Sunday, August 31, 2014

Zucchini Never Better: Chocolate Zucchini Coconut Cupcakes

Yum
I have a bumper crop of ZUCCHINI!
I have mentioned that they are the size of small children.  I just can't give them away anymore and I certainly can't throw them away.  So instead, I used that fabulous, versatile veggie in cupcakes.  Because who doesn't like cupcakes and zucchini in cupcake form is ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS!



There's chocolate and coconut involved, oh yea!



Zucchini has never been better as a Chocolate Zucchini Coconut Cupcake with Coconut Whip Cream!
These cupcakes are to die for...really...no really!  I can't believe how good they came out!

The chocolate cupcake is incredibly moist.  Inside there are chocolate chips and coconut too!  Hard to believe it but the icing on the cake is even yummier....a coconut whip cream with more coconut and sprinkles.  I think I need to lay down 'cuz I am totally swooning over these cupcakes....



Here's how to make the best ever zucchini cupcake.

Ingredients for 20 cupcakes:
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cup flour
1/4 cup cocoa powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
2 cups grated zucchini
1/2 cup chocolate chips
1/2 cup shredded, unsweetened coconut

Ingredients for whip cream icing:
1 16 oz whipping cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 tsp coconut extract
shredded, unsweetened coconut and chocolate sprinkles for toppings

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees.  Grease a cupcake pan or use cupcake liners.  Use a mixer to blend vegetable oil and sugar.  Add eggs and blend completely.  Pour in the milk and vanilla.  More mixing.  Add the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  Once everything is incorporated, stir in the remaining ingredients (grated zucchini, chocolate chips and coconut) by hand.  Bake for 20-25 minutes.

For the whip cream icing, mix whipping cream and powdered sugar until stiff peaks form.  Add in both extracts until well combined.  Frost cupcakes and sprinkle with coconut and chocolate sprinkles.




Hard to believe there is zucchini in that forkful of yumminess?  Well, there is as well as chocolate chips and coconut.  Each bite is utterly delightful!

Out of ideas for zucchini?
Here's a good one...may want to make a double batch!
Check back again soon for all things zucchini!!!

Celebrate the little things that make life sweet,
Christine

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