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German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

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German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes: When fudgy brownies meet German chocolate frosting! A decadent, individual treat for lovers of chocolate and gooey coconut filling.

German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes cut in half on a white dessert plate with a red handled fork

German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

I could eat the gooey, coconut and pecan filling you find in a typical German chocolate cake with a spoon. Every January my dad, who always said he didn’t care for sweets, would have a huge slab of said cake for his birthday.

My mom would pick one up at the local Randall’s supermarket and it disappeared quickly. So as a trip to Denver to visit my parents approached, I brainstormed how to get this cake in my suitcase and to my dad. I decided to whip up some filled German Chocolate  Brownie Cupcakes and crossed my fingers that this experiment would be successful.

German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes on a white platter

Brownie Cupcakes for the Win!

Besides a little shrinkage in the center of the brownie cupcakes, my first attempt at baking these babies went well. These divots were nothing that a little dollop of chocolate ganache couldn’t disguise. I took all but three to my summer book club gathering to get some feedback. Well, every crumb disappeared from the platter. A stellar review, don’t you think?

The room grew quiet after the group chose from the three desserts on the buffet: my French Silk Pie Bars, a lovely blueberry cake with lemon sauce and my German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes.  Most folks, like me, took samples of all three. I cut these in half so everyone could sample and the extras were snatched up for “husbands.” That is if they weren’t eaten on the ride home!

German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes on a white dessert plate drizzled with fudge sauce


The remaining three were packed into my suitcase and flown cross country to Colorado. On Sunday afternoon, we grilled hot dogs and hamburgers at my sister’s house. My dad, always game for an outing, joined us for the day. The weather was picture perfect and we ate al fresco in the shade of a fruit-bearing Colorado peach tree.

The Dude, as we lovingly call my dad, had a voracious appetite for an 80-year-old. After a burger with the works and a mountain of potato salad, my sister offered him half a cupcake. A few minutes later, he asked where the rest of that cake was…and then after finishing his treat, asked for a hot dog. I’m thinking he had a good time! You will, too, if you add these German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes to your menu.

The brownie recipe was adapted from my talented friend, Betsy, of Desserts Required.

German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes cut in half on a white dessert plate with a red handled fork

German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes

Cupcake sized brownies filled with gooey coconut filling

Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Yield 14 cupcakes


Brownie Batter:

  • 2 sticks (1 cup), butter
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 eggs,
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 1/4 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Filling (there will be some leftover. Feel free to use on top of cupcakes to garnish):

  • 2/3 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup cream
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup butter, cut into 4 pieces
  • 2/3 plus 1/4 cup coconut
  • 2/3 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • Pinch of salt

Optional ganache:

  • 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/4 cup cream


  1. To make filling, whisk together sugar and cream in a small saucepan. Whisk in egg yolks, then whisking constantly cook over medium low heat till mixture bubbles and thickens. Remove from heat and add butter and mix till melted.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix together coconut, pecans and a pinch of salt. Pour egg mixture over coconut mixture and mix till combined.
  3. Chill for an hour, then scoop out approximately 2 teaspoons of filling and place mounds on a parchment lined baking sheet.Freeze for a few hours or overnight.
  4. When filling is very cold, roll mounds into spheres and return to freezer while preparing the brownie batter.
  5. Preheat the oven to 350º. Line a 12 capacity muffin tin with paper liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
  6. Microwave the butter and the two sugars in a heat safe bowl for about a minute, stir and microwave up to another 1½ minutes or till all the butter is melted and mixture is starting to bubble. Carefully remove bowl to work surface.
  7. Whisk in chocolate chips till melted. Whisk in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt just till combined. Remove filling from freezer and using your fingers, shape into round balls (diameter should be less than the size of the bottom of the muffin tin).
  8. Place about 2 tablespoons of brownie batter into the bottom of each muffin tin, then add the filling and follow with another scoop of batter.
  9. Bake 18-20 minutes. Let cool in pans before removing cupcakes to cooling rack.
  10. Make ganache by microwaving chocolate and cream for about 1 minute. Allow to sit till chocolate is melted, then whisk till smooth. If chocolate is not completely melted, microwave another 30 seconds. Allow to cool, till thickened, but still pourable. Spoon bit onto center of each cupcake. Let ganache firm up before serving.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1 cupcake

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 493Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 239mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 2gSugar: 38gProtein: 4g


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48 comments on “German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes”

  1. Looks like a brownie which has been blessed with double chocolate, double enjoyment and a whole lot of love. Family get-togethers are indeed precious…Hope to see you sometime in Colorado =)

  2. Ganache dollops solve everything! I’m totally in the mood for more German chocolate, considering I just tried my first slice of that cake two weeks ago. These look marvelous!

