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American Dream Cupcakes

Total time:

20 min

Prep time:


Cook time:

20 min

Nutritional Highlights (Per serving) See Full
150 Calories
5 g Fat
0.1 g Fiber
200 mg Sodium
22 g Carbs
American Dream Cupcakes


Fresh California Avocado replaces the butter or oil in a traditional cupcake recipe and creates a delicious, light green cupcake. Topped with a simple cream cheese frosting and patriotic cake decorations they are a symbol of the American dream!


Serves: 12

1/2 cup pureed California Avocado
3/4 cup granulated sugar
2 large eggs
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 cup low-fat buttermilk
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla
As needed Cream Cheese Frosting (see recipe below)
As needed Patriotic cake decorations
Easy Cream Cheese Frosting
4 oz. cream cheese, softened
1 Tbsp. low-fat milk, or more as needed
1 cup powdered sugar

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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line muffin tins with foil or non-stick cups.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer or large mixing bowl, combine avocado puree and sugar. Beat until very smooth and even in color.
  3. Add eggs. Beat on high speed for 2 minutes.
  4. Combine flour, salt and baking powder in a small bowl. Gradually blend in flour mixture alternating with buttermilk and vanilla into the batter, starting and ending with the flour mixture.
  5. Divide batter among the prepared muffin cups. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 20 minutes. Cupcakes are done when a toothpick inserted into one of the center cupcakes comes out clean. Remove from oven and cool in the cupcakes tins for 5 minutes, then remove to a rack and cool to room temperature. Frost with Easy Cream Cheese Frosting and decorate with patriotic cake decorations.

Easy Cream Cheese Frosting

  1. Beat softened cream cheese in a medium mixer bowl until light and creamy. There should be no lumps.
  2. Beat in milk and then about ¾ of the powdered sugar. Taste and add more powdered sugar and/or milk depending on your preference for sweetness and spreadability.

Beverage Pairings: Nice with a glass of iced coffee.

*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.

Nutrition information per serving

Calories 150
Total Fat 5 g (Sat 2.5 g, Trans 0 g, Poly 0 g, Mono 2 g)
Cholesterol 40 mg
Sodium 200 mg
Potassium 90 mg
Total Carbohydrates 22 g
Dietary Fiber 0.1 g
Total Sugar 9 g
Protein 4 g

Vitamin A 179 (IU); Vitamin C 0.6 mg; Calcium 72 mg; Iron 1 mg; Vitamin D 10 (IU); Folate 40 mcg; Omega 3 Fatty Acid 0.03 g

% Daily Value*: Vitamin A 4%; Vitamin C 0%; Calcium 8%; Iron 6%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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