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German Chocolate Cupcakes – chocolate cake, topped with layer of sweet coconut pecan frosting and chocolate buttercream.

German Chocolate Cupcakes

I really enjoy the combination of flavors in German Chocolate Cake, so when I had to bake cupcakes for an event last Saturday, I knew I was making  German Chocolate Cupcakes.

German Chocolate is a chocolate layered cake, filled and topped with coconut-pecan frosting, very popular in the US. This cake always reminds me of the winter Holidays.

As I did not have time to make a whole cake, I thought , why not make some cupcakes. And yes, they turned out amazing! Fluffy chocolate cake, creamy coconut-pecan frosting and rich homemade chocolate buttercream. I was glad, when I had some coconut -pecan frosting left, so I just ate it by the spoonful …

The only thing I’m not so proud of is that I used box cake mix, but these were delicious and I saved some time, which I didn’t have to begin with. I had that Betty Crocker German Chocolate Cake mix in my pantry for a few months. Good thing is that I remembered I had it, so I was able to used it. But here is the positive side of the story, the cupcakes turned extra fluffy (because of the use of cake mix) and paired well with the toppings, which are a little on the dense side. Feel free to use your favorite chocolate cupcake recipe, if you are not keen in the idea of box cake mix.

Next time I’m planning to try these, using my eggless chocolate cupcakes recipe and will report what happens.

These are perfect for any event, birthday or even Christmas and NYE party! I hope you like these.


German Chocolate Cupcakes




German Chocolate Cupcakes


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5 from 3 votes

German Chocolate Cupcakes

By Lyubomira L
German Chocolate Cupcakes -rich and delicious, perfect for chocolate and coconut lovers.
Prep: 30 minutes
Cook: 30 minutes
Total: 1 hour
Servings: 24


German Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix, (or Devil's food cake mix) and all other ingredients necessary to add to cake mix

German Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 egg yolks lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 1/2 cup flaked coconut

Chocolate Buttercream:

  • 4 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup butter, (1 - 112 gr stick)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp milk or cream if needed


German Chocolate Cupcakes.

  • Preheat oven to 350 F (177 C) . Line cupcake tin with cupcake liners.
  • Prepare cake mixture according to directions on the box. Using an ice-cream scoop, fill cupcake liners about 3/4 full.
  • Bake according to directions. (18-22 mins, or until toothpick inserted comes out clean).

German Chocolate Frosting:

  • In a sauce pan over medium heat combine evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks and butter and constantly stir until thickened. (Basically until starts to boil, it will take around 15 minutes).
  • Add in vanilla extract, pecans and coconut. Let mixture cool,

Chocolate Buttercream:

  • Beat cream cheese and butter on medium speed for 5 minutes. Add cocoa, powdered sugar and vanilla. Beat for 3-4 more minutes. If frosting appears thick, add milk or heavy cream. If it is too thin, add more powdered sugar.
  • Pipe chocolate buttercream around the edge of cooled cupcakes. Scoop a small amount of German Chocolate frosting in the middle.
  • Enjoy!


Calories: 361kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 3g, Fat: 22g, Saturated Fat: 10g, Cholesterol: 53mg, Sodium: 246mg, Potassium: 184mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 31g, Vitamin A: 360IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 73mg, Iron: 1.5mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Dessert
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  1. Triple chocolate, I love it and I love German chocolate cake. We all need to cut corners now and again.

  2. These sounds and look awesome. I love the photos and that frosting looks perfect. If I make these, my daughters will be thrilled. I am rarely doing cupcakes,don’t know why, but will have to do some pretty soon.

  3. Beautiful cupcakes Mira!! love the frosting and sometimes we do need to use the box mix..saves time for sure! Lovely pictures 🙂

  4. Wow! These look incredible! That frosting looks so luxurious and decadent! It’s everything a great cupcake should be!

  5. In a pinch, boxed cake works! I’m sure these sweet, delicious cuppies were well received anyway! These are beautiful and I am sure tasty as ever!

  6. Oh god these cupcakes look beyond delicious… especially with all that chocolate frosting ontop!

  7. Omg Mira these cupcakes are so damn amazing!! The german chocolate frosting is insanely delicious! ! Beautiful pictures.. 🙂

  8. Those cupcakes are so beautiful! Love the frosting plus butter cream! I will definitely try the boxed cake flour next time, sounds so easy and the result looks great! 🙂