February 19, 2017

Easy Recipe: Sneaky Zucchini and Carrot Cupcakes

As a mom to children with “selective” tastes, I try to cook various recipes that I find or create in an effort to get them to expand their diet.  Some days I am successful; some days I am not.  Feeding picky eaters can be difficult but it also sharpens the creative genes when cooking. 

The recipe is a unique take on cupcakes – what makes them ‘sneaky’ is what is inside the cupcakes – zucchini and carrots. A healthy twist on a traditional baked good that actually is moist and tasty.

Sneaky Zucchini and Carrot Cupcakes

1 1/4 cup butter, softened
1 1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
3/4 cup baking cocoa
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup plain yogurt
1 cup zucchini, finely grated
1 cup carrot, finely grated
16 oz chocolate (or vanilla) frosting


  1. In a large bowl, mix butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  2. Add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition; stir in vanilla.
  3. Combine the flour, baking cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt; add to the mixture alternately with the yogurt, beating well after each addition.
  4. Fold in zucchini and carrots.
  5. Fill paper-lined muffin cups 2/3 full.
  6. Bake at 350 degrees for 18-22 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  7. Cool for 10 minutes before moving to a wire rack.
  8. Frost when completely cool.
Have a picky eater in your life? What works for them?
Happy Cooking!
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Joscelyn, Owner of Mami of Multiples & Mami Innovative Media

Joscelyn Ramos Campbell has more than a decade of experience as an award-winning former federal government public relations executive under the Bush and Obama administrations. The “super-connected power mom“ was recently named by Latina Magazine as one of “The 10 Best Latina Mommy Bloggers on the Web“; by CBS News as one of the “Top Bloggers in the Business“; by NBC Latino Work-Life Balance series as a “Top Latina Mom Blogger“; an Empowering Latina in the Marketing Field; by CNBC.com as a Top Latino Social Media Stars and Leading Hispanic Bloggers. She is the owner of Mami Innovative Media and founder of Mami of Multiples, one of the nation’s leading Latina American parenting and lifestyle sites offering resources and helpful tips for families. She is a nationally syndicated Parenting Columnist and co-hosts a Talk Radio Show. Joscelyn is a public speaker, military wife and mother to a teen son and identical twin boys. Connect with Joscelyn at @JoscelynRC & @InnovativeTalk.

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  1. Wonderful recipe! I have picky girl eaters. I keep trying to offer different foods throughout the month. Sometimes I am successful but now that they are 7 and 9, they have outgrown their picky phase as toddlers. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thank you!
    I have zucchini coming out my ears in my garden!

    And yesterday I let out evil laugh as I put pureed sweet potato in the mac and cheese…

    I love this.

  3. @Carrie at Tiki Tiki Blog! I laughed when read your “evil laugh” comment because I feel like an evil genius when I sneak healthy food into a not so healthy dish & no one can tell the difference. 🙂

  4. LOVE IT! I am going to try this for my picky toddler.

  5. My niece isn’t so much of a picky eater, but she often gives us a hard time when it comes to eating. This recipe looks delish!

  6. I was extremely picky as a child and still am, actually. My taste buds are extremely selective and sensitive! This recipe may work for me as well so I can get more nutrients lol.

  7. Forget trying to sneak it in for my son… i want those cupcakes

  8. One of the first dessert recipis I ever made was zuchhini muffins! I got the recipi from a restaurant and everyone loved them. This is going back to the 80’s! Gotta find it and compare it to yours and will let you know.