Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Zucchini Spiced Cupcakes [msc]

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I made these about a week ago for a party that my roommates had thrown. Although I was not a hostess of the party, I thought I should put something into it. I decided not to help host the party because:
1 - I would bring like 50 friends from the organization that I'm a part of and there would not be enough room. A lot less room
2 - I dont want to pay for the alcohol. Especially because I dont drink.
3 - I dont want to clean the next morning. Basically.

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But, I did decide to bake.

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I intended only to do half the recipe by just grating one zucchini, but after I grated my one zucchini, it turned out to be 3 cups of zucchini so I decided to do the full recipe since I had all that zucchini. I decided to sub in hazelnuts instead of walnuts since that's basically all I had in the house. In addition, I only made 2/3 of the recipe of the cream cheese and it was PERFECT! I had finished with the frosting after frosting the last cupcake.

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These were pretty good. I think everyone enjoyed them. During the party, I think most people were too drunk or too busy playing beer pong to care, but I'm glad that my roommates appreciated it - that's all that really counts. I think they tasted like carrot cake, but not. It was different and I liked it. I love the opportunity to bake and make it all work.

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The recipe for this month's Cupcake Club is found on pages 44-45 of Martha Stewart's Cupcake book.
Thanks to Tracey from Tracey's Culinary Adventures for choosing this.
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25 comments:

  1. Ack, I love hosting parties till it comes to the clean up the following day! You had the right idea.

    Your cakes look fab, I'm starting to love this new group!

    Katie xox

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  2. Great job on the cuppies! They turned out beautiful. I love the hazelnut too. Good addition!

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  3. Great job! I am sure they were a hit~

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  4. forget the beer pong, i'd be stuck at the dessert table :D

    these look yummmmmm!

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  5. beautiful!! yep, baking cleanups are waaaaay preferable to party cleanups - good choice!
    and in my opinion, a party is NOT a party without cake so I'm sure they were appreciated!! x

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  6. Your roommates must love you so much! Great looking cupcakes.

    ONE zucchini gave you three cups?!?!?!? WTH kinda zucchini was that? LOL.

    I thought these tasted like carrot cakes too but w/o the zucchini taste -- does that make sense?

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  7. I wish you were my roommate because these look fantastic.

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  8. They look fantastic. Hazelnuts sound like they would be a wonderful addition. I think beer pong and zucchini cupcakes are a match made in heaven.

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  9. You cupcakes look yummy. The frosting looks so good!

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  10. Aha! So 2/3 is the magic number for the appropriate amount of frosting! I definitely had a ton leftover, and I made the whole recipe, since I made the whole recipe of cupcakes. I love the little nut on top of your cupcakes, it looks so cute!

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  11. I love all of your reasons for not hosting the party.

    They're perfect!

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  12. Hey Nina! Thanks so much for baking with me this week! I love your posts - they always bring me back to my college days and make me nostalgic :) Your cupcakes are beautiful and I'm glad your roommates liked them even if the rest of the partygoers were too drunk to appreciate them!

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  13. I'm glad you enjoyed these! It's always fun to share cupcakes with friend.

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  14. great job Nina!! Can't blame you for not wanting to clean up after drunken beer pong pleyers!! That is a lot of sticky beer on the floor!!! :)

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  15. Cupcakes go great with friends - Nice job Nina! They look wonderful - and I love your decorations... they're perfect! Even better that you enjoyed making these - I know I did!

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  16. Love your photos, especially that moist interior pic. Glad your guests enjoyed!

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  17. Ooh I bet hazelnuts would have been great in these! Fabulous idea. Your cupcakes look delicious!

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  18. Popped in to say hello! Your cupcakes look divine!

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  19. Those look so fluffy and yummy! Love the hazelnut sub.

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  20. They look great with the hazlenuts on top, makes me want to make them again!

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  21. I love the close up shot of the cupcake! Looks sooooo good!

    That is hilarious about drunk people and cupcakes. But it's so true! ;)

    Thanks for baking along with us this month!

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  22. Your friends are very lucky to have someone who likes to bake like you do! I agree with you, the cupcakes were like carrot cake, but not. Maybe it was the lemon that morhped them a bit? I also had a HUGE zucchini. Was planning to make half a recipe, but went ahead with the whole thing after grating the zucchini. I only iced half, though, and the others are patiently waiting in the freezer for a rainy day. :)

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<3 Nina

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