Monday, September 14, 2009

MSC Club - Zucchini Spice Cupcakes


This month is the first month that I have participated in the Martha Stewart Cupcake Club. I have to say that I was happy with the selection that Tracey's Culinary Adventures made for us this month. The recipe that we made was Zucchini Spice Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting. I have never had a zucchini cupcake before and I was plesantly surprised with the outcome. I make a TON of zucchini bread over the summer when zucchini is at its peak. This was a nice change from that, although I have to say that the method and texture of the batter reminded me of my zucchini bread recipe.

The cupcakes themselves turned out super moist and very dense. They have a lot of "spice" to them as I guess the recipe title suggests. :-) I may cut back on the amount of cloves and nutmeg that the recipe calls for if I make them again. I especially liked this recipe because I didn't have to drag out my mixer. You mix the batter by hand. The recipe also doesn't call for butter so there is no patiently (but most of the time impatiently) waiting around while the butter gets to room temperature.

The cream cheese frosting is fabulous. I over did it on the vanilla in mine though (note to self: use measuring spoons for vanilla ha). I actually had some frosting leftover that I put on brownies later in the week.

My colleagues at work love it when I make new recipes because they usually reap the benefits from them. This was no exception. They were a huge hit.

I am looking forward to making the Banana Pecan Cupcakes Bonus recipe for this month. It will be a week and a half from now before I can make them though because I will be headed to the beach in 3 days!!!

11 comments:

k.a.r.e.n said...

I dont measure vanilla either! I dont think you can go wrong.

Your cupcakes look great!

Nina said...

your cupcakes came out fabulous and delicious looking!

lakegirl16 said...

I am new to the MS Cupcake group this week, too. Your cupcakes look great!!

Tracey said...

Thanks so much for baking along with me this month! So glad to hear the cupcakes were such a hit! They were definitely very spicy. I loved the cream cheese frosting too. I've got some leftover and I keep looking for things to slather it on :)

Judy said...

i had never made them either! but to my surprise, they turned out to be delicious!

Clivia said...

That first photo really makes me want to take a bite. Well done! Glad you enjoyed.

TeaLady said...

Those do look yummy!! And they were easy and spicy. Love that.

Also looking forward to the 'bonus round'.

The Sisters said...

I just recently stopped measuring my vanilla. One of these days I'm going to accidently dump half the bottle...hehe. Love the thick layer of icing. They look great!

SUGAR B said...

Your cupcakes look fabulous, darling! Simply fabulous!

Thanks for baking along with us this month and I cannot wait to see your Banana-Pecan results.

YAY!

Kim said...

They look great. Glad everyone loved them. Have fun at the beach. I'm jealous.

Elizabeth said...

Wow, your hand frosting job looks way more even than mine!!