Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

One cookbook that I use over and over again is Rebar. If you are not familiar with Rebar it is a nice little restaurant in Victoria on Vancouver Island. I had the chance to eat there and tried their Three Sisters Burrito filled with roasted squash, pinto beans, corn and served with a mesa red sauce. It was delicious. The staff is very friendly and the place fills up fast during the week-end so expect a lineup.


Yesterday driving around my new place I found a farmer stand not too far from home. I spent $20 and came back with a box full of fresh vegetables. I had zucchinis, the best I had since a long time and decided to use them in a soup and in cupcakes. To make the cupcakes I used a really good cocoa from Epicure Selections. It's important in order to achieve a dark, deep flavor of chocolate in the cupcakes. For the 'chocolate chips I used the Special Dark from Hershey's. There is buttermilk in the batter but no need to run to the grocery, you can use plain yogurt. I had Greek yogurt on hand and it was perfect. The recipe says that it will yield 20 cupcakes but I like to have a nice round top on my cupcakes so I ended up with 17. Rebar served them with a cream cheese frosting but they are really good on their own.

It is a rainy day today in Ottawa and it was hard to take great pictures. I still did and I am not satisfied with the results but I wanted to make sure that you have a picture of the cupcakes to look at.

from Rebar: Modern Food Cookbook by Audrey Alsterburg & Wanda Urbanowicz

23 comments

  1. Chocolate and zucchini, what an unusual combination, but it sounds pretty intriguing.

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  2. Chocolate and zucchini! What a great combo. Don't know that I would have thought to put that together. Either it's great looking!

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  3. Tes cupcakes sont merveilleusement appétissants!!!

    J'en prendrais bien un!!!

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  4. These cupcakes are pretty and they look really delicious too!

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  5. I love chocolate and zucchini together (although I've never had them as cupcakes but as bread). The picture is very appealing.

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  6. Looks soo good and chocolatey! Yummy Yummy..

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  7. The brown sugar in here is great for moisture and flavor. So sweet with a little added healthy factor from the zucchini. How nice.

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  8. I've made chocolate zucchini quickbread but not cupcakes, and I bet I'd like these even better than the bread. Great photography!

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  9. Love the pic cupcakes look beautiful and yummy.

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  10. These look so yummy, and a nice way to use all the wonderful zucchini that is available right now.

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  11. Yahoo...you are back and posting and sharing your wonderful photos...this one looks so elegant and nice, and you know, if I am saying this about a chocolate photo, it really must be so!!!

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  12. Beautiful photography as always :) I've always been intrigued by chocolate and zucchini combo, and your cupcakes may just be the nudge I need to try it out!

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  13. You know I love the Rebar cookbook! These look SO good. I haven't tried making them yet but should make them soon!

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  14. what a sneaky way to get the children to eat zucchini.....I bet it made those cupcakes moist and delicious!!

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  15. Love zuchinni cupcakes, the buttermilk would make them nice and moist. Rebar sounds like a great little place to have lunch at.

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  16. what a fabulous way to use up all the summer zucchini!

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  17. Helene, these had to be great just looking at the list of ingredients. We've gone mad over dark chocolate and hardly ever use anything else.
    Sam

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  18. I made zucchini cake once and it's so yummy! I can't wait to try with chocolate!

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  19. I make a chocolate zucchini cake and I love it. These look great. Congratulation on food network using this.

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  20. Question: Do you squeeze the excess moisture from the grated zucchini or is it left in and accounted for in the recipe?

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  21. I stumbled across your blog somehow and I'm so glad I did. I hadn't heard of Rebar. Anyway, I made the cupcakes and they are so amazing. I thought allspice seemed weirder than zucchini, but it worked perfectly. Your pictures are amazing.

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  22. Diana: yes you squeeze out the water the excess moisture from the grated zucchinis.

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  23. I have always loved the sound of chocolate zucchini cake for chocolate beetroot cake. I haven't given it a go yet, but will have to soon.

    Your little cakes look delicious!

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