German Chocolate Cupcake
- Cake Batter:
- 2 cups cake flour (not self rising), sifted
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 1/3 cup sugar
- 3/4 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
- 3 large eggs, room temperature
- 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 5 ounces German chocolate, melted and cooled
- 2 1/3 cups sweetened coconut flakes
- 1 1/2 cups pecans, chopped
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 12 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
- 4 large egg yolks, room temperature, slightly beaten
- One 12-ounce can evaporated milk
- 1 cup unsalted butter
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 cup milk, plus more
- 4 cups powdered sugar
Special equipment: Cupcake corer
Whisk together the flour, baking soda and salt. In a mixing bowl, cream the sugar and butter until light and fluffy with an electric hand mixer. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating until each is incorporated. Beat in the vanilla. Reduce to a low speed. Add the flour mixture in 3 batches, alternating with buttermilk. Beat in the melted and cooled chocolate. Divide the batter evenly among the lined cups, filling each three-quarters full. Bake until a toothpick comes out clean, 18 to 20 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and cool completely.
For the filling: In a large mixing bowl, combine the coconut flakes and pecans, and set aside. In a medium saucepan, combine the sugar, butter, vanilla, egg yolks and evaporated milk. Heat the pan over medium-high heat until it begins to boil. Stir constantly. Let the mixture boil for an additional 2 minutes. Remove from the heat and pour over the coconut and chopped pecans mixture. Stir until completely incorporated. Put in the refrigerator for 1 to 1 1/2 hours to cool and thicken.
For the frosting: In a mixing bowl, cream the butter and cocoa powder with an electric hand mixer on medium-high until light and creamy. Add in the vanilla. Add in the milk. Add 1 cup of the powdered sugar at a time, mixing between each addition. Add more milk as needed until you reach the desired consistency. Add the frosting to a piping bag fitted with a large star tip.
To assemble, pull out the centers of the cooled cupcake with a cupcake corer. Fill with the coconut pecan filling. Pipe the frosting onto each cupcake. Place a small amount of coconut pecan filling on top for garnish.
Contestant/Competition Recipe: This recipe was created by a contestant during a cooking competition. The Food Network Kitchen have not tested it for home use and therefore cannot make any representation as to the results.
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