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German chocolate cupcakes

Updated on November 16, 2011
Final Product
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While I have always loved German Chocolate cake, I was especially excited to try making German Chocolate cupcakes. I was afraid that the classic feel of a German Chocolate cake might be lost in a cupcake form but I was thrilled to find out that it not only tasted as good as the classic cake, it was just as appealing to the eye.

This recipe has three parts to it; the chocolate cake, the chocolate glaze and the German Chocolate frosting. All three parts of this cake are delicious on their own and can be combined with almost anything to create a new dessert. Please click on the links for the glaze and the frosting to find step-by-step instructions of how to prepare them.

Ingredients for the chocolate cake:

2 cups all-purpose flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1/2 teaspoon sea salt

2 sticks of butter, room temperature

1 1/4 cup of light brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

4 eggs

1 1/2 cups buttermilk

1/3 semisweet chocolate

2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


In a medium bowl, sift flour, cocoa, baking soda and salt and set aside. In a mixer, cream the butter and sugars. Slowly add one egg at a time and mix until it is well blended. Warm the semisweet chocolate over the stove or in the microwave and allow it to cool slightly. Add the melted chocolate and vanilla to the liquid mixture and continue to mix until well blended. On low speed, add the buttermilk and dry ingredients to the liquid mixture, alternating between the two, until completely mixed in.

Mixing all ingredients
Mixing all ingredients | Source

You should end up with a fluffy, light cake batter that is ready to be portioned into lined cupcake baking pans.

I was able to make almost 30 cupcakes with this recipe. Bake cupcakes at 350 degrees for approximately 25 minutes. Be sure to not over bake them as you want them to be moist. Insert a toothpick into the center of a cupcake and if it comes out clean, they are ready to be taken out. Allow cupcakes to completely cool on a baking rack.

Ready to bake
Ready to bake | Source

While your cupcakes are cooling, this is a good time to make your chocolate glaze and your German Chocolate frosting.

Once your cupcakes are cool and your chocolate glaze has cooled slightly, carefully dip each cupcake into the glaze. Allow the cupcakes to stand at room temperature for the glaze to set.

Iced and ready for frosting
Iced and ready for frosting | Source

Once the chocolate glaze has set, take a heaped spoonful of the German Chocolate frosting and place it on top of each cupcake, forming it how you like.

Arrange the cupcakes on a serving dish and they are ready to eat!

Finishing icing the cupcakes
Finishing icing the cupcakes | Source


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    • Simone Smith profile image

      Simone Haruko Smith 6 years ago from San Francisco

      Oh my, these look so delicious! Though you had me at "chocolate," hehee!

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      Dave Mathews 6 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      peti: I, am a "choco-holic" I am addicted to chocolate especially rich dark chocolate, not that sweet milk chocolate that is more sugar than chocolate. This recipe sounds yummie and to make it even more yummier, I think I will sprinkle it with Cocoa powder.

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      they look so delicious.. mouth watering.. i wish i can make them as great though. Book marked this page.. would surely try to make it some day

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      peti 6 years ago

      SanneL, thanks for stopping by! Let me know how you like it:)

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      medor 6 years ago from Michigan, USA

      what a great idea... i love geman chocolate cake... but it is so messy to serve... this is perfect.... thanks for the idea... nice photos too... Thanks...

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      peti 6 years ago

      Lucybell21, your residents will love you!!

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      SanneL 6 years ago from Sweden

      Oh my, oh my. . . these cupcakes sure sounds yummy!

      I have to try out the German chocolate frosting. Bookmarked. Thanks for sharing!:)

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      inaniLoquence 6 years ago from Singapore

      This is to die for, man! :D

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      Bonny OBrien 6 years ago from Troy, N.Y.

      Oh my goodness these cupcakes look so yummy! Think I will bake them this weekend for my residents.