Vegetable Dessert Recipe - Spinach Cupcake Recipe with Pictures

Updated on May 30, 2016

I understand that nobody wants to bite into a mouthful of stringy spinach when they eat a cupcake, and you can rest assured this recipe won't give you that horrendous experience. Instead, you'll find a thin layer of sweet and creamy spinach paste, just enough to add some healthy fiber and a nice green color to your dessert without overwhelming it. I actually came up with this creative cupcake recipe after watching the cooking show, Chopped. When I saw one of the contestants making a financier cake stuffed with a huge ball of Mascarpone cheese, I immediately questioned myself, "Damn! How come I've never thought of using Mascarpone in my dessert before?" Mascarpone is the cream cheese to worship. It's very sweet, very rich and vividly gives you a mental image of a very fat cow! To balance the "yang" of this fatty cheese, I decided to add the "yin" of spinach to my cupcake. My cooking experiment went very well, and I hope you enjoy this fun vegetable dessert as much as I did.

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Spinach Cupcake Ingredients (for about 10 - 12 cupcakes)

  • 1 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/4 cup brown or white sugar (I used brown sugar.)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup vanilla vogurt
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • a pinch of salt

For the spinach mixture

  • 1/2 cup chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup Mascarpone cheese (softened)
  • 1 tbsp. sugar

Spinach Cupcake Recipe with Pictures

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  • Chop spinach in a food processor.
  • Mix the spinach with sugar and Mascarpone cheese. Set aside.

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  • Preheat an oven to 350°.
  • Mix flour, baking powder and salt in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • Beat eggs, butter, vanilla yogurt, vanilla and milk on high speed for about 1 minute.
  • Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture. Beat together on high speed for about 1 - 2 minutes.

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  • Line your cupcake pans with paper liners.
  • Fill a cup with cupcake batter about half full.
  • Add about 1 tablespoon of the spinach mixture to it, then top with more cupcake batter. The cup should be about 2/3 full.
  • Repeat with the rest of the cupcake batter and spinach mixture.
  • Bake the cupcakes for about 20 - 25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.

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  • Remove the cupcakes from the oven and allow to cool in the cupcake pans on a wire rack.
  • Frost the cupcakes with your choice of frosting.

Frosting the Cupcakes

Although these are cupcakes with a little spin, they're still basically vanilla cupcakes and therefore can go well with various types of frosting. I have to confess I didn't make my own frosting from scratch for these spinach cupcakes. What I did was mix about a teaspoon of Matcha green tea powder with ready-made vanilla frosting to highlight the "green" theme of this vegetable dessert. It gives the frosting a soft hint of green and a complementary aroma, which I really like.

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      AJ 3 years ago from Australia

      Wow! Who would have thought? You certainly have me curious enough to try this innovative recipe. Thank you.

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      I used fresh spinach but frozen spinach will work just fine. Just make sure you completely defrost and drain it before using.

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      Lou 5 years ago

      Does this recipe call for fresh or frozen spinach?

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      Om Paramapoonya 5 years ago

      Thank you soooooooooo much for the kind words, everyone! I really appreciate all of your comments and am very glad to hear that some of you will give this spinach cupcake recipe a try :)

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      yudora 5 years ago from China

      Looks good, I have been done a similar cake, but not very successful.Thanks for sharing!

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      iefox5 5 years ago

      It is bad to read this great hub when I'm hungry :(, anyway, thanks for the sharing :)

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      Sondra 5 years ago from Neverland

      This is a fantastic recipe for mixing in some veggies while getting a great snack :) Im going to have to try this one with the kids!!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Aha! I was right! :) Congrats on this Hub of the Day award that I knew I would see! Well done!

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      ThisisShe 5 years ago

      I love this. I am always interested in using veggies to make sweet treats and I think I've just added this on my list of things to bake. I love spinach and I love using Mascarpone in my desserts so it's perfect for me. I might have to think up something for the frosting. I like where you were going with the green tea, I might have to amp it up a bit more. Thanks!

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      At first i said WHAT!. Then I realized they look so yummy! It's a great way to make kids eat veggies. Great hub! Congratualations on the HOTD.

