Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes
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Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes that are so delicious you will not even believe you’re eating a dessert loaded with vegetables. Made with a milk chocolate frosting, these cupcakes are pure chocolate decadence. Use up those garden zucchini in this satisfying cupcake recipe!
This recipe is for all of you who need creative ways to eat your vegetables.
I know most of you love chocolate. From chocolate raspberry cupcakes to chocolate pistachio cake to Andes mint cupcakes, there’s no shortage of chocolate on the blog.
Today’s recipe is updated from summer 2015. The cupcakes were lacking in flavor. They also were a bit flat. Nothing to be overly excited about.
I introduce to you the new and improved chocolate zucchini cupcake and it’s a real winner!
It’s a rich chocolate cupcake with shredded zucchini throughout and a luscious milk chocolate frosting on top. These cupcakes are the best way to eat zucchini. Truly!
Today’s recipe is rich, moist and full of flavor. I used unsweetened cocoa powder and went with just a bit more than what I used in the Andes mint cupcakes. I used oil and no extra liquid. The zucchini will release their liquid during baking and this combined with oil is plenty to keep the cupcakes supremely moist.
Everything gets mixed right in one bowl, making cleanup a breeze. The cupcakes take only 25 minutes to bake and once they’ve cooled they’re ready to be frosted with chocolate frosting.
The frosting is simple. Take a basic vanilla buttercream and add unsweetened cocoa powder to it. Mix it up and voilà.
I was guilty of eating the frosting with a spoon. I couldn’t control myself.
It’s one of the best frostings I’ve made. Almost better than my cookie butter frosting.
I piped the frosting on with a Wilton 1M piping tip but you can also slather it on with an offset spatula just as easily.
I am in love with eating zucchini this way. And anyone you serve these cupcakes to will never know there is zucchini in them. You can’t even taste it. All you can taste is chocolate goodness.
You have to try these chocolate zucchini cupcakes. They are soft, tender, moist… cupcake heaven!
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These cupcakes are the perfect way to get the kiddos and the hubs to eat their veggies :)They look so chocolatey and delicious! Love that you topped them with your caramel frosting!
They are sneaky little cupcakes! 😉
I never thought of pairing salted caramel with zucchini! Now that I think about it, that is brilliant. They must go so well together. And no wonder you wanted to eat the frosting with a spoon. Dang, it looks so good!
It turned out to be a great combo! Thanks, Mir!
haha I am sure every kid will be more than happy to eat veggies this way 😉 the cupcakes look perfect Jen, so moist! and i love that frosting!
I bet so! I was happy to get my veggies this way, ha! Thanks, Manali!
I have never had zucchini and salted caramel together but it sounds AMAZING! These cupcakes look to die for 🙂
These cupcakes are a real treat, Medha. You must try them!
That frosting though….yum!! I’ve never made anything sweet with zucchini’s before. I see all of these delicious recipes and it has me craving zucchini and sweets together! Loving this recipe Jen! 🙂
You would never know that zucchini is in the cupcakes. You can’t even taste it. I think you need to make them!
Zucchini chocolate cupcakes are amazing, and I love that you put salted caramel frosting on them. That would be so, so good! These look fantastic!
The frosting went so well with these cupcakes. Thanks, Stacey!
Jen, I love love love baking with shredded zucchini!!! haha and you are right! This is the way to get kids (and adults) to eat their veggies! love these!
Thank you, Alice!
That is a creative way to get in those vegetables! Always nice to have alternatives to plain ol zucchini bread 🙂
Chocolate and zucchini are a match made in heaven. That’s definitely how I like to eat my veggies. 🙂
Yes, definitely a match made in heaven! I could eat my veggies this way all the time.
I love that you topped these cupcakes with your caramel frosting, Jen! I’ve actually never had a zucchini cupcake before, so I’m loving the looks of this, especially since it’s made with chocolate! Sounds incredible!
Thanks, Gayle! You can not taste the zucchini at all. It’s just like an extra moist chocolate cupcake. So good!