Monday, October 5, 2015

Welcome to #ChoctoberfestwithImperialSugar!!

We are celebrating Choctober this week and it is going to be chock full of giveaways and chocolaty recipes.  I am very excited.  This event is being brought to you by Allison, Jessica and Sharon of the PinterTest Kitchen.  These wonderful ladies did all the hard work the rest of us just got to play with chocolate....How fun is that?!!

We have over 60 participants who will be sharing their favorite chocolate recipes with you each day this week.  We also have 8 spectacular sponsors who not only provided us with great products but are also giving away great gifts that will be raffled off to all of our readers.

#Choctoberfest is a virtual event put together by The PinterTest Kitchen. Bloggers from around the world will be posting their favorite chocolate recipes, and you'll get a chance to win some awesome prizes. What's not to love? Here's what this event is all about! #Choctoberfest would not be possible without our sponsors, starting with our 2015 Gold Sponsor, Imperial Sugar. Imperial Sugar has been a trusted name in family kitchens since 1843. Their sugar products and sweeteners are made from non-GMO cane sugar and ensure consistently delicious results. We'll be using Imperial Sugar whenever we use sugar in our recipes this week, and can't wait to share the sweetness with you! You can find Imperial Sugar on PinterestFacebookInstagramTwitter, and more. Make sure you visit the recipes section of their website for some sweet inspiration, and you can also find coupons on their website if you want to try out Imperial Sugar yourself.

Imperial Sugar and our other sponsors have banded together to contribute some awesome prizes for our #Choctoberfest giveaway! Entering is simple - just click below to follow us on Pinterest. Here's what you could win:
We also have a nonprofit sponsor this year - Rescue Chocolate! They make vegan chocolate treats and donate 100% of their proceeds to animal shelters. Enter now to win the #Choctoberfest prize. Hurry, because we're picking the winner on October 12 at 8:00 AM, so if you don't sign up before then, you'll miss your chance!

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I have a full week of Chocolate recipes to share with you this week.  The first, that I am sharing today, was made for my Granddaughter's first birthday party.  They were a huge hit and I am pleased to share them with you.  I felt very good about serving these at Little Miss Melody's party.  They are chock full zucchini that we all have an over abundance of at this time of year. I found this recipe at Taste of Home and adapted it only slightly.  I hope you enjoy them as much as we did.

I made these chocolate cupcakes chock full of zucchini.
Then I made a cream cheese frosting that I tinted pink for my Little Miss.

Sprinkled them with magic golden fairy dust.
And served them proudly at her party.

Chocolate Zucchini Cupcakes
slightly adapted from Taste of Home

3 sticks unsalted butter
1 1/2 c. sugar
2 eggs
1 t. pure vanilla extract
2 1/2 c. unbleached all purpose flour
3/4 c. baking cocoa
1 t. baking powder
1 t. baking soda
1/2 t. salt
1/2 c. plain Greek yogurt
2 c, grated zucchini
Your favorite frosting, I used this recipe

Combine the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda ad salt in a small bowl.  Set aside.  In large bowl of stand mixer, cream together butter and sugar until light and fluffy.  Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each.  Add vanilla.  Turn mixer speed to low and add the flour mixture alternately with the yogurt, beating well after each addition.  Stir in the zucchini.  Place muffin cups or spray a 12 cup and 6 cup muffin pans with baking spray.  Divide the batter between the 18 cups and bake in a preheated 350* oven for 20-25 minutes.  Allow to cool completely before frosting.  Print Recipe

 A huge thank you to all of the other blogs participating in #Choctoberfest 2015. Check out their blogs throughout the week for chocolate recipes you won't be able to resist: The PinterTest Kitchen2 Cookin' MamasA Day in the Life on the FarmAloha FlavorAmy's Cooking AdventuresAngels HomesteadBalancing MotherhoodBless this MessBusy-at-HomeChocolate SlopesCoconut & LimeColie's KitchenCookaholic WifeCooking In StilettosCooking With LibbyCookistryCopyKat RecipesCravings of a LunaticCrumbs in my MustachioCulinary CoutureCupcakes Take The CakeDeliciously SavvyEat It & Say YumFairyburgerFamished Fish, Finicky SharkFarm Fresh FeastsFood Hunter's Guide to CuisineFull Belly SistersGet Off The Couch and CookGrumpy's HoneybunchHey What's for Dinner Mom?Honey and BirchI Can Cook ThatJane's Adventures in DinnerJessie WeaverLife on Food Life, Love, and Good FoodMajorly DeliciousMoore or Less Cooking Food BlogMother Would KnowOr Whatever You DoPoet in the PantryRecipes Food and CookingSassy Southern YankeeSavory TartSeduction in The KitchenSerena LissySumptuous SpoonfulsTake Two TapasThat Skinny Chick Can BakeThatsSoYummyThe Chonchudo FilesThe Crumby CupcakeThe Dinner-MomThe Saucy SouthernerThe Spiced LifeThe Spiffy CookieThe Two Bite ClubThe Weekday GourmetVintage KittyWendy PolisiWhat A Girl EatsWhitBit's Indian KitchenWit Wisdom & FoodZesty South Indian Kitchen

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  1. Those cupcakes look so good. Thanks for the recipe i am going to have to try them. Have a good day.

  2. Perfect party cupcakes! I bet they're super moist and I can never resist cream cheese frosting! I bet your little miss loved them 😊

  3. Anything made with zucchini is wonderful! And then to that add chocolate and it has to be heaven!!

    1. I love using zucchini in baked goods Paula, it keeps everything so moist and delicious.

  4. Oh how I wish zucchini was as plentiful here in southern Indiana, these are definitely on my must-make list. The fact that you used my families favorite frosting just seals the deal. :)

  5. My favorite type of chocolate is dark chocolate! I love to mix it in many baked goods or just eating it!

    1. I just love chocolate J but I feel less guilty eating dark chocolate since it gives me antioxidants.

  6. I always forget that I can use zucchini in chocolate cupcakes. I love how you decorated them with a bright frosting.


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