Choco-Zucchini Cupcakes


Hide the healthy! The peanut butter frosting and deep chocolate cupcakes are enhanced with the addition of shredded zucchini. The zucchini keeps the texture moist.

Choco-Zucchini Cupcakes
Photo: Jay Wilde
Prep Time:
30 mins
Cool Time:
5 mins
Bake Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • Nonstick cooking spray (optional)

  • 2 cup shredded zucchini (about 8 oz.)

  • 3 eggs

  • 2 cup granulated sugar

  • ¾ cup cooking oil

  • 2 teaspoon vanilla

  • 2 cup all-purpose flour

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon baking powder

  • ¾ cup milk chocolate pieces (optional)

  • 1 recipe Peanut Butter Frosting

Peanut Butter Frosting

  • cup butter

  • ½ cup peanut butter

  • 1 tablespoon milk

  • ½ teaspoon vanilla

  • 1 ½ cup powdered sugar

  • 1 teaspoon milk (optional)


  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

  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 (per serving)

263 Calories
13g Fat
35g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 24
Calories 263
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 13g 17%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 33mg 11%
Sodium 207mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 35g 13%
Total Sugars 25g
Protein 4g
Vitamin C 1.8mg 9%
Calcium 10.1mg 1%
Iron 1.1mg 6%
Potassium 115mg 2%
Folate, total 28.2mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.1mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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