Zucchini Almond Cupcakes

So what exactly is the difference between a muffin and a cupcake? Unfrosted, I would call these zucchini muffins, but add the cream cheese frosting and they are definitely cupcakes. Some suggest the difference between the two is the size, sweetness, frosted or unfrosted, or if they are made with butter or oil. Hmmm… Maybe these are muffcakes?

Zucchini Almond Cupcakes

Whatever you want to call them, you’ll be glad you made these! I think they might be better than the fancy schmancy cupcakes I buy at that high-end bakery. The cool thing about these is that both the frosting and the cupcake batter are made with Greek yogurt. This means more protein, less fat, and a nice tang. But even with the vegetables and Greek yogurt in them, they are too delicious to put in the health food category… but go ahead and have one for breakfast!

Found this new product at my little Walmart. It was perfect for my cream cheese frosting.

Greek Cream Cheese and Greek Yogurt

I filled them about 3/4 of the way full. I also used parchment paper baking cups for the first time. No sticking at all!

Zucchini Almond Cupcake Batter

Bake them until they are golden brown, and test them with a toothpick to make sure it comes out clean. Let them cool before frosting.

Zucchini Almond Cupcakes Baked

I used a Ziploc bag with the corner cut out and my coupler attached, but no tip. Start in the center and spiral around toward the edges.

Zucchini Almond Cupcakes Frosting

I added some candy pearls and sliced almonds in a flower pattern on some of the cupcakes. If you want to keep it simple, spread the frosting all the way to the edge and dip the cupcake in crushed, sliced almonds.

Zucchini Almond Cupcakes Decorated

Zucchini Almond Cupcakes
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Serves: 24 cupcakes
 
Ingredients:
Cupcakes
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. salt
Frosting
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese with Greek yogurt
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
Decorations
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • White candy pearls
Directions:
Cupcakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cream together sugar and oil. Beat in the eggs one at a time. Add vanilla, yogurt, and zucchini.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, allspice, baking soda, and salt.
  4. Add dry ingredients into wet ingredients with mixer on low speed.
  5. With an ice cream scoop, fill each baking cup 3/4 full.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 25-27 minutes. Test for doneness by poking a toothpick into the center of the cupcake to see if it comes out clean.
Frosting
  1. Beat cream cheese until smooth, gradually adding powdered sugar until smooth on low speed. Add vanilla and heavy cream, and beat until fluffy.

Zucchini Almond Cupcakes Decorated

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Julie! I’m a new reader and I’ve loved looking around your blog. These cupcakes look fantastic. This recipe seems like the perfect example of a recipe that is flavorful, but also nutritious. Yum!

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