Tuesday, 15 September 2009

MSC: Zucchini Spice Cupcakes

I was so excited to start baking along with Betty and the rest of the MSC group that I whipped these up a couple of weeks ago.

Of course, once I got started I realised that I didn't have enough zucchinis in the house.. so I improvised and threw a carrot in instead. The mix really reminded me of the Dorie Carrot Cake recipe (except with zucchini). I possibly overcooked them a little, as they were a little muffin-like. I'll be interested to see if any other bakers had this trouble!

The end result was really tasty. The icing really set the cupcakes off well, I put heaps of extra orange zest in and it was deeee-lish! Hubby and I enjoyed one each, and our colleagues appreciated the rest!!
(obviously the photography needs work!!)

**Edited to add that the fabulous Tracey chose this month's recipe, and you'll find it on page 44 of the book!

17 comments:

  1. I love all the modifications. That is my problem, I'm not brave enough. These turned out great and I'm sure tasted delish with the carrot. Great job!

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  2. I love your piping- Good job! I am glad to know that these work well with carrots too.

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  3. They reminded me of a carrot cake too! Your's look great.

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  4. So pretty! I think I am on the wait list for this group..can't wait to join in all the fun :)

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  5. I hope you can join soon! You could always bake along anyway :)

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  6. Love the modification and the piping!

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  7. Thanks so much for baking with me this month Jodie! I'm glad I'm not the only one who is super excited about this group - I can't wait to try all of the recipes in Martha's book. Your cupcakes look perfect, love the piping job! What a terrific idea to add orange zest to the cream cheese frosting. I didn't think it could get any better, but I was clearly wrong because orange zest is a perfect addition!

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  8. Wow, I really love your piping work, that's so awesome! I've been wanting to take a Wilton class at my local Jo-Ann's to improve my piping skills, and I think MSC is going to be my motivation to finally do it! And the orange zest is an awesome idea, I'll have to try that the next time I make the cream cheese frosting.

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  9. Your icing looks so nice!! I want to learn to become better with frosting. I didn't have cream cheese I just used powdered sugar.

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  10. Lovely piping job! They look very festive and yummy. I think a combo of zuc and carrot make this a double serving of vegetables! :) - mary the food librarian

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  11. As I was making these, I was thinking they reminded me of carrot cake. Great improvisation!

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  12. I'm a little jealous that you went with the carrot. Carrot Cake is my fav. Although, I'll still give it to the ol' zucchini, it still brought the idea with it being a spice cake/cream cheese frosting! Found it interesting your addition of the orange zest! That sounds incredible! I'll have to try that!

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  13. Pretty little cupcakes.

    Yes, they were a little like muffins. But that is okay too. They were spicy and good w/ or w/out frosting.

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  14. I'll bet the half carrot - half zucchini cupcake would be just amazing. Wish I'd thought of that!

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  15. So glad you joined the group! Your enthusiasm really shows! Look at all that fancy pipe work! Love it!

    Mine also looked and tasted like muffins. So you were not the only one who experienced the muffin fiasco.

    The co workers inhaled them though, so they were not so particular! Ha!

    Thanks for baking along with us this month. Looking forward to your future creations!

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  16. Mine tasted like muffins, too, but in a good way. Welcome to the challenge!

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