German Chocolate Cupcakes

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German Chocolate Cupcakes

Despite its name, German chocolate cake does not come from Germany.  It was invented in the US back in the mid-1800’s by Sam German who developed a type of dark baking chocolate used in the cake.  It is typically served as a three-layer cake but they make adorable little cupcakes.

I used my basic chocolate cake recipe with generous amounts of the coconut pecan frosting.  Many of my cookbooks had similar recipes for the German chocolate cake filling but I settled on this egg-less version of the coconut pecan frosting from one of my cupcake cookbooks: Cupcakes: Luscious bakeshop favorites from your home kitchen.  The rich, gooey, caramel-like filling is the star of the dessert and could be eaten by the spoonful.

German Chocolate Cupcakes
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 24
The rich, gooey, caramel-like coconut pecan frosting is the star of these German chocolate cupcakes.
Chocolate Cupcakes
  • 2 squares unsweetened chocolate
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • ½ cup shortening
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
Coconut Pecan Frosting
  • ¾ cup evaporated milk
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup butter, cut into 8 pieces
  • 1⅓ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Pour the boiling water over the chocolate and stir until the chocolate melts.
  2. Cream the shortening and the sugar.
  3. Stir in the eggs and then add the melted chocolate/water mixture.
  4. Add the flour and baking soda alternately with the buttermilk and vanilla, mixing the ingredients together until a smooth batter forms.
  5. Pour the batter into lined cupcake pans and bake the cupcakes for 15-20 minutes or until done.
Coconut Pecan Frosting
  1. Combine the evaporated milk, brown sugar and butter chunks in a medium pan over medium heat.
  2. Bring the mixture to a simmer, stirring it occasionally.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the coconut and pecans.
  4. Let the frosting cool and then use it to fill and ice the German chocolate cupcakes {or cake}.
German Chocolate Cupcakes
  1. Working with one cupcake at a time, remove the liner from the cupcake and slice the cupcake in half.
  2. Spread coconut pecan frosting on the bottom half of the cupcake and then place the top half on top of the frosting.
  3. Frost the top of the cupcake with coconut pecan frosting.

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