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      Ann Wehrman 5 years ago from California

      Yum, Om, the cupcakes look delicious--Mascarpone cheese and sweet green tea frosting. Very easy to follow recipe with great pictures. Congratulations on HOTD!

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      Patricia Scott 5 years ago from sunny Florida

      Interesting. This is a first for me. I love spinach but can't quite picture it in a cupcake but with your reassurance that it is basically a vanilla cupcake I will need to give this a try. thanks for sharing.

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      mottiandbander 5 years ago from Chd

      Congratulation. You are now hub of the day.....

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      Arlene V. Poma 5 years ago

      Looks simply delicious, Om! My mom used to make carrot or zucchini cupcakes with no frosting. Now, I can make cupcakes out of spinach WITH frosting! Thanks for the new culinary adventure. As usual, excellent writing and how-to photographs!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Oh yummy yummy. What a pretty hub also!

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      Donna Kristine 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This is one recipe I am going to have to try - Looks great!

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      kate12402 5 years ago from Storrs, CT

      This is really interesting!! At first I read the title, and immediately thought "oohhh no no no, definitely not for me" but I read through the recipe and I'm really interested to see how it turns out! Thanks for the tip :) And congrats on the HOD

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      moonlake 5 years ago from America

      Your cup cakes look great. Now can you explain how you did your picture they also look great. Congrats on Hub of the Day.

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      Peg Cole 5 years ago from Dallas, Texas

      Great looking pictures with an easy explanation of how to do it. Would love to try this cupcake recipe with the spinach surprise.

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      Erica Lindsey 5 years ago

      As much as I hate spinach, this cupcake looks tasty.

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      Cathleena Beams 5 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      They do actually look good. When I first saw the title "spinach cupcakes" that sounded kind of unpleasant to me. You just don't think of cake ingredients and spinach mixing together to well. I do like cheese though and love spinach and artichoke dip, so I'm starting to come around and thinking it might be one of those strange combinations that actually taste pretty good like tomato ice cream. I want to vote up and share here on Hubpages, but those button options are missing. I guess when an hub wins an award they must take those choices away. Great recipe idea!

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      Lilly 5 years ago from Denmark

      Even though I am no good at baking. These cupcakes simply looks to good not to try them. Thank you! :)

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      emilybee 5 years ago

      These cupcakes look delicious!!!! I like how you sandwich the spinach in the middle of the cupcake. Congrats on hub of the day!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      This looks amazing! Trying this soon! Congrats on the HOTD!!! Take care, Kelley

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      Thelma Alberts 5 years ago from Germany

      Wow! I never thought of using spinach in making my cupcakes. This is awesome Om. I have to try this and I can´t wait. I have just made orange cupcakes yesterday, so I´ll give it a try next week. Voted up and useful. Thanks for sharing. BTW, Congratulation on the HOTD!

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      mwilliams66 5 years ago from Left Coast, USA

      Now that's what I'm talkin' about. At last a recipe with a story of how it came about, clear instructions, photos of the process and a photo of the finished product. That's exactly what I look for in a recipe on hubpages.

      I'll definitely give your recipe a try.

      Congrats on the HOTD.

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      Moipone 5 years ago from South Africa

      Spinach is getting famous yesterday there was a recipe for low fat spinach dip and today is spinach cupcakes. the cupcakes look delicious and mouth watering.

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      @Julia - What you said is true. And I never said it is a super healthy dessert. The only time I used the word "healthy" was when I described the fiber in the spinach. The health factor is NOT the focus of this article at all. I even made it clear in the first paragraph that mascarpone is a very fatty cheese. I wasn't trying to portray this as a healthy recipe for weight loss, but simply as a fun and creative recipe. So honestly, I didn't try to fool myself or anyone.

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      Julia 6 years ago

      These do look good, but I would HARDLY say they are "healthy". It's ok to eat a cupcake now & then. But don't fool yourself into thinking sugar, marscapone cheese, etc is healthy just cuz there's a tiny dab of spinach in it!

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Exactly! Like carrots, spinach can be used in desserts just as nicely. Thanks for stopping by, Koffeeklatch. :)

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      Susan Haze 6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Om, the spinach cupcakes look delicious. I have never heard of using spinach in a dessert but if we can use carrots why not? I am so intrigued by the idea I will have to try them.

