Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Poured Chocolate Frosting

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These Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes will blow your minds! Soft, sweet, moist PLUS! The Poured Chocolate Frosting will make you want to never pipe frosting onto cupcakes again! This stuff is what dreams are made of.

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Poured Chocolate Frosting

My Mom watches the Bachelor. I think we’ve discussed this before.

Anyways, I’ve been listening to podcasts and have been trying to catch up on my episodes and ya’ll…I’ve gotta tell ya. That Farmer Chris is fiiiiiiiiine. He kind of reminds me of Gordon. Except he’s a farmer….and on TV. Minor detail.

Also, some of those girls are CRAZY. Like, *almost* literally. Those folks over in casting had a hay day.

So, I’m almost caught up and I think I know what girls make it to the end just by watching the 5 minute trailer for the season. Maybe I’ll discuss my opinions in another blog post at another time, but I’m just putting it out there. Any other peeps into the Bachelor craze? Some seasons I am, some seasons I’m not. Having my husband far far away makes me extra needy for some romantic-comedy-relief. And that is exactly what the bachelor is for me.

In other news……I’m a sleep shopper. You’ve heard of sleep walkers; I am a sleep shopper.

Last night I purchased two Kate Spade handbags plus a pair of earrings online in the middle of the night. Do I have any recollection of this? No.

According to gmail, my order was placed at 4:37am. YOU GUYS. This is my life. 

Thankfully, my subconscious has good taste.

Has anyone ever done that before? Sleep shopped? Is that a thing or is that just another bullet point to add to the “reason’s Lauren is weird” list?

Don’t answer that.

ANYWAYS, we’re going to be talking all about these chocolate zucchini cupcakes with poured chocolate frosting today. Lemme tell you, this frosting will change your life. The cupcakes are pretty good too. They taste as chocolatey and sweet as they look and are pretty fast to throw together 🙂

Here’s how to make it:

Kitchenaid Mixer

The first thing we’re going to do is grab a KitchenAid Stand Mixer. All good things start with this pretty little appliance 🙂


We’re actually going to remove the bowl and attach this handy dandy food processor!


Here’s what it looks like all assembled. You just attach it well with the blade you want inside {grater, slicer, etc.}, add a bowl underneath and let ‘er rip.


Because we’re making Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes, we needed grated zucchini.

Shredded Zucchini

So, you just remove the top of the food processor, put in your zucchinis and slowly push it down through the blades to get your grated pieces! I had both zucchinis done in 20 seconds.

Shredded Zucchini

Hello perfectly grated in 20 seconds zucchini. How are you? Wring this out really well to get rid of that excess water and set aside.

Adding shredded zucchini to cake batter

So, if you follow the directions listed below, you’ll make the chocolate batter. I was dealing with a cranky almost 2 year old who had just woken up from his nap so I just didn’t snap all the photos I would have liked. #reallifeyo I promise it’s a really simple cake batter. Once the main part of the batter is done, stir in the grated zucchini and chocolate chips.

chocolate zucchini cake batter

Like so! Things are looking tasty up in here. Scoop this into prepared muffin tins and bake.

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

17 minutes later, and we have some tasty lookin’ cakes. Set these aside and grab some of that pourable frosting.

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Poured Chocolate Frosting

Well first, technically we should make the frosting before we spoon it over but I don’t have pictures of that. Basically, you melt butter, chocolate syrup and milk together in a pot and bring it to a bubble. Then remove from the heat, whisk in vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth and that’s it. Pour away!

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Poured Chocolate Frosting

I was a little heavy handed, but that is not a bad problem to have. #Ilovechocolate After a while the tops start to harden slightly and they become even more amazing!

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Poured Chocolate Frosting

Feel free to add in sprinkles as necessary. My daughter said it was a requirement, so she chose these heart ones. So perfect for Valentine’s Day!

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Poured Chocolate Frosting

And as you can see, no sign of zucchini! If you grate it small enough, no one will know! That ooey gooey frosting helps take peoples’ minds off the whole ‘ew there’s a vegetable in my dessert’ thought.

Anyways, if you need a tasty treat this valentine’s day, these cupcakes would be a great option! Printable recipe below.

Have a fabulous Wednesday 🙂

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes with Poured Chocolate Frosting

These Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes will blow your minds! Soft, sweet, moist PLUS! The Poured Chocolate Frosting will make you want to never pipe frosting onto cupcakes again! This stuff is what dreams are made of.
servings 18 cupcakes
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 40 mins


for the cupcakes

for the frosting

  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup hershey's chocolate syrup
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • sprinkles optional


  • Using the KitchenAid food processor, grate 1-2 small zucchinis. Wring out excess water and set aside. Line muffin tins with paper liners and set aside.
  • Stir butter, oil, sugar, vanilla, egg and sour cream in the bowl of a stand mixer using the paddle attachment until light and fluffy. Slowly incorporate dry ingredients. Scrape sides of bowl and stir again to ensure even mixing. Stir in grated zucchini and chocolate chips.
  • Scoop into lined muffin tins 2/3 full and bake at 350 degrees for 17-20 minutes or until completely cooked.
  • Once cupcakes come out of the oven, melt butter, chocolate syrup and milk together in a small saucepan over medium low heat. Once butter has melted and mixture has come to a light bubble, remove from heat and whisk in vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth. Spoon over warm cupcakes and top with sprinkles if desired. Serve.


Calories: 210kcal | Carbohydrates: 30g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 143mg | Potassium: 106mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 191IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes
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424 Responses
  1. Gabriela

    I don’t know what I will make , millons of things came to my mind :), but one thing for sure, it is going to look great in my kitchen.XOXO

  2. keri @ shaken together

    I’ve got an almost 15 year old (sob!) and there is a birthday cake to be made! A KitchenAid would be the perfect way for both of us to celebrate!!

  3. Kimberli Bean

    I would make these cupcakes to start, I haven’t had zucchini in baked goods since I was a kid & my boys never had but they love chocolate, so this recipe is perfect to sneak in those veggies!!

  4. Becky Dibling

    I have my all of my mothers old recipes. I have been trying to get by with an old hand mixer so everything comes to mind! These cupcakes look yummy! Cant wait to try therm.

  5. Sue

    I would start with the Chocolate Zucchini Cupcake recipe you posted. Then I would move on to shredding anything edible I could get my hands on because the attachment is so darn cool!

  6. Sandra

    Oh my goodness, these cupcakes would be first! My kids would love to come home from school to these babies, I would earn some major mom points!

  7. Anna

    I would make my favorite soft sugar cookies, followed by more cookies! Then I’d use the food processor attachment and make healthy zucchini bread.

  8. Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat

    These look amazing! I LOVE zucchini but if you can believe it, I’ve never baked with it! I think I’d make some zucchini loaf of some sort… and probably these cupcakes too! Your photos are beautiful!

  9. Tina

    This KitchenAid Mixer/Food Processor is absolutely dreamy! & I can’t wait to try this recipe! Valentine’s Day is close enough…think I will make some tonight.

  10. Stacey F

    Bread Dough! Lots of it! Cupcakes! Lots of them! And with the attachment, it would make my life so much easier when home cooking for our senior hound dawg! No more chopping and slicing all his veggies by hand every Sunday!!!! 🙂

  11. Katrina L

    Holy Cow those chocolate cupcakes look yummy! I also have grated zucchini in the freezer, so I think I will have to try this recipe out with my new mixer. 😉

  12. Deb

    I would love to make these cupcakes with this awesome KitchenAid mixer! Besides, it would look great in my kitchen and would get a lot of use. I love to bake!

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