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I have another cupcake recipe, but I’m going to announce the contest winners first – since that’s so much more fun!!

I wasn’t going to announce which cookbook I chose until the beginning of April, but then I realized that it wouldn’t hurt to announce the Cookbook of the Month for April early. Let me tell you – you all left me some amazing recommendations, and it was really hard to choose just one. I think this contest was a bad idea, because now my cookbook wish list has grown by leaps and bounds. I might have to get a night job to cover the cost of all of the cookbooks I want to buy now!! If any of you are looking for a new cookbook, you should check out the comments on the contest post because you will get some great ideas. I was leaning towards choosing a cookbook that would teach me to make some authentic food from another country. Some great ones were suggested, like Morimoto: The New Art of Japanese Cooking, Memories of Philippine Kitchens, and China Modern. These would all be great choices since I don’t know anything about authentic Japanese, Filipino or Chinese cooking. Many of Dorie Greenspan’s books (besides Baking, which I already own) were suggested and raved about. And also Nigella - who has been on my want list for quite awhile now.

But I could only choose one – and I’m really excited to check out the one I decided on. And the winner is – The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather and Alison Oresman. The only bad thing is that 2 people suggested the same book, and since I can’t afford to send one to each person, I have to go with the first person – Ashley from Delish. Ashley will be receiving the first prize – a copy of The Sweet Melissa Baking Book. If you’ve been on any of these blogs in the last week or so, you will have found some stellar reviews of this book that was just released. I just had to get myself a copy, and I thought this would make a great prize for the person who helped me choose my next cookbook of the month. And since Gabi at The Feast Within also suggested The Pastry Queen, I felt bad not giving her anything, so she will be receiving a small gift. Congrats girls!

The winner of a copy of April’s Cookbook of the Month – The Pastry Queen – was chosen by a random generator. And the winner is Ginny from Just Get Floury. Congratulations Ginny!

I will be contacting each of you for some info, but if you don’t get an email from me, email me at tasteandtell (at) gmail (dot) com.

Now onto the cupcakes!! If you remember a post I made a couple of weeks ago about a chocolate cupcake that didn’t work out – this was the original recipe that I had issues with the first time around. So I’m not going to talk about the cupcake itself, because I ended up just doing a box mix, but the frosting does need some attention!

I am a German Chocolate cake fan. In fact, give me just about anything with coconut and I’m sold. But my problem with most German Chocolate frosting recipes is that there is not enough coconut. Maybe I go a little overboard in other’s minds, but I usually end up adding a lot of extra coconut. This recipe was no exception. It was delicious, but I did end up adding about a cup of extra coconut. And then it was perfect. I actually ended up eating the leftover frosting by myself just with a spoon, and there was a lot of extra frosting!! And this is one of the few recipes with nuts that actually got eaten by my co-workers. They must have not been able to see the nuts because of all the coconut… :)

German Chocolate Frosting
from cupcakes!

1 cup half-and-half
6 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
4 large egg yolks
3/4 cup sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups (+ 1 more if you really like coconut!) shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup finely chopped pecans

In a medium saucepan, stir the half-and-half and butter over medium heat until the cream is hot and the butter has melted. A bit of steam will just begin to rise from the mixture; do not let it boil. In a large bowl, whisk the egg yolks, sugar and salt until smooth. Whisking constantly, pour the hot mixture into the yolk mixture. Return it to the the saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the custard thickens and reaches 165F on a thermometer; it should leave a path on the back of the spoon when you draw your finger across it. Remove the pan from the heat and strain into a medium bowl. Stir in the vanilla, coconut, and pecans.

Cover the frosting loosely and refrigerate until it is cool and thick enough to hold its shape on top of the cupcakes, about 1 hour.

Let the cupcakes sit at room temperature for 20 minutes before serving.

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30 Responses to German Chocolate Cupcakes – And Contest Winners!

  1. slush says:

    Holy Yum! They look amazing! Cant wait to see the recipe. :)

  2. ashley says:

    thanks again deborah! you’re going to love the Pastry Queen cookbook!

    … and you just made me very hungry for some chocolate cupcakes!!

  3. Ginny says:

    Delicious! I can’t believe I won…I have so much baking to do! My co-workers and roommates will hate me! haha! I bookmarked the cookbook post so I could always look back at the suggestions when I need a new idea. It was a great idea! Thanks!

