Peter Rabbit Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Peter Rabbit Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

I’m joining The Novel Bakers

for Beatrix Potter and Bunny Week

and ending on a sweet note. . .

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 I found a Peter Rabbit Cupcake Kit which called

 for a batch of Peter Rabbit Cupcakes,

complete with Jemima Puddle-Duck, Tom Kitten

and Benjamin Bunny!

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So I found a recipe for Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes~

a recipe that everybunny would enjoy :)

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I made a few changes to the original recipe after reading the reviews. These cupcakes are a delicious way to use zucchini, which adds moisture rather than a distinct flavor!

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Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes,

adapted from Taste of Home

Makes 2 dozen cupcakes

Ingredients

1-1/4 cups butter, softened
1-1/2 cups sugar
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
6 oz. container plain yogurt
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
2 cups grated zucchini

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In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in vanilla. Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with yogurt, beating well after each addition. Fold in zucchini and chocolate chips.

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Fill paper-lined muffin cups two-thirds full. Bake at 350° for 20 – 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.

You can find a printable recipe here.

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Frost cupcakes with favorite

Chocolate or Cream Cheese frosting.

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You can find a 5 star-rated Chocolate Frosting here,

or a 5 star-rated Cream Cheese Frosting here.

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I’m joining The Novel Bakers

for Beatrix Potter Week. . .

Visit Jain and Michael Lee

for more Bunny/Beatrix Potter fun:

 a quiet life

Rattlebridge Farm 

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and find all the Beatrix Potter recipes

and bunny inspiration for the week!

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  20 comments for “Peter Rabbit Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

  1. Velia
    April 12, 2014 at 7:10 am

    Once again you have created another fabulous tablescape using the Beatrix Potter theme. I have greatly enjoyed your recent postings on this theme and have ordered several of the complete tales book sets. What a wonderful gift you have in designing and creating such lovely table settings, delectable food and stunning photographs.

  2. April 12, 2014 at 7:31 am

    What a great way to use up zucchini and get veggies into your children’s diet! They will never know that they are eating Zucchini!

  3. Carol Jones :-)
    April 12, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Precious…absolutely precious!!

  4. April 12, 2014 at 7:49 am

    Hi Mary, I have eaten zucchini bread before and you are right about it being so moist. And now with my favorite indulgence of chocolate added I think I would love it!! Thank you for bringing us this wonderful week of entertainment and beauty and inspiration! Linda

  5. Carol Jones :-)
    April 12, 2014 at 7:56 am

    Forgot to tell you….my mother-in-law read “Peter Rabbit” religiously to her children when they were small in the 60’s. She handed the book down to us when our kids were little, which we, in turn, read to them. So sweet! She wrote on the inside front cover the date, which I think was 1965, and a little ditty. So, I have a special place in my heart for Peter Rabbit! Thx for sharing!!!

  6. April 12, 2014 at 8:21 am

    Those sound delicious and they are so pretty!

  7. April 12, 2014 at 9:00 am

    I have baked with zucchini, and can’t wait to try these cupcakes, they are almost health food!! I love the pansy topped icing with all the adorable character cut-outs! As always, I am so sad when the Novel Bakers week comes to an end~thank you for such a memorable trip to Mr. McGregor’s garden and all the delicious eye candy and goodies along the way!
    Jenna

  8. April 12, 2014 at 9:13 am

    I’d love a chocolate zucchini cupcake, Mary, and yours are perfect with the cream cheese frosting. I see you’ve enjoyed a bite already! They’re decorated so beautifully in your fabulous style! Thanks for the fun Beatrix Potter week. xo

  9. franki
    April 12, 2014 at 1:11 pm

    NOW THAT’S THE WAY to eat a zucchini!! franki

  10. Rattlebridge Farm
    April 12, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Mary, your cupcakes are the cutest ever. I can’t stop pinning! It’s been a fun, memorable week, hasn’t it? I am such a foodie Philistine, I never thought to combine zucchini and chocolate in a cupcake–a stroke of genius. Your photos are so beguiling–I’d love to frame them. I vote for a Beatrix Potter Part II in 2015, Lord willing and the creek don’t rise, of course.

  11. April 12, 2014 at 1:39 pm

    ….and the garden party keeps getting better and better!

  12. Lynn@Happier Than A Pig In Mud
    April 12, 2014 at 3:18 pm

    Oh yea, I’d love one or two Mary…zucchini and all! Gotta ask, what size scoop do you use… I need to get one to stop making cupcake mushrooms:@)

  13. April 12, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    i just love it when veggies go dark… as in CHOCOLATE! these are so darn cute, my finger just wants to swirl up a big scoop of that frosting… looks luscious! love your picks and pansies, such a sweet touch to an already delectable cupcake! your book pairings are adorable.

    what a fun fun fun week with you both, even though you were out pairing fruits this week you left us dazzled with all you magic from home. heavy sigh, it was really a remarkable week with you both, i will be sad to see the books close tomorrow…

  14. April 12, 2014 at 8:22 pm

    Mary, these are so cute sitting upon the pages of Beatrix’s classics. I bought the same kit, but planned to make carrot cake cupcakes. Love the addition of the pansy bloom.
    Hate for this week to come to an end. You’ve no idea how much fun this has been for me and no question hundreds of other readers. The Novel Bakers are incredibly creative and talented.

  15. April 13, 2014 at 12:43 am

    Hey there! Woulld you mind if I share your blog with my twitter group?
    There’s a lott of people that I think would really appreciate yyour content.

    Please let me know. Cheers

  16. Barb Diffenderfer
    April 13, 2014 at 2:37 pm

    Hello Mary, Loved everything Beatrix Potter this week. Have wonderful memories of making sure my daughter had the full set for Easter, through the years! I sat down to read at 11:30 P.M. Thursday nite and read your post on the book, Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life, Marta McDowell. I called our local lib. Friday, they had it at another lib close by, in there new book section,I drove to pick it up, and I can’t put it down!!! Best book I have had the joy of holding and reading in a LONG time! A must read for anyone who loves history, English life, plants, nature and homes! Sooo FUN! Thank you!

  17. April 13, 2014 at 3:13 pm

    Mary you and ML have done a great job on this series. So much work, very inspiring.

  18. paula
    April 13, 2014 at 4:29 pm

    ~Mary~
    Looks so yummy !! What a wonderful week , I truly enjoyed hopping over to take a long peek !!
    Paula
    IN

  19. April 14, 2014 at 7:07 am

    Wow what an amazing cupcake complimented by an amazing story! Love how you brought the two together! Checking this out from Marvelous Mondays!
    Cathy

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