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Thanks for stopping by and commenting, itops. Glad you're going to try this vegetable dessert recipe. =D

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      itops 6 years ago from the sea

      A yin yang yogurt cupcake with mascarpone and spinach? How intriguing! And healthy too! Got to try this sometime although I'll go with a ready made cupcake mix and then just add the yogurt and filling. I'm a bit into baking too and I can almost imagine the taste of the cupcake recipe. It's so flavorful! :)

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      Yeah, give this recipe a try sometime! It's yummy. :)

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      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Whaaa? A spinach cupcake? I have seen strange cupcakes before, but NOTHING like this! How cool!! The cupcakes themselves look so cute.. and the recipe is so intriguing! Thanks for sharing it!

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      @AllSuretyBonds - That's great! Thanks for the read and feedback.

      @Anglnwu - Ah, yes! Good point. Besides fiber, spinach is also rich with iron. It's so good for us.

      @tirelesstraveler - Thanks a lot!

      @mary615 - Maybe this recipe will make you like spinach a little better :)

      @randomcreative - It tastes sweet and yummy, the way cupcakes should!

      @mathira - Tingling tastebuds! I like that!

      @carriethomson - Yeah, Popeye has hired me to be his personal pastry chef! LOL

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      carriethomson 6 years ago from United Kingdom

      wow what an interesting recipe Popeye would certainly love it and so do I!! the green frosting is like a cherry on the cake:))

      carrie

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      mathira 6 years ago

      Tingling taste bud, yes everyone are bound to have it when they try your recipe.Thanks.

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      Rose Clearfield 6 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

      Fascinating recipe! So unique. I honestly can't imagine what it would taste like but I'm intrigued. Thanks for sharing.

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      Mary Hyatt 6 years ago from Florida

      Well, as a cook, I have to admit this is a little different. I'm not fond of spinach, but it looks like a fun way to make cupcakes. Goodnight.

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      Judy Specht 6 years ago from California

      Yummy! Dessert that is good for you who would have thought.

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      anglnwu 6 years ago

      How clever--the spinach cupcakes look so yummy. Way to sneak fiber and iron into desserts. Love it and rated it up.

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      AllSuretyBonds 6 years ago

      I am going to try these out! Thanks for sharing!

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      Om Paramapoonya 6 years ago

      @RTalloni - Oh, you're lactose intolerant? I guess soy products would work just fine for this recipe. Many non-dairy substitutes taste almost just as good as the real stuff!

      @Peggy - Haha I would freak out so badly if I got to be on that show. Some of the ingredients they give the contestants are just too weird. I remember one time there were an eel and peaches in the same basket. And one of the chefs made an eel-flavored peach soup!!! I guess that's why it's so much fun to watch.

      @SanneL - Thanks a lot. Glad to hear that you'll give this vegetable dessert recipe a try.

      @plinka - Yep, that's exactly why I like to use yogurt in most of my cake recipes. Thanks a lot for dropping by.

      @jenubouka - Thank you. I get bored very easily so I have to keep coming up with new ideas and projects just to entertain myself. LOL

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      jenubouka 6 years ago

      You are so creative I love hearing people thinking on new innovative ways to cook. These are beautiful and very original. great jot Om. I will try these out.

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      plinka 6 years ago from Budapest, Hungary

      The cake looks great (despite the spinach :-)), it's very special. I love the ingredients, I think, vanilla yogurt

      gives a great texture to it. Voted up!

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      Wow, you sure knows how to make cupcakes with a healthy and unique twist to them!

      I'll try this recipe out soon. Voted up and Thanks!

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      Peggy Woods 6 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Hi Om,

      We also like watching the TV show Chopped and all of those contestants certainly have to think outside of the box...and quickly. Will we be seeing you on an upcoming episode? Looks like you enjoy creating new and different recipes! :))

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      RTalloni 6 years ago from the short journey

      Mmmm, Om! I would have to do a lot of substituting, but I think it would be worth it. I've been thinking out of the box on a bread that's not one of my favorites. You're encouraging me to try a new version, and I'll try to let you know if I get around to my cow milk substitutions on this yum recipe. The spinach twist is such a neat idea! Voted up. I expect to see this in the Hub of the Day category soon!

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