MSC: Courgette.. er, Zucchini (ahem) Spice Cupcakes

“Vegetables are a must on a diet.  I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread and pumpkin pie”  ~Jim Davis

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This month’s MSC pick was a winner, in my book.. I LOVE carrot cake with cream cheese frosting more than any other edible substance on the planet (a lot) – but I’ve always wanted to swap veg and try using zucchini/courgette instead (look at me being bilingual..skills, innit.)

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The cupcakes baked up beautifully – with a perfect dome, which is impressive given my track record on overfilling..  They were moist and nicely-spiced on their own, but the frosting added that sweet creamy oomph needed to bump ’em up to a nom-worthy status of 3.5/5.  I’ve just now decided that I might start giving these bakes ratings a la bakingblonde – I always love knowing how recipes compare on ingredient availability, difficulty, and taste.. So here goes:
(bear in mind I’m comparing these with other cupcake+frosting recipes)

ingredients = 4/5 (double check you’ve got all the spices)
effort/time = 4.5/5 (half a point for the grating.. although that might be too harsh)
difficulty = 1/5
taste/texture combo =  3.5/5 (carrot still wins, for the extra crunch and natural sweetness.. plus, this was a lot more dense than my c-cake favourite..)

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I made these for a friend’s birthday and it was my first attempt at two-tone frosting.. obviously, practice is needed but they still did the job.  Thanks so much to Tracey of Tracey’s Culinary Adventures for such a good pick! And to our lovely leader Betty of EatMyCupcake!Please head over to the MSC clubsite for a look at what the other cupcakers thought about this one!

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14 responses to “MSC: Courgette.. er, Zucchini (ahem) Spice Cupcakes

  1. very pretty. Love the colored icing!

  2. Your frosting looks AMAZING!!! I have yet to try 2-tone frosting. These cupcakes were just ok to me… not too bad though.

  3. love your two tone frosting…wow!! tiffany blue and white, rockstar! these were not my fave as i adore carrot cake but the zucchini baked out. but i think as a carrot cake recipe this could have real promise!

  4. Your cupcakes look beautiful! Glad you enjoyed.

  5. I love the two toned frosting! It’s so….pretty!

  6. Your pictures are amazing and I’m definitely impressed with your two-tone frosting. Makes me want to give it a try!

  7. Wow, your frosting looks so professional! I totally don’t know how to do the whole two-toned bit. I also love the idea of a ratings system…maybe I’ll try that with next month’s cupcake. See you then!

  8. I LOVE the frosting! So creative! I didn’t have cream cheese, so I used powdered sugar. I am so wishing I’d had the cream cheese.

  9. Wow I love the colors! Great job!

  10. oooo beautiful frosting! i love that swirl of color!

  11. Thanks so much for baking along with me this month June! Your photos are so much fun! I love the two-toned frosting-looks great to me 🙂 I really enjoyed these cupcakes, glad you did too!

  12. I LOVE the two tone swirl. That is always so fun, especially on cupcakes. Beautiful

  13. You rock!

    I totally love the colors on the frosting! Super super cool.

    So very happy that you are a member of the group. Love your baking spirit! 🙂

    Thanks for baking along with us this month. Looking forward to checking out your future cupcake projects! YAY!

  14. I am head over heals in love with your frosting. Gorgeous!

    Katie xox

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