Cupcakes and more summer fun on Pinterest

By Karen Hendricks

Who doesn’t love cupcakes? Not only are they sweet, pretty packages of deliciousness, but they can be healthy too–surprise! I recently discovered two cupcake recipes through my addiction to Pinterest–one for Peach Cupcakes and another for Zucchini Chocolate Chip Cupcakes. If you have access to either fresh peaches or a garden full of zucchini right now, I guarantee you’ll enjoy either recipe.

Choc Zucchini Cupcakes

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cupcakes – adapted from Susquehanna Style magazine, originally courtesy Terra Brownback, Spiral Path Farm

Makes 12 cupcakes

  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups packed, grated zucchini
  • 1 cup chocolate chips (Note: the original recipe calls for 1/2 cup mini chocolate chips but I amped this up a bit 🙂 )

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place cupcake wrappers into pan, or spray or lightly grease muffin pans with oil. Set aside. In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt. Set aside. In a medium bowl, whisk together sugar, eggs or egg substitute, applesauce, oil and vanilla. Stir in zucchini. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients, and stir until moistened. Fold in chocolate chips. Spoon into muffin pans and bake for 25 minutes; cool before frosting. (The original recipe calls for a cream cheese frosting, but my daughter and I made our favorite chocolate frosting to go on top–or–they are delicious without frosting!)

Peaches

Peach Cupcakes with Peach Buttercream – adapted from the blog Cathlin Cooks (Kudos to Cathlin!)

Cupcakes

  • 2-2 1/2 cups unbleached white flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup fresh peach puree
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar

Buttercream

  • 1/4 cup butter, at room temperature
  • 1 1/2 – 2 cups confectioner’s sugar
  • 1/4 cup peach puree
  • Vanilla, to taste

Cake:
Preheat oven to 375°F. Line a muffin tin, or lightly grease and flour a 9-inch round or 8-inch square cake pan. Sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and sugar into a bowl. In a measuring cup, mix together the peach puree, oil and vanilla. Add the peach mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk together until combined. At this point, you may want to add some yellow and food colouring to achieve a peachier colour. When the batter is smooth, add the vinegar and stir quickly. The batter will foam slightly where the baking soda and vinegar are reacting. Stir just until the vinegar is evenly distributed throughout the batter. Pour the batter into the prepared pan, and bake for 20 minutes if making cupcakes, or 25 to 30 minutes it making cake. Allow to cool before glazing or frosting.

Peach Buttercream:
Whip the butter until light and fluffy. Add the sugar and beat until well combined. Add peach puree and vanilla and beat again until smooth. You may want to add some yellow and red food colouring to achieve a peachier colour. Can be piped or spread onto cakes.

I pinned both recipes to our Off the Merry-Go-Round account on Pinterest, and created a special board “Featured on the 8/16/13 Blog” so you can easily find the originals. If you need inspiration as we gear up for a new school year, I’ve included some fresh new ideas for school lunches, back-to-school crafts and more:

  • 30 Back-to-School Breakfast Ideas from the awesome blog Six Sisters’ Stuff
  • Photography Tips for Visiting a County Fair
  • Back-To-School Crafts with Apple Prints
  • Make a DIY Toothbrush Holder–with a toy dinosaur or other creatures (to brighten those early school mornings)
  • Lunchbox Ideas

Have you found inspiration on Pinterest? Tell us about your favorite finds, by leaving a comment with links, below. We may feature your “pins” in future posts. Thanks & enjoy!

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One thought on “Cupcakes and more summer fun on Pinterest

  1. Yum! But I couldn’t wait to make these scrumptious chocolate cupcakes, so I just plopped 2 big squares of chocolate into my mouth! 🙂 Thank you for sharing these delicious delights!

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