Spiced Zucchini Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

07/27/2014 12:00 pm · 5 comments

by Sarah A Thrifty Mom

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.

  • 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


  • 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

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.
Recipe credit and source Taste Of Home 

Spiced Zucchini Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting recipe

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