German Chocolate Cupcakes with Coffee and Toasted Coconut and Walnut Frosting

 

German Chocolate Cupcakes with Coffee and Toasted Coconut Walnut Frosting

 
 
Last time there was a birthday in the family, I baked a dozen Vanilla Raspberry "Surprise" Cupcakes with Raspberry Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting.  They were gorgeous, festive, and pink, and held a delicious raspberry surprise that sunk to the bottom of the cupcake.  To get the full story, be sure to read the entire post.  

Fast forward a week: there was another birthday to celebrate.  Anja was turning...well, it was her birthday.  My brother, being the best boyfriend that he is, informed me that Anja is a fan of German Chocolate Cake and suggested that I bake a dozen of German Chocolate cupcakes.  He then proceeded to invite the family over to my place to celebrate Anja's birthday with the cupcakes.  Meanwhile, I went to bake the cupcakes.

Once again, I turned to the "150 Best Cupcake Recipes" cookbook by Julie Hasson.  I used Julie's recipes for Best Chocolate Cupcakes and Coconut Pecan Frosting as guides for my own dessert creation. (Excerpted from 150 Best Cupcake Recipes by Julie Hasson © 2012 Robert Rose Inc. www.robertrose.ca Reprinted with permission. All rights reserved.)

To make the cupcakes even more flavorful, I added coffee to both the cake and the frosting.  For extra depth, I toasted coconut, and used toasted walnuts instead of pecans.  For the extra-special birthday factor, I used some of the Toasted Coconut Walnut Frosting in the middle of the cupcake - you should do the same, you'll thank me!

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