German Chocolate Cupcakes

A close up of a german chocolate cupcake in a gold wrapper

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Sweet and fluffy chocolate cupcakes are topped with a classic coconut and pecan frosting that is the hallmark of German chocolate desserts.


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German Chocolate Cake

  • 4 oz German chocolate (Chopped)
  • 1/2 cup Hot water
  • 1 cup Butter (Softened)
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • 4 Large Eggs -Seperated (Plus+ 3 egg whites from frosting recipe)
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups Bob's Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten free flour
  • 1 tsp Baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 cup Buttermilk

German Chocolate Cake Frosting

  • 2 cups Evaporated Milk
  • 2 cups Brown Sugar
  • 6 Egg yolks (Use 3 whites in the cake recipe)
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 2 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 2 cups Pecans
  • 2 2/3 cups Flaked coconut -unsweetened


  1. Preheat over to 350F
  2.  In a small bowl combine the chopped chocolate and hot water, allow the chocolate to melt and whisk together.
  3. In a stand mixer, cream the sugar and butter together. Then slowly add egg yolks one at a time. When that's done slowly add the melted chocolate mixture.
  4. In a separate bowl combine the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Alternating between the buttermilk and the flour mixture, slowly add them to the chocolate mixture until everything is combined.
  6.  In a separate clean bowl, whip the eggs whites till stiff peaks form.
  7. Carefully fold the egg whites into the chocolate batter.
  8.  Fill lined cupcake tins almost to the top of the liner.
  9. Bake till a toothpick comes our clean- 20-25 minutes. Allow to cool before frosting.

Cupcake Frosting

  1. Place everything but the pecans and coconut in sauce pot and cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture has thickened and coats the back of a spoon without runny (it will firm up more when cooled).
  2. Remove from the heat and stir in the pecans and coconut flakes. Let the frosting cool to room temp before frosting cupcakes.


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