German Chocolate Cupcakes

During these past two weeks I have done a lot of traveling and visiting family, and while I was away from home I celebrated yet another birthday. I first made these cupcakes while at my sister's house in Texas for my birthday, then again after I returned home. This recipe is just a combination of cake mix with some additions and a traditional Coconut Pecan frosting along with a touch of Chocolate Buttercream frosting.

German Chocolate Cupcakes

3 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (15.25 ounce) box German chocolate cake mix
3/4 cup buttermilk
1 cup sour cream

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Prepare pans by lining with 24 cupcake papers. In a large mixing bowl, combine eggs, vegetable oil, and vanilla. Beat together with an electric mixer until blended. Sift the cake mix into the mixture. Add buttermilk and sour cream; beat at medium speed for two minutes. Spoon batter into cupcake pans. Bake for 18 - 22 minutes or until cake tests done.

Chocolate Buttercream Frosting (Double this recipe if you want to make enough to frost a batch of cupcakes)
4 ounces cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup butter, softened
1/3 cup cocoa powder
3 cups powdered sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 tablespoon milk or cream

In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese and butter together with an electric mixer until light and fluffy, about 4 minutes. Add cocoa, powdered sugar, and vanilla, beat until smooth. Beat in the milk or cream. Use a 1M decorator tip to pipe frosting around the edge of each cupcake.

Coconut Pecan Frosting 
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups chopped pecans
1 1/2 cups coconut

In a large saucepan, combine milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter, and vanilla. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, for about 12 minutes until mixture is thickened. Remove from heat; add pecans and coconut. Cool to room temperature. Use a spoon to drop dollops of frosting in the center of each cupcake.

Buttermilk and sour cream "dress up" this cake mix to make these cupcakes extra special.

A cake mix will give better results if it is sifted prior to mixing. 

The Coconut Pecan frosting is the traditional frosting for German chocolate cakes, this is just a smaller batch recipe.

To frost these cupcakes I used a large 1M tip and piped a chocolate buttercream shell border around each cupcake. To finish it off I dropped a spoonful of the cooled Coconut Pecan frosting in the middle. These cupcakes were so good, it was almost worth getting another year older.

I have also used this Chocolate Buttercream frosting all by itself on cupcakes, and it is wonderful. Just remember to double the recipe if you want to use it to frost the whole cupcake and not just for piping.


  1. These look so yummy. Anything with coconut is a winner in my books :)

  2. Happy B-Day! I love the way you iced the cupcakes! They look very festive and I'm saving the icing recipes-thanks:@)

  3. I specially like the Pecan frosting on top .. they look so yummy !!

  4. These are to die for! LOVE. Happy Birthday!

  5. Those look delish Anita! My family loves German Chocolate cake, so we'd enjoy these cupcakes. I love dressing up cake mix too. Happy Belated Birthday to you!

  6. They look beautiful! Happy birthday! I hope it was a great one for you. I'd eat a cupcake for you but I don't have one and now I'm craving these!!!

  7. Your cupcakes look so tasty! Sounds like you had a fun and yummy birthday.

  8. Happy belated Birthday! These cupcakes look gorgeous and sound wonderful. I wish I had known you were in Texas. It's been a mess around here for awhile due to water leak, etc. Good excuse to get out for a bit. :-)

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

  9. All I can say is Outstanding. Boy do these look professional! I can just taste that luscious German Chocolate cupcake right now. Happy Birthday.

  10. Happy Birthday, Anita!! What a wonderful birthday treat you shared with us! They sound fabulous. xoxo

  11. Ooooh, that gorgeous coconut pecan frosting looks insanely delicious. I might just eat the whole bowl without even getting it to hit the cupcakes, lol. Thanks for sharing at our party.

  12. These look delicious and are so pretty. Love how I could just print the recipe right from your post. I'm your newest follower.

  13. Oh my heart! I do love that yummy coconut pecan frosting!

  14. OMG !! These cupcakes are mouth-watering
    They look sooooooooooo delicious!
    I love the topping

  15. they look really yummy. and I love the sound of the coconut pecan frosting :)

  16. Delicious looking cupcakes, and very unique and interesting frosting - love it!