Sunday, October 19, 2008

Help me win!

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes filled with Chocolate Ganache and Topped with Creamy Goat Cheese Frosting

Man, that’s a mouthful. (And it was a good one, too!) I made this cupcake to enter in the Ile de France Cheese Recipe Contest. The cheese I was given to work with: GOAT CHEESE.

I was originally going to make my first cheesecake with it. Then I remembered CHEESE was the ingredient for this month’s Iron Cupcake (IC) Challenge. So I switched from cheesecake to cupcakes. That way I can make a showing in both, even though I can’t win IC again for another year. But that’s okay, because I’m hoping to win big in the Ile de France Cheese Recipe Contest. The winner takes home a grand prize of $1,000. Man, I could buy a lot of butter with that… and some cheese, too of course.

So, vote for me in the
Ile de France Cheese Recipe Contest
before November 4th.

You can cast your vote by clicking on the five stars
at the bottom of the recipe at this link (HERE).

Now, here’s how I gave these Chocolate Zucchini cupcakes a french twist.
Key ingredient: Ile de France Goat Cheese

Ile de France Goat Cheese

What a cute label. I used the goat cheese in the frosting and it tasted really yummy with the chocolate cupcakes.

Then, I used Valrhona Semisweet chocolate (a french chocolate) mixed in the cupcake batter and also for the ganache.

Valrhona Chocolate

Valrhona Chocolate

Here are the cupcakes before they were frosted.

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

And here’s a picture of the inside so you can see the ganache.

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

You’re still here? You must have forgotten, I need your vote please.

VOTE HERE by clicking on the five stars at the bottom of the link.

But, if you absolutely don’t want to vote, here’s the recipe anyway:

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes filled with Chocolate Ganache and Topped with Creamy Goat Cheese Frosting

Double Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes

1 1/2 cups flour
1/2 cup cocoa, natural unsweetened
1 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp baking soda
1/4 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter, room temperature
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 eggs, room temperature
1/4 cup oil
1 tsp vanilla
1/3 cup whole milk, room temperature
1 cup shredded zucchini
3.5 oz. Valrhona semi-sweet chocolate bar, chopped in chunks

  1. Preheat oven to 350º F
  2. Line cupcake trays with 18 baking cups.
  3. Stir together flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.
  4. Cream butter with a mixer in a large bowl. Add sugar, eggs, oil and vanilla one at a time, mixing well with each addition.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the sugar mixture in three additions, alternating with the milk in two additions (flour, milk, flour, milk, flour)
  6. Stir in the zucchini and chocolate chunks until combined.
  7. Fill baking cups 2/3 full and place in oven immediately.

8. Bake for 15-18 minutes.

Creamy Goat Cheese Frosting

5 oz. Ile de France goat cheese
3 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
3 cups confectioner’s sugar, room temperature
1/2 tsp vanilla

  1. Sift sugar and set aside.
  2. Beat the goat cheese, cream cheese and vanilla in a large mixing bowl until creamy.
  3. Gradually add the sugar, mixing and scraping down the sides of the mixing bowl in between additions.

Chocolate Ganache

2 oz. Valrhona semi-sweet chocolate bar, chopped in chunks
1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
3/4 cup confectioners sugar

  1. Place chocolate and whipping cream in the microwave. Heat in 30 second intervals, stirring in between until melted. Blend thoroughly.
  2. Add sugar and stir until thoroughly combined.
  3. Pour ganache into a small plastic squeeze bottle.

To assemble:

  • Insert opening of squeeze bottle halfway into cupcake center and squeeze ganache until you see it start to surface.
  • Then, spread creamy goat cheese frosting on top with a knife or small offset spatula.
  • Use any leftover semi-sweet chocolate pieces to sprinkle on top of cupcakes.


Okay, I’m giving you one more chance. VOTE FOR MY RECIPE HERE… please. Just click on the five stars at the bottom of the link to cast your vote. I think this constitutes begging at this point.

Learn more about Ile de France Cheese and check out the other cheese recipes here.

And don’t forget, Iron Cupcake voting begins Sunday, October 26th here in case you want to vote for my fellow Iron Cupcakers. IC Prizes include: cardboard cupcake art, a pair of cupcake earrings, Cupcake T-shirt, Head Chefs, Hello, Cupcake! Book, Jessie Steele Apron, Cupcake Courier and the Taste of Home Cookbook. Oh yeah, I’m donating this month’s Cupcake T-shirt. So, that makes another reason why I’m not eligible to win. Hope you like the shirt.

Thanks guys!

Amanda said...

