double chocolate zucchini cupcakes with goat cheese frosting

Today I’m dressing up my Summer zucchini by mixing it into a double chocolaty cupcake batter and for good measure I’m spreading a creamy goat cheese frosting  with a sprinkling of chocolate shavings on top.  One of the enjoyable things about cooking or baking at home is deciding which direction to go in with a favorite seasonal ingredient.  One day you’re sauteing zucchini in olive oil with garlic and the next day you’re stirring a shredded lump of it into a chocolate cupcake batter.  Being partial to chocolate is helpful when making a decision about how to use up your stash of zucchini.  I love this simple frosting recipe which uses the soft log shaped goat cheese from Laura Chenel.  Check here for more recipes using  Laura Chenel’s chèvre.  If you love goat cheese this recipe is for you, ps. no more plain old boring cream cheese frosting.

I made these double chocolate zucchini cupcakes for ‘the littles’ last week and they loved them as evidenced by chocolate crumbs all over my kitchen floor.  If you make these for the special little people or even big people in your life, I would suggest serving them outside at a picnic or one warm Summer evening after a family barbecue.  This is a new recipe in my dessert repertoire that I will for sure be making again.

double chocolate zucchini cupcakes with goat cheese frosting

Yield: 18 frosted cupcakes

Adapted from Bakerella.


  • 1 & 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder, natural unsweetened
  • 1 & 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 & 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 & 1/4 cups sugar
  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup shredded zucchini
  • 3.5 ounces Ghirardelli 60% bittersweet chocolate, chopped in pieces, plus extra to grate for decorative shavings on top
  • **for the goat cheese frosting**
  • 5 ounces Laura Chenel soft goat cheese
  • 3 ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Preheat the oven to 350°
  2. Line the cupcake pans with 18 cupcake cups.
  3. Stir the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt together in a medium bowl, set aside.
  4. In the bowl of a stand mixer cream the butter, add the sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla -one ingredient at a time, mix well after each addition.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the butter/sugar mixture in 3 additions, alternating with the milk twice, starting and ending with the flour mixture.
  6. Stir in the zucchini and chocolate just until combined.
  7. Fill the baking cups 2/3 full and place in the oven to bake.
  8. Bake for 15-18 minutes until the top springs back when gently touched.
  9. Cool on metal racks.
  10. **to make the goat cheese frosting**
  11. Sift the powdered sugar and set aside.
  12. In the bowl of a standing mixer beat the goat cheese, cream cheese and vanilla until creamy.
  13. Gradually add the sugar, scraping down the bowl as needed.
  14. Spread the frosting on the cupcakes with a small offset spatula and garnish with chocolate shavings.

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  1. Oh Patty, these cupcakes look awesome, I love the look and the flavor of it…zucchini, chocolate and cheese,I so wish I could have one…only one…so I could taste it.
    Have a great week ahead :)

    • pattysfood says:

      Thanks Juliana! I wish I could send you a cupcake, I think you would like it very much;-) Have a great week too;-)

  2. Oh, those lucky grandkids! I would love even just one of these cupcakes. I haven’t made anything with chocolate for a while and the cravings are out of control. These cupcakes would satisfy very nicely.

    Love the pictures, Patty!

    • pattysfood says:

      Thanks Jean, I think you would enjoy one of these chocolate cupcakes, the goat cheese frosting is so good!

  3. I love the versatility of zucchini! Your cupcakes are so pretty and I love the polka dot liners – I can never resist anything with dots! :)

  4. sweet zucchini…I love them…. beautiful photo with this green cup

  5. I’m so glad I found this recipe! I have everything on hand including tons of zucchini…lol. One question Patty, does the recipe call for 1/2 a CUP of cocoa powder? And I absolutely LOVE the photography.

  6. Oh how beyond-words wonderful!!

  7. Patty, these cupcakes look amazing. I even love your cupcake liners…pretty spring green.

  8. These are beautiful and so appetizing! I love goat cheese so with chocolae…wow, I know this will be a favorite for years to come!!

  9. Goat cheese frosting…what a wonderful idea. I had goat cheese ice cream in London and loved it. These are on my must-bake list now. Thank you for sharing. Beautiful, as always.

  10. I made zucchini muffins a long time ago and I was really surprised that the zucchini was so delicious in sweets! I can imagine the delicious flavor with the mix of chocolate! I love the goat cheese frosting, too. I love your green with white polka dot cupcake liners along with chocolate muffin color and white frosting on top. Everything is so well coordinated and lovely!

    • pattysfood says:

      Thanks Nami;-) The goat cheese frosting is so good, I loved it with the chocolate zucchini cupcakes;-) Thanks for your compliments!

  11. What a great treat for the little ones and grown ones. I bet the little ones did not know it had “Good” things inside. Love the green cupcake holders. Need to make these. Hope your week is going well!

    • pattysfood says:

      Thanks Lisa, when I found these green polka dot cupcake holders I knew I had to make chocolate zucchini cupcakes;-) Hope your week is going well too!

  12. Patty, These cupcakes look awesome…and sound so delicious! Love-love the idea of the goat cheese in the frosting! Lovely!!

  13. Very interesting recipe, Patty! I need to try this soon. Goat cheese in the frosting? Sounds heavenly! Undercover zucchini in the chocolate batter? Ooh yes, I’ll definitely be encouraging my kids to have seconds! Heeheehee…

  14. I love the color scheme here of course green is one of my favorite colors, but really the cupcake liners are so cute. Zucchini in chocolate cupcakes is a great way to get kids into eating something a little healthier without them knowing about it. Love this recipe and plan to try it out soon!

  15. These are just gorgeous! And you know how I love zucchini with goat cheese being way up on my list as well…delightful!

  16. I love cream cheese frosting, but I love the idea of goat cheese frosting too! What a delicious cupcake recipe!

  17. I need to bake something with zucchini, these look wonderful!

  18. Last year was the first time I tried zucchini in a dessert and was a hit in our house. I have never paired chocolate with zucchini but since I love anything chocolate I’m pretty sure I don’t mind munching on one or two of these cupcakes.
    Your grand-kids are very lucky!

  19. Hi Patty,

    I love zucchini, and I love chocolate. But putting the two together I have yet to do, don’t know why. Can’t tell you how much I am loving the combining of chocolate, zucchini and goat cheese. All I can say is WOW!! This is another recipe I have to try. Thanks for sharing!

  20. I’m going to have to keep this in mind for when my zucchini plants (finally!) start producing next month. They look so good.

  21. Hi Patty,
    Just stopping by to say thanks for being a part of the YBR:)

  22. Needs more zucchini! Just kidding :) Best use of zucchini I’ve seen in a long time!

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