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Choco-Zucchini Cupcakes

Makes: 24 servings
Prep 30 mins Cool 5 mins Bake 325°F 25 mins
Choco-Zucchini Cupcakes
Ingredients
  •  Nonstick cooking spray (optional)
  • 2  cups  shredded zucchini (about 8 oz.)
  • 3  eggs
  • 2  cups  granulated sugar
  • 3/4  cup  cooking 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
  • 3/4  cup  milk chocolate pieces (optional)
  • 1  recipe  Peanut Butter Frosting
Directions

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Line twenty-four 2-1/2-inch muffin cups with double or single layer of paper bake cups or lightly coat with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.

2. In a large bowl stir together zucchini, eggs, granulated sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, salt, baking powder, and, if desired, chocolate pieces; stir until combined. Spoon batter into prepared pans, filling cups about half full. Bake about 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near centers comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire racks for 5 minutes. Remove from cups. Cool completely on racks. Frost with Peanut Butter Frosting. Makes 24 cupcakes.

Peanut Butter Frosting

Yield: 1-1/2 cups
Ingredients
  • 1/3  cup  butter
  • 1/2  cup  peanut butter
  • 1  tablespoon  milk
  • 1/2  teaspoon  vanilla
  • 1 1/2  cups  powdered sugar
  • 1 - 2  teaspoons  milk (optional)
Directions

1. Allow butter to stand at room temperature for 30 minutes. In a medium mixing bowl combine butter, peanut butter, the 1 tablespoon milk, and the vanilla. Beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until smooth. Gradually add powdered sugar, beating well. If necessary, stir in the 1 to 2 teaspoons milk to make frosting spreading consistency.

Nutrition Facts (Choco-Zucchini Cupcakes)
  • Servings Per Recipe 24,
  • cal. (kcal) 263,
  • Fat, total (g) 13,
  • chol. (mg) 33,
  • sat. fat (g) 4,
  • carb. (g) 35,
  • Monosaturated fat (g) 5,
  • Polyunsaturated fat (g) 4,
  • fiber (g) 1,
  • sugar (g) 25,
  • pro. (g) 4,
  • vit. A (IU) 146,
  • vit. C (mg) 2,
  • Thiamin (mg) 0,
  • Riboflavin (mg) 0,
  • Niacin (mg) 1,
  • Pyridoxine (Vit. B6) (mg) 0,
  • Folate (g) 28,
  • Cobalamin (Vit. B12) (g) 0,
  • sodium (mg) 207,
  • Potassium (mg) 115,
  • calcium (mg) 10,
  • iron (mg) 1,
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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