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!! Especially these Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes!

The BEST Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Perfect Chocolate Frosting

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

This zucchini cupcake recipe 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.


Easy 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.


How to Make Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes



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 with Chocolate Frosting


Tips for the Perfect Chocolate Zucchini Cupcake

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 nearby.

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

How to Bake with Zucchini

When using zucchini in recipes there are a couple tips & tricks help to make sure your baked goods are perfect!

-Use the fine side of your grater. Coarser pieces will have a slightly more noticeable flavor and texture in a finished cake or bread recipe. (Farm kids tend to want that!)

-Some recipes ask that the zucchini is pressed well with a clean towel to soak up excess moisture or to prevent whatever your baking from getting too soggy. Pay close attention to the recipe that you are making with zucchini as the level of moisture they provide is important. For instance, in this recipe, the zucchini is the not main source of moisture and should be drained.


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 made these Chocolate Chocolate Zucchini Cookies and these Snickers Zucchini Cookies and this Peanut Butter Buttersctoch Pizza.

Hope you love these Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes as much as we do! Here is the chocolate frosting recipe!

5 from 7 votes

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 18 mins
Total Time 28 mins
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!! Especially these Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes!


  • 2 cups (256g) all purpose flour
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup (75g) unsweetened cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon optional
  • 3 cups finely grated and lightly drained zucchini
  • 1 cup (224g) vegetable oil
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature and lightly beaten
  • ¾ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips, (up to 1 cup)


  • Heat oven to 350°F. Prepare cupcakes pans with liners. (Yields roughly 26-28 cupcakes)
  • In a large bowl add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. With a whisk gently sift ingredients.
  • 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.
  • Using an ice cream scoop, fill up cupcake liners 2/3 full.
  • Bake for about 15-18 minutes, or until an inserted toothpick is removed mostly clean.
  • Allow to cool completely before frosting.

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Reader Comments

  1. I have written a few poems on FFF, but they don’t even come close to your poetic abilities! 😉 That made my day.
    Well, the combo of the poem and ALL THE CHOCOLATE made my day…these are amazing girl! Pinned 🙂

    1. You always make me laugh! And I absolutely love your pictures, creations, and recipes you share! It’s my favorite thing to see on FB. Thank you! Can’t wait til I’m able to get one of your books.

  2. Amanda I made the White Zuccini cake and IS THE BEST CAKE EVER!
    I Think these cupcakes will not be the excepcion and the best part is I looooooove Chocolate.
    Thank you sooooo much!
    Chocolate, yummy, Healthy with the zucchini twist. Im in Heaven!

  3. Your photography of those cupcakes? Amazing! I can’t imagine how yummy they must taste. Lucky little birthday boy getting a cake like this! And your choclate curls are pefection!

  4. Live it up and take credit where credit is due! These are 10,000 kinds of chocolate awesome. Fact.

  5. Amanda, I can’t get over how amazingly fabulous and rich these look!!! LOVE! and love the dollop method with frosting. . I’m going to have to try this ASAP! and love the poem 😛

  6. Keep the zucchini goodness coming! I can’t get enough of it either. And I love it in chocolate goodies like these cupcakes! I’ve got my fat pants and I’m ready to dive into one. Now if only they would materialize in front of me…

  7. It has been a rough week, and I think I need a few of these to cheer me up 🙂

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