Tuesday, January 11, 2011

The Super Chocolate Vegan Hootenanny! Episode III : German Chocolate Cupcakes

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If you'd asked me a month ago why it was called German Chocolate Cake, I would have grasped at straws and guessed it had something to do with Germany, even though that doesn't make sense really. I mean, Bavaria isn't really known for their coconut trees. (insert shrug here)

The truth is that an English immigrant named Samuel German developed a certain type of sweet chocolate for the Baker's Chocolate factory in 1852 that became quite popular, so the company named it after him. Over 100 years later, a homemaker in Dallas, TX used Mr. German's signature chocolate to create this baking masterpiece, and shared her recipe with the world in the local newspaper. The rest is cake history!

I'm really excited to add our version of Vegan German Chocolate Cupcakes to our Pantheon of Baked Treats. Even though we didn't use Mr. German's chocolate to make it, I feel like these cupcakes really capture the spirit of this classic American dessert. And when you make it, please give a little tip of your hat to all those generations of creative and talented women who shared their recipes with us in newspapers and home journals. Here's to the first food bloggers!

German Chocolate Cake
  • 1 Cup All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour
  • 1 Cup Sugar
  • 1/4 Cup Baking Cocoa Powder
  • 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 Cup Hazelnut or Vegetable Oil
  • 1 Teaspoon Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/2 Teaspoon French Vanilla Extract
  • 1 Cup Cold Water
Heat oven to 350.

In a bowl, mix Flours, Sugar, Cocoa, Baking Soda and Salt with a whisk to break up any large clumps. In another bowl, mix Oil, Vinegar and Vanilla with a whisk. Pour the Oil mix into the Flour mix. Then add Water and blend with an electric hand mixer on low for 5 minutes.

Fill your lined cupcake pan. fill each cup 3/4 of the way full. Bake for 30 minutes or until you can stick a bamboo skewer in one and can remove it cleanly. Cool for 30 minutes before frosting.

Coconut Pecan Frosting (this will make more than enough for the dozen cupcakes above)
  • 1 Cup Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 Cup Margarine
  • 1 Can Coconut Milk
  • 2 Tablespoons Arrowroot
  • 2 Tablespoons EnerG Egg Replacer
  • 1 Teaspoon French Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Cups Shredded Coconut (flakes)
  • 1 1/3 Cup Chopped Pecans
In a saucepan, melt Margarine. Mix in Sugar, Coconut Milk and Vanilla. Heat over a low to medium heat. Once it is blended and begins to bubble, stir in Arrowroot, Egg Replacer, Coconut Flakes and Pecans. Remove from heat. Let sit for 1 hour until it cools.


    1. These look amazing! I LOVE German Chocolate Cake, but haven't made it since going vegan. I'm so excited to try this recipe!

    2. Oh My! I am saving this recipe for sure. I am a new vegan of only 4 months and never thought about german chocolate cake, until now. Thanks for the recipe!

    3. Hey Annie! This sounds amazing - can't wait to make them, but just wanted to make sure the 1 cup cold water just gets tossed in with the oil, vinegar, vanilla mixture. It wasn't mentioned in the instructions...
      Thanks for doing the Betty Crocker Project - great stuff!!!

    4. Sorry about that! Fixed it!
      Someday I'll do this for a living and not have to write blog entries in the wee hours. Thanks for being patient with me. :)

    5. Wow! Baking these right now - my very first vegan baked good. Thanks for the recipe.

    6. Not a problem! Thanks for the quick reply! Fingers crossed for you regarding the wee hours...

    7. Mmmm... Just made these tonight (and am sampling one as I write this)! These are AWESOME. I toasted the coconut and pecans for a few minutes before mixing them in to the frosting - that made it extra awesome. I'm very excited to unveil these at the dinner party I'm taking them to tomorrow :) Thanks for another awesome recipe!! Have I used the word "awesome" enough? Ok, awesome.

    8. The cupcakes tasted great, but I think I overbaked them. I had some trouble with the frosting. After waiting is was still pretty wet, so I added some coconut oil to firm it up.

    9. Made these this past week - they were great!! But, I too had a problem with the topping not thickening up enough. I didn't try to "fix" it -I just plopped it on top and told everyone they had to suck it up and get past the messy business of unwrapping the cupcake if they wanted to experience bliss. They all complied and thought sticky fingers were a small price to pay. YUM! They were even better after a day in the fridge!