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Spiced Zucchini Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

I can not take credit for this recipe…. My mother in law made these yesterday with my daughter.  Yes she is an awesome Granny and cooks with my girls, and my boys too for that matter. My 8 year old wants her very own toaster oven for Christmas, that way she can cook “real recipes” all by herself.  Because right now she has to ask for help to use the big oven.   Granny found this recipe on Taste Of Home  and felt it was a good way to use up some extra zucchini from the garden.
Ingredients

  • 3 eggs
  • 1-1/3 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 cups shredded zucchini

CARAMEL FROSTING:

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/4 cup 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups confectioners’ sugar

Directions
In a large bowl, beat the eggs, sugar, oil, orange juice and extract. Combine dry ingredients; gradually add to egg mixture and mix well. Stir in zucchini.
Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing to a wire rack.
For frosting, combine the brown sugar, butter and milk in a saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium heat; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in vanilla. Cool to lukewarm.
Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Frost cupcakes. Yield: 1-1/2 to 2 dozen.

http://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/zucchini-cupcakes

Recipe credit and source Taste Of Home 

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Tangy Grape Icing Recipe, Quick and Easy #Frosting, #FruitDip, #Icing

Tangy Grape Icing Recipe:
I have been known to really mix things up in the kitchen. My family knows I love to experiment, and for the most part they are usually happy to do some taste testing. Sometimes my creations are a total flop, and sometimes I hit the taste-bud jackpot. This is one of my children’s favorite icing recipes, and it is oh, so easy to create at home (and while you’re at it, before adding the grape flavor, set aside some icing and try to come up with your own creation).

Here’s what you need:
3 cups 10x powdered sugar
1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla
1 Tablespoon of Grape Flavored Tang or Kool-Aid with the sugar already added.
1/8 teaspoon of salt
How you make it:
1. In a mixing bowl beat butter with a mixer until creamy.
2. Add vanilla to your creamed butter.
3. Slowly add powdered sugar and salt and mix until you have a nice fluffy frosting.
4. Add Grape flavored Tang (or any flavor for that matter) and continue mixing until all of the Tang has been evenly mixed in the frosting.

Tangy Grape Icing is perfect for peanut butter cupcakes, sugar cookies, and fresh fruit!

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Pineapple Buttercream Frosting Recipe, quick and easy #Frosting, #FruitDip, #EasyRecipe, #ButterCreamPineapple Buttercream Frosting Recipe:
Wish you could get away to a tropical paradise this summer? Well this Pineapple Buttercream Frosting recipe will take you there. I love pineapples. No really, I just can’t get enough. My favorite cakes are made with pineapples, and when I make white or yellow cake guess what I top it with… That’s right, Pineapple Buttercream Frosting. Sometimes I get really fancy and add some flake coconut and top it off with a cherry! So what are you waiting for? Grab the mixer, and let’s get this tropical party started!

Here’s what you need:
3 cups powdered sugar
1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla
4-5 fresh pineapple chunks (chopped)
1/8 teaspoon of salt
How you make it:
5. In a mixing bowl beat butter with a mixer until creamy.
6. Add vanilla to your creamed butter.
7. Slowly add powdered sugar and salt and mix until you have a nice fluffy frosting.
8. Add pineapple and mix until it is evenly disbursed throughout the frosting. Now, I will caution you here. You have to be careful because this frosting can turn into a mess rather quickly if it gets warm. Make sure you store your frosting or frosted cake in the fridge until time to serve.

Pineapple Buttercream is perfect for pound cake, coconut cake, and dipping fresh fruit, especially strawberries!

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Strawberry Buttercream Frosting, quick and easy recipe #ButterCream #Frosting #Strawberry

Strawberry Buttercream Frosting Recipe:
Summer is the time for strawberries. We like strawberries on everything, and that includes our cupcakes and honey biscuits. To be honest, I have even been known to mix a small dollop of this strawberry frosting into my vanilla bean ice cream. Gone are the days of using store bought strawberry icing. Once you taste this strawberry frosting recipe, you will be hooked!
Here’s what you need:
3 cups 10x powdered sugar
1 cup unsalted butter (softened)
1 tablespoon of pure vanilla
3-4 strawberries (use a food chopper or puree them)
1/8 teaspoon of salt

How you make it:
1. In a mixing bowl beat butter with a mixer until creamy.
2. Add vanilla to your creamed butter.
3. Slowly add powdered sugar and salt and mix until you have a nice fluffy frosting.
4. Add your chopped strawberries (or puree) and continue mixing until the entire mixture is a pretty light pink.

This frosting is perfect for cupcakes, honey biscuits, sugar cookies, and fresh fruit!

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