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Zucchini bread is great and all but aren’t Zucchini Cupcakes even cuter?!? I mean it just doesn’t get any better than these adorable hand held little bundles of joy. In fact, I’m already planning on growing zucchini in my garden next year just for this recipe! Well that, and Pizza Zucchini Casserole! The spice flavor of these super moist cupcakes is absolute perfection. And that caramel frosting!! OMG!! Grrrlll….don’t even get me started….To. Die. For! You won’t even believe these out of this world cupcakes contain vegetables. Even my green veggie hating nephew gobbled one down! Seriously, I couldn’t believe my eyes. This will surely be your new favorite way to eat your zucchini. Promise!
Here’s all you’ll need: eggs, white sugar, canola oil, orange juice, almond extract, flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, ground cloves, zucchini, brown sugar, butter, milk, vanilla extract, and confectioners sugar.
Let’s get started! First in a large bowl, mix together the eggs, white sugar, canola oil, orange juice, and almond extract. Beat iiiiiittt!! Just Beat iiittttttt!!!
Next in a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. That means our flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cloves. Whisk to combine.
Then gradually add the dry mix to the egg ingredients a cup at a time. Blend it all up until it’s fully combined. Now here’s the part where we sneak in the veggies. Stir in 1-1/2 cups of shredded zucchini. Make sure you mix it up good and hide it in that batter. Especially if you have any picky nephew taste testers! Hee heeee!!
Place paper cupcake liners into a muffin pan. Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 of the way full with batter. Boop. Boop. Booop! BOOP!! It helps if you make the noise. No really it does! Wipe away any excess spillage so it doesn’t stick to the muffin pan. You guys really didn’t think I was this neat did you?!?! Pffffftttttt!!!
Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. I always check it at 20. You can always bake it for a longer amount of time, but you can’t reverse over baked cupcakes. Ya feel me? Cool in the muffin pan for eh…..about 10 minutes.
While the cupcakes are baking (or cooling) we can whip up some of that delish frosting I was telling you about earlier. You know the one where you’re gonna wanna lick the spoon! In a small sauce pan, combine the brown sugar, milk, and butter. Cook over medium heat to melt the butter. Bring it to a boil and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
Next remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Cool to a lukewarm, room temperature-ish type of thing. I’d even encourage you to toss it in the fridge to speed up the process!
Gradually mix in the powdered sugar in 1/2 cup increments. My whisk attachment got rid of all the bumps. Ain’t nobody got time to sift confectioners sugar. At least not this girl! Slather up those cooled cupcakes with a big ole heap of frosting. I mean these cupcakes are totally fine naked but how could you not dress them up with a nice coat of melt in your mouth, already making me drool, caramel frosting???
And….prepare to be dazzled by that first bite!! I mean that is…if you haven’t licked your fingers already. Zucchini has never tasted so sinfully good!!
Frosted Zucchini Cupcakes
- 3 large eggs
- 1-1/3 cups sugar
- 1/2 cup canola 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 ground cloves
- 1-1/2 cups shredded zucchini
- 1 cup packed brown sugar
- 1/2 cup butter, cubed
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 cups confectioners' sugar
- Step 1 In a large bowl, beat the eggs, white sugar, canola oil, orange juice, and almond extract.
- Step 2 In a separate bowl, add the dry ingredients (flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt and ground cloves). Whisk to combine.
- Step 3 Gradually add the dry mix to the egg ingredients a cup at a time. Blend until fully combined. Stir in 1-1/2 cups of shredded zucchini and mix well.
- Step 4 Place paper cupcake liners into a muffin pan. Fill each cupcake liner 2/3 of the way full with batter. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean. Cool in the muffin pan for 10 minutes.
- Step 5 Meanwhile, In a small sauce pan, combine the brown sugar, milk, and butter. Cook over medium heat to melt the butter. Bring to a boil and continue to cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
- Step 6 Remove the mixture from the heat and stir in the vanilla. Cool to a lukewarm temperature. Gradually mix in the powdered sugar in 1/2 cup increments. Frost cooled cupcakes. Enjoy!
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