Best German Chocolate Cupcakes [Video]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet
5 from 8 reviews

Cupcakes & Trifles Recipes

Cook time Cook time: 30 minutes

German Chocolate Cupcakes are soft and chocolaty, stuffed with a coconut-pecan filling and topped with chocolate cream cheese frosting. Watch the video tutorial below and see how delicious these desserts are!

I love making gorgeous and delicious cupcakes. Among my popular once are Dark Chocolate Peanut Butter Cupcakes, Galaxy Cupcakes, and Red White and Blue Cupcakes.

German Chocolate Cupcakes

These German Chocolate Cupcakes with Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting are definitely on top of my favorite cupcakes list. Luxurious and rich, these are a chocolate lover dream come true. I am a huge fan of German Chocolate Cake, I actually have a version on the blog and it’s one of my most popular recipes. It makes perfect sense, as the cake is to die for.

I am a huge coconut lover, in my opinion, it adds so much flavor to desserts. Because of this, I went ahead and added the classic German Chocolate Cake coconut pecan filling into the cupcakes and also on top of it.

The result did not disappoint, as the cupcakes came moist and filling. Since the cupcakes are already so rich, I decided to go with a cream cheese frosting since it has a nice tanginess that balances the sweetness of the dessert.

Why you’ll love these German Chocolate Cupcakes

  • Firstly, they are very easy to make and taste delicious.
  • Also, they are the perfect cupcake for chocolate lovers.
  • In addition, they are rich, creamy, they are guaranteed to become a show stopper dessert.
  • It can be made 1 or 2 days in advance so you don’t have to worry about a last-minute dessert.

German Chocolate Cupcakes Recipe Tips

  • Use high-quality chocolate and very high-quality cocoa powder. Since the chocolate flavor is front and center, using a good one will make a huge difference.
  • Don’t skip the salt, you definitely want to add it here, as the salt will enhance the chocolate flavor.
  • Also, ingredients should be at room temperature. For that perfect airy, soft, and moist crumb.
  • You can control the sweetness level by using semi-sweet or bittersweet chocolate in the recipe.
  • Make sure you don’t over bake the cupcakes. Each oven is different but checking at the 15-minute mark is key to see how much more they need to be kept in the oven.
  • I addition, use extra coconut pecan filling. Because the German Chocolate Cupcakes are famous for their coconut pecan filling, you want to use a hefty amount. This way the cupcakes to taste like the real deal.

Can you refrigerate the German Chocolate Cupcakes

Best to refrigerate the cupcakes for one hour before serving for the frosting to harden a bit. Keep the cupcakes refrigerated, because the frosting will melt at room temperature.

Tools/Ingredients I used to make the Best German Chocolate Cupcakes:

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Best German Chocolate Cupcakes

Best German Chocolate Cupcakes recipe, soft and chocolaty cupcakes are stuffed with a coconut-pecan filling and topped with chocolate cream cheese frosting.

Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 20 servings
Prep time: 1 hour Cook time: 30 minutes Total time: 1 hr 30 mins


Chocolate Cupcakes:

Coconut Pecan Filling:

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:

Chocolate Ganache



Chocolate Cupcakes:

Coconut-Pecan Filling:

Chocolate Cream Cheese Frosting:

Filling the Cupcakes:

Frosting the Cupcakes:

Chocolate Ganache:

Nutrition information

0 Calories: 698 Carbohydrates: 57 Protein: 7 Fat: 51 Saturated Fat: 29 Cholesterol: 136 Sodium: 351 Potassium: 420 Fiber: 6 Sugar: 43 Vitamin A: 975 Vitamin C: 0.2 Calcium: 101 Iron: 3.5
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I'm going to need a few of these! Absolutely gorgeous!


Melanie | Melanie Makes

These cupcakes look absolutely out of this world - love all that frosting and chocolate!


christopher kates

This was really easy to make. I had tried this and really came out well than i actually expected. I haven’t had any idea that my first try would be that perfect. It took me little time to prepare this and the result was awesome too. Actually cakes are my favorite things. I prefer to have them when I work. No matter how sweet it is I can manage to eat it as much as I can. My loves towards cakes are just incredible I can say



 Don’t know what to do with all of the leftover filling?  I rolled it up into balls, refrigerated it, then rolled them in cocoa powder. German chocolate cake truffles!


such a great idea, thanks for sharing!



I wanted a lush cupcake recipe, this is beyond lush!! I love your photo showing the centre filling, a perfect illustration of how it's done!! This looks flavourful and absolutely beautiful, I am sure all who eat these will appreciate the effort of the Baker. Thank you very much for showing and sharing your baking skills. Sometimes I think we are entitled to show off a little and enjoy the compliments.


Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert

These German Chocolate Cupcakes are mouth watering!



All I can say is Yum, YUM, YUM!! My youngest and I had fun making these together yesterday. I was happy to wake up and see that a few were still left over (not sure how that happened, haha) so we could enjoy them today too. Thank you for such a delicious recipe.



Favorite cake is now in a cupcake! That is the best!


katerina @

WOW! These cupcakes are absolutely gorgeous! I bet they taste amazing!


Beti | easyweeknightrecipes

Oh my goodness, these cupcakes are incredible!! My family would go craaazy for these!! YUM!


Sara Welch

These were perfectly light and delicious; exactly what I needed to cure my sweet tooth!


Jacque Hastert

I made these for my husband who LOVES German Chocolate Cake, he insists that these are on our regular dessert menu from now on.


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