I voted for you, 5 stars! Good luck! Oh and thanks again for including my contest in your last post, I got quite a few visitors from your blog. I hope they’ll enter too. :)

Your cupcakes look divine as usual!

October 19, 2008 10:19 PM
Anonymous said...

Hi Bakerella – Where do you get the cupcake liners you have on this post?

October 19, 2008 10:28 PM
Emiline said...

I’m going to vote for you!

Good luck!

October 19, 2008 10:54 PM
Bakerella said...

Thanks Amanda!

Anonymous – I get them here:

link to

And I love them!!!!

emiline – thanks so much!

October 19, 2008 11:29 PM
Isa said...

The cupcakes look great. You got my vote (I’m dreaming of all the stuff you can bake with all the butter you’ll be able to afford with the prize. Haha!)!

October 20, 2008 12:45 AM
Fabby's Cupcaker ;) said...

I did it!!!

Ya voté por ti! mucha suerte!

October 20, 2008 12:45 AM
Isa said...

When I said you got my vote I meant the 5 stars! Hehe, sorry

October 20, 2008 12:46 AM
Marci Knecht said...

I gave you 5 stars! I love your blog so any time I can help you, say the word. ;)

October 20, 2008 12:48 AM
Deanna said...

With everything you do for us (contest giveaways, great recipes, amazing inspiration etc, etc), I will definitely vote for you!!!

Thanks for everything and “Bonne Chance”!

{That’s “Good Luck” in French!}

October 20, 2008 01:00 AM
Cherie said...

You got 5 stars from me!

October 20, 2008 01:14 AM
My Sweet & Saucy said...

My vote is definitely for you!

October 20, 2008 01:53 AM
The Short Mom said...

Votes and oh my gosh those sound heavenly!

October 20, 2008 02:11 AM
Anonymous said...

Oh man..I voted ..gave ya a 5 star rating..never tasted a cupcake like that one you blogged about. But, I do have

October 20, 2008 02:16 AM
Natalie said...


Love the blog! Just wanted to let you know I linked you! :)

link to

October 20, 2008 02:37 AM
kat said...

it looks amazing! sadly i’m a wretched baker. you’ll have to visit with a batch if you’re ever in los angeles.

i voted for you – good luck!

October 20, 2008 02:50 AM
Banana-head Pancake said...

I voted – I think you’re going to win!
You should anyway, the recipe sounds so innovative!

October 20, 2008 03:15 AM
SarahHub said...

Okay, I voted for you!

October 20, 2008 03:18 AM
Katrina said...

Looks de-lish. Voted!
Good luck!

October 20, 2008 03:53 AM
Tanya said...

I gave you my 5 stars – good luck! It looks like you have an excellent chance at winning this.

October 20, 2008 05:03 AM
Rox said...

I never would have imagined that goat cheese was good for cupcakes ^_^
Voted for you and I hope you win :)

October 20, 2008 05:07 AM
noreen said...

I voted 5 stars
I hope you will vote my girls too,
Either go to my blog to vote and enter a contest or just vote on their page

October 20, 2008 05:58 AM
Monica H said...

I voted because chocolate zucchini is my all time fave!

Hope you win :-)

October 20, 2008 06:39 AM
Jen said...

Okay Miss Bakerella! How do you do it all! I am amazed at the fun recipes you bake, and all the time that must go into this full-time blogging!!! I check your blog each day, and I love the fact that you are so real and down to earth! Keep it up- from one baker to the next, YOU ROCK!

October 20, 2008 07:25 AM
cupcakesordeath said...

done! as always, you’re fab :)

October 20, 2008 07:34 AM
Geni said...

YOU are so creative!! I voted for you and I hope you win.

October 20, 2008 08:40 AM
Karen said...

I voted you 5 stars too… they look totally divine!

Good luck.

October 20, 2008 09:01 AM
CuteStuffInside said...

Okay – I voted and gave you 5 stars. Good luck!


October 20, 2008 11:20 AM
lynne said...

Voted! What a great idea. I love zucchini bread and I bet these are even better!

October 20, 2008 01:22 PM
cakegirl20 said...

Hi Bakerella! Wow! They look so good! I can’t wait to try them! I gave you five stars (and I think yours looked like the best entry, too!). Good Luck!


October 20, 2008 01:23 PM
My First Kitchen said...

Never thought goat cheese would make it to a chocolate cupcake and taste good. I’m sure you will prove me wrong. I’m off to vote. Good luck!

October 20, 2008 01:30 PM
heidi said...

I voted for you! :)

October 20, 2008 01:51 PM
nikivalentine214 said...

I voted five stars! The cupcakes look yummy! I’ll be making these after school today with my daughter. Hope you win!

