Day 136 – Zucchini Cupcakes

14 Dec

Wow.  It has been a heavy week of cupcakes.  Butterfinger yesterday.  “Perfect” chocolate and vanilla the 2 days before.  I.  Am.  Full.

And, every once in a while, I need to lighten it up.  Feel at least a little healthy.  For a moment.  A very brief moment.  Hence today’s Zucchini Cupcakes (recipe below from Key Ingredient).  Which pack a little bit of a surprise….

Zucchini-Cupcake     Mini-Zucchini-Cupcake

The cupcakes are dense and decently moist.  Note: the minis are a little dry.  The almond and the orange juice give it a nice light flavor, while the spices give it a little depth. Very tasty, especially considering it’s a zucchini cupcake.


The frosting is very thick, almost like cookie dough.  It has a really yummy caramel-brown sugar flavor.

Frosted-Zucchini     Mini-Frosted-Zucchini

These are yummy!  Not a typical zucchini cupcake by any means.  The caramel frosting complements the almond-orange flavor remarkably well. And, this may be the first zucchini “Cupcake” I’ve ever had – normally they are closer to a frosted muffin, but this one is a cupcake. No doubt about it. I love that!

Scoring Sheet:

  • Cupcake Taste: 4
  • Frosting Taste: 4
  • Overall Taste: 4
  • Appearance: 3
  • Ease of Making: 3.5 (the caramel and the zucchini shredding take a bit more time but nothing is difficult)
  • TOTAL: 18.5


Zucchini Cupcakes (recipe from Key Ingredient)


  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon shredded zucchini


  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

For directions visit Key Ingredient.

*Tomorrow: Kahlua Coffee Cupcakes*

One Response to “Day 136 – Zucchini Cupcakes”

  1. tastytreats13 December 14, 2013 at 11:47 am #

    Looks tasty! Yum!

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