German Chocolate Cupcakes

When I was growing up, one of my favorite desserts was German Chocolate Cake. I don't know why I have never made it. Maybe it is the fact that the calories are too many in number! Maybe I was intimidated by the layers. Whatever the reason, I knew that I was making German Chocolate Cupcakes when I saw the recipe in this month's House Beautiful magazine.

They were very simple to make and since they were in smaller portions, I am certain that the calorie intake was smaller also! If I could only stop eating them!

Barefoot Contessa
German Chocolate Cupcakes
(makes 14 cupcakes)

12 tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
2/3 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
2 extra-large eggs at room temperature
2 tsp pure vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk at room temperature
1/2 cup sour cream at room temperature
2 tbsp freshly brewed coffee
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp kosher salt

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with paper liners.

2. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, cream the butter and both sugars on high speed until light and fluffy, approximately 5 minutes. Lower the speed to medium, add the eggs one at a time, then add the vanilla and mix well. In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream, and coffee.

In another bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. On low speed add
the buttermilk mixture and the flour mixture alternately in thirds, beginning with the buttermilk mixture and ending with the flour mixture. Mix only until blended. Fold the batter with a rubber spatula to be sure it's completely blended.

3. Divide the batter between the cupcake pans (I use one rounded 2 1/4 inch ice cream scoop per cupcake.) Bake on the middle rack of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from the pans, and allow to cool completely before frosting.

German Chocolate Frosting

(for 14 cupcakes)

12 tbsp (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
1 1/4 cups sugar
5 extra-large egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 tsp pure almond extract
1 tsp pure vanilla extract
1/2 tsp kosher salt
2 cups sweetened flaked coconut
1 cup sliced blanched almonds, toasted
1 cup chopped pecans

1. Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the milk, sugar, egg yolks, almond extract, vanilla extract, and salt with a wooden spoon. Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. Lower the heat to low and simmer for about 5 minutes until the mixture thickens a little and coats the back of the spoon. Don't allow it to boil!! If the mixture gets lumpy, turn off the heat and beat it vigorously with a whisk.

2. Off the heat, add the coconut, almonds, and pecans and allow to cool about 1 hour. Frost the cupcakes with a dinner knife or metal spatula.


Don't they look delicious?!

The neighbors benefited from this baking spree. I couldn't leave German Chocolate Cupcakes sitting around the house!

I am linking to the Star Recipe Collection!


  1. Thank you for linking this in our Star Recipes Collection! I love looking at stats, probably obsessed about them... lol.

    I'd like to get your permission to use one of your photos of this recipe in a post I'm going to do showcasing the Star Recipes Collection. I want to have 5-10 photos of recipes in the collection.

    I'm participating in a blog event Wednesday where if my blog gets selected (randomly) this post will get lots of traffic. The blog will link back to the collection where your recipe/site is linked. If you don't mind me using the photo (I will state permission was granted in the post), I'd ask you if you would place our Star Recipes Collection button in your sidebar. Thank you for adding it to your post.

    Please let me know if I can use your picture (theluckywife at thesaturdayeveningpot dot com)! (I did not see another way to contact you about this...)

    Thanks again!

  2. My husband and I made these today. WONDERFUL! A pleasant surprise - I think the recipe makes 24 not 14 as it says :) Good thing: they were a HIT. Thanks!

    1. I am so happy that you enjoyed them! Thanks for the feedbback!


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