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Raisin-Zucchini Spice Cupcakes

“We were out of flour one night when I wanted to make zucchini muffins, so I used a box of spice cake mix instead. They're a huge hit with the kids and my husband.” —Tracy Scherer, Climax, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. Bake: 20 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 dozen


  • 1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 large eggs
  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1-3/4 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons 2% milk


  • In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, oil and eggs; beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Stir in zucchini and raisins. Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full.
  • Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • For frosting, in a small bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. Beat in the confectioners' sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and enough milk to achieve a spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes.
Nutrition Facts
1 each: 183 calories, 7g fat (3g saturated fat), 37mg cholesterol, 188mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.

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  • mamaknowsbest
    Aug 7, 2013

    Two thumbs up! From 3 teenage boys stuffing these cupcakes in their mouth. I did cut back on the liquid because wanted more of a muffin feel vs a cupcake feel and to compensate for some extra zucchini. Flavor, texture and appearance is great.

  • qtpie_in
    Dec 15, 2012

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  • *sara
    Aug 28, 2011

    DELICIOUS!!! All my favorite flavors in one place! Even my fiance who said he hates zucchini ate these! : ) Definitely a keeper!

  • ella shaw
    Jul 15, 2011

    I did not like the spices that came across in this cake. I think it may be the cake mix as well as the frosting which I did not like. Although I made these yesterday and they look just like the picture, nobody has really touched them, unlike the chocolate zucchini cupcakes I made the day before which were gone.

  • vbeck
    Aug 11, 2010

    My mom liked to have muffins with coffee in the morning so I was always looking for new recipes. These were a big hit wiht her and me.

  • conniekitchen
    Mar 24, 2010

    I have made these 3 time and they are so good. I used eggbeaters each time to save a few calories. I have given several away to friends and they all loved them. They are so easy to make.

  • conniekitchen
    Mar 7, 2010

    I made these the other day and they are to die for. I gave several to friends and they all loved them.

  • ladiebug721
    Sep 12, 2009

    We loved the taste of the cupcakes, but I was disappointed when they fell after taking them from the oven. They looked great in the oven, but as soon as I took them out, the centers fell on every single one. I even filled them a little more than I usually do for cupcakes.

  • dshaw
    Sep 11, 2009

    My family loved these cupcakes - even the grandchildren! I frosted them with cream cheese frosting instead, but my husband said he would have been satisfied just plain. D Nebraska

  • luanna8521
    Sep 9, 2009

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