German Chocolate Cupcakes With Fresh Raspberries

Updated on June 22, 2020
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Baking is one of my favorite pastimes. I enjoy baking cookies, cakes, breads, pies, muffins, cupcakes, and much more.

German chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting or coconut pecan frosting and raspberry garnish
German chocolate cupcakes with vanilla frosting or coconut pecan frosting and raspberry garnish

German Chocolate Cupcake With a Twist

Typically, German chocolate cupcakes are topped with chocolate frosting or coconut pecan frosting. I like the coconut pecan frosting option, but decided to replace the chocolate frosting with vanilla frosting. I topped all of my cupcakes with a fresh raspberry garnish. The flavors marry perfectly, and the cupcakes look lovely.

Perfect Summer Treat

These cupcakes are super easy to make, and they are a perfect summer treat for you and your family. I hope you will try this recipe and enjoy it as much as we do!

If you don't want to make them as cupcakes, you can pour the mixture into a cake mold and bake as a whole cake.

Ingredients

For the cupcakes:

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup packed light-browned sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated white sugar
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature
  • 1 cup whole milk, room temperature
  • 4 tablespoons warm water
  • 2 large eggs (lightly beaten)
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract

For the coconut-pecan frosting:

  • 1/2 cup evaporated milk (regular fat)
  • 2 eggs yolk
  • 1/2 cup packed light-brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, diced into pieces
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 3/4 cup chopped pecans

For the decoration:

  • Vanilla frosting (I used ready-made)
  • Raspberries

Note: For this recipe, I have used vanilla frosting instead of chocolate frosting. You're welcome to make the chocolate frosting, if you prefer, as it is a classic combination.

Cook Time

Prep time: 10-15 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes

Yield: 24 cupcakes

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a standard-sized cupcake tray with baking papers. Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Use a whisk or spatula to stir well. Set aside.
  3. Combine the butter into the dry mixture. Beat together with a mixer at medium speed.
  4. Add the vanilla and eggs. Continue to beat until blended.
  5. Combine the milk and warm water into the flour mixture. Beat the mixture for a few minutes or until it is combined.
  6. Use an ice-cream scoop to fill each cupcakes cup.
  7. Bake for 18-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  8. Place the cupcakes on a wire cool rack. Let completely cool before decorating.
  9. Make the coconut-pecan frosting: In a medium saucepan, add brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, egg yolks, and evaporated milk. Stir to combine and bring the mixture to a low boil over medium heat. Stir constantly for several minutes until the mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, nuts, and coconut.
  10. Assemble the cupcakes: Decorate each cupcake with the vanilla frosting and coconut-pecan frosting. Use a frosting spatula or palette knife to spread the frosting on each cupcake.
  11. Top each cupcake with fresh raspberries.
  12. Enjoy with an iced coffee or iced tea!

Photo Guide

I used a palette knife to spread the frosting, but you can use a piping bag, if you prefer.
I used a palette knife to spread the frosting, but you can use a piping bag, if you prefer.
The coconut-pecan frosting is delicious even without the chocolate frosting.
The coconut-pecan frosting is delicious even without the chocolate frosting.
Fresh raspberries waiting to be used as cupcake garnishes.
Fresh raspberries waiting to be used as cupcake garnishes.
Voila! These German chocolate cupcakes were so pretty and delicious!
Voila! These German chocolate cupcakes were so pretty and delicious!

© 2020 Liza

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    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      You're welcome, Manuela. One of the best cupcakes recipe for the summertime.

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      Manuela 

      2 weeks ago from Portugal

      It really looks delicious. thank you for sharing this recipe with us.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Hi Rachel, summer is the best time to bake cupcakes. I love having them with iced coffee. You're most welcome. Have a great weekend, Rachel :)

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      These German chocolate cupcakes were delicious. I love coconut too, so it was a perfect combination with the chocolate flavor. The raspberries gave a pop to the frosting and the cake. Thank you for commenting, Linda.

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      Rachel Alba 

      2 weeks ago

      Hi LIza, Your cupcakes look so pretty and I always loved German Chocolate cake so the cupcakes would be great. Thanks for sharing your recipe.

      Blessings to you.

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      Linda Crampton 

      2 weeks ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I like anything with a chocolate flavor. A coconut and pecan frosting with a raspberry sounds like a wonderful topping for the cupcakes!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Thank you for your lovely comment, Peggy. The cupcake tasted so good with an iced coffee :)

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      Peggy Woods 

      2 weeks ago from Houston, Texas

      Your German chocolate cupcakes look delicious topped with a fresh raspberry. Yum!

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      I agree, cupcakes are so much popular these days. There is an endless decoration of cupcakes at the store. Yes, I decided to swap these German chocolate cupcakes frosting to get different flavors, and actually, I enjoy changing the recipe a little :) Thanks for your comment, Liz.

    • lizmalay profile imageAUTHOR

      Liza 

      2 weeks ago from USA

      Lisha, the cupcakes were delicious! Usually, I prefer to bake cupcakes during summer because they are perfect as dessert or snack with an iced coffee. Thank you for dropping by. Have a great weekend!

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      Lisha C 

      2 weeks ago

      Your cupcakes look delicious. I think this sounds much better than the coconut pecan frosting.

      Cupcakes are however not my favorite, I find them a bit messy! But you give a good alternative of baking it as a whole cake.

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      Liz Westwood 

      2 weeks ago from UK

      Cupcakes are popular in the UK, because there is so much variety and endless possibilities for their decoration. These look very professional. I think swapping the frosting around is a good idea. It mixes up the taste a little and vanilla goes well with chocolate.

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