German Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe
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German Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe

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These cupcakes disappear in a dash when I take them to the school where I teach. Pecans, coconut and brown sugar dress up the topping nicely. —Lettice Charmasson, San Diego, California
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES:24 servings
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TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Bake: 15 min. + cooling
MAKES: 24 servings


  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pecans
  • 3 tablespoons flaked coconut
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 each) equals 156 calories, 8 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 27 mg cholesterol, 146 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, 2 g protein.


  1. In a large bowl, combine the cake mix, water, eggs and oil. Beat on low speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes.
  2. Fill paper-lined muffin cups three-fourths full. Combine the pecans, coconut and brown sugar; sprinkle over batter. Bake at 400° for 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Yield: about 2 dozen.
Originally published as German Chocolate Cupcakes in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2002, p212

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Reviewed Apr. 3, 2012

"I fell in love with these cupcakes from the moment I tasted them! Coconut on top is a perfect garnish for good contrast!"

Reviewed Aug. 27, 2011

"I agree - I doubled the topping ingredients and baked at 375 instead of 400. They turned out perfectly!"

Reviewed Oct. 18, 2010

"This is a wonderful cupcake. My family does not like frostings, so this is perfect for them! The crunchy topping is delicious. I did double the topping ingredients and was so glad I did! This will be a new favorite!"

Reviewed Feb. 23, 2010

"This cupcake is so easy to make and tastes just like a big piece of German Chocolate Cake."

Reviewed Feb. 22, 2010

"would double topping, lower temp, my first batch got a little burnt, but second batch were a big hit!!"

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