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Sweet Zucchini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting

These Sweet Zucchini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting are a very delicious way to use up zucchini and the frosting is smooth and creamy. Yum!
Categories Dessert, Sweets
Difficulty Easy
Keyword sweet pea cupcakes, zucchini cupcakes, zucchini cupcakes recipe
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 373 kcal
Author Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef


For the cupcakes

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour spooned and leveled
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 1 zucchini 10 ounces, 1 1/2 cups, coarsely grated
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

For the frosting

  • 4 tablespoons room-temperature unsalted butter
  • 4 ounces room-temperature bar cream cheese
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  1. In a medium bowl, with an electric mixer, beat butter and cream cheese until smooth.
  2. Add confectioners' sugar and vanilla extract; beat until light and fluffy. Refrigerate until ready to use, up to 1 day.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line cups of a standard (12-cup) muffin tin with paper or foil liners. Set aside.
  4. In a medium bowl, mix together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. Mix in nuts.
  5. In another bowl, combine zucchini, oil, eggs, and vanilla; add to flour mixture, and mix just until combined (do not overmix).
  6. Divide batter evenly among cups. Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean, 40 to 45 minutes.
  7. Cool in tin on a wire rack for 10 minutes; turn cupcakes out, right side up, and cool completely. Meanwhile, make frosting. Using an offset spatula or butter knife, spread frosting on cupcakes. The frosted cupcakes are best eaten within 1 day.
Nutrition Facts
Sweet Zucchini Cupcakes with Cream Cheese Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 cupcake)
Calories 373 Calories from Fat 157
% Daily Value*
Fat 17.4g27%
Saturated Fat 5.3g27%
Cholesterol 51.6mg17%
Sodium 211.5mg9%
Carbohydrates 51.8g17%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 38.3g43%
Protein 4.2g8%
Vitamin A 450IU9%
Vitamin C 4.1mg5%
Calcium 100mg10%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.