  3. Now I’m craving that coconut/pecan sticky goodness! The cupcakes sound great, glad your dad liked them:@)

  4. I think your first go was a huge success, Liz. Sounds like everyone enjoyed them, including your dad.

  5. I love the addition of the chocolate ganache!

  6. What a fun twist on a traditional German chocolate cupcake. Love the surprise center!

  7. Gotta love chocolate ganache – it makes the world a better place and looks great filling those divots! What a wonderful treat! I’m so glad they made the trip and your dad enjoyed them! Great choice for a birthday celebration for our young friend too!

  8. I love this take on the classic cheesecake filled brownie cups. Next time I think I’ll make half this way, giving everyone a choice. How much you want to bet my kids take one of each?

  9. Oh my word, these look amazing. I wish I could be one of your taste testing friends!!!

  10. Wow, I’ve never seen anything like this before, Liz, but they look so professional. Well done for getting them to Colorado in one piece!
    I guess these are sort of like a ‘surprise’ cake!

  11. So glad your dad (and other group) enjoyed these beauties so much. They look so unbelievably gooey and moist!

  12. Great idea Liz! My hubby loves German chocolate cake too- must be a guy thing! Pinning ๐Ÿ˜‰

  13. Brownies and cupcakes. It sounds like a cross between two favorites.

  14. I want to come to your book club and eat all your yummy desserts! These look delicious!

  15. What a great idea! I love German chocolate cake. Thanks for the recipe.

  16. These look fabulous! What a great idea to fill the brownies with the german chocolate mixture!!

  17. German chocolate cake was one of my favorites as a child. Your little brownie cupcakes look adorable and wonderful. Liz! I can’t believe you all tried to get away with giving your dad only half!

  18. look absolutely amazing!!!! xxxx

  19. Oh what a lovely birthday treat these would be, I love the sound of that filling looks fab too ๐Ÿ˜€

  20. “The Dude” is such a cute nickname for your dad, who totally sounds like my kind of guy with all the food he can still pack away. Colour me impressed! Liz, I wish so much that I lived near you and could benefit from all of your incredible baking. These German chocolate brownies are brilliant. The filling inside is just perfect and I’m dying over that thick, fudgy texture of the brownie. Yum!

  21. Oh my gosh….I am definitely THERE for these. Yum!

  22. Brownies are high up on my list of faves! I can imagine how good they are with that filling- no wonder your Dad wanted to know where the rest were!

  23. So gorgeous, I love that coconut filling and the ganache is a must! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. These look out of control! German’s chocolate cake is my husband’s favorite, so I’m always looking to put new spins on it… Definitely going to give these a shot!

  25. Yummy! they look so rich and tasty.
    I love cupcakes and love brownies and the two together are a perfect match, add a scoop of ice cream on the side yum!

  26. Sticky gooey coconut filling looks fantastic. I would love these brownie cupcakes too.

  27. Oh Liz, these look so decadent! Glad you had a wonderful family time with your dad as well. Happy summer ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. drooling looking at it ^^
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  29. They look so delicious! And I like the filling so so much!

  30. If you only knew how badly I wish I could have a bite of these cupcakes. GAH! Stupid allergies always get in my way ๐Ÿ˜‰

  31. Phew! These would be next to impossible to resist!

  32. What a clever idea! German Chocolate Cake was a favorite of mine growing up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. I can see why everyone enjoyed them,. they look super delicious!! I absolutely love German Chocolate Cake, I am making these this week!!

    thanks for you recipe Liz ๐Ÿ™‚

  34. Great recipe Liz, looks so good. Here is 15:00 hours and I take my coffee, I would like have one of this!!

  35. These look absolutely AMAZING!

  36. German Chocolate Cake is my all time favorite cake. I love how you created these into little bites. I will definitely be making these. I’d love a bite right now.

  37. These look so fantastic!! I love that filling!

  38. I think I would love your dad; he sounds so much like mine, though his dessert is blueberry cheesecake. ๐Ÿ™‚ German chocolate cake is Hubby’s favorite cake too so I know this would go over really well.

  39. My favorite flavors of chocolate and coconut. I would totally cheat on my diet to eat these. ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. That looks like a completely decadent cupcake and so pretty. I would happily eat one and suffer the consequences. LOL.

  41. Had I been at your book club I’m sure the supposed samples for the husband would have been eaten on the way home. This was a loving and thoughtful treat for your dad.

  42. Thank you so much! These brownies look so awesome!

  43. These are brilliant and just the sort of thing I enjoy.

  44. The filling inside!! These are to die for!

  45. My husband is crazy for german chocolate anything, these cupcakes made him so very happy!

  46. Wow! These are so delicious! I love the fudge of the brownie and then filled with a yummy filling, can’t get any better than that!

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