Zucchini Spice Cupcakes

My father has got one of the greenest thumbs that I’ve ever seen. Every summer, for as long as I can remember, my dad has had a HUGE garden. It’s actually come to be quite the spectacle at their current home. They live on Chincoteague Island, which is a popular tourist destination in summer. Evidently, people are not used to seeing a garden up close and personal. Every time we are visiting, there are folks stopping in the street to take pictures. Poor souls – I don’t know what I would do without a garden at my fingertips!

Last weekend my dad gave me two HUGE zucchinis. You know, the kind that are too big to do anything with? Then, I came across a post over at Erin’s site. It was the perfect use for these goliaths. Actually, I only used one. Any suggestions for the other?

These were seriously some of the best cupcakes I’ve had in my life. And, I’ll tell you kids, I’m no stranger to a cupcake. The were so moist and delicious, they literally melted in your mouth. They would have been awesome “as is”. But then, to slather them with heavenly cream cheese frosting? OMG, make these.

I always have a cache of spices I am trying to use up, so I tweaked the original recipe a bit. I added in some allspice, as well as a pinch of 5-spice powder. If you don’t have those – feel free to omit them, they will still be just as good!

20 Comments

  1. Posted July 17, 2009 at 7:52 AM | Permalink

    None of the recipe is such that can be left. A very nice food blog.

  2. Betty
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 8:00 AM | Permalink

    This looks SO good! That would go so good with my coffee right now!

    I love your site!

  3. Shanna
    Posted July 17, 2009 at 8:16 AM | Permalink

    Laura-
    These were to die for! Thank you so much for sharing with us. I have bragged on these to so many people:) Btw, I love your site, I told Jon you definitely have a knack for this.

  4. Posted July 17, 2009 at 9:09 AM | Permalink

    These look so delicious!Ive been reading back on your other posts and love what you have here. I followed you from the foodieblogroll and I’d love to guide our readers to your site if you won’t mind.Just add your choice of foodista widget to this post and it’s all set to go, Thanks!

  5. Posted July 17, 2009 at 11:27 AM | Permalink

    YUM!! How pretty do those look!! I seriously have a crush on your picture taking skills. 🙂

  6. Posted July 17, 2009 at 1:37 PM | Permalink

    Those look delicious! What about making zuchinni bread with the other one?

  7. Posted July 17, 2009 at 5:08 PM | Permalink

    Looks fantastic- you take the most gorgeous food pictures.

    And I have never known anyone who has an entire garden. Ever. The closest would be one, maybe two fruit trees.

    I’m jealous.

  8. Posted July 18, 2009 at 12:22 AM | Permalink

    Those cupcakes look so pretty and you are so lucky to have your parent’s garden to pick from. I would love that : )

  9. Posted July 18, 2009 at 4:38 AM | Permalink

    Yay! So glad you liked them! I know I thoroughly enjoyed them myself! Your picture is gorgeous by the way.

  10. Posted July 18, 2009 at 10:31 AM | Permalink

    zucchini makes baked goods so moist and wonderful! you have a gorgeous blog 🙂

  11. Posted July 18, 2009 at 12:01 PM | Permalink

    such neat pictures! i love how soft looking they are… so flattering to these lovely sounding cupcakes!

  12. Posted July 18, 2009 at 1:23 PM | Permalink

    These sound awesome! then again, I love anything with cream cheese frosting. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I love so many of the recipes you have on here!

  13. Posted July 18, 2009 at 2:52 PM | Permalink

    I have been catching the cupcake bug lately. I just bought the ingredients to make a chocolate cupcake with chocolate frosting, with pretzels and caramel. Now, I have seen the zucchini spice muffins-YUM!

  14. Posted July 20, 2009 at 3:56 AM | Permalink

    Love that photo…and the additional spices sound great!

  15. Posted July 21, 2009 at 12:07 PM | Permalink

    Ok, I’m pulling 1 to 2 zucchini from my garden every day, and I don’t know what to do with them all!! You can bet I’ll be trying these cupcakes!

  16. Posted July 21, 2009 at 4:29 PM | Permalink

    Oh wow, I HAVE to make these! Luckily all my zucchini is ready to be picked so here is a perfect way to use it. Your photo is lovely as well!

  17. Posted July 21, 2009 at 6:27 PM | Permalink

    These looks amazing! I love making cupcakes! These are going on my must make list! :0)

  18. Posted July 22, 2009 at 2:06 PM | Permalink

    These do sound really good, I’m all about veggies in cupcakes. I’ve never tried Chinese 5 spice, I’m missing out!

  19. Posted July 22, 2009 at 6:35 PM | Permalink

    I have never thought of making zucchini cupcakes. . . what a perfect idea! Thanks for the inspiration and for stopping by my blog too! Roz (bella)

  20. Maryellen
    Posted July 22, 2012 at 10:27 AM | Permalink

    The crew at NASA are going to be loving these tonight. 🙂

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