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Raisin-Zucchini Spice Cupcakes Recipe

Raisin-Zucchini Spice Cupcakes Recipe

“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 YIELD:24 servings


  • 1 package spice cake mix (regular size)
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 3 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


  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Bake at 350° for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to wire racks to cool completely.
  • 3. 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. Yield: 2 dozen.

Nutritional 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 User ID: 5826120 150531
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5763852 169895
Reviewed 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 User ID: 5499026 208868
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3312006 96894
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2489645 77336
Reviewed 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 User ID: 2489645 67950
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4336805 166802
Reviewed 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 User ID: 3535210 151900
Reviewed 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 User ID: 1689269 166799
Reviewed 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 User ID: 4017464 150206
Reviewed 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"

Kellie G User ID: 3289223 169859
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009

"I made these cupcakes and took them to work, not telling anyone there was zucchini in them until after they tried them. They were a big hit and even the zucchini "haters" liked them and some had two!"

KLR3 User ID: 1480948 165148
Reviewed Sep. 4, 2009

"Good and quick"

beatriz javier User ID: 3537926 125643
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2009

"May I use yellow cake instead spice mix?. Can I add different spices, like cinamon? I live in Guatemala, and I can´t find all premixes all the time."

sarahma User ID: 4363787 150204
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2009

"The cupcakes are very good and moist but the frosting is very sweet and not very good. I would recommend using a cream cheese frosting."

SKTerpstra User ID: 4231446 151898
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2009

"Where do you get apple pie spice?!"

ckrich1 User ID: 3619478 95434
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2009

"sounds good cant wait to make it"

mslouise User ID: 1384945 103952
Reviewed Aug. 31, 2009

"I added 1 tsp apple pie spice and used cream cheese frosting : )"

JMU User ID: 1687266 169858
Reviewed Aug. 17, 2009

"I made a cake, rather than cup cakes. My hubby can't stand zucchini, but LOVED THIS RECIPE! I actually added a little extra nutmeg to the cake mix. It's a keeper!"

asnunez User ID: 2408742 166798
Reviewed Aug. 11, 2009

"My four kids don't eat cooked raisins so I substituted dates for the raisins. They ate them all in 2 days! Thanx for sharing!"

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