Zucchini Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

April 29, 2024 - Country Cooking

Zucchini Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting are delicious and moist with a few mini chocolate chips added into the batter. On top there is a thick layer if caramel frosting. This is sure to be one of your favorite ways to use that garden fresh summer zucchini.

From Scratch Batter

The from scratch cupcake batter is flavored with cinnamon, cloves, a little almond extract, and some orange juice.

One and a half cups of shredded zucchini help keep the cupcakes moist and add some nutrition. The cupcakes are light and tender with some sweetness, but not too much.

Caramel Frosting

Most of the sweetness comes from the really sweet caramel frosting. It has lots of brown sugar and you will have a hard time not just eating it by the spoonful.

A cream cheese frosting goes great with zucchini cake or cupcakes, but I really love this easy caramel frosting even more.

How Best To Shred Zucchini

To shred zucchini for this recipe, either push it through a food processor or shred it on the large holes of a box grater.


Use a cream cheese frosting instead of caramel frosting.

Add half a cup of chopped walnuts or pecans to the batter for a little crunch.

Instead of chocolate chips, add half a cup of toffee bits.

How To Store

Cupcakes can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for 4 days or frozen for up to 2 months.

More Zucchini Recipes

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

Carrot Zucchini Muffins

Zucchini Bars with Pecans and Coconut

Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread Pancakes

Dark Chocolate Zucchini Muffins


Zucchini Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting

Zucchini Cupcakes with Caramel Frosting are delicious and moist with a few mini chocolate chips added into the batter.
Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern
Keyword cupcakes, summer
Prep Time 15 minutes minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes minutes
Total Time 40 minutes minutes
Servings 18
Calories 387kcal
Author Christin Mahrlig


3 large eggs1 1/3 cups sugar1/2 cup vegetable oil1/2 cup orange juice1 teaspoon almond extract2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour2 teaspoons cinnamon2 teaspoons baking powder1 teaspoon baking soda1 teaspoon salt1/2 teaspoon ground cloves1 1/2 cups shredded zucchini1/2 cup mini chocolate chips


1 1/4 cups packed brown sugar10 tablespoons butter, cubed1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk1 teaspoon vanilla extract2 cups confectioners’ sugar


Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line 18 muffin cups with paper liners
Using an electric mixer, beat eggs, sugar, vegetable oil, orange juice, and almond extract until well blended.
Combine flour, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cloves and add to wet ingredients.
Stir in zucchini and chocolate chips.
Fill muffin cups 2/3’s full. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Cool 10 minutes and then remove from muffin tin.
To make frosting, combine brown sugar, butter, and milk in a large saucepan.
Bring to a boil over medium heat and cook, stirring frequently for about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla. Let cool to lukewarm.
Transfer brown sugar mixture to a mixing bowl and use an electric mixer to gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar. Continue to beat until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Spread on cupcakes.


Nutritional info is provided as an estimate only and will vary based on brands of products used.


Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 125mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 47g | Vitamin A: 310IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 65mg | Iron: 1mg

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Originally posted June 12, 2017.

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

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