Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day Zucchini Cupcakes

Maurene sure enjoyed them.

We leave our regularly scheduled review of our favorite cookbooks to bring you the special Valentine's Edition of Cooking With Audrey. For this lovely holiday we made Zucchini Cupcakes with a cream cheese frosting. The recipe came from Yum Food & Fun For Kids magazine. It is actually the Halloween edition but the recipe was not themed. I allowed Audrey to add (way too much!) red food dye to the frosting to make them dark pink. She loved them. And so did the rest of the family. The original intent was to mail these cupcakes to her grandparents so I had to hide some as soon as they were ready. We usually send one jar for each grandparent but this time they had to share! We will definitely  make these again as soon as we hit the store for more zucchini.

Zucchini Cupcakes
  • 2 cups flour (we made 1/4 cup whole wheat and will make it 1/3 next time)
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 baking powder
  • 2 cups grated zucchini (we added a bit more because the helpers were having fun)
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup honey
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Preheat oven to 350°F. In one bowl mix dry ingredients and in another mix wet. Combine the two and mix until thoroughly mixed. Spoon cupcake batter into muffin tin, 3/4 full. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool completely before frosting.


  • 4 ounces light cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
In a medium bowl, add the cream cheese and the butter. Using a hand mixer, mix until combined. Slowly add the powdered sugar and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Spread on top of cooled cupcakes.

Audrey's Tasks:
  1. Gather ingredients
  2. Measure and add ingredients
  3. Stir
  4. Place batter into muffin tin
  5. Operate mixer
Mom's Tasks:
  1. Assist Audrey
  2. Grate zucchini
I was really just an assistant and recipe reader for this one. I did have to grate the zucchini. Next time we are going to throw it in the food processor because the shreds were a little big. No one complained but they were visible. And next time Audrey will not be allowed to dump half a bottle of red food dye into the frosting. We will use a nature dye like fruit or pureed beets. There will most certainly be a next time. 

I want to help!

Showing off her batter.

Yummy finished product.

Yes, she did lick all the frosting off first.

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