German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes
German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes: When fudgy brownies meet German chocolate frosting! A decadent, individual treat for lovers of chocolate and gooey coconut filling.
This twist on the German chocolate cake makes personal-sized desserts. And if you love brownies, you’ll go crazy for Brownie Cupcakes!!
Why You Must Make
- If you love German Chocolate Cake, these cupcake brownies will hit the spot!
- The surprise gooey, coconut and pecan filling is irresistible.
- You will be happy for the built-in portion control.
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 German chocolate cupcakes and crossed my fingers that this experiment would be successful.
- Kitchen Staples – Butter, Brown Sugar, Sugar, Flour, Salt
- Semisweet Chocolate Chips – Ghirardelli is my favorite, but Nestles works well, too.
- Semisweet Chocolate Bars – Again, use Ghirardelli bars if available.
- Real Vanilla Extract – If you’re not sure if your brand is real or artificially flavored, check the label. Real vanilla extract has a much better flavor.
- Eggs – 2 whole, 2 egg yolks. The egg yolks will have less chance of breaking if you separate them when they are cold.
- Heavy Cream – 36% Butterfat
- Coconut – Sweetened Angel Flake Coconut
- Pecans – Toast to bring out their essential oils, which makes them more flavorful
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!
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
No, this sweeter baking chocolate bar was invented by Sam German in 1852. Baker’s Chocolate Company named it after him.
Besides being made with a sweeter chocolate bar, the frosting is made of a cooked custard with coconut and pecans.
German chocolate cake and cupcakes can be stored at room temperature for 3-5 days. They also can be frozen for up to 3 months. To freeze, first place the dessert in the freezer uncovered to let the frosting solidify. Then wrap well and freeze.
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German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes Recipe
Cupcake sized brownies filled with gooey coconut filling
- 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
- 2 ounces semi-sweet chocolate, chopped
- 1/4 cup cream
- To make the 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.
- In a medium bowl, mix together coconut, pecans, and a pinch of salt. Pour egg mixture over coconut mixture and mix till combined.
- 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.
- When a filling is very cold, roll mounds into spheres and return to the freezer while preparing the brownie batter.
- Preheat the oven to 350º. Line a 12-capacity muffin tin with paper liners or spray with non-stick cooking spray. Set aside.
- 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 the mixture is starting to bubble. Carefully remove the bowl to your work surface.
- Whisk in chocolate chips till melted. Whisk in eggs and vanilla. Stir in flour and salt just till combined. Remove the filling from the freezer and using your fingers, shape it into round balls (the diameter should be less than the size of the bottom of the muffin tin).
- 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.
- Bake 18-20 minutes. Let cool in pans before removing the cupcakes to a cooling rack.
- Make the ganache by microwaving chocolate and cream for about 1 minute. Allow to sit till chocolate is melted, then whisk till smooth. If the chocolate is not completely melted, microwave another 30 seconds.
- Allow to cool, till thickened, but still pourable. Spoon a bit onto the center of each cupcake. Let the ganache firm up before serving.
Because of the gooey filling, you won't be able to use a toothpick to check if your cupcakes are done. You can always bake one cupcake as a test run to see if they're done baking after 20 minutes.
The cupcake recipe is from my friend, Betsy of Desserts Required.
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Serving Size:1 cupcake
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 493Total Fat: 33gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 13gCholesterol: 114mgSodium: 239mgCarbohydrates: 49gFiber: 2gSugar: 38gProtein: 4g
48 Comments on “German Chocolate Brownie Cupcakes”
“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!
Oh what a lovely birthday treat these would be, I love the sound of that filling looks fab too 😀
look absolutely amazing!!!! xxxx
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!
These look fabulous! What a great idea to fill the brownies with the german chocolate mixture!!
What a great idea! I love German chocolate cake. Thanks for the recipe.
I want to come to your book club and eat all your yummy desserts! These look delicious!
Brownies and cupcakes. It sounds like a cross between two favorites.
Great idea Liz! My hubby loves German chocolate cake too- must be a guy thing! Pinning 😉
So glad your dad (and other group) enjoyed these beauties so much. They look so unbelievably gooey and moist!
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!
Oh my word, these look amazing. I wish I could be one of your taste testing friends!!!
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?
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!
What a fun twist on a traditional German chocolate cupcake. Love the surprise center!
I love the addition of the chocolate ganache!
I think your first go was a huge success, Liz. Sounds like everyone enjoyed them, including your dad.
Now I’m craving that coconut/pecan sticky goodness! The cupcakes sound great, glad your dad liked them:@)
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!
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 =)