German Chocolate Cupcakes

READY IN: 55mins
Recipe by triciaputvin

Another great recipe from House Beautiful. The Buttermilk, sour cream and freshly brewed coffee in the batter will ensure that the cupcakes are really moist.

Top Review by grantg

Should be retitled without "German" in the name... these cupcakes are A GOOD CHOCOLATE CUPCAKE variation... but in no way does this recipe replicate the taste of German's Sweet Chocolate Cake! The subtle delicate taste of German's Sweet Chocolate would be overpowered by the coffee and the molasses in the brown sugar IF there happened to be any German's Sweet Chocolate in the recipe, But there isn't any German's Sweet Chocolate in the recipe! The "substitute" individual ingredients have not unlocked & cloned the taste of real GC.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line cupcake pans with 14 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. Divided the batter between the cupcake pans (I use one rounded 2-1/4 inch ice cream scoop per cupcake). Bake in the middle rack of the oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick come out clean. Cool for 10 minutes, remove from the pans, and allow to cool completely before frosting.
  4. GERMAN CHOCOLATE FROSTING: 12 tablespoons unsalted butter; 1 (12-ounces) can evaporated milk; 1-1/4 cups sugar; 5 extra large egg yolks(lightly beaten); 1 teaspoon pure almond extract; 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract; 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt; 2 cups sweetened flaked coconut; 1 cup sliced banched almonds, toasted; & 1 cup chopped pecans.
  5. FROSTING DIRECTIONS: 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. 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.

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