Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes Recipe
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Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes Recipe

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Our grandkids love these cupcakes and don't believe us when we tell them there are veggies in them! I'm always asked for this recipe, which makes a tasty treat after school, packed in lunches or served as dessert after dinner. —Carole Fraser, North York, Ontario
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES:21 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
MAKES: 21 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 326 calories, 17g fat (9g saturated fat), 50mg cholesterol, 288mg sodium, 40g carbohydrate (25g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
Originally published as Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes in Simple & Delicious May/June 2009, p35

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Kristens198 User ID: 2663751 261140
Reviewed Feb. 11, 2017

"DELICIOUS!! I ended up with about 1.5 c of carrots and also 1.25c zucchini, and it made 40 cupcakes. WOW! Moist and delicious! Served without frosting."

salisuz User ID: 8868466 257615
Reviewed Dec. 3, 2016

"> I didn't have ne zucchini (caused I used them n other desserts) - so I used yellow squash - put them n2 the handy chopper and mashed the button a few times until there was nothing but yellow specks - these cupcakes turned out... pretty good!"

Donut Queen User ID: 6883809 253091
Reviewed Aug. 23, 2016

"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."

Twin1961 User ID: 7647234 252835
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2016

"I made this recipe exactly as written tonight but baked it in a Bundt pan. It turned out beautifully and is delicious!"

chickluvs2cook User ID: 3328929 252478
Reviewed Aug. 10, 2016

"I tried these to see if I could get some veggies into my toddlers w/out them worked! They loved them & so did I...moist and chocolatey...just how I like my cupcakes!"

cindyscookiecupboard User ID: 7012548 252414
Reviewed Aug. 9, 2016

"It would be nice to read reviews by people that actually made the original recipe. Otherwise your review is not at all helpful."

Sierramomma User ID: 5841597 252067
Reviewed Jul. 31, 2016

"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."

annatina11 User ID: 5343917 235177
Reviewed Oct. 18, 2015

"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.)"

SuzieSaucepan User ID: 7746914 231596
Reviewed Aug. 22, 2015

"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."

SANFINN User ID: 4103479 229957
Reviewed Jul. 21, 2015

"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."

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