Samoa Cupcakes

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Several weeks ago I ordered many many boxes of Girl Scout cookies from my beautiful niece, Ashley.  Well… I’ve been holding on to those cookies until I had enough time to create the cupcake made from one of the most popular GS cookies, the Samoa.  And you know what… I think I’ve done it.   Now, I’ve made a few cupcakes that were pretty damn good before… but these, well these cupcakes my friend are probably one of my BEST creations.

Now… before I go any further, I must take a moment to thank Rudy from Man Bakes Cake in helping me come up with the recipe for this cupcake. I was admiring his version of the cupcake and asked on his Facebook if he had a recipe. We exchanged a few emails in which he explained the basic process and ingredients for making his version of the Samoa cupcake. I took a few of his ideas and ran with it! I would have never thought to use one of the main ingredients in this recipe… coconut milk… but it really makes this cupcake AMAZING!

So thank you MAN BAKES CAKE for the inspiration and direction in making this cupcake!

So let me tell you about this cupcake.  This Samoa cupcake starts with a brown sugar base.  Now, most cupcake recipes I use call for some kind of liquid to be added, usually milk, but for this cupcake we use coconut milk.  That combination of brown sugar and coconut make for a perfect Samoa flavor.  For some crunch and added flavor, I’ve mixed in an entire box of Samoa cookies and some coconut flakes into the batter.  The cupcake is topped with a caramel coconut frosting.  This frosting is also made with the coconut milk.  I guess you could say that coconut milk is the secret ingredient of this cupcake.  I’ve never worked with it before, but I’ll definitely be using it again when I need a rich coconut flavor.   The chocolate drizzle on top is just a semi-sweet chocolate, but it’s a perfect pairing with the caramel flavors and coconut.

So… I won’t keep you from the recipe any further!  Enjoy!

Samoa Cupcakes
Makes 24 cupcakes

1 ½  cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter at room temperature
1 ½ cups light brown sugar, packed
4 large eggs at room temperature
1 ½ tsp coconut extract

2 2/3 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼  teaspoon salt

1 cup coconut milk

1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
1 box Samoa Girl Scout Cookies – broken into pieces

1 box Samoa Girl Scout Cookies – cut in half
1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips, melted

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Line cupcake pan with 24 liners.
  2. In a mixer, beat butter on high until soft.
  3. Slowly add sugar and beat until light and creamy.
  4. Add eggs one at a time, making sure to beat well after each egg.
  5. Add the coconut extract and mix until incorporated.
  6. Whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a bowl and set aside.
  7. Measure out  the coconut milk and set aside.
  8. Add about ¼ of the flour mixture followed by 1/3 of the milk mixture.
  9. Repeat this step until you end with the flour mixture.  Mix just until incorporated.
  10. Fold in the coconut flakes and Samoa cookies
  11. Fill cupcake liners with batter about ¾ full.
  12. Bake for 10 minutes then rotate pan.  Bake another 5-7 minute or until cupcakes are golden brown.
  13. Let cool in pan for at least 5 minutes before transferring to cooling rack to completely cool before frosting.
  14. Frost with caramel coconut frosting, drizzle with melted chocolate and top with ½ a Samoa cookie.


Caramel Coconut Frosting
(Depending on how much frosting you want to put on your cupcakes, you may only need half this recipe)

2 sticks unsalted butter
2 cups packed dark brown sugar
2/3 cup coconut milk + 2 tbsp more
1 ½ tsp coconut extract
2 lbs sifted powdered sugar

  1. In a small pan, melt the butter on medium high heat.
  2. Stir in the coconut milk and coconut extract.  Slowly add the brown sugar and stir until completely dissolved, about  2-3 minutes.  Do not let the mixture boil.
  3. Remove from heat and pour into a large mixing bowl.
  4. 8 oz at a time add the sifted powdered sugar and mix with a hand mixer.  Scrape the sides of the bowl after each addition.
  5. If necessary, add up to 2 tbsp more coconut milk to create the consistency you want.
  6. Mix on high about 2 minutes, scraping sides making sure all the sugar is incorporated.
  7. Work quickly to frost the cupcakes, the frosting will be warm but hardens quickly and is harder to work with.**

*Tips & Tricks*
The frosting will still be warm when it’s ready to be used. Make sure you’re ready to frost your cupcakes as soon as the frosting is ready! Once it cools, it will set up and harden, making any piping or spreading more difficult to do.

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34 Comments on Samoa Cupcakes

  1. Katherine
    July 3, 2012 at 2:09 am (2 years ago)

    THANK YOU. These cupcakes are incredible! I made them recently and absolutely LOVED them!!

    • JavaCupcake
      July 5, 2012 at 9:44 pm (2 years ago)

      Awesome!!! I loooooove them too!! xoxo

  2. julia
    January 31, 2013 at 11:50 pm (1 year ago)

    for the frosting i could not find coconut extract but bought some coconut flavor. the lady at store told me that it is much stronger, do you have any idea how much i should use? or i may be talking about the same thing you used. please reply

    • Betsy Eves
      February 1, 2013 at 5:00 pm (1 year ago)

      Start with 1/2 a tsp and go from there. You can always add more, but you can’t take it away!

  3. Stephanie Schieder
    February 25, 2013 at 7:33 pm (1 year ago)

    When you’re referring to Coconut Milk, are you talking about the kind you find in the dairy section or the canned kind?

    • Betsy Eves
      February 26, 2013 at 10:32 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Stephanie –
      Great question! I used the canned coconut milk because it’s really packed full of coconut flavor – BUT, you could use the milk from the dairy section if that’s all that is available to you! :)
      Happy baking!

  4. Andy
    June 17, 2013 at 11:32 pm (10 months ago)

    Hi !
    I am in England. We don’t have Girl Scouts or Samoa cookies. What can I use instead ?

    • Betsy Eves
      June 18, 2013 at 12:17 am (10 months ago)

      Any coconut and chocolate cookie would do! :) Keebler makes a cookie that is similar to the Samoa!

      • Andy
        June 18, 2013 at 1:05 am (10 months ago)

        Thanks ! :-)


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