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Mouth-Watering Cupcake Squash Recipe

I love being a blogger on social media because I get to try some of the coolest products and plants. This past spring, Burpee’s product selection team sent me a sample of their new Cupcake Summer Squash. This is an innovative hybrid of a zucchini and a squash. It has been a fun experience seeing it grow through the late spring and summer. The plant had been growing early on in a container in the dome and by mid-June. I moved it to the raised bed in the dome growing directly in the soil where it would get a consistent watering. The beautiful plant has loads of flowers and I’m anxiously waiting to cook up Cupcake’s sweet flavor and soft skin makes for easy and tasty preparation.

Images Of Cupcake Squash Plant

My plant is taking its time to produce I think mainly because I’ve had the plant growing in 2 different locations over the past 2 months and I’m also new to growing in the dome during the summer months. My friend Katie sent me some photos of her plant a one of the harvests that are featured below.


Cupcake Squash Recipe

With it’s large, trailing plant yields dozens of round, green squash this is a recipe that can be served at the next dinner party. The veggie is a sweet flavor with zucchini’s soft skin.

Mouth Watering Cupcake Squash Recipe

recipe of the squash cupcake

Stuff Cupcake squash with sweet, savory flavor. Cupcake is a hybrid squash shaped like a cupcake, with the soft edible skin of a zucchini and the delicate, sweet flavor of a patty-pan squash. Here’s a creamy, flavorful and healthy stuffing recipe to enjoy your garden’s harvest!

Yield: 6 servings

Prep Time: 5 mins | Cook Time: 15 mins


  • 3 Cupcake squash, about 4 inches in diameter
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • 3 tablespoons fresh bread crumbs
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Slice off the top third portion of each squash.
  3. Scoop out the seeds. Steam lower portions cut side down and tops cut side up for about 5 mins. The Electric Power Pressure Cookers and even a large Rice Steamer works great for this step!
  4. Remove tops and continue steaming squash bowls for another 2 to 3 minutes. Do not overcook.
  5. Mix remaining ingredients. Add flesh of three tops and reserve 1 tablespoon of breadbrumbs.
  6. Fill squash bowls with mixture and sprinkle with reserved breadcrumbs.
  7. Bake at 400°F for 20 minutes. I use my Electric Air Fryer Oven for this step because it only takes about 10 minutes on 375*F 
  8. Optional: add chopped boiled ham or sautéed, seasoned ground beef to the mixture. Season to taste.


Recipe and photo credit: Burpee Home Garden 


Burpee Cupcake Summer Squash

This is most likely the easiest vegetable to grow in almost any home garden.  With this variety, you get a few squashes ready to use at one time. The plant is a somewhat medium size container grower. 

Growers Note:

You can find this seed on Burpee Home Garden Seed at BallSeed.com


Let’s Connect

I’m excited to share that Burpee’s Cupcake Squash will be available in stores after 2017 which is great news because I can’t wait to grow this variety again! Are you a fan of squash?  Do you grow your own?  I would love to hear from you so please comment in the space below so we can connect.

Happy Gardening,


19 Responses

  1. I bought a couple of plants from my neighborhood Lowes and they are looking amazing. I have several squash and I can’t wait to stuff them with seafood. The plants and the flowers they produce are beautiful to look at as well.

    Thank you

    1. Super yummy recipe… I can’t wait to try this with other varieties as well. I will keep you posted. Thank you for stopping by my site.

    2. I grew Cupcake squashes for the first time this year. I have used this recipe all summer! It is the best recipe ever!!! Thanks for it.

      1. Thanks! I’m about to jump on this. I’ve got three squash just waiting….?

  2. I’m wondering if I mix in some crab meat what it’d taste like? I’m going to try it and I’ll let you know how it tastes.

  3. These are amazing squash! The prolifically produce and root themselves wherever they touch the ground. Thus if part of the plant gets attacked by squash “vermin” the rest of the plant will carry on! These little squash are great for grilling. Just brush with a little olive oil and sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper.. Yummy! I use them for squash casseroles too…superb! My yellow squash and zucchini gave up a while back, but these little angels are still producing!

  4. I just hit the rating button thinking I could leave a comment-I haven’t cooked it yet and hit 2 by mistake. Can you remove my rating? I will rerate after I cook it tonight. My neighbor is growing cupcake squash and shared the recipe.

  5. How do I know when it is ripe for the picking?

    1. Like most other squash if you hold the veggie and give it a gentle tug is should start to break away from the plant if it is ripe.

  6. How do you steam the squash bowls?

    Also, what kind of bread crumbs do you use? Can you use Panko Bread Crumbs or actual bread torn in pieces?


    1. Thank you for stopping by my website Judy. Personally I like to use the Panko Bread Crumbs because they are easy to always have on hand. You can steam vegetables like the squash bowls in a steamer ( pot inside a pot on stove top. I have also used the rice steam function on my instant pot to do vegetables like the bowls. Mine can be found on Amazon at: Instant Pot Steamer.

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