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German Chocolate Cupcakes

German Chocolate Cupcakes
German Chocolate Cupcakes

The other day I came to the website to nab my recipe for German Chocolate cupcakes and would you believe that it wasn’t here!  I was shocked.  I thought for sure I had posted it and lo and behold I never did.  {Gasp!}

Things like that happen.  I have a stock pile of photos ready for posts but no time to type up the posts.

With two small kids around and a busy life as a foodie, time is rare, so I do what I can, when I can.  Somehow this recipe never quite made it on here. 

But alas, I am here to solve that and get it up here so I can find it in the future (without having to gather my notes up) as well as for your sake!  I mean, you are here, and that must mean you too want to try one of these amazing German Chocolate cupcakes!

If you don’t already know the story from one of our other cupcake recipes, I’ll tell it to you the short version here.

Over the summer, my daughter did a weekly cupcake and lemonade stand.  Each week we featured a new cupcake flavor and every week it was a surprise as to what flavor it would be. 

One week we featured German Chocolate Cupcakes.  YUM!  At the ripe age of 4 she was quite successful in her lemonade and cupcake stand and gained a bit of a following as well as making around $700 for the summer.  All of which went into a college fund.

Oh man, were these German Chocolate Cupcakes good. Not only did we add German Chocolate frosting on top, but we also added some extra to the center of each cupcake.  I mean, the frosting IS what makes the cupcake.  So who doesn’t want a little extra surprise when they bite into it?!

Homemade German German Chocolate frosting is to die for.  Coconut, pecans, and a gooey sauce all combined together make the most amazing flavor combination.

I tried a few frosting recipes before finally deciding this one was my favorite. It is now our go-to recipe and oh so nummy!

Is there really anything better than moist chocolate cupcakes with German Chocolate frosting?! I say no.

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German Chocolate Cupcakes
German Chocolate Cupcakes
German Chocolate Cupcakes
German Chocolate Cupcakes
German Chocolate Cupcakes


German Chocolate Cupcakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 45 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 12 cupcakes


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  • 1/2 cup butter, at room temperature {I use salted}
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 3/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 pinch of salt
  • 1 ounce German chocolate, finely chopped
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  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup butter (I use salted)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cups sweetened flake coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


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  3. Preheat oven to 350*F
  4. Line cupcake pans with cupcake liners
  5. Using a stand mixer, beat the butter and sugar until fluffy, scraping down sides as needed.
  6. Add eggs, mixing one at a time until well blended.
  7. Add vanilla, mixing well, scraping sides of bowl down as needed.
  8. While mixer is on, slowly add buttermilk.
  9. Add salt, baking powder, baking soda and cocoa powder. Mix until well incorporated.
  10. Add flour & chopped chocolate, mix until batter is smooth.
  11. Fill each liner 2/3 full with cake mix.
  12. Bake for 18 - 22 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center of cupcake comes out clean.
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  16. In a large sauce pan add evaporated milk, brown sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla.
  17. Grab a stool and sit yourself down next to your pot. Bring mixture to a boil and stir constantly until mixture thickens. This should be pretty noticeable and take about 10 minutes or so. (Hence the stool).
  18. Remove pan from heat and add in coconut and pecans. Stir well and set aside, stirring occasionally to help cool mixture down faster.
  19. Once frosting is cooled to room temperature, frost cupcakes. I like to hull out the center of my cupcakes and add a teaspoon inside, but not required.
  20. Top with melted German chocolate drizzle if desired.


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