German Chocolate Cupcakes

German chocolate cake, while flavored with coconut, is usually made with all-purpose wheat flour. In this gluten-free twist, coconut flour and 10 eggs are combined to create dense, delicious cupcakes.

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  • Servings: Makes 12

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  • 2/3 cup butter
  • 1 cup Dutch-process cocoa powder
  • 10 eggs, 8 separated and 2 left whole
  • 1/4 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup sifted coconut flour
coconut pecan frosting
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup coconut flakes
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
chocolate buttercream frosting
  • 8 ounces unsweetened chocolate, chopped
  • 6 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt

How to make this recipe

  1. Make the Cupcakes

    Melt the butter in a saucepan over moderate heat. Whisk in the cocoa powder. Remove from the heat and let cool. Beat the 8 egg whites and cream of tartar together until stiff peaks form. Set aside.

  2. Make the Cupcakes

    In a separate bowl, mix together 2 whole eggs, 8 egg yolks, coconut milk, sugar, salt and vanilla. Stir in the cocoa-butter mixture. Whisk the coconut flour into the batter until there are no lumps. Fold the egg whites into the batter.

  3. Make the Cupcakes

    Divide the batter equally between lined muffin cups and bake for 20 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Transfer baking tin to a wire rack and let the cupcakes cool for 10 minutes. Carefully remove the cupcakes from the tin and place on the wire rack to cool completely.

  4. Meanwhile, Make the Frostings

    <strong>Coconut-Pecan Frosting:</strong> In a medium saucepan, whisk together the coconut milk, cornstarch, sugar, egg yolks and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until the mixture thickens. Remove from the heat and add the vanilla, coconut and pecans. Let cool before frosting the cupcakes.

  5. Meanwhile, Make the Frostings

    <strong>Chocolate Buttercream Frosting</strong>: Put the chocolate in the top pan of a double boiler set over simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.

  6. Meanwhile, Make the Frostings

    In a large mixing bowl or stand mixer, beat together the sugar, butter, milk, vanilla and salt until light and fluffy, about 2 minutes. Add the chocolate and beat for one more minute.

  7. Meanwhile, Make the Frostings

    Place one tablespoon of the coconut pecan frosting on the top of each cupcake. Pipe the chocolate buttercream frosting up and around the coconut pecan frosting. Serve or store in an airtight container for up to two days.

Contributed By Photo © Emily Farris Published April 2014

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Aggregate Rating value: 3

Review Count: 4

Worst Rating: 0

Best Rating: 5

Author Name: Sandy Avriette

Review Body: you can't review this cause you can't make it.  there is instruction on what temperature to bake it at. 

Date Published: 2016-07-22

Author Name: Adeline1

Review Body: If your a moron then you can't make it. Any person with basic baking skills would set the oven temp to 350 degrees c and WATCH the cupcakes until they are perfectly cooked. The toothpick trick works WONDERS. Can't wait to try this recipe tonight :)

Date Published: 2017-01-16

Author Name: Emelia Zuckerman

Review Body: No temperature is specified. WTF?

Review Rating: 1

Date Published: 2016-08-27

Author Name: Stardust

Review Body: Wow! This recipe is truly the best chocolate cupcakes ever made! I love it. Thank you for sharing.

Review Rating: 4

Date Published: 2016-07-27

Author Name: crafter102

Review Body: Oh I remember this from my younger years when my nana made this for me. It was really delicious. I'm going to try your recipe of this tomorrow! 

Review Rating: 3

Date Published: 2016-07-29

Author Name: Ciara753

Review Body: OMG!! I love cupcakes and your recipe is beyond amazing!! Thank you. :)

Review Rating: 5

Date Published: 2016-07-22