October 20, 2008 02:01 PM
Katie said...

Voted for you! Love the look of these – they sound yummy.

October 20, 2008 04:27 PM
Atticelf said...

Mmmm…mmmm.mmmmm! I LOVE goat cheese and would so love to sink my teeth into one of your beautiful cupcakes. You’ve got my vote, girlfriend!

What inspired you to pair it with chocolate? I’ve never considered that…


October 20, 2008 04:34 PM
Atticelf said...

Totally unrelated, but I was leafing through the latest Sunset magazine and Cakespy was mentioned in there. Go figure!

October 20, 2008 04:35 PM
Dawn in CA said...

This unique combination looks sooo delicious! I took a peek at the other recipes, and yours is definitely one of the most inspired. Good luck! We’re cheering (and voting) you on!

October 20, 2008 05:36 PM
Stephanie Buire Smith said...

Hi! I voted 5 stars, partly because I am sure the cupcakes will be awesome, mostly because I am French and I am glad you used those yummy French ingredients. Good luck!

October 20, 2008 06:17 PM
Cynde said...

Great Receipe! You got my vote. Thanks for the listing for the cupcake liners also.

October 20, 2008 08:02 PM
* TONYA * said...

I voted for you. Your cakes are amazing.

October 20, 2008 08:11 PM
Anonymous said...

Oh man these sound so very yummy and the frosting is so creative and unusual. I cast my vote for you so good luck. Thanks for sharing this awesome recipe with us.

Debbie/Phx AZ

October 20, 2008 08:16 PM
Samie said...

the cupcakes look fantabulous. Absolutely mouth watering, as usual. You definitely have my 5 stars. :)

October 20, 2008 08:53 PM
Clumbsy Cookie said...

Those are some posh cupcakes! Good luck!

October 20, 2008 09:01 PM
Min said...

voted for you! :D

October 20, 2008 09:32 PM
craft pig said...

I voted! Good luck!

October 20, 2008 09:37 PM
Skeeto said...

Yummy! How moist those cupcakes must be!
5 stars for creativity!
5 stars for the lovely pics!
5 stars for using chocolate!!!!
(Can I give you 15 stars?)

October 20, 2008 09:43 PM
Jaina said...

I voted for you!! Good luck!!!

October 20, 2008 11:24 PM
Alison said...

Voted with a smile from Dublin, Ireland :-)

Hope you will, goodness knows, you deserve it. Love your site :-)

October 20, 2008 11:39 PM
dessert girl said...

I love goat cheese! I can’t imagine it in a cupcake, but if you say that it’s good then I believe you! :-)

October 21, 2008 01:10 AM
Siimonetha said...

I voted for you!!… Good luck!!..
By the way.. yummmmyyy recipe!!!

October 21, 2008 01:50 AM
Montee said...

Good luck! Oh my these look so yummy!

October 21, 2008 02:03 AM
Bakerella said...

Oh my goodness! Thanks everyone for taking the time to vote. I appreciate it.

Isa – I know. I'll be set for a while.

Fabby's Cupcaker – Thanks

Isa – wow. thanks

Marci Knecht – thanks

Deanna – merci!

Cherie – thanks

My Sweet & Saucy – YAY!

The Short – thank you

Anonymous – cool.

Natalie – thanks for the love.

kat – I love LA

Banana-head Pancake – I hope so.

SarahHub – thanks bunches.

Katrina – thank you

Tanya – it's all because of you guys.

Rox – hey, me either.

noreen – let me check it out.

Monica H – it was my first attempt, but they were realy good.

Jen – thanks so much. I really appreciate your comments.

cupcakesordeath – awesome!

Geni – thanks or the vote

Karen – thank you

CuteStuffInside – thanks for the high rating

lynne – zucchini bread is good. So moist.

cakegirl20 – wow – many thanks

My First Kitchen – I wouldn't have tried it if it had not been for the contest. But I was pleasantly surprised.

heidi – thanks!

nikivalentine214 – man, you guys are so nice.

Katie – thanks!

Atticelf I just thought it sounded decent.

Atticelf – Oooh I want to see. Must go look for it.

Dawn in CA – thanks Dawn!

Stephanie Buire Smith – Merci beaucoup!

Cynde – you're welcome. those liners rock.

* TONYA * – thanks

Anonymous – you're welcome

Samie – I'm lovin all these five star ratings. Thanks.

Clumbsy Cookie – good description.

Min – thanks!

craft pig – Many thanks!

Skeeto – you're sweet!

Jaina – thanks!

Alison – thanks all the way to you in Ireland!

dessert girl – It wasn't that different from regular cream cheese frosting.

Siimonetha – thank you!

