Easy Samoa Cupcakes

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Impress your friends with these super easy Samoa Cupcakes!  Made with my tried and true chocolate cake recipe, these cupcakes are topped with a brown sugar frosting, toasted coconut, chocolate drizzle and a Samoa Cookie!

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This past Saturday, my neighbor Doris invited me and the kids over for a BBQ to help the time pass before my husband comes home from Afghanistan.  It was a last minute invite, seeing it was already 4:30pm and I was in my sweat pants with no make-up on so I hesitated at first about coming over.  I mean… it’s one thing to be in sweats in front of my neighbor, but in mixed company… I wasn’t too sure.

After a little convincing, I decided I’d toss the kids over the fence and join the neighbors, their kids and another family for a BBQ dinner.

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My mom taught that when someone invites you for dinner, you bring something to the table.  You don’t come empty handed.   So, I ran into the kitchen and did a quick inventory of what I had on hand to make.  I always have supplies for cupcakes, but what could I throw together that would have that “WOW” factor?

I still had a few boxes of Girl Scout Samoa cookies left, so I decided I’d do a play on those for the cupcakes.

I started with my favorite chocolate cake recipe for the cupