Thursday, June 11, 2009

Lemon Zucchini Cupcakes

I have been on a lemon kick lately and last weekend I decided to make these FABULOUS cupcakes!  I found the recipe on and absolutely love it.  These are super SIMPLE and QUICK to make.  Don't let the zucchini scare you at all!  It actually takes the place of the oil and water you would typically add to any cake mix recipe and provides ALL of the moisture and even a bit of color.  

Now this is actually a cake recipe, but since I have a smaller family, I prefer to make cupcakes so I can freeze any leftovers.  First, I place the leftover frosted cupcakes on a cookie sheet. Then I put them in the freezer for the next couple of hours.  Once frozen, I place them all in a container or Ziploc bag.  That way when we feel like something sweet, we just pull out a cupcake and allow it to sit out for about 15 minutes.  It tastes just as FRESH and MOIST as it did the day you made it!  

Lemon Zucchini Cupcakes


1 box lemon cake mix
1 (4oz) pkg instant lemon pudding
4 eggs, slightly beaten
2 C zucchini, peeled and grated
1-2 t grated lemon zest (depending on your taste)


Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
Mix all cake ingredients for about 3 minutes.
Pour into muffin cups.
Bake for 25-30 minutes (depending on oven), or until tops are light brown.
Remove cupcakes and allow to completely cool.
Once cooled, frost with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting.

Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting


4 T butter, room temperature
4 oz cream cheese, softened
2 C powdered sugar (more or less)
1-2 t grated lemon zest (depending on taste)
1-2 t fresh lemon juice (depending on taste)
*A little milk


Cream together butter and cream cheese.
Add powdered sugar, lemon zest and juice and mix well.
*Depending on your preference when it comes to the consistency of the frosting, you may want to add about 1-2 T of milk to the frosting.  


  1. Hey I just stumbled across your blog and it is awesome. I want to make the tortillas but I was wondering if you can freeze them without cooking them?

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  3. I made these cupcakes today... they came out great! I used two tsp of lemon zest in both the batter and the frosting. The cupcakes had just the right amount of lemon without being overpowering, and they were really moist from the zucchini. The frosting is delicious too. This recipe is a keeper!