Friday, September 11, 2009

zucchini!!!

Zucchini.
Ah, yes. LOVE.
Danielle has a GREAT and very tasty recipe over at her place.
Being that I had an overabundance of zucchini, I made Zucchini cupcakes.
My Mom sent me this recipe from who else? Martha.
SO easy.
SO yummy.

zucchini cupcakes.
recipe

Ingredients :
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour (spooned and leveled)
1 cup packed dark-brown sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup coarsely chopped pecans or walnuts
1 zucchini (10 ounces), coarsely grated (1 1/2 cups)
1/3 cup vegetable oil
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
Cream cheese frosting (recipe below)

Directions:
1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cups of a standard (12-cup) muffin tin with paper or foil liners. Set aside.

2.In a medium bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix in nuts.

3.In another bowl, combine zucchini, oil, eggs, and vanilla; add to flour mixture, and mix just until combined (do not overmix).

4.Divide batter evenly among cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.

5.Cool in tin on a wire rack for 10 minutes; turn cupcakes out, right side up, and cool completely. Meanwhile, make frosting. Using an offset spatula or butter knife, spread frosting on cupcakes.

Cream cheese frosting:
4 tablespoons room-temperature unsalted butter
4 ounces room-temperature bar cream cheese
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Directions:
In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla extract; beat until light and fluffy. Refrigerate until ready to use, up to 1 day

cupcakes.

I got these adorable cupcake boxes for a steal at Michael's. I love them.

red box

They are great for making your creations look fabulous.

blue box.

Just add your own little touches and wallah! A fun little gift for friends.

gift boxes.2

gift boxes 1.

9 comments:

Megan said...

i try to love zucchini, but alas, it's just a like.

pumpkin and i have a covenant relationship.

those boxes are adorable!

Megan

Danielle said...

Fabulous boxes! I have a zucchini cake recipe that looks very similar to the cupcake recipe. Zucchini with cream cheese frosting is fab in my book!

Annika said...

Have to say, I HATE zucchini. That said, I LOOOOVE cupcakes. And these cupcake boxes are WAY. TOO. CUTE. :)

sandyb said...

I love the cupcake boxes! What a fabulous find. You know you can shred and freeze zucchini....

Kim said...

I LOVE zucchini and these boxes knock my socks off! I am so going to get some. Super cute. Thanks for the excellent idea, friend!

Mike, Torie and Boys said...

I wish I loved closer and I would just come and try some of that. Looks so good. I will have to make it.
I love the boxes. You are so creative.

Kelly Langner Sauer said...

SO gorgeous! Love the beauty!

Katie said...

These are SO awesome, these boxes!!! So glad you shared. The recipe looks fantastic, as well!! Will you show up at my door with a box, pretty please? ;)

Destiny said...

Is that your tablecloth? So cute!