My niece's 1st birthday party was this last weekend. I made a tutu for her and the cupcakes. My sister came over the day before to help me. She was dead set on zucchini cupcakes that look like watermelons. A friend of ours found these cupcake liners
Anytime my sister and I get together we start out with a recipe and end up ignoring it and making our own. She brings out the creative side of me! So here is our version of a zucchini cupcake, although they have the consistency of muffins. Nobody was complaining though!
1 Cup of sugar
1/3 Cup Brown Sugar
2 1/2 Cups Flour
2 tsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Baking Powder
1 tsp Baking soda
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp Nutmeg
Sift together or if you aren't professional like me whisk it together!
1/2 Cup Apple juice
1/2 Cup Canola oil (or Coconut Oil )
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 Cups Zucchini (chopped or pureed)
2 Apples (Peeled and chopped)
1/2 Cup Pineapple Tidbits
Mix together the apple juice, eggs, oil, and vanilla. Add to the dry ingredients until just combined. Fold in the zucchini,carrot, apples and pineapple.
I tried out the method of pre-heating the oven to 350 then lowering it to 325 when I put the cupcakes in. It is supposed to help the cupcakes rise and as far as I can tell it worked. This recipe makes 50 so if you are looking for a smaller batch half it. Bake for 20-25 minutes.
They were a big hit at the party. They weren't too sweet. My sister had the bright idea to use whipped cream and that was a big old melting mess lol but you live and you learn right?!
Here they are with no whipped cream, they didn't even need it!