Avocado Cupcakes

These golden-green spiced cupcakes are topped with delicious cream cheese frosting. No one will guess avocado is the star ingredient!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
16 cupcakes


  • nonstick cooking spray

  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour

  • 3 tablespoons cornmeal

  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice

  • ½ cup chopped walnuts (Optional)

  • ½ cup buttermilk

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 cup finely diced avocado

  • 4 ounces unsalted butter

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 2 eggs

  • 1 (16 ounce) package cream cheese frosting


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Spray 16 cups of a muffin pan with nonstick spray and line with paper liners.

  2. Combine flour, cornmeal, nutmeg, and allspice in a bowl and whisk for 10 seconds to blend. Reserve 2 tablespoons of mixture in a bowl.

  3. Add nuts to the bowl with the reserved flour and toss to coat. Set aside.

  4. Pour buttermilk into a bowl and add baking soda. Stir in avocado pieces.

  5. Cream butter and sugar together in a bowl using an electric mixer on medium speed for 1 to 2 minutes. Turn the mixer to the lowest speed and add eggs 1 at a time, letting the first one fully incorporate before adding the second. Alternately add the flour and buttermilk mixtures in about 4 additions each. Stop the mixer and scrape down the sides of the bowl, making sure there are no clumps at the bottom. Mix on medium speed for 15 seconds. Fold nuts into the batter.

  6. Use an ice cream scoop to deposit batter into the prepared muffin tin cups.

  7. Bake in the preheated oven until tops are golden-green and a toothpick inserted comes out clean, 18 to 24 minutes.

  8. Let cupcakes cool completely, about 30 minutes. Top each with cream cheese frosting.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

319 Calories
15g Fat
44g Carbs
3g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 319
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 20%
Saturated Fat 6g 28%
Cholesterol 39mg 13%
Sodium 153mg 7%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
Total Sugars 32g
Protein 3g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 22mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 110mg 2%

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

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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