Experience the decadence of our chocolate zucchini cupcakes, a delightful treat that balances richness and freshness. Moist and chocolaty, each bite is infused with the subtle sweetness of grated zucchini. Topped with creamy frosting, they’re a perfect indulgence for any occasion, combining the goodness of vegetables with the irresistible allure of chocolate.

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

Costco Connection
Treat yourself to decadent Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes, where moist and chocolatey cake is infused with grated zucchini for a delightful hint of freshness and topped with creamy frosting. These indulgent cupcakes offer a perfect balance of rich cocoa flavor and subtle sweetness, making them a delightful treat for any chocolate lover.
Course Dessert
Servings 24 cupcakes


Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

  • 2 cups zucchini shredded
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 8 oz cream cheese room temperature
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 325°F. Line 24 standard muffin cups with liners or spray with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, mix together zucchini, eggs, sugar, oil, and vanilla. Add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, and mix to incorporate.
  • Spoon the batter into the prepared cups, filling each about half full. Bake for 25 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean. Cool cupcakes completely on wire racks.
  • Prepare the frosting: In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter until creamy. Add powdered sugar, cocoa powder, salt and vanilla. Continue beating until smooth and whipped. Frost the cupcakes.


This recipe was originally published in the August 2021 issue of Costco Connection.
This favorite recipe was contributed by a Backyard Eats client! She encourages home cooks to substitute ingredients as needed based their lifestyle or what's growing fresh in their garden.

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