When I was little my mother use to make zucchini bread all the time and I thought her bat shit crazy for it. Who puts vegetables in bread?! More to the point, who, of sound mind and their own convictions, would put vegetables in dessert?!?!?! BLASPHEMY! (Yes… I used words like blasphemy when I was seven. Well, not really, but let’s pretend I did so my childhood seems more interesting). None the less, this is the reason I have yet to try carrot cake, though I feel that solid streak of nearly 24 years is coming to an end. Other than the fact that I’ve become more adventurous with my food, came a challenge from my sister-in-law in the form a link to a zucchini cake recipe. “Make this please”. I obliged, despite my deep seeded fear of vegetable based confections, but decided to lighten it up a bit. The resulting cupcakes were a success, if I may say so myself. If I had one complaint it would be that the cupcakes came out of the oven a little too moist, an issue that could probably be fixed with some oven manipulation. So it seems I have been converted. When I have my first piece of carrot cake, I’ll let you know. In the meantime, please enjoy these chocolaty delights!
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Makes 24 servings: 172 calories | 29g carbs | 2g protein | 6g fat (with icing)
145 calories | 25g carbs | 2g protein | 5g far (without icing)
Here’s what you need!
For the cupcakes
2 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
1/2 cup cocoa powder (I used dark chocolate)
4 egg whites
1/2 cup applesauce (I used a no sugar added version)
1/2 cup canola oil
3 cups of grated zucchini
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp cinnamon
For the icing
4 ounces of reduced fat cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla extract
1-4 tbsp of water or almond milk
Here’s what you do!
1. Preheat your oven to 350˚. Using a mixer, combine all the ingredients except the zucchini.
2. Fold the zucchini into the batter until completely mixed.
3. Fill your cupcake tins!
4. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserting in the center comes out clean. I could take a little long… so be patient. Upping the temperature to 375˚ could take care of that… it might also enhance the texture… but I don’t know for sure… I ran out of zucchini. Allow the cupcakes to cool completely before icing.
For the icing
1. Mix everything together!!!! Use water or almond milk a tablespoon at a time to get the desired consistency. It’s so easy, right?! It almost feels too easy.