Wednesday, March 19, 2014

German Chocolate Cupcakes

When I asked Robert what he wanted for our third anniversary, his answer was, of course, food related. Robert requested German chocolate cupcakes — and I delivered. I am happy to share this chocolate cupcake recipe that I have painfully perfected over the past couple of years. They were the perfect pair to my German chocolate topper. Which isn't German at all ... 



German Chocolate Cupcakes 
What's in a name? 

1 cup all purpose flour 
1 ¼ cup cake flour
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoon baking powder
2 1/4 cups sugar 
1 cup milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
2 teaspoons arak extract (or almond)
½ cup oil
2 eggs

Combine flours, salt, baking powder and baking soda — set aside. 
Blend sugar, extract, oil and eggs. 
Fold in dry mixture little by little, alternating with milk. 
Mix in cocoa powder. 
Bake for about 20 minutes at 350 in lined (or greased) cupcake tin. 
Allow to cool and make topping ...

German Chocolate Icing 
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup brown sugar
3 egg whites
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoons vanilla
Maybe some almond extract as well ...
1 cup crushed pecans — I lightly crumbled mine by hand
1 1/3 cup coconut shavings

In a large saucepan, combine eggs, brown sugar, extracts and butter over medium heat. Stir constantly over heat until thick and hot. Remove from heat at desired consistency and mix in coconut and pecans. Allow topping to cool to room temperature before using as cupcake icing.

Enjoy! 







Not German at All ... 
But the Germans do love cake. 

Whenever I would mention the traditional German pastries my grandmother made growing up, people would always ask how her German chocolate cake was ... 

As a German foodie, this perplexed me. My Oma did not make a German chocolate cake. Though, the Germans do love their kuchen. When I was in Germany, I don't think I saw a single cookie. Cake was the what's for dessert. 

German chocolate cake, however, not so much. 

That's because German chocolate cake is not German at all. In fact, it is named for its inventor, American baker Sam German. Our stomachs thank you, Mr. German. 





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