German Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe (Instructional Video Included)

A mouth-watering German Chocolate Cupcake recipe that looks almost as good as it tastes. This recipe produces a rich chocolate cupcake topped with a creamy icing loaded with chopped pecans and sweetened coconut.

German chocolate cupcake recipe

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This little cupcake packs all the flavors of the classic German chocolate cake but in individual servings – the perfect grab-and-go dessert. The icing is simple to make and takes just a few minutes on the stovetop and about an hour to cool down. For an extra chocolate punch add a few swirls of my fudge icing to the cupcake.

For a step-by-step tutorial on how to make the icing, check out my short video:


Does German chocolate cake need to be refrigerated?

No, these cupcakes do not need to be refrigerated. The icing is cooked and it will be fine at room temperature for up to three days. The icing will soften so place the finished cupcakes in the fridge if you want a firmer frosting.

German chocolate cupcake recipe

German Chocolate Cupcakes

A rich chocolate cupcake topped with German chocolate frosting – a caramel sauce loaded with toasted pecans and coconut.
5 from 24 votes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 18


  • Hand Mixer or
  • 1 Food Scale
  • 1 Liquid Measure Cups
  • Cupcake Pan and Liners


German Chocolate Frosting

  • 5 Ounces Unsalted Butter (1 ¼ Stick)
  • 14 Ounces Sweetened Condensed Milk (1 can)
  • 3 ¾ Ounces Light Brown Sugar (½ Cup)
  • 3 Large Egg Yolks
  • 5 Ounces Toasted Pecans, chopped finely (approximately 1 Cup)
  • 5 Ounces Sweetened Shredded Coconut (approximately 1 ½ Cups)

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • 75 Grams Cocoa Powder (3/4 cup) Use a combination of dark cocoa powder and regular cocoa powder for a richer chocolate taste and appearance.
  • 265 Grams All Purpose Flour (2 cups)
  • 400 Grams Granulated Sugar (2 cups)
  • 2 TBSP Corn Starch
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Soda
  • 3/4 Cup Vegetable or Canola Oil (6 fluid ounces)
  • 4 Large Eggs Room temperature
  • 1 1/4 Cup Brewed Coffee (10 fluid ounces), cooled May substitute water


German Chocolate Frosting

  • In a large saucepan combine butter, sweetened condensed milk and brown sugar.
  • Heat over medium heat until butter is melted and brown sugar is dissolved. Stir often.
  • Lower heat to medium-low and add the egg yolks to the saucepan, stirring until the eggs are fully incorporated.
  • Continue heating the mixture on medium-low heat, stirring frequently, until thickened (approximately 8 minutes).
  • Remove from heat and transfer mixture to a large, heatproof bowl.
  • Add coconut and toasted pecans and stir well.
  • Allow icing to cool completely before using (approximately 45 minutes).

Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Preheat oven to 350°
  • Line cupcake pan(s) with paper cupcake liners (18 total cupcakes)
  • Combine flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder and baking soda in the bowl of a stand mixer. If mixing by hand or with a hand mixer, combine ingredients in a large mixing bowl.
  • Add oil and eggs and mix until combined.
  • Slowly pour brewed coffee into bowl while continuing to mix, scraping the bowl occasionally. The batter should be smooth.
  • Pour the batter into the cupcake liners filling approximately ⅔ full.
  • Bake for 18 – 22 minutes or until cupcakes are fully risen and a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean.
  • Place cupcakes on a rack and allow to cool completely before icing. Spread frosting on top of each cupcake and enjoy!
Keyword chocolate cupcakes, easy cupcakes, german chocolate cupcakes
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  1. Julie


    5 stars
    My mouth is watering! I love German chocolate cake and cupcakes are the perfect serving side!

  2. Beth


    5 stars
    Well, now I’m starving! They have everything I love in German Chocolate Cake, just smaller. Yummo!

  3. Leanne Wong


    5 stars
    German chocolate is my favorite cake flavor of all time. I can’t wait to make these. They look delicious!

  4. Alita Pacio


    5 stars
    This is perfect for the holidays! I’m so looking forward to making this and sharing it with my family.

  5. Nayna Kanabar


    5 stars
    These cupcakes look so beautiful. and simply delectable. They would be eaten in a jiffy.

  6. Fransic verso


    5 stars
    This look yummy and never tried the german cupcake like this. I will definitely save it on the list to try it. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  7. Healthy Aging


    5 stars
    I’ve had German chocolate cake once or twice before. It’s definitely a treat when I can have it.

  8. Clarice


    5 stars
    OMG! This looks absolutely delicious and would love to try this. Thank you for sharing the recipe.

  9. Archana Singh


    This recipe looks great. I am not much into baking but this looks so tempting to try.

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