Martha Stewart's German Chocolate Cupcakes with Coconut-Pecan Frosting (#9)

The is the ninth cupcake in my self-challenge to make all of the cupcakes from Martha Stewart's 175 Cupcakes book. German Chocolate Cupcakes with Coconut-Peacan Frosting!
Did you know that contrary to popular belief, this cake did not originate in Germany...the name actually comes from Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate, which was created in 1852 by Englishman Samuel German for the Baker's Chocolate brand. The original recipe for "German's Chocolate Cake" was sent by a Texas homemaker to a local newspaper in 1957. The cake became quite popular and General Foods, who owned the brand at the time, distributed the recipe to newspapers in the country. Sales of Baker's Chocolate were said to have increased by as much as 73%!

Thought I'd show you what Layla thought of thest cupcakes! You all know that Layla never gets to eat any of the cupcakes she and I make together...however, she always gets a special doggy treat that she likes very much!

Whoa...she got really close to this one...but still the tongue did not come out~!

What I liked about these cupcakes is that they were so light and moist.

And, the frosting is to die's very rich but tastes great with the cupcakes. You will definitely enjoy this project!

Rock on, CQ and Layla

Martha Stewart says: "Semisweet chocolate gives these cupcakes a well-rounded flavor, perfectly complemented by the traditional sticky-sweet coconut-pecan filling and frosting."


Makes 24
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, plus more for tins
  • 2 cups cake flour (not self-rising), sifted, plus more for tins
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups sugar
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 5 ounces semisweet chocolate, melted and cooled

  • Coconut-Pecan Frosting


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Brush standard muffin tins with butter; dust with cake flour, tapping out excess. Whisk together cake flour, baking soda, and salt.

  2. With an electric mixer on medium-high speed, cream butter and sugar until pale and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated, scraping down sides of bowl as needed. Beat in vanilla. Reduce speed to low. Add flour mixture in three batches, alternating with two additions of buttermilk, and beating until combined after each. Beat in chocolate until combined.

  3. Divide batter evenly among prepared cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake, rotating tins halfway through, until a cake tester inserted in centers comes out clean, 20 minutes. Transfer tins to wire racks to cool 10 minutes. Run a small offset spatula or knife around the edges to loosen; turn out cupcakes onto racks and let cool completely. Cupcakes can be stored up to 3 days at room temperature in airtight containers.

  4. To finish, use a serrated knife (and a gentle sawing motion) to split cupcakes in half horizontally. Spread a heaping tablespoon of frosting on top of each bottom half; replace top halves. Spread more frosting on top of each cupcake. Serve immediately.

Coconut-Pecan Frosting


Makes enough for one 9-inch 3-layer cake
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1 1/4 cups packed light-brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces and brought to room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 2/3 cups (7 ounces) sweetened flaked coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped


  1. Combine egg yolks, evaporated milk, and brown sugar in a saucepan. Add butter, and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until thick, about 10 minutes. Pour through a fine sieve into a bowl.

  2. Stir in vanilla, salt, coconut, and pecans. Let cool completely. Frosting can be refrigerated in an airtight container for up to 1 day; bring to room temperature before using.


  1. You should make some puppy approved cupcakes for Layla!

  2. Anonymous3:24 PM

    i like this kind of cake! These look good! I will make them for my dad on his 48th birthday!!!!!!!!! He loves this kind of Cupcake!!!!! You rock!!! Keep blogging and making awesome cupcakes!!!!!
    Mountain Chick

  3. I love Martha's Cupcake book! I haven't tried a bad cupcake out of it yet! I just made chocolate ones with swiss meringue buttercream from her book for a friends birthday!! I can't wait to post them!

  4. How deeply scrumptious sounding! The frosting/topping reminds me a lot of a similar one my mom used often on a gorgeous banana coffee cake when I was growing up (though it didn't include nuts, just the coconut).

    Wishing you a beautiful day!
    ♥ Jessica

  5. What kind of dog is she? Boxer? Pit Bull? So sweet.

  6. I actually did know the Baker's chocolate-German chocolate connection. I think that "Unwrapped" on FDN did a special on that once. Anyway, these look yummy, as usual.

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  8. layla is so well-behaved. german chocolate is my favorite flavor of them all. they look delicious. i can't wait to see what's next.

  9. Wow! I wish I hadn't found your site because now I'm going to have to start making some of these cupcakes and I'm trying to lose weight! I love German chocolate cake! It's always been a favorite of mine, since childhood. Thanks for sharing this yummy recipe! Oh... I'm having a fun giveaway on my blog right now... stop on over and enter!

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  11. Lovely cupcakes...wish i could taste them now...first time here...u have an amazing blog...

  12. Anonymous12:54 PM

    Hi CQ, these look delish! Can't wait to give it a go. Quick question, though-- the directions talk about buttering and flouring the cupcake tins, but then also they say "pour into prepared cups." And also, your cupcakes are in paper cupcake thingies. Obviously they'd need to be taken out to add the filling... but I'm confused-- should they actually bake naked or in cups?

  13. Dear Anonymous:

    I only did a few of mine without the liners, because I take mine to work and it just would have been too messy. So, I baked all of mine with liners and then removed the liners for the ones that had the extra frosting layers.