We're back with our second monthly bake-along for the Martha Stewart's Cupcakes Club and, lucky me, I had the good fortune to select the recipe! The book has a ton of good seasonal and holiday recipes but September was a bit of a tricky month - not quite fall, but definitely heading in that direction. I went with the zucchini spice cupcakes, which seemed like a good compromise to me. They say "summer" because they make use of the abundance of zucchini so many people find themselves dealing with right now (for the record, I'm not one of those lucky people) but they also scream "fall" with their use of warm spices - cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves! Plus, cupcakes with veggies in them are healthy so we can eat more of them, right? Isn't that how it works? :)
I hadn't noticed when I made my selection, but this recipe is super simple. It doesn't require a mixer and there's no butter to bring to room temperature. I didn't have any lemon zest so I threw in orange zest instead. I also skipped the walnuts because I'm not a huge fan. The batter seemed pretty thick when I was filling the tins, so I was a bit worried the cupcakes were going to be dense. Fortunately, that wasn't the case at all. The cupcakes were fluffy and moist and so fragrant from the combination of spices!
The cupcakes are topped with a simple cream cheese frosting and wow, does Martha ever know how to make a delicious cream cheese frosting!! I loved everything about it, especially the texture. It was the perfect consistency for piping! It's definitely my new go-to cream cheese frosting recipe - delicious and easy! I thought the cupcakes were great on their own, but slathered with some of the cream cheese frosting, they were perfection. I'm going to freeze some zucchini now so I can make these cupcakes again and again this fall and winter!
Thank you to our fearless leader, Betty, for all of her hard work to get this group up and running! I tend to be a bit of a cookbook slacker so I'm excited to know I will actually try all of the recipes in this book (so far, I'd say we're 2-for-2!). Another big thanks to everyone who baked along with me this week! I hope you all liked the cupcakes as much as I did. If you did enjoy these cupcakes and have more zucchini you want to incorporate into treats, I highly recommend this chocolate zucchini cake I made a few weeks ago. It's wonderful!
(*Betty has asked that we do not post the recipes from Martha's book on our blogs and I'm happy to comply with her request. If you'd like to try the recipe before picking up the book, it is available on a number of other internet sites.)
(**Today is also a TWD day and I do plan to post about this week's recipe - look for it later this afternoon!)