I love zucchini; to the point we overplanted them and needed to find new ways to consume this delicious vegetable! So here we are, zucchini cupcake or cake for that matter-eat it for breakfast or for dessert, either way it's just tasty. —Dee
Shred zucchini using grater, squeeze out all liquid. In a separate bowl, mix eggs, vanilla, and oil. Fold in zucchini shreds and mix altogether with dry ingredients. Fold chopped nuts in if using.
Let cool before piping frosting on.
To make Frosting: place room temp butter, cream cheese, and vanilla in mixer until incorporated. Slowly add powdered sugar a little at a time until fluffy. You may use more or less powdered sugar depending on the consistency you want. Gently fold lemon zest into frosting and scoop into piping bag ready for use.
*Optional candied lemon peel garnish- slice lemon rind and cut into thin strips (julienne). Bring 1 cup water and 1 cup white sugar to boil until sugar is dissolved. Cook lemon strips until they are softened and somewhat translucent (5-10mins or so) scoop out with fork and place on baking rack to drain and cool. Garnish atop chilled cupcake and frosting.