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This is not your normal German chocolate cupcake! A chocolate cupcake gets dressed up with chocolate frosting, German chocolate frosting, and a raspberry filling.

German Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Filling | Taste and Tell

Years ago, I had a job that was just down the street from a popular local bakery.  As much as I would have loved to visit every day to sample one of their baked goods, I was too cheap to pay $4 for an eclair every day.  But there was one thing that I couldn’t resist.

They sold several different kinds of cake by the slice.  But my all-time favorite was their German chocolate cake.  But their German chocolate cake wasn’t like every other German chocolate cake.  There was one small thing that set it apart from any other cake that I have ever had.  It had a layer of raspberry puree in-between the layers.  I had never had German chocolate cake like that before, and I don’t think any other cake will ever measure up to that cake.  Both my sister and I became addicted, and it was a sad, sad day when they stopped selling that cake by the slice.

This was many years ago.  And I haven’t been able to get that combination out of my head since then.

If you’ve been reading my blog for awhile, you might remember a few years ago when I decided to make cupcakes for each member of my family for their birthdays.  Well, this year, I decided to bring back that tradition.  This month was my brother’s birthday, and he is a German chocolate fan.  I immediately thought of that cake when I thought to make him German chocolate cupcakes, and I knew I had to try to re-create those flavors.  I’m so glad I had that thought come to my mind, because I loved these cupcakes.  The raspberry with the chocolate and the German chocolate frosting was so delicious.  I hope my brother loved them as much as I did!!

I’m on the quest to find the perfect at-home, bakery style cupcake recipe.  And while this cupcake recipe was delicious, it wasn’t exactly what I was looking for.  While they were delicious, they were a little bit crumbly and hard to fill, and not the texture that I was looking for for that bakery style cupcake.  But they were still very tasty!  I’m excited to use this year and all of the birthdays ahead to try to find that perfect cupcake recipe!!

German Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Filling | Taste and Tell

German Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Filling
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This is not your normal German chocolate cupcake! A chocolate cupcake gets dressed up with chocolate frosting, German chocolate frosting, and a raspberry filling.
Serves: 30 cupcakes
For the Cupcakes
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water
For the Raspberry Filling
  • 2 cups frozen, unsweetened raspberries
  • ¼ cup sugar + ⅓ cup sugar
  • 1¼ cups water (minus the raspberry liquid)
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
For the Chocolate Frosting
  • ½ cup butter
  • ⅔ cup cocoa
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • ⅓ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
For the German Chocolate Frosting
  • ½ cup evaporated milk
  • 1 (11 oz) bag caramel bits
  • 1¼ cup chopped pecans
  • 1¼ cup shredded sweetened coconut
Make the cupcakes:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 30 muffin cups with paper liners. Set aside.
  2. In the bowl of a mixer, combine the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add in the milk, eggs, oil and vanilla. Beat for 2 minutes on medium speed. Stir in the boiling water. (Batter will be thin.) Fill each muffin cup about ⅔ full with the batter. Bake in the preheated oven for 22-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  3. Cool Completely.
Make the Raspberry Filling:
  1. Mix the raspberries and the ¼ cup sugar and allow the raspberries to thaw. Once thawed, drain any juices away from the raspberries, reserving the juice.
  2. Combine the reserved juice and enough water to make 1¼ cups of liquid.
  3. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, combine the ⅓ cup sugar, water and juice, cornstarch and lemon juice. Bring to a boil and stir until it thickens. Remove from the heat and cool. Stir in the raspberries. (Filling can be made ahead of time. Refrigerate until needed.)
Make the Chocolate Frosting:
  1. Melt the butter. Stir in the cocoa. Alternately mix in the powdered sugar and the milk, beating until smooth. Add more milk, if needed. Mix in the vanilla.
Make the German Chocolate Frosting:
  1. In a medium saucepan, heat the evaporated milk until it starts to simmer. Add the caramel bits and cook, stirring, until the caramel is melted and smooth. Bring the mixture to a boil, then immediately remove from the heat. Stir in the pecans and the coconut.
Assemble the cupcakes:
  1. Cut a cone out of the top of each cupcake. Fill the cupcake with the raspberry filling. Pipe a border of the chocolate frosting around the edge of each cupcake. Fill the center of the frosting with a mound of the German chocolate frosting.
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  3. Chocolate cupcake recipe from Hershey's Chocolate Cookbook
  4. Raspberry Filling from: Tidy Mom
  5. Chocolate Frosting from: Hershey's Chocolate Cookbook
  6. German Chocolate Frosting recipe from: Confessions of a Cookbook Queen


Other German chocolate inspired recipes found around the web:

German Chocolate Filled Cupcakes from Back to Her Roots
German Chocolate Ice Cream from Dinner and Dessert
German Chocolate Cookie Bites from easybaked
German Chocolate Brownie Bars from Bakingdom
Layered German Chocolate Cupcakes from Peanut Butter and Julie
Mini German Chocolate Crostadas from Gingerbread Bagels

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25 Responses to German Chocolate Cupcakes with Raspberry Filling

  1. Erin says:

    I would’ve never come up with this. But I love it!

  2. I would have never thought of raspberry with German Chocolate. It sounds fabulous. What bakery?

  3. Maria says:

    I love the surprise filling!

  4. Oh.my.word! That sounds utterly amazing!

  5. CherylK says:

    Looks wonderful! Have just discovered your blog via Karly of Buns in my Oven…your food photos are beautiful and I’m looking forward to exploring your site!

  6. Bev Weidner says:

    Um, OMG. how DO you do it?!

  7. Rosa says:

    Those look so pretty and irresistible!



  8. Nettie says:

    I think your cupacakes are fabulous, love German Chocolate cake and love raspberry perfect combination.


  9. Jennifer | Mother Thyme says:

    I love your tradition of baking cupcakes for family members birthdays! Great idea. German Chocolate cake is one of my favorites, what a delicious recipe to make as a cupcake!

  10. Elizabeth says:

    Never would think of raspberries! Sounds yummy.

  11. Katie says:

    This looks unbelievably good! I can feel my thighs widening just looking at it. Haha.

  12. What a great idea for a cupcake flavor. I can’t wait to see when you come up with the perfect bakery cupcake recipe – they just do something that is hard to replicate at home!

  13. Deborah these are a work of art! Between the cupcakes, the filling and getting that in, and then TWO kinds of frosting…oh my oh my. They look amazing!

  14. leslie says:

    what a lucky brother you have…these look like the perfect cupcake!

  15. Katrina says:

    These are beauties! I can’t wait to impress the fam with these 🙂

  16. Joanne says:

    German chocolate cake is SO sweet that I’m sure the tartness from the cranberries does it a whole lotta good! Loving these!

  17. Beth says:

    What a nice twist on German chocolate cupcakes!

  18. Aggie says:

    These are beautiful cupcakes! I would love that filling & I can already tell you that frosting looks amazing.

  19. grace says:

    my first thought? WEIRD! but the more i consider it, the more i like it! raspberry is a natural mate to the chocolate and coconut!

  20. amanda says:

    hey there these look sooo yummy . try a butter based chocolate cupcake it will be a lot less soft and easier to fill

  21. Melissa says:

    I made these cupcakes tonight and WOW. They are so easy (despite the many elements) and so beautiful. The raspberry filling takes them over the top.

    I used a different recipe for the cupcakes themselves (after reading your commentary) and I was also slightly dissatisfied with my efforts. I think my cupcakes were too light and sweet. In my opinion, the perfect cupcake for this recipe would be not-too-sweet, dark chocolatey, and a bit denser.

    Anyway, delicious nonetheless!

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