September 15, 2009

{MSC} Zucchini Spice Cupcakes

When I first received my Cupcakes cookbook, this was one of the recipes I quickly passed over. Didnt even want to try it. Certainly didnt flag it. I think my reasoning was because of the zucchini. I love them grilled but in a cupcake!?

Fast forward to two months later and I made them! Why? Well, the obvious reason being that I intend to attempt every cupcake the MSC Group makes. Tracey from Tracey's Culinary Adventures selected Zucchini-Spice Cupcakes (pages 44-45) for this month's selection.


My changes:
• I halved the recipe and made 12
• Instead of lemon, I used orange zest
• Instead of walnuts, I used almonds
• Instead of cream cheese frosting (because I didnt have cream cheese) I made a yogurt icing

Yogurt icing:
- 1/2 cup plain yogurt (i used Stonyfield Farms Greek Style cause its thicker & creamier and I still had free yogurt coupons)
- 1/2 cup powdered sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, to allow the icing to thicken. Spread on cupcakes.

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Verdict: You know how you can taste the carrot in a carrot cake? Well... we couldnt taste the zucchini in this one. Are we suppose to? Because the flavor of the spices was more dominant. Oh, and the yogurt icing added a nice flavor... but I wish I could taste the zucchini a lil more.

29 comments:

Colleen said...

amazing photos! and I love how you personalized them!!!

Anonymous said...

I normally cannot taste the zucchini but it's o.k. I love zucchini bread and muffins! YUM!

Clivia said...

No, zucchini doesn't have a very strong flavour. They are basically a spice muffin. That's why Martha used the cream cheese icing, for oomph.

Just Anything said...

Crap! That was my comment down there under Anonymous.

SUGAR B said...

Karen, you and I are so alike with this one! I didn't taste the zucchini either. I also thought the texture was more muffin-like than cupcake. Oh well.

I love your yogurt icing idea. That is pretty darn creative and I always appreciate creativity! :)

You are awesome awesome awesome!

Thanks for baking along with us this month! You are a super trooper!

Hanaâ said...

Ooooh they look scrumptious. I love zucchini-pretty-much-anything. Zucchini doesn't have a dominant flavor like carrots do, so yeah, you can't really taste it. The warm spices in it are great though. And I love what you did with the icing. How creative!

Megan said...

No - you aren't supposed to taste the zucchini, silly. It just makes it more acceptable to eat cupcakes when there are vegetables present.

I totally loved these, though.

Mary Ann said...

Very beautiful. I love the icing that you made with greek yogurt- I will definitely have to try that sometime.

jodie said...

Very inventive with the icing! And I bet they tasted divine with almonds in...mmm!! Loving your paper cases too, very nice :-)

Kayte said...

Giggle...I thought the same thing about this recipe, very skeptical, but I didn't want to let on as Tracey picked it and she is such a sweetie. Happy I didn't go with my first inclination of skipping it because we all loved the recipe. I jotted down your icing recipe to give that a try sometime as it sounds and looks delightful. Cute cupcake wrappers...they look like a party all by themselves with those cupcakes in them!

Eliana said...

I like that you used yogurt instead of cream cheese for your frosting. Looks super yummy.

orders said...

Amazing idea with the yogurt drizzle, kind of makes them a little more muffinish but heck whatever! Great job!

TeaLady said...

Zucchini just seems to blend in with the rest of the flavors. Yes, they were spicy and very good. Little specks of green in a cup full of yum!

Yours look delish with the yogurt icing.

Thanks for coming by for a vist.

Kim said...

Your cupcakes are too cute. I love the yogurt frosting. That sounds good.

Mara said...

I also couldn't taste the zucchini, I think it tends to bake out. I thought these would make great carrot cakes though, nice consistency!

The Sisters said...

Yours look great, especially with the yogurt icing.
I love them grilled too, pretty much the only way I eat them, had my fill this summer.

Elizabeth said...

What nice photos - my husband totally couldn't taste the zucchini in mine either, it wasn't just you. That yogurt frosting sounds interesting, I'll have to try that the next time I make these...

Monica said...

Love your cupcake wrappers! They are beautiful. I've never been able to taste zucchini in bread, muffins, cupcakes, or whatever. Guess I really didn't think about it. I liked them...too much, I had two!

Katiecakes said...

They look lovely. The yogurt icing sounds delightful.

Katie xox

Nina said...

the yogurt icing looks amazing! I'm guessing that's a little healthier than the cream cheese frosting. =]

Jen said...

The zucchini was a little underwhelming, wasn't it? I'm totally going to try that yogurt frosting too!

lakegirl16 said...

I love the idea of the yogurt frosting! Yum! I would have liked mine better with a little frosting but they were still good.

Anncoo said...

This sounds good and you're so creative!

Tracey said...

Thanks so much for baking along with me this month Karen! Love your creativity with the yogurt icing! I need to learn to do that more - I ran out to the store to get cream cheese. I don't think you're supposed to taste the zucchini in these. I think the spices were definitely the dominant flavor in the cupcakes.

(By the way, I finally responded to the tag from your post below last night! Thanks again - it was fun) :)

Sweet and Savory said...

My husband could not taste the zucchini. I have made zucchini bread and zucchini cake. Can't taste it there, either, and the bread is not really spiced. I guess zucchini is for texture more than taste. All I know is I like it.

Try the bread some time. I hope to blog in the near future.

Bake Me to the Moon said...

ok, so your cupcakes are darling! Did you get your cups at Fancy Flours?! have to have them! Anyway, great job, love the presentation!

The Food Librarian said...

Fun! I like that you used almonds...that sounds delicious. The glaze looks light and tasty too.

The Fancy Lady said...

thanks for your comment so i have to ask it says your from ny/nj where do live im in bergen county nj it would be nice to meet someone who lives close to me lol

pinkstripes said...

YUM. I'll need to make these one day.

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