  4. Madam Chow says:

    I REALLY should start baking from this book!

  5. Ben says:

    Oh yeah! Coconut rules and when it is combined with chocolate the result can only be perfection! Hehehe. Does it show that I am a German chocolate cake fan, too?

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Deborah-I love German chocolate anything! Yum! Now I have to pull out my grandma’s old recipe book and find her recipe for german chocolate cake!

    ~and I am glad that you liked the ham alfredo.Such a great recipe to use up extra ham.And there is always extra ham!!!!LOL!

  7. Patricia Scarpin says:

    Deb, congrats to the winners!
    And next time you have that much frosting left, let me know. :)

  8. Steph says:

    Fun contest Deborah! And the cupcakes look divine! I’ve been craving cupcakes lately…I need to make some very soon!

  9. Gabi says:

    Sorry Deborah- I didn’t see that Ashley had already suggested The Pastry Queen. No worries about a prize for me. I’m just happy to second such fun book for you to own. hope you love it!
    Cheers!
    Gabi

  10. glamah16 says:

    I guess I have to cave in and buy the book. I dont care for German Chocolate (I was a teenager when I last had it)but this post may cause me to change my mind.

  11. Allison says:

    oooh amazing!! I also always want more coconut in my frosting! Coconut addiction oh my!

  12. Tiffany says:

    LOL!!! Yea, we both had coconut on the brain, just in two very different directions :-)

  13. Kevin says:

    That frosting looks really good. Nice and thick and chunky. The coconut frosting would go really well with the chocolate cupcake.

  14. Cynthia says:

    You have to come to the Caribbean and let me make you coconut feast!

  15. eatme_delicious says:

    Ooo I’ve seen many yummy things made from The Pastry Queen cookbook. Can’t wait to see what you make from it. :) You know, I LOVE coconut but have never had German chocolate cake. I really must try making it. The icing looks delicious!

  16. Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) says:

    I love coconut and I could do with one of those right now.

  17. Peabody says:

    That is one of my all time favorite cookbooks.

  18. Emiline says:

    Those look perfect. I’m a fan of German chocolate cake. I like coconut A LOT, also.

    These giveaways are fun. You should do one once a week. ;)

  19. kat says:

    what a good looking cupcake…hmmm I have some coconut in the cupboard….

  20. Mansi Desai says:

    That frsoting on the cake looks mind-blowing Deb! divine!!:)

    Ashley-congrats on winning that beautiful book:)

  21. Jessy and her dog Winnie says:

    German chocolate cupcakes! Yum!

  22. Susan from Food Blogga says:

    Wow, has it been too long since I’ve had German chocolate cake anything. And these cupcakes are callin’ my name.

  23. jb says:

    Speaking of cookbooks on authentic food from another country, you should really check out Hot Sour Salty Sweet: A Culinary Journey Through Southeast Asia. What a beautiful piece of work that one is! Not just the great recipes in it, but the book itself is wonderful to look through and read. Lots of great photos and stories about the authors’ travels.

  24. Shandy says:

    Deb, OMGoodness! HUGE hugs because Her 1st Pastry Queen cookbook is my all-time favorite cookbook ever! In fact, it is the cookbook that I tried to set on fire with the front burner of my stove. . .huge meltdown. I can still read the recipes through the burn marks. . .BUT I have made almost all of her dinner recipes over a three week period and LOVED every one of them. . .Absolutely amazing! Okay, enough selling. . .you already are going to give it a try. . .YaY! Your cupcakes look delish and for some reason I rarely make cupcakes. I have trouble with making sure the batter gets into those cup and I have no idea why this seems to be such a problem…I guess I just need more practice =) Delish on the picture too!

  25. canarygirl says:

    Holy sinfully delicious goodness in a cup!!!!! These look absolutely fantastic!

  26. JennDZ - The Leftover Queen says:

    Those look reaaaly good Deborah!

  27. Gretchen Noelle says:

    What a fun frosting! I am learning to like coconut a bit more each recipe.

  28. Suzana says:

    Yummy chocolate cupcakes!

    Thanks for starting the cookbook suggestions – very useful! :)

  29. Tartelette says:

    *thud*
    I think I just bumped my forehead on the screen I was looking so hard!

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