- 1-1/4 cups butter, softened
- 1-1/2 cups sugar
- 2 eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 3/4 cup baking cocoa
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt
- 1 cup grated zucchini
- 1 cup grated carrots
- 1 can (16 ounces) chocolate frosting
- In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, baking cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with yogurt, beating well after each addition. Fold in zucchini and carrots.
- Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Frost cupcakes. Yield: 21 cupcakes.
Reviews for Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes
"Great tasting and you would never know there were veggies in it! I followed the recipe to the letter, only I baked this in a bundt pan and used a homemade frosting."
"I made this recipe exactly as written tonight but baked it in a Bundt pan. It turned out beautifully and is delicious!"
"I tried these to see if I could get some veggies into my toddlers w/out them knowing...it worked! They loved them & so did I...moist and chocolatey...just how I like my cupcakes!"
"It would be nice to read reviews by people that actually made the original recipe. Otherwise your review is not at all helpful."
"These were awesome with some changes. I used 1/2 cup butter plus 2 Tbs oil and 3/4 cup pumpkin. Used all zucchini, no carrots, cut down the sugar a little, and upped the cocoa a little."
"The flavor is good, but a bit on the dry side. I followed the directions with the exception of adding additional yogurt from the detailed 1/2 cup to 1 cup because the batter was so thick - almost like cookie dough. Even after doing this I still had to use my cookie scooper to place them into the muffin tins. I am going to try reducing the flour amount from 2-1/2 cups down to 2 cups the next time around (and maybe add some applesauce for additional moisture without adding more fat.)"
"I bake for local restaurants and special events as well as write a food column for a local paper, so I am always looking for delicious recipes using fresh ingredients. I decided to give this a test run and I must say, with some minor adjustments, it came out in the front! I used dark Dutch cocoa and dark chocolate mini chips, increased the soda, added espresso powder, reduced the sugar, finely grated the zucchini and extended the baking time. I topped them with dark chocolate peanut butter, butter cream incing. My husband and one restaurant's staff exclaimed they were the best cupcakes they ever tasted. Note: My personal preference is to bake with unbleached flour rather than bleached, use paste Madagascar vanilla and Viet Nam Cinnamon."
"I made this today but with adjustments. I halved the recipe, used 1 1/4 cup organic flour, 1/4 cup coconut oil plus 1 tablespoon butter, 1/3 cup applesauce, I mashed banana, 1/4 cup yogurt, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 tsp cinnamon, pinch of nutmeg, 1 cup zucchini and 1/4 cup each stevia, monkruit, and whey sugar, plus 1/2 cup chocolate chips and a few for on top. Turned out great and family loves them. I sprinkled some powdered whey sugar on top to look nice."
"My husband and children enjoyed these. I used a peanut butter icing. My 4 year old ate some without the icing even. I did make a few adjustments. I couldn't handle the thought of all that butter so I used 1/2 c. butter and 3/4 c. applesauce. I also used 2 1/4 c flour and added little extra yogurt. And I used 2c. zucchini instead of carrots. Great way to use up some of that zucchini."
"Awesome recipe, I didnt have plain yogurt so added sour cream instead, turned out great! And used more zucchini instead of carrots"