Sunday, August 5, 2012

Zucchini Cupcakes with Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

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My sister-in-law and I love zucchini so much that my parents make sure they have a zucchini plant for each of us in their garden.  Now thats love :)

Most of the time I use it to make my Summer Garden Pasta for dinner or I'll make zucchini blueberry bread, but this week I decided to make something a little sweeter...cupcakes!

I cut off the ends and toss the zucchini in my food processor to grate it - no need to peel it.  You can also use a box grater, but I like to let my food processor do the work for me cause I'm lazy like that :)

Cinnamon cream cheese frosting is sooooooo good!  This is the same frosting I use on my pumpkin cupcakes in the fall.  You must try it.  Seriously make some now!


My beloved zucchini plant :)


Zucchini never tasted so good!


Zucchini Cupcakes with
Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

3 eggs
1/2 C canola oil
1 1/3 C sugar
1/2 C orange juice
2 1/2 C flour
2 tsp cinnamon
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ground cloves
1 1/2 C shredded zucchini
 
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line cupcake pan with paper liners. 
Combine eggs, sugar, oil and orange juice in a mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer until blended. Add the remaining ingredients, except for the zucchini and mix well. Now fold in the shredded zucchini. Fill paper liners 2/3 full. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-20 minutes or until done.  Cool on a wire rack.

Cinnamon Cream Cheese Frosting

8 oz. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, at room temperature
1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 cups powdered sugar

Beat cream cheese and butter together in a stand mixer.  Add powdered sugar one cup at a time.
Add cinnamon and vanilla extract and beat until fluffy. 
Frost cooled cupcakes.

I use a Wilton 1M tip to frost my cupcakes.
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2 comments:

  1. Well, I am happy I finally got through to your blog :) I tried last night and this morning on my iPad and some weird website kept coming up instead. I'm on my PC now it's working. Anyway, your cupcakes look delicious as usual! I cannot believe how pretty your zucchini plant is. Do you not have a squash bug problem where you live? Ours just gets eaten to oblivion every year. We've tried sevin and it didn't work. This year we hand picked the bugs off and it still didn't work. They still get the disease that the bugs transmit. (sigh) Tell me your secret ;)

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  2. this blog makes me gain weight ... just buy the photos! YUM!

    grace
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