#8 Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

With the last days of summer coming to an end and the gift of free zucchini nothing is better than  this summer squash mixed with chocolate and a little spice!

Had to add at least one picture of Aidan in somewhere!!!

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes(courtesy of 101cookbooks)
Nothing beats the smell of chocolate and spice!!

The Goods

1 1/2cups brown sugar
1/4cup melted butter
3/4cup vegetable oil
1tsp vanilla
1/2 buttermilk (I substituted sour cream)
2cups grated zucchini
1cup chocolate chips
2cups flour
1cup cocoa sifted
1/2tsp salt
2tsp baking soda
1tsp allspice
1 1/2tsp cinnamon

This cheese grater is awesome! I received it at my surprise bridal shower at work. It has a measuring cup on the bottom of the grater.

The How To
One thing I learned from these cupcakes is to not refrigerate unless the recipe states it. The cupcakes straight from the oven were wonderfully moist but after making this mistake a few people found them dry and they were on the crumbly side.

First preheat oven to 350degrees. In a separate bowl mix together the sugar, butter and oil. Beat in eggs, one at a time until well incorporated. Stir in vanilla, buttermilk or sour cream, zucchini and chocolate chips.
Don't worry the batter will look more appetizing in a sec!
In a separate bowl mix together all of the dry ingredients. Add the liquid ingredients and mix until well combined.
much better!
Spoon batter into prepared cupcake tins.

Bake in the center of the oven for about 35mins (I started checking around 20mins then recheck every 3-5mins til done) Cool on a wire rack. Don't overcook them or you will lose the moist goodness or refrigerate in my case.
These smelled so good when they were cooking!

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

1/4cup butter
4cups sugar
1/2cup coco powder

Mix cream cheese and butter until will incorporated and fluffy. Mix in powdered sugar one cup at a time. Then add the coco powder. Don't forget to taste test!!

Can you believe there are people who don't like cream cheese? Man they are seriously missing out!!

love the gold foil
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Apple Cinnamon Cupcakes

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