Carrot & Zucchini Muffins/Cupcakes

It’s kinder holidays for us for the next two weeks so wish me luck as I try to find some adventures to keep these little beings amused.

This is a good recipe to try with little ones* as you can do all the mixing by hand.

Carrot & Zucchini Muffins/Cupcakes
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Cuisine: muffins
Serves: 12
  • 250g plain flour
  • ½ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 egg
  • ½ cup vegetable or olive oil
  • 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 160g combined grated zucchini & grated carrot (smallish carrot & zucchini)
  • raw sugar for sprinkling
  1. preheat oven to 160C/180C fan, line tins with cupcake papers
  2. sift flour, spices, baking powder and bicarb soda together in a small bowl and set aside
  3. mix oil, egg, brown sugar and vanilla in a medium bowl until smooth, add dry ingredients and stir to combine
  4. add grated zucchini and carrot and stir just until combined
  5. spoon into cupcake papers and sprinkle with some raw sugar
  6. bake for 25min, test with a skewer, skewer should come out clean





I didn’t ice them so they feel like they are healthy to eat but if you wanted to dress them up a little, you can try a cream cheese icing.

You could also add a handful of sultanas or nuts as well into the batter.

Remember the fondant characters I was making last week, pop over here to have a look where they landed.


We are off to the crazy land known as IKEA now, have a great day ♥


I made these without the kids and they loved them, then Amelie asked..”what’s the green in there, is it avocado?” I asked her if they were nice, she said yes, then I told her that it was zucchini she scrunched her face up.. so if they are fussy, don’t tell them what’s in there until they try them. 

  • Yum! I'll try that one too, your cupcakes have been a hit with my boys..though they don't last long around here, thanks for sharing your yummy recipies x

  • oh my, so yummy!!!

  • Oh I am making these today! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

  • Pam

    They're looking very tasty indeed Cathie. Might give them a try, with the cream cheese icing and some nuts! Drooling now! :))
    And doesn't that whole cake just look so good esp with your toppers? Like the way she's made the craters in the icing.
    Have a fab week Cathie and thanks for the sweet words and visit. x

  • Oooh yum – these look fabulous! I love a sneaky way to get more veggies into the kids. You can be assured these will be on the menu this week.


  • yum, yum, note to self, do not read Cathie's blog at morning tea time…

  • They look delicious.. will have to try them out today, thanks!

  • we are always cooking, and these are perfect mixing by hand, very easy

    thanks will try them and let you know!

  • MIam!!

  • The best ever way to hide vegies to my little one, I need to try them asap 🙂 Thank you for the great idea!

  • It's cold and wet in Brisbane…looking forward to making a batch of warm muffins now. Thank you x

  • by golly I think I might just have the ingredients for this one. And how funny would it be if I could sneak it by the kids. Used zuchinni in dinner last night and they all threw a tantrum. haha

  • They look so yummy, definitely going to make some of these. Thanks for sharing the recipe

  • Beautiful Cathy…I will try these, thank you!
    I made a cake once, where the zucchini went kind of white, and the kids never knew, never questioned! aha!!
    My kids have gone back to school and family day care today, after 2 weeks. I kind of have to say phew. Especially after such a wet cold week last week!
    Have a great holiday with yours.

  • Yum! I love zucchini in anything! Will definitely be trying this recipe.

    Thank you!

  • I have added these ingredients to my shopping list (plus the ingredients for the icing!), I will be giving these a go this week sometime!

    I hope you survived Ikea!

  • Good morning sweet friend, or better, goooood evening. IKEA, we have been there too last week! Came home empty handed, that doesn't happen often 😉
    Your cupcakes look yummy today, I recognize to not tell exactly what my little ones are eating. Unfortunately my oldest two are in a stage of not eating strange looking food.
    Have the loveliest of evenings, Cathie and the sweetest dreams xxxxx

  • i love how you can see the little bits of green and orange. i also love scunched up noses.

  • I like a recipe that has sneakie vegies in them 🙂
    Savory is always a nice change from sweet muffins.
    Thanks for another grand recipe Cathie 🙂

  • looks great! I just posted about carob zucchini cake! It was meant to be chocolate but I was trying to be sneaky and sub carob. It was delicious, but little messyfish is only 21/1 and would not be fooled. He wants "real" cupcakes….and had a tantrum of sorts (where he went to the cooking cupboard and was going to make his own….hmmmp!!!).
    hope you survived ikea. you are one brave woman. Why oh why dont they do internet orders??? they would make a killing.

  • Cathie, you have such a beautiful blog, so inspiring and full of sunshine. I love the look of these delicious little cakes I will have to try to make them with my little princess, thank you for the recipe.

    I will make sure to follow you so I will not miss out on any of your posts

    Have a beautiful day. xx

  • Yum! Yes, now that the weather is turning wet and cold here, baking has begun in earnest and the little one loves to help. We will be making these very soon. Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  • Bec

    Great recipe Cathie, will give it a go for my self declared 'veggie allergic' boy ! Just wanted to let oyu nkow tha tI have linked to your blog through a lovely blog award. Have a lovely day, its baking day here today.

  • Those look really good! I don't have any little ones but when it comes to food my sister and are big kids 😀

  • Your pictures are HAPPY, pretty colored flowers. How is de vacation going? Playing, kissing, hugging, talking with your sweetpeas all day long? Have some wonderful days, sweet Cathie xxxxx

  • Ohhh yummie!!

  • Thanks for finding me! Your blog is amazing. I have added you to my blogroll! x

  • Thanks for sharing the recipe – will definitely give these a go with my daughter…