most delicious cupcakes

I’m still here and I think I’d better at least say Happy Halloween!

apparently I am having a hard time prioritizing my blog lately–even though I have things I want to share (go figure) I will be really mad at myself though if I don’t post this most delicious cupcake recipe EVAH … my mom found it in a magazine (Good Housekeeping, I think) and I am totally serious when I say MOST DELICIOUS. I am really not a huge cupcake fan, 11 times out of 10 choosing a brownie instead, but these … and perhaps its because they are very "brownie-like" are in a whole new category of cupcake. The secret ingredient is zucchini (which somehow makes them seem healthy right?) Anyway trust me and go borrow or beg or even buy some big, green vegetable — shred it up and put it in 2 cup portions in your freezer (you’ll thank me)

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Prize Winning Choco-Zucchini Cupcakes

2 C shredded zucchini
3 eggs
2 C sugar
3/4 C cooking oil
2 tsp vanilla
2 C flour
2/3 C unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking powder
3/4 C milk chocolate chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 325 degrees
Stir together zucchini, eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla.
Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, baking powder and chips, stirring until combined.
Spoon batter into cupcake pan lined with paper liners.
Bake about 25 minutes
Frost with Peanut Butter Frosting
Yields 24

Peanut Butter Frosting
Beat 1/2 C peanut butter, 1/2 C softened butter, 1 Tblsp milk, and 1/2 tsp vanilla with electric mixer until smooth. Gradually add 1 1/2 Cups powdered sugar until spreading consistancy is reached

Not that anyone needs more sugar today, but I made these two weeks ago, when Paula and Kayce were in town and Paula took the photo with my Halloween sprinkles on top — naturally they are easily adorned with any color for any occasion — so, perhaps next week when the candy is gone and you need an insulin rush you could whip up some chocolate/peanut butter heaven!

Ok, I’m off to wake up my little vampire, the human torch and fairy princess. I really hope I post later today –  Kara  and I are going to the elementary school party as Mom 1 and Mom 2– can’t wait.

update: how fun!

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and I switched the letters out for Clark and his friend, so they could do some trick or treating too!

Comments

  1. These sound delicious!! I love zucchini bread but these sound much better with choco and peanut butter. Yummy!!

  2. Sounds YUMMY! I will have to make them at my cookie exchange party.
    Thanks, Jane Corona , CA

  3. mmmm they sound yummy! Not long to go now Stacey until your trip down to Australia & NZ. Can’t wait to meet you in Wellington and at the Glimpses Reception and show you my glimpses album. Have a safe trip down.

  4. I can’t wait! I am always looking for good milk free recipes and these fit the bill! (will substitute approved semisweet for the milk chocolate chips) ;)
    Happy Halloween!
    Jen

  5. My favorite brownies ever have zucs in them, too! I’ll have to try to hunt out the recipe.

  6. I’ve had those cupcakes before and I agree, they are DELICIOUS! The costumes sound like fun and I hope Halloween was a lot of fun at your home!
    Sue

  7. Those look really good, my kids would love them…
    check out my blog…if you love brownie…. make brownie muffins!!! =)

  8. Thanks for the recipe. I made these yesterday and think I’m addicted to peanut butter icing! The cakes are so moist and yummy – a definite hit with all the family.

  9. Being Mom 2…did you have to do the opposite of everything for the day?? What fun costume!!

  10. Hey Staci, I made your cupcakes and they turned out DELISH! I made a few substitutions… I used semi sweet chocolate chips and also subbed organic applesauce for the vegetable oil. They were SOOO yummy! I took your advice and shredded up some extra zucchini and froze it just for the purpose of making these. :)

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