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Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Um, have you noticed?  I am putting zucchini in everything.  I can’t say I am sorry though, because everything I am making is so darn delicious!!

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

 

This one is a favorite so far, as it is over-the-top chocolatey.  Everything is rich and creamy and moist and amazing.  It’s pretty much the best cupcake to ever be made in the history of all the cupcake making world.

I wish someone could just slap me when I am being so overly dramatic and pompous.

Forget I just said that.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

 

Since I have been baking with zucchini so much lately, I thought I would write  a little poem about it.

And now, Poetry with i am baker.

 

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

 

Zucchini

You grow fast

and have hardly any flavor

Yet I love you

and your green innards.

Pretty good huh?

Don’t worry.  I will stick to baking.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 4 eggs room temperature and lightly beaten
  • 1 cup oil
  • 3 cups finely grated and drained zucchini
  • 3/4 - 1 cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare cupcakes pans with liners. (Yields roughly 26-28 cupcakes)
  2. In a large bowl add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. With a whisk gently sift ingredients.
  3. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and add the eggs and oil. Mix by hand. Batter will be fairly thick. Add in grated zucchini and chocolate chips and fold in with spatula. Batter should loosen up a bit with the moisture from the zucchini.
  4. Using an ice cream scoop, fill up cupcake liners 2/3 full.
  5. Bake for about 18 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick is removed mostly clean.
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Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com.

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Frosting

 

Some things worth mentioning:

This is a one bowl cupcake recipe.  One bowl.  I LOVE that.  I dislike dishes.  A lot.  One bowl!  Well, excluding the bowl you beat the eggs in.  Darn it.

I used this Chocolate Frosting recipe for the cupcakes.  Using an ice cream scoop, I just dropped a dollop on each cupcake.  It’s my new favorite way to decorate!

These suckers are rich.  RICH I TELL YOU.  Make sure you have milk and loose fitting pants near by.

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This recipe was adapted from a cake recipe, and I am making it into a cake today! It’s my son’s birthday soon and we are having a big party tomorrow… his request was Chocolate Zucchini Cake with Chocolate Frosting and White Zucchini Cake with Strawberry Frosting.  (Ok, so I added the zucchini request in there, but he will love it!)

I am also make these Chocolate Chocolate Zucchini Cookies and these Snickers Zucchini Cookies and this Peanut Butter Buttersctoch Pizza.

I just hope there is enough food.

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Candy Corn Hi-Hat Cupcakes

I was so inspired by these Mardi Gras Hi-Hat Cupcakes that transitioning them into a Halloween treat seemed right.   More than right.  Necessary even.

Surprise Inside Hi-Hat Cupcakes from iambaker.net!  #cupcakes #chocolate #surpriseinside

 

There is a very special surprise inside these chocolate hi-hat cupcakes.

Its a candy corn inspired treat and if you want to see hop on over to the Food Network!

Chocolate Hi-Hat Cupcakes with a #surpriseinside ! from iambaker.net

Candy Corn Hi-Hat Cupcakes

I hope you will check them out and leave a comment… tell me what you think!

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Neapolitan Cupcakes

We have discussed my Neapolitan obsession right?

I needed to make some cupcakes for a special event last night, and you just know I have to had a Neapolitan twist!

Neapolitan Cupcakes! from iambaker.net

 

These were actually really, really simple.

Make your favorite chocolate cake recipe.

Make your favorite Vanilla Buttercream.

Make some chocolate coating. (recipe below)

Sprinkle with some chocolate jimmies.

Neapolitan Cupcakes!

Strawberry Chocolate Dip Coating

Ingredients

  • 1 cup pink candy melts
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil (or shortening)
  • 1-3 drops of candy flavoring (oil based)

Instructions

  1. In microwave safe bowl (preferably with high sides) place candy melts and vegetable oil.
  2. Heat for one minute and then stir thoroughly.
  3. Keep heating in 30 second increments until chocolate is completely smooth.
  4. Add in flavored oil, 1 drop at a time, until you reach desired flavor.
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Tips for Success:

Allow cupcakes to cool completely before piping on buttercream.

I used a 1M tip to achieve soft billowing ruffles of frosting deliciousness. :)

After you have frosted the cupcakes, place in freezer for at least 15 minutes.

I used a spoon to drizzle the chocolate over the frosting.  If you find your chocolate is too thick and doesn’t spill over, add 1/2 teaspoon more vegetable oil and mix thoroughly.

Add sprinkles to the chocolate immediately.  (If you wait until the chocolate hardens, the sprinkles wont stick)

You can get the Strawberry Oil here.  I have only found it at specialty stores and online.

Consider calling up a dentist and getting on an affiliate program. (These suckers are SWEET!)

Chocolate Cupcakes with Vanilla Buttercream and Strawberry Chocolate Candy Coating!  (Neapolitan Cupcakes)

Enjoy!

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Chocolate Cupcakes {contest closed}

This was the most fun post to do. I get to make something delicious and talk about one of my favorite people!

I dont know if you heard, but today Amy Atlas’s book Sweet Designs,  is available to purchase!!  Its fabulous.

She has so many tips and tricks, I think she can turn anyone into a professional stylist!  Its easy to read, the pictures are stunning, and the ideas are SO creative!

I wanted to make her Chipper Chocolate Cupcakes. (They are in her ‘Perfectly Preppy’ chapter… my favorite!!)

And I am so glad I did!  Amy offers up a unique version of chocolate cake that is delectable.  (You have got to get the book just for that recipe… I have made LOTS of chocolate cake in my day, but never one like this!)

The cupcakes in her book are covered with and surrounded by the funnest pretty pink sprinkles.

I totally did not have pretty pink sprinkles on hand.

So I just made some!

Paired with Amy’s delicious buttercream and it was a win-win.

Actually, its win-win-win.  Know why?  Because YOU have a chance to win too!  One lucky reader is going to win a copy of Amy’s book!

Its easy!  Just tell me, What is your favorite cake flavor?

If its chocolate you gotta get her book and try these cupcakes!

For an additional entry you can tweet:

I want to win a copy of @amyatlas ‘s amazing new book  #SweetDesigns  from @iambakertweets! http://bit.ly/JBRxee 

You can also earn an addition entry by sharing this post on facebook! (You can just click the share button under my facebook post)

Please leave a separate comment for each.

I have even better news.  A few other amazingly talented bloggers got together to help spread the word about Sweet Designs!

You have GOT to go and see what they made!!!

Tidymom  Honey Panna Cotta

Sweetapolita  Pink Eclairs

My Baking Addiction  Banana Whoopie Pies

Two Peas and Their Pod  Banana Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

Bake at 350  Hazelnut Truffles

Sweetopia  Chocolate Beehive Cupcakes

Bakingdom  Mini Strawberry Trifles

The Sweet Adventures of Sugarbelle Amy Atlas Cookbook Giveaway

Not only did they make something sweet from the book, they are also giving away one copy!  So you have NINE chances to win!!

This giveaway is open from April 24th through midnight on April 30th.  You must be 18 years old to enter and live in the United States.

Please see official rules HERE.

*****

The winning comment was #368

Amy who likes “lemon cake with lemon icing”

I am sending you an email Amy!  Congrats!