 Tbsp. confectioner's sugar (powdered sugar) 1/2 cup white chocolate chips, melted California Avocado Chocolate Mousse Layer Cake 3/4 cup canola oil 1/2 tsp. canola oil 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup light brown sugar, packed 3 eggs 2 tsp. vanilla extract 1/2 cup sour cream 1 cup all-purpose flour, sifted 2 Tbsp. all-purpose flour, sifted 1 1/2 tsp. baking soda, sifted 1/2 tsp. kosher salt 1/2 cup buttermilk California Avocado Chocolate Mousse (see make-ahead recipe above) 2 oz. chocolate bar, shaved, for garnish 1/4 cup fresh mint sprigs, for garnish test


  1. In a food processor or blender, puree the avocados with 2 Tbsp. (or more, as needed) heavy whipping cream, vanilla extract and salt until completely smooth, scraping down as needed. Set aside.
  2. Using a stand mixer or hand-held mixer, beat remaining heavy whipping cream with confectioner’s sugar until stiff peaks form; set aside.
  3. Add melted white chocolate to the avocado puree and mix until completely smooth.
  4. Fold in whipped cream.


  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line a 9”x13” baking dish with parchment paper and grease with ½ tsp. of canola oil.
  2. In a stand mixer outfitted with a paddle attachment, cream together the canola oil and sugars for 3-4 minutes. Add the eggs to the mixer one by one, followed by the vanilla extract, mixing until thoroughly combined. Add the sour cream and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt, and then add to the wet ingredients in three batches, taking care not to overmix. On the lowest speed, drizzle in the buttermilk, making sure to scrape the bottom of the bowl to ensure that all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  3. Pour the batter into the prepared baking dish and bake for 45 minutes until the cake is set and an inserted toothpick or skewer comes clean. Cool the cake right side up on a cooling rack for at least an hour. To remove the cake from the baking dish, run a butter knife around the edges of the dish, invert the cake onto the cooling rack, remove the parchment paper and return it to the right side up to fully cool.
  4. Cut cooled cake into small cubes.
  5. Divide cake and mousse into eight equal portions. Using a 12 oz. mason jar or glass, layer cake and mousse, starting with cake and ending with mousse. Repeat for three layers of each per jar. Each jar should contain a total of 1 ¼ cups cake and 1/3 cup mousse and the jar will be slightly over-full. Garnish the dessert with chocolate shavings and a sprig of fresh mint.

Variations: Consider topping with thinly sliced California Avocado, along with the chocolate shavings and mint for a hint at the surprising star ingredient.

Serving Suggestion: Use your choice of white chocolate or dark chocolate shavings to garnish each serving. Both are beautiful!

Beverage Pairing: Delicious served with an espresso or glass of sparkling wine.

*Large avocados are recommended for this recipe. A large avocado averages about 8 ounces. If using smaller or larger size avocados adjust the quantity accordingly.

Did You Know?

In addition to using avocados in baking as a smart substitution for butter and shortening, California Avocados are wonderful in other desserts like avocado pie, avocado mousse and avocado ice cream.

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados

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