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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

Ingredients

  • 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
  • CINNAMON FROSTING:
  • 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

Directions

  • 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.

  • *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

  • spmilbourn
    Sep 6, 2009

    These turned out very well considering how runny the batter seemed to be. My family dug into them not knowing they had the zucchini in them and they were gone before I knew it! The texure of these cupcakes was very light. I used about 2 tsps of reduced sugar cream cheese icing for each cupcake. Mmmmm-good!!!!

  • ttorrey
    Sep 4, 2009

    These didn't turn out for me twice! Followed recipe to a t. Almost seemed as if they had too much liquid? Tasted okay...tm