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German Chocolate Cupcakes

Servings: 12 Cupcakes
Prep Time: 15 mins
Cook Time: 32 mins
Total Time: 47 mins
German Chocolate Cupcakes: Moist chocolate cupcakes with chocolate frosting and a decadent pecan topping. If you like the cake you'll love this easy cupcake recipe.


For the Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 Cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 Cup (Plus 2 Tablespoons) Unsweetened Cocoa Powder
  • 3/4 Teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/2 Cup Sugar
  • 1/3 Cup Canola or Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2 Cup Buttermilk
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

For the Chocolate Buttercream

For the Coconut Pecan Topping

  • 1/2 Cup Evaporated Milk
  • 2 Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar, Packed
  • 1/4 Cup Butter
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Sweetened Shredded Coconut
  • 3/4 Cup Pecan Chips


For the Chocolate Cupcakes:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Line cupcake pan with paper liners, and set aside. 
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir in sugar and brown sugar. 
  • Add in oil, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla. Stir until just combined. Do not over mix. 
  • Fill cupcakes liners about 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until a tooth pick inserted in the center comes out clean.  Cool completely. 

For the Coconut Pecan Topping

  • In a medium saucepan, combine evaporated milk, egg yolks, brown sugar and butter. 
  • Heat oven medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened. It should take around 15 minutes and reach a temperature of 160 degrees F.  Strain. 
  • Fold in vanilla, shredded coconut and pecan chips. Cool completely.

For the Chocolate Buttercream

  • In a large bowl, beat butter until light and fluffy. Add in vanilla, and cocoa. 
  • Pour in powdered sugar a little at a time until well combined. Add whipping cream as needed to reach you desired consistency. 
  • Spread or pipe onto cooled cupcakes. 
  • Use a small ice cream scooper to scoop coconut/pecan mixture onto the top of the frosting.


Calories: 510kcal, Carbohydrates: 68g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 26g, Saturated Fat: 17g, Cholesterol: 106mg, Sodium: 368mg, Potassium: 247mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 55g, Vitamin A: 15%, Vitamin C: 0.2%, Calcium: 9.1%, Iron: 10.4%
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Best, Birthday, Easy, From Scratch, homemade
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