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I don’t know if you know this, but going out to the grocery store with 3 kids is sometimes quite the chore. I think it would be easier if they were just a little bit older. Abbi – she’s mostly good. She’ll stick by my side and won’t try to run off. Easton, though, is at that age where he’s not quite old enough to walk by himself when we are in the store because he wanders too much. So I’ll stick him in the front of the cart, but then I’ll still have the baby. I have to put him (in his car seat) across the back of the cart, because if I put him all of the way in, there is no room for groceries.

And as a food blogger, I buy a lot of groceries.
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So he’s across the back so that I can put things underneath, (still not a lot of room, but we make it work.)

Most of the time, this works for us. Unless one (or more) of the kids are in a mood. The other day, we were grocery shopping, and my daughter saw a toy that she decided that she needed. Needed as in I’m-not-leaving-this-store-until-I-get-this-toy. She was upset, and started crying, which in turn made Easton throw a fit and crying. I have a cart full of groceries, so I didn’t want to just walk out, so I’m trying to calmly walk to the checkout so that we can get out of there.
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Half of the looks I got from people were the “can’t you get your kids under control?” looks. And obviously, those people don’t have kids. Because even the best behaved children will at one point have that breakdown in the middle of the grocery store kind of day. The other half of the looks I got were the looks of sympathy, the “I’ve been there, done that” or the “I’m so glad I got to come to the grocery store alone to avoid that” looks.

I was finally able to calm them down and check out. But after that, I was exhausted. And in need of some emotional eating.
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So I drove over to The Sweet Tooth Fairy.  And there I bought a delicious cupcake – a seasonal Samoa cupcake.  It was divine.  And the perfect way to de-stress after that grocery shopping trip.

I bought one for my husband, too, and he was as enthusiastic about it as I was.  And I knew that I needed to recreate that cupcake at home.
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These cupcakes have quite a few steps, but if you aren’t distracted by little ones at your feet, it should all go pretty quickly and smoothly.  Every component on it’s own is pretty easy to prepare.  And I totally cheated on the caramel filling and bought a can of dulce de leche.  But I did make the cupcake from scratch – that counts for something, right?
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These cupcakes are rich and delicious.  And made up of (almost) all of my favorite flavors.  And it definitely beats having to get three kids out of the house – you just make these from home!!

Samoa Cupcakes - yellow cupcakes with a caramel center, topped with chocolate ganache, caramel frosting & toasted coconut | www.tasteandtellblog.com

Samoa Cupcakes
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Everyone's favorite Girl Scout cookie in cupcake form - a yellow cupcake is filled with caramel then topped with chocolate ganache, caramel buttercream and toasted coconut.
Serves: 12 cupcakes
  • 1½ cups flour
  • 1 12/ teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ¼ cup butter, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 eggs
Caramel Filling
  • ½ cup prepared dulce de leche (homemade or store bought)
Chocolate Ganache
  • 1 cup semi sweet chocolate chips
  • ½ cup heavy cream
Caramel Buttercream
  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 2⅓ cups powdered sugar
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup toasted coconut
  • leftover chocolate ganache
Make the cupcakes:
  1. Preheat the oven to 350F. Line 12 muffin cups with cupcake liners.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl or glass measuring cup, mix together the milk and vanilla.
  4. In the bowl of a mixer, beat together the butter, oil and sugar until light and fluffy, 3-4 minutes. Beat in the eggs, one at a time, until incorporated. Add half of the flour mixture and mix just until combined, then add the milk, mixing just until combined. Add the remaining flour and mix.
  5. Fill each cup ⅔ full. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool completely.
Fill the cupcakes:
  1. Cut a cone out of the center of each cupcake. Fill with a heaping teaspoon of dulce de leche then replace the top of the cupcake.
Make the ganache:
  1. Put the chocolate chips and cream in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high for 45 seconds, then let the mixture sit for 1-2 minutes. Stir until all of the chocolate chips have melted and a smooth sauce is formed. Spread the ganache on top of each of the cupcakes. (You will have leftover ganache - use for the chocolate drizzle on top of the cupcakes.)
Make the caramel buttercream:
  1. In a saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter. Add the brown sugar and cook for a few minutes until dissolved. Stir in the cream. Remove from the heat and add in half of the powdered sugar. Beat well then add the remaining powdered sugar. Add in the vanilla and beat until the icing is smooth and shiny. Place the buttercream in a piping bag and pipe the frosting on top of the ganache.
  2. Dip each of the cupcakes into toasted coconut then drizzle with the remaining chocolate ganache.

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33 Responses to Samoa Cupcakes {and a giveaway}

  1. Caramel buttercream. That is heaven, right there.

    And I cant even imagine going groc shopping with 3 small kids. You deserve way more than a cupcake! 🙂

  2. Rosa says:

    Mmmhhh, extremely tempting! That buttercream is fabulous.



