Chocolate Chip Zucchini Cupcakes with Orange-Cream Frosting

Makes 2 dozen

These are so moist and tasty, you'll hardly notice the zucchini. The flavors are kid-friendly, yet sophisticated enough to honor a birthday boy or girl of any age. For a lighter alternative to frosting, whisk together 2 cups powdered sugar, 3 tablespoons orange juice and 1 teaspoon orange zest and then dip the top of each cupcake in the glaze.

Ingredients: 
  • 1 cup lowfat buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 5 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 1/2 cup expeller-pressed canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 6 tablespoons neufchâtel, softened
  • 2 teaspoons zest and 1 tablespoon juice from 1 orange
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Method: 

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line 24 muffin cups with cupcake liners; set aside. Stir together buttermilk and baking soda in a medium bowl; set aside. In a large bowl, beat 2 cups sugar and oil together with an electric mixer for 1 minute; beat in eggs one at a time; set aside. Toss flour with zucchini and stir into sugar mixture along with buttermilk mixture; fold in chocolate chips. Spoon batter evenly into muffin cups.

Bake until puffed and golden brown, and a toothpick inserted in the middle of a cupcake comes out clean, about 25 minutes; set aside to let cool completely.

To make frosting, beat together remaining sugar, neufchâtel, orange zest and juice in a large bowl with an electric mixer until fluffy, about 2 minutes. Frost the cupcakes and serve.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:Serving size: 1 each, 260 calories (80 from fat), 9g total fat, 3g saturated fat, 30mg cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 42g carbohydrate (2g dietary fiber, 31g sugar), 3g protein
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