Fudgy Olive Oil Cupcakes

Posted by Olivia on Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Fudgy Olive Oil Cupcakes

We all deserve a little reward, so why pass by an opportunity to make a sweet treat? 

These decadent, tasty cupcakes are not your normal cakey mix. They are actually more like a moist, fudgy brownie—yum! Two secret ingredients in this batter make these fudge-cakes better than the boxed stuff: heart-healthy extra virgin olive oil and garden fresh zucchini. It’s a spring recipe, after all!

We used our delicate Sevillano Extra Virgin Olive Oil for these cupcakes; it’s not too strong and has a gentle sweet finish. For a fluffy finish, we topped the cooled cupcakes with a whipped vanilla frosting, but use whatever frosting you like best—or just enjoy them plain and fudgy!

Made with these products from The Olive Press:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup Sevillano Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup finely grated fresh zucchini
  • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 5 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • Frosting, optional, as needed

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Line a 12 mini-cupcake or 6 regular cupcake tray with liners.
  2. Whisk together sugar, oil, egg, and vanilla in a large bowl until thick and smooth. Add zucchini and yogurt; stir well.
  3. In a medium bowl, sift together flour, cocoa, salt, and baking powder. Add to sugar mixture; stir until just mixed.
  4. Pour batter into cupcake liners. Bake until cupcakes are set and feel a bit springy to the touch, 18 to 20 minutes for mini cupcakes and 22 to 25 minutes for regular cupcakes. Cool in tins 10 minutes; remove from tins and cool completely on wire racks. Frost with favorite topping if desired.

Notes: Makes 12 small or 6 large cupcakes.
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