German Chocolate Cupcakes

Howdy, y’all.

It seems like posts around these parts are becoming less frequent.  I’m happy to tell you, it’s just not the case.  About 6 weeks ago, the world threw a wrench in our life plans and we’ve been adapting ever since.

I think I told y’all that the Mr and I both work for the same agricultural research company, yes?  He does corn research, and I work on pretty much every other crop except corn in a separate division.  Well, our company decided to move his division to Kansas.  He presented the news to me as “we have a chance to move within driving distance of your family in Texas,”  and I was instantly sold.  The road since that day has been a little bumpy and curvy, but mentally, my bags were packed that day.  I’ve spent thousands of dollars on plane tickets to see my family these past 5.5 years I’ve lived in California.  Likewise, the Mr has grown tired of a 6-hour plane ride home to Georgia.  We’ve longed dreamed of moving back South (since our first date, actually), and now, we finally have a chance.  Well, Kansas ain’t the South, but we’re half-way there.  And so excited.

And the best part?  The part that makes me feel like struggling through graduate school those first few years in California was worth it?  The part that makes the time I lived in an 800-square-foot efficiency apartment while sending out dozens of job applications that would only be ignored?  The part that makes the Mr feel like living on oatmeal 3 meals a day was worth it as he struggled through an internship in this company before he was hired on full-time?:  They are packing up our house and moving for us.  That’s right.  We sit back, eat cheesy poofs and they

Stay in school, kids, and good things will happen.  You will get a job at a company that packs up your house and pays you to move closer to your family.  Leave clothes in the washer if you want, they will move it!  Dirty dishes in the dishwasher?  They’ve got those covered, too!*

*Note: My Mom would like me to say that we were raised better than that, and we will be sure to have our house in a presentable fashion before the movers arrive.  The part about dirty clothes and dishes was just for effect.

And just because I think we might want a little something sweet to go with those cheesy poofs, I baked german chocolate cupcakes.

Thanks for your good wishes for our journey.  While the Mr already has a job in Kansas, I, unfortunately, do not.  I am job-hunting like a maniac as we speak.

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German Chocolate Cupcakes
Makes 4 cupcakes.
For the cupcakes:
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • ¼ teaspoon white vinegar
  • ⅓ cup flour
  • 4 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼teaspoon baking powder
  • 4 teaspoons canola oil
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
For the frosting:
  • 5 oz. evaporated milk (the small can)
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup chopped pecans
  • ½ cup sweetened coconut flakes
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Line 4 cups of a muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. Pour the milk into a small bowl. Add the vinegar and let sit while you prepare the rest of the ingredients.
  3. Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder in a small bowl.
  4. In another bowl, whisk together the canola oil, vanilla and brown sugar. Add the dry ingredients to the oil and brown sugar mixture in two batches, alternating with the milk mixture.
  5. Divide the batter between the 4 muffin cups and bake for 15-18 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted comes out clean. Let cool on a wire rack.
  6. Next, make the frosting: in a small saucepan, add the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolk and butter. Turn the heat to medium low and cook while stirring until mixture starts to simmer around the edges of the pan. Lower the heat slightly, then continue to cook while stirring another 1 minute. Turn off heat, and stir in the pecans and coconut flakes. Pour the mixture into a bowl, let cool to room temperature, then refrigerate until ready to serve the cupcakes.
  7. To serve, frost the cupcakes with the chilled frosting.



  1. says

    Congrats! I can’t wait for the opportunity to move back closer to my family. I have become way too familiar with the Houston airport. You may want to double your cupcake recipe now that you will have to share with all your loved ones not just your hubby

  2. says

    Congratulations, it sounds like it will be an amazing opportunity for you and I’m sure it will be so good to be closer to your family again!

  3. says

    Hooray! So happy for you both :) I will definitely be going out there to visit you, Bev, and Cassie and we can all have a wonderful get-together! <3 I love these cupcakes because I know Jason would LOVE these. I think this might be one of his favorite flavors. Good luck with the job hunt! You rock it, girl!

  4. says

    So happy for you and your move!! You both totally deserve it. :)

    These look perfect…my husband’s birthday was yesterday and I made him German Chocolate cupcakes because they’re his favorite!! Now I can make a smaller batch when the craving strikes.

  5. says

    Congratulations! That is seriously such awesome news.

    I’m just about to graduate grad school and I’m sitting at home sending out countless number of resumes, which are probably not even being looked at, and it’s been really tough but reading your post has inspired me to keep faith. Hopefully one day, some job will pay for my move and transport my laundry machine with the dirty clothes inside!

  6. mert says

    Watch out for those movers! They’ll also pack up trash cans full of trash, empty plastic bags, empty shoe boxes, the broiling pan from the oven, drain stopper for the kitchen sink, the wrench for the garbage disposal, packing tape(!). Yes, I know this from personal experience.

    Can’t wait to try these!

    Best of luck to you!

  7. says

    You can’t know how much I love moving, the whole starting over thing. I envy you! We’ve been wanting to move these past couple of years but still can’t get a handle on it. Good luck! Meanwhile, I’l enjoy the cupcakes. I need to make some chocolate cupcakes.

  8. says

    Yay for moving to Kansas! I’m so excited for you guys!! And someone else is packing and moving for you? That is so priceless. Just make sure you bring a batch of these cupcakes with you for me, errr the movers!

  9. says

    Awww…so glad that you are finally moving in a southerly direction darlin’. Fingers crossed on the job hunting. I love that they are packing everything for you at least. Fab cupcakes!!

