Tuesday, August 17, 2010

German Chocolate Cupcakes (Semi-Homemade)

1 box Duncan Hines German Chocolate Cake mix

1 can Duncan Hines Cream Cheese frosting
1/4 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon ginger

1/2 cup sweetened flake coconut
1/4 cup chopped pecans

I used a "Texas"-sized cupcake pan so I made 12 very generous cupcakes.  Next time, I will make these in regular or mini size.  They are very rich and just a little too large.

Prepare cake mix according to directions and bake in cupcake tins.

Add almond extract, vanilla and ginger to icing and stir to combine.  The ginger and almond help to cut the sweetness of the icing.

After removing cupcakes from oven, spread coconut and pecans on a sheet pan with sides and toast.  Just a few minutes, it goes from barely done to over done very quickly.

After cupcakes are cool, frost each and sprinkle with coconut and pecans.


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