  3. Ummmm, these cupcakes? Amazing! That caramel buttercream looks sooo good. And I am continually impressed by all that you do with 3 kids. You’re a total superstar!

  4. I seriously dream of the day I can grocery shop alone! And honestly, I hate those days when one of the kids misbehaves but then when you’re on the other side of things and it’s someone else – it just feels good to know you’re not alone. People who make rude faces or even worse > comments(!) definitely do not have kids. BTW these cupcakes are true perfection!

  5. I remember those days of grocery shopping with little ones…not fun! Shopping alone always felt like such a huge treat.

    These cupcake look unbelievably good. Samoas are my favorite girl scout cookies and I know I’d love these.

  6. These look absolutely incredible! Love those samoa toppings!

  7. I totally wanted to laugh and cry all at the same time with this. Yes I know how you feel, I have 4! Also I thought I was the only one who emotionally ate! Just kidding, everyone needs a cupcake every now and then to get through the day!

  8. Mmm, these cupcakes sound and look amazing! Also, you = wonder woman. I wish I could give you a gold star for how you juggle it all!

  9. Congrats on 6 years!! And I want 35 of those cuppies.

  10. This is a cupcake I could love.

  11. kari says:

    Last month for our daughter’s 17th birthday her older sister brought a dozen glorious cupcakes from Scratch bakery in Des Moines, IA. We were in Heaven, and I love, love the Wedding Cake one. but every once in a while a girl needs Chocolate, and yes a Chocolate Ganache cupcake will do nicely.

  12. Oh my gosh. I’ll take a dozen, please?! That caramel buttercream is screaming my name right now. My turkey sandwich lunch is no longer appetizing. i need a cupcake!

  13. These sound (and look!) incredible!

  14. Samoas are one of my favorite Girl Scout cookies, right behind Thin Mints. Your cupcakes look so ooey gooey and delicious. I’ve got to try them!

  15. Congratulations on turning 6! These cupcakes are so pretty, I love the caramel buttercream and toasted coconut topping!

  16. Cheryl illinois says:

    I would be so happy to be an “extra” Grandma and watch someones children while they grocery shop. I have only 1 grandchild but I do remember how difficult it is to concentrate (even with a list) on what to buy at the store when you have children with you.Anyone of you shoppers live in the NW suburbs of Chicago??

  17. Jingle says:

    These look AMAZING! I just may have to give them a shot!

  18. Tammi says:

    These look totally amazing. I love samoa girl scout cookies. I can’t wait to try them. To bad I am on a diet. I’ll have to save them for a special occasion.

  19. Emily says:

    How could I NOT pin these delicious treats?

  20. Tracey says:

    I love these cupcakes Deb, samoas are the best! And there’s no shame in canned dulce de leche, it’s delicious stuff 🙂

    PS – you make me very grateful I get to grocery shop all by myself every week. Guess I’d better enjoy it while we don’t have kids!

  21. Annalise says:

    I’ve been wanting to stop by the STF for this cupcake, it sounds fabulous. I love that you created it at home! And I applaud you for taking 3 kids to the grocery store, I can’t even imagine!

  22. carrian says:

    That looks amazing. Holy delicious! And that pitcher’s actually way cool!!

  23. Joanne says:

    I have THOSE days sometimes at work…and I wish I had these to come home to every time! Definitely making a batch soon!

  24. Deb these came out way better than a cookie version.
    I cannot get enough coconut anything these days.
    I’m even putting it in my smoothies!

  25. Gorgeous! And what great flavor inspiration.

    Sounds like you need to get a wrap or carrier so you can put the little one in there and have loads of room for food!

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  26. Tieghan says:

    These look like heaven!! Yum!! You did such a beautiful job!

  27. Oh how I can totally relate to grocery store tantrums with the kids. Glad to hear I’m not alone. I try to go as much as I can by myself, but sometimes I have to cart the kids along and I hold my breath during the entire trip hoping they won’t throw a fit. Lately, if I get them a balloon that seems to distract them long enough for me to run through the store. These cupcakes look fantastic! What a great combination and I love the caramel filling, yum!

  28. Best cupcakes ever! And I honestly don’t know how you go grocery shopping with 3 kids. It’s impossible to do it even alone!

  29. Dianna Belle says:

    okay – call me dumb! dulce de leche is already carmel in the can? or do you need to cook it 4 hours in a crockpot on high??

  30. I love Banana flavored cupcakes with buttercream icing

  31. Roxie Tish says:

    These cupcakes sound so wonderful, I can’t wait to try this recipe. I’m actually real excited about all the different layers.

  32. Jaclyn says:

    These look amazing to say the least!

  33. Hi there, this would be a great contribution to Food on Friday: Muffins & Cupcakes over at Carole’s Chatter. Please do bring it over to join in the fun. Cheers

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