Montee – they were

October 21, 2008 02:24 AM
the projectivist said...

ok, i voted.
i’m a sucker for begging
that picture of gooey delectable inner chocolatey ganache was too hard to resist.


October 21, 2008 08:56 AM
We Are Not Martha said...

What an interesting combination…these flavors must be absolutely amazing together.

I voted…good luck!!


October 21, 2008 01:23 PM
BeadBag said...

cupcakes look gorgeous – good luck – hope you win! (have passed the recipe on!).

October 21, 2008 02:57 PM
CookiePie said...

GORGEOUS! You got my vote!

October 21, 2008 04:54 PM
The Blonde Duck said...

I hope you win! Those look fabulous!

October 21, 2008 05:48 PM
Alicia said...

Thank you so much for the yummy cupcake recipe I tried them out on Monday & they tasted amazing. You definitely deserve 5+ stars for that recipe- I made sure to cast my vote…Thanks for all your inspiration & great ideas…you have my creative juices flowing now & got me spending tons of time in my kitchen again…Alicia

October 21, 2008 10:05 PM
EB said...

you got my vote!

October 21, 2008 10:13 PM
Bakerella said...

the projectivist – ganache, I love that stuff!

We Are Not Martha – thanks so much. They were surprisingly tasty. I was worried about the goat cheese taste, but it was good.

BeadBag – awesome!

CookiePie – thank you!

The Blonde Duck – I hope so too!

Alicia – Yay! I’m so glad you liked them.

EB – thanks so much!

October 21, 2008 11:40 PM
Susan said...

goat cheese and zucchini???
you’ve got my vote!
i’ll do anything for goat cheese :O)

October 22, 2008 01:37 AM
Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life said...

I wish I could have one…

October 22, 2008 07:16 PM
Berlin Deluxxe said...

I love goat cheese! Who would’ve thought it would work in frosting? Why you of course! Beautiful blog :)

October 22, 2008 08:14 PM
Bakerella said...

Susan – I’m glad I caught your attention. Thanks for the vote.

Dawn@Embracing the Ordinary Life – wish you could too.

Berlin Deluxxe – thanks!

October 22, 2008 11:46 PM
Toxic_Honey said...

you got 5 stars from me ;)
well deserved

October 23, 2008 11:51 AM
stephanie said...

MMmmm sounds awesome! I voted because I love zucchini in my pastries. =) You rock!

October 23, 2008 04:10 PM
Bakerella said...

Thanks for your vote toxic_honey and stephanie!

October 23, 2008 11:48 PM
Jennifer Foster said...


October 24, 2008 03:59 AM
Courtney said...

I voted! =) These sound amazing, I will definitely have to try this recipe (with definite credit to you if anyone asks for the recipe). Good luck!!!


October 24, 2008 02:55 PM
Gis said...

Voooted :D
What a yummy pic!

October 24, 2008 03:08 PM
Happy Sunflower Girl said...

I gave you 5 stars! Your website makes me gain weight just looking at it…Yum Yum!! good luck.

October 24, 2008 03:47 PM
Jeni said...

I voted for you too! I’m a follower and linked to you from my food blog! You’re great.

October 24, 2008 09:23 PM
Cakespy said...

I voted for you!! Of course!! :-) These look rich and delightful.

October 24, 2008 10:14 PM
Cindy Lyles said...

you had me at Valrhona… {wink!}. I adore you blog & off to vote 4U!

October 24, 2008 10:42 PM
Anonymous said...

Yes, Bakerella, I voted for you and your wonderful cupcakes! Must admit, I got busted (sorta) because I kept trying to vote for you more than once but guess I got caught because it wouldn’t let me! But I would if I could, ha! GOOD LUCK!!

October 24, 2008 11:38 PM
Marjorie said...

Ooooooh, sounds yummy! I gave you 5 stars General Bakerella – I hope you win! What do you win, by the way??

October 25, 2008 04:50 AM
Alejandra said...

Voted 5 stars! Good luck!!

October 26, 2008 12:11 AM
Carmen said...

delicious yummyyyyyyyyyy

October 26, 2008 11:09 AM
Bakerella said...

Jennifer Foster – thanks!

Courtney – Hope you like it.

Gis – Thank yooooou!

Happy Sunflower Girl – thanks for the vote.

Jeni – thanks for the linkage

Cakespy – They were oh so yummy!

Cindy Lyles – glad I got your attention.

Anonymous – I won’t tell!

Marjorie – Grand prize is $1,000!

Alejandra – thank you!

Carmen – thanks!

October 27, 2008 02:47 AM
Gina Briggs said...

