Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting are moist and perfect chocolate cupcakes with two cups of zucchini hidden inside!  Topped with chocolate cream cheese frosting these are the best chocolate cupcakes I have had!

You can’t go wrong with chocolate and zucchini! If you are looking for more dessert recipes with zucchini try these Better Than Anything Zucchini Poke Cake, Cinnamon Zucchini Walnut Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting or Double Chocolate Zucchini Brownies
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Zucchini Cupcakes

This is the first summer that I have been home long enough to plant some zucchini in my garden.  Zucchini is easily one of my favorite vegetables.  So you know what that means.  Be prepared for zucchini recipe overload!

My kids hate zucchini.  So I love that you can sneak zucchini into baked goodies without even being able to tell!

As I was baking these cupcakes the smell of chocolate filled the house.  It was heaven.  My kids couldn’t wait for them to get our of the oven.  Little did they know that they had a secret ingredient!

As soon as they came out of the oven they could hardly wait for them to cool and to be frosted.  I loved watching them take their first bite into these cupcakes.  They both gobbled the cupcake down as fast as they can.  They told me they were the best chocolate cupcakes that they have ever had!   Well they have to get their veggies in somehow huh? 😉

I have never baked a more moist and perfect chocolate cupcake until now.  They turned out so much better than expected.  And just when you think that they can’t get any better.  You frost them with chocolate cream cheese frosting.

Cream cheese makes every frosting better and then you add chocolate!?  Pure heaven!  We were all obsessed over how incredible these cupcakes were!

Can you think of a better way to use up your zucchini??  I sure can’t!  These turned out amazing.  And with 2 cups of zucchini hidden inside they make you feel a little better about eating 2 cupcakes at once.  You are going to love them!

How to make Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 24 muffin cups with liners or spray with non stick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together zucchini, eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan filling them about half way.
  • Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cupcakes on wire racks.

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How do you shred zucchini?

I like to use the fine side of the shredder when shredding my zucchini. It is subtle and not many people will taste the texture.

If you prefer to have a thicker and chunkier zucchini the larger shredder is best. The flavoring will be more noticeable than the thinly shred.

How to make chocolate cream cheese frosting:

  • In a large bowl beat together the cream cheese and butter until creamy.
  • Add powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt and vanilla. Continue beating until smooth and whipped.
  • Frost cupcakes.

What is the best way to frost cupcakes?

There are a few ways to frost cupcakes.

  • Kids and a knife: Classic Cuteness!
  • Pipe with a ziplock bag: Fill a ziplock bag full of frosting, zip it closed and snip one corner and use it like a piping bag.
  • Piping bag: I love to pipe with different swirling tips. For a thick, cover the cupcake tip I like to use 1M.

How long do chocolate zucchini cupcakes last?

In our house, they don’t last long, but if you are making them ahead of time they will last between 3 to 5 days in an airtight container.

Store the zucchini cupcakes without frosting is best. Then frost them the day of before sharing them.

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Looking for more zucchini recipes?! Here are some!

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Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Author Alyssa Rivers
Servings 24

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting are moist and perfect chocolate cupcakes with two cups of zucchini hidden inside!  Topped with chocolate cream cheese frosting these are the best chocolate cupcakes I have had!

Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword chocolate zucchini cupcakes, chocolate, zucchini, zucchini cupcakes, baking cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded zucchini
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 8 oz package cream cheese room temp
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temp
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Line 24 muffin cups with liners or spray with non stick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together zucchini, eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, and baking powder. Spoon the batter into the prepared pan filling them about half way.
  3. Bake for 25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool cupcakes on wire racks.

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:

  1. To make the chocolate cream cheese frosting: In a large bowl beat together the cream cheese and butter until creamy.

  2. Add powdered sugar, cocoa powder and salt and vanilla. Continue beating until smooth and whipped. Frost cupcakes.

Nutrition Facts
Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving
Calories 214 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 177mg7%
Potassium 91mg3%
Carbohydrates 42g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 31g34%
Protein 3g6%
Vitamin A 148IU3%
Calcium 15mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Alyssa Rivers

I am Alyssa and the blogger behind The Recipe Critic. I started my blog in June of 2012 as a place to share my passion for cooking. I love trying new things and testing them out with my family.

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    1. I would think that it would work but not 100% sure. I would use a 9×13 and bake for 20-25 minutes. Would you let me know if it turns out?

  1. These look awesome! Could you make these in a pan and if so, would you use the exact ingredients
    that the recipe calls for? What size pan would you use?
    Thank you!

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