#1: Zucchini Pine Nut Cupcakes

In September, I started a cupcake adventure. If you haven't read about it yet, you can do so here. ***

When a friend of mine told me the United Way was hosting an event to thank volunteers for the OKC Storytellers, I offered to contribute some cupcakes. Since my goal was to get through all 113 recipes in the book Cupcakes Galore, I decided to knock out 4 different batches for the event. At that time, I had a huge load of fresh produce (including several large zucchini) from my grandparents' farm in Nebraska, so I selected the Zucchini Pine Nut recipe.

You start by shredding up a zucchini and adding it to the dry ingredients.

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To the wet ingredients, you add pine nuts.

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Then you combine the two mixtures and bake in the oven. Ta Da!

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The consistency made these cupcakes seem a lot more like muffins, and I was surprised how incredibly delicious they smelled! Check out all the awesome colors and textures!

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I iced them with a cream cheese based frosting and used pine nuts to make little stars on the top of each cupcake.

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Surprisingly, these tasted AMAZING!! I was surprised at how perfectly the sweet icing complemented the savory cupcake. I got lots of great feedback from folks at the event...these were a surprise hit and disappeared really quickly!

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YUM!

What food combinations have you tried that were surprisingly good?