I voted for you… I LOVE goat cheese, I’m going to try out the recie when I get a chance too!

October 28, 2008 08:32 PM
Bakerella said...

Thanks for the vote Gina!

October 29, 2008 12:01 AM
Victoria said...

I’m really surprised at the small number of entries in that contest! Heck, for $1,000, too! Who WOULDN’T want to enter! Well, I voted for you, 5 stars – sounds delicious!! – and I think you have a pretty good chance there. Your rating is 4.5something with over 2,000 votes, compared to the paltry 100 or less the “competition” has. ;) Good luck!

October 29, 2008 01:29 AM
Bakerella said...

I was too. But, I think I’m gonna end up second. One recipe is pretty far ahead of me right now.

October 30, 2008 03:48 AM
Shreela said...

I voted for you 8^)

October 30, 2008 04:45 PM
Bakerella said...

Thanks Shreela!

November 3, 2008 03:13 AM
ela'M said...

its wonderful. you are perfect cake maker.

November 3, 2008 02:36 PM
CC said...

Hi Bakerella, I voted for you. Hope you win. You are so talented; my sisters and I always "ooooo" and "aaahhh" over your posts! I happened across another recipe contest and don't know if you'll be interested but thought I'd share. I can't participate since it's only open to those in US. The prize is $5000 and your blog being featured for 1 year (or something like that). :P I saw it and immediately thought of you. :D If you are interested I copied the link for you:
link to

Take care and keep posting!

November 3, 2008 04:09 PM
Bakerella said...

ela’M – and you are too kind!

CC – WOW thanks for the tip. It’s definitely worth looking into.

November 4, 2008 12:58 AM
rima said...

oh man, i LOVE valrhona chocolate. i don’t know how i baked before i discovered it. now i only use their cocoa for all my cakes, and the milk chocolate is so good for eating.

your blog is great! you’ve given me some great ideas… i’m sort of an aspiring pastry chef but i haven’t had the time lately to make something really elaborate. i’ve got a friend’s bridal shower coming out, and i am pulling out ALL the stops!

keep it up!

November 12, 2008 04:07 PM
Bakerella said...

rima – I’ll have to look for the cocoa. Thanks!

November 14, 2008 03:30 AM
Anonymous said...

How can I print out your recipes? When I save the page and try to print I get blanks.


November 19, 2008 06:04 PM
Bakerella said...

Anonymous – The easiest way would be to copy the text you want and then paste it in a word file or email and print it from there.

November 20, 2008 03:08 AM
YummieCharms said...

this is the best cake site find everrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. <3 thanks so much for the gorgeous photos.

November 23, 2008 03:28 PM
Bakerella said...

Glad you think so.

November 24, 2008 04:30 AM
Erin said...

I found this blog purely by accident last night while scouring for interesting things my boyfriend can make for Thanksgiving (he's the cooker & baker. I just paint and write and stay the hell out of the kitchen!). Anyhow, I wanted to say that I'm super glad you won this contest. I would have totally voted for you had I seen this in time. I've talked my boyfriend into trying this recipe for me because I've been looking to add an extra tire to my torso. (HA!)

I don't bake, but I've subscribed to your blog — you're inspiring kitchen dunces like myself!


November 24, 2008 05:07 PM
Bakerella said...

Erin – I’m glad to hear it. Hope you like the cupcakes. Lucky! I wish someone would bake for me sometimes.

November 25, 2008 04:02 AM
Heidi said...

If I was going to leave out the zucchini should I add more or less of something else? Any ideas? Thanks Bakerella, I love love LOVE your blog!

December 9, 2008 10:08 PM
Anonymous said...

Love the cupcakes…they look great! I just tried making them and they are very yummy! If only I could get my icing to look like yours!

February 18, 2009 01:57 AM
Ariane said...

Hey Bakerella! I made these last night and loved them, especially the cupcake. It was so chocolaty and the zucchini was very subtle. I will definitely put this recipe in my file :)

November 15, 2009 06:28 PM
TuTu said...

Bakerella your kiliiiiiiiiiiiiiiing meeeeeeeeeeeee with these things like am trying to make a list of thinngs i want to make and the lest is going on and onnnnnnnnnn without an end and its alll because of your sweeeeeeeeeeeeet things :P:D but am sooooooo happy to try these thanksssss

January 25, 2010 06:14 PM
Heather C said...

So delicious! I made the chocolate zucchini recipe on its own (no ganache and no goat cheese frosting) and they are so scrumptious. I usually screw up when I bake from scratch but these turned out perfect. I made a simple cream cheese frosting to top them off.

I cant wait to try another one of your recipes!

February 24, 2010 03:58 PM
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