I just love chocolate but I am not the hottest for really rich food during the summer, so a nice alternate to this dilemma is zucchini-chocolate cupcakes with cream cheese icing!

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Cream Cheese Icing:

Directions

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  • Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the heat source and preheat the oven's broiler. Spread pecans onto a baking sheet. Cut butter into small pieces and scatter on top of pecans.

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  • Broil in the preheated oven until pecans start to turn golden brown and become fragrant, about 5 minutes, watching carefully to prevent burning. Remove from oven and allow to cool, about 10 minutes. Transfer pecans to a cutting board and smash or crush into small pieces.

  • Turn off broiler and preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line 18 cups of a muffin tin with paper liners. Spray inside of liners with cooking spray.

  • Combine zucchini, oil, and eggs in a large mixing bowl.

  • Mix flour, sugar, toasted pecans, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl. Add zucchini mixture and stir to combine. Fill muffin tin cups 3/4 full with batter.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 25 minutes.

  • While cupcakes bake, cut softened cream cheese and butter into small pieces and place in a mixing bowl. Add sugar and almond extract. Mix icing using an electric mixer until smooth, about 5 minutes. Store in the refrigerator until use.

  • Remove cupcakes from the oven and let cool completely before frosting, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

658 calories; 38.9 g total fat; 74 mg cholesterol; 313 mg sodium. 75.7 g carbohydrates; 6.6 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2019
Wow! These cupcakes are fantastic! With or without the frosting the cake is absolutely perfect! I tend to not like chocolate cake or cupcakes much but these cupcakes had the right amount of sweetness and the cinnamon was a very nice touch. I made the recipe as is and I will be making these again and again! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2019
Wow! These cupcakes are fantastic! With or without the frosting the cake is absolutely perfect! I tend to not like chocolate cake or cupcakes much but these cupcakes had the right amount of sweetness and the cinnamon was a very nice touch. I made the recipe as is and I will be making these again and again! Thanks for the recipe! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
03/11/2019
Wow! These cupcakes are fantastic! With or without the frosting the cake is absolutely perfect! I tend to not like chocolate cake or cupcakes much but these cupcakes had the right amount of sweetness and the cinnamon was a very nice touch. I made the recipe as is and I will be making these again and again! Thanks for the recipe! Read More