15 February 2011

Avocado Buttercream Frosting

Curious, yet tasty, this Alton Brown application is sure to please.  Lemony, sweet, creamy, and green, it is unlike any frosting I have ever made, and it would surely make Dr. Seuss proud.  I made this frosting to go on a cake I took to my mom's Super Bowl party, thinking it would be a fun way to use avocados in a less traditional way.  The Hass Avocado Board stated that 53.5 million pounds of avocados were eaten on Super Bowl Sunday; I doubt many pounds were eaten as frosting.  So, I was happy to contribute my 8 ounces.

The first time I met Alton was on June 4, 2005 at the Castleton Square Mall in Indianapolis.  During the live demonstration, he was showcasing different ways to use avocados.  I was so far away, I couldn't really see him or hear what he was saying.  On November 2, 2005, "Curious Yet Tasty Avocado Experiment" aired and I was finally able to see what AB was doing with those avocados.  Being an avocado lover, I had to give the recipes a try.  My favorite recipe from the avocado experiments is the avocado buttercream frosting.  It not only looks cool, it tastes pretty good, too. 

Avocado Buttercream Frosting
Recipe courtesy Alton Brown
Printable Recipe

•8 ounces avocado meat, approximately 2 small to medium
•2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
•1 pound powdered sugar, sifted
•1/2 teaspoon lemon extract

Peel and pit the avocado. Place the avocado into the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment along with the lemon juice and beat until lightened in color, approximately 2 to 3 minutes. Add the powdered sugar a little at a time and beat until smooth. Add the lemon extract and mix to combine. If not using right away, store in the refrigerator.


  1. Yum! I'm going to try this! No food coloring needed, just look at that vibrant green! Is it lying on top of angel food cake?

  2. The color really is beautiful. I actually made just a white cake with a hint of lemon extract to compliment the frosting. I did think about angel food cake, though.



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