Pebble Beach Centennial Celebration


Better than birthday cake! Let’s celebrate the 100th (centennial) birthday of Pebble Beach (and the return of the U.S. Open) with deliciously joyful zucchini muffins. Inspired by the iconic ‘Tap Room’ (at the Lodge in Pebble Beach) mini muffins. My mother (Nonna Cathy)  LOVED hanging out at the Tap Room. As a matter of fact, the servers knew she adored the bite-sized zucchini muffins. Upon seeing her enter the Tap Room, they always had warm muffins immediately served to her table.

US Open Pebble Beach Centennial

This recipe is SUPER EASY. It’s our own ‘Huckleberry Hill’ variation based using a vanilla cake mix. Of course, cooking from scratch is terrific. However, with a hectic life, it’s not always an option. This recipe uses either a yellow, vanilla or ‘plain’ box cake mix. I’ve used pudding variations, those also work well. The recipe is forgiving, use nuts, grated carrots, cranberries or mix it up based on what you have in your pantry. I’ve even used chopped apricots, figs and dates! All work well and add texture to the muffin. 



(Inspired by the Tap Room)

Happy 100th Birthday PEBBLE BEACH


Preheat Oven to 350 degrees

Grease muffin tins, either regular size or mini (baby muffin)


I box yellow, white, pudding in the mix cake mix (any of these varieties work)

3 large eggs

1 cup shredded zucchini or ½ cup zucchini and ½ cup shredded carrots

1 heaping TBS melted butter or vegetable oil

1 tsp. good quality vanilla extract

½ cups of nuts of choice, chopped fine (I use walnuts or pecans)

½ cups dried fruits of choice, (I like golden raisins, cranberries, chopped dates/figs/ apricots)


Combine with a large spoon, do not over mix as this will make muffins tough.


Fill muffin tins about ¾ full.

Regular muffin tins take about 18-25 minutes

Mini (baby) muffin tins take about 8-12 minutes (watch carefully as mini muffins burn easily)

Place candle on muffin, make a wish and celebrate 100 years of Pebble Beach!



Do you have a favorite variation of an easy muffin or cake using a cake mix as a base? I would love to hear from you and share your recipe. Contact me anytime via huckleberryhilladventure@gmail.com or message via Facebook at Maxine Carlson Author. Follow along with my author events at Huckleberry Hill Events. Huckleberry Hugs, Maxine (A.K.A. “Molly”)