  10. says

    i’m so making these, look so good and relatively healthy.
    so sorry about your job, i’ve been there, but i know in due time you will find something.
    and change can be positive, it’s all about how you look at it.
    god has a plan! :-)

  11. Karen says

    Congrats on the move closer to home! … and keep an eye on those packers … I’ve even had them pack a wastebasket with garbage still inside and a friend had her stove packed up and shipped with a roast still in the pan inside the oven … makes for a rather smelly, unpleasant UN-packing!! LOL

  12. says

    I hope your move goes well! We move around a lot due to my husband’s job and we are currently in Kansas. I have to admit, we weren’t too thrilled when we found out we were moving here but we actually love the area. I’m not sure where exactly in Kansas you are moving but if you have any questions please let me know, I might be able to help!

  13. says

    Just found your blog and can’t wait to see more! These cupcakes are making my breakfast seem highly insignificant :D

    Choc Chip Uru
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  14. Jessica says

    Welcome to Kansas! If you need anything, you have plenty of readers in the area (including me) who would be happy to help you out. :) PS–the cupcakes look amazing. Can’t wait to try them!

  15. says

    OMG – my husband and I are in the middle of deciding if we’re going to move back to the South in the near future. I want to be near family, but am seriously struggling with leaving California. Hopefully I can come around to feeling as confident as you do! Congrats on the move!

  16. Nicole says

    Oh darling, you know I feel you on THIS. Moving closer to family is so HUGE. I wish you all the best! Even if I’m a tiny bit sad you and I won’t be sharing a *state* anymore. ;)

    PS: We had movers *move us entirely* too. It’s so glamorous, you’re gonna LOVE it!

    PSS: These cupcakes sounds pretty much perfect.

  17. says

    I know this story oh-so-well :). I’m so happy for both of you Christina. It really worked out perfectly! And I know you’ll find the perfect job! What wonderful and delicious-looking cupcakes :)

  18. says

    Yay for playing comment tag! :)

    We really love California, but we feel the same way you do, in that we could never really live the way we want to out here. We want to own a house with some land and have kids in a smaller city where they could see their grandparents more than once a year. There’s a lot to gain by moving, but we have some amazing friends here and a pretty nice life, so it feels like we have a lot to lose as well.

    BTW – where in Kansas are you moving? My husband’s family live in Wichita and it is such a friendly city! That’s my only experience with Kansas but hopefully you will have a similar one!

  19. says

    Congrats on the move! go ahead, leave the dishes in the sink and bake some of these cupcakes for the movers. They won’t mind a bit, I’m sure. Happy trails & looking forward to your posts from the heartland.

  20. says

    Congratulations! There is nothing better than being close to family…except maybe having someone else deal with the packing nonsense that brings you closer to family :) I think if I was packing your house, I’d be alright with doing a few dishes first if these cupcakes were involved in the payment plan!

  21. says

    How exciting, congratulations on the big move! And how nice to have all the packing done for you :-) These look like the perfect celebratory cupcake and I love the crunchy frosting on top.

  22. says

    The rewards for making sacrifices and working hard are sweet indeed! Congratulations on heading closer to your loved ones and best wishes on your move, Christina!

  23. says

    CONGRATS!!! so excited for your new chapter to begin and your so much closer to your family, that’s HUGE!! sending you prayers.. I am sure you will score a great new job!!

  24. says

    Ok, so we all know I don’t actually like chocolate (WHAAAAAAAT), and I’m not normally an overly huge fan of frosting, either (it just keeps getting weirder!!!). That being said: I think I could probably eat this frosting recipe straight from the bowl, no cupcake required. Anything that combines pecans and coconut is worthy of international recognition if you ask me.

  25. Sondra says

    I made these last week and they were the best cake/cupcake I have made. I found you through Tasty Kitchen and am now a full-fledged fan. Thanks for doing the hard work and giving us recipes in small proportions!

  26. Vicki says

    Congratulations on your move to Kansas, it will be nice to be closer to your family! What part of Kansas are you moving to, we are in north central Kansas, about 45 minutes west of Manhattan. Praying you will find a job soon!

  27. Sondra says

    This was my first D42 recipe and they came out great! The best cupcakes I have ever made. I had to cook the frosting longer but it was perfect and so easy! Thanks.

  28. Lindsay says

    German chocolate cake is my husband’s favorite and it was his birthday last weekend. Instead of making the cupcakes, I doubled the recipe and turned it into a six inch cake. It was perfect! I doubled the icing recipe too, but I probably could have left that as is, though I’m not complaining:-) My husband loved this version and we’ll definitely be making it again. Love your recipes, as always!

    • says

      Thanks, Lindsay! It’s good to know this recipe can be doubled into a mini cake! I’ll keep that in mind! Thank you :) Tell the hubs Happy Birthday for me!

  29. Ang says

    Made these for hubby’s birthday. His favorite cake is German Chocolate. He, my mother and I loved these! So very good. They are requesting more already. Thank you so much for sharing such a great recipe. We’ve been trying to reduce the quantities of sweets we eat and this fit the bill perfectly.

  30. Kimberly says

    Thanks for the recipe. Do you know how many ounces I’d use if I wanted to use german chocolate baking bar instead of powder? Thank you so much!

    • says

      Hi Kimberly!

      Do you mean melting a German chocolate baking bar of chocolate and substituting that for cocoa powder? I haven’t tried that. I’m sorry. If you try it and have great results, let me know :)
      ~Happy baking

  31. says

    Came across your blog while searching for 2 serving chocolate cake, and now I can’t tell you how happy I am in finding ur blog. I like everything that is small and cute and ur blog is so perfect. I came in search of chocolate cake and now I can’t decide which one to try first. Thank you so much for ur recipes .


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