Day 94 – Zucchini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

2 Nov

Every omce in a while I need a healthy cupcake….or a healthy-ish cupcake…..or just a cupcake I can justify eating. Like ones with veggies in them! Like these Zucchini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe below from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice).  And, to go with said somewhat healthy-ish cupcakes, today’s book is The Ultimate Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.

Zucchini-Cupcake     Mini-Zucchini-Cake

The cake is moist and sticky. The nuts add a nice crunch.  They are a lot like sweet muffins. The cinnamon and the crunch add to that muffin effect.  The full-size isn’t quite as sticky as the mini.


The frosting is extremely thick – I might have added some milk to smooth it out a little.  It’s a very sweet cream cheese frosting with just a hint of vanilla.

Zucchini-Cake-frosted     Mini-Zuch-Cake-frosted

The sweetness of the frosting actually overpowers all of that yummy cinnamon flavor when you put them together. I would suggest either putting a little less sugar in the frosting OR adding a little cinnamon to the frosting and see if that balances out a little better. Ya know, I’m never against a cinnamon cream cheese frosting!

Notes: This is about as easy as a cupcake gets. The grating of the zucchini is the most time-consuming thing about them.

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 3.5
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 3
  • Appearance: 3
  • Ease of Making: 4
  • TOTAL: 17.5


Zucchini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting (recipe from Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice)


1 + 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup packed brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup walnuts, chopped
1 + 1/2 cups zucchini (about 10 ounces), shredded
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
4 tablespoons butter, at room temperature
4 ounces regular or light cream cheese, at room-temperature
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
3 cups confectioners’ sugar, plus more if needed

For directions visit Cinnamon Spice & Everything Nice.

*Tomorrow: Apple Cider Cupcakes*

3 Responses to “Day 94 – Zucchini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting”

  1. tastytreats13 November 2, 2013 at 3:48 pm #

    Sounds like a very interesting recipe!

  2. Reeni November 7, 2013 at 8:23 pm #

    Thanks for making my cupcakes! Cinnamon in the frosting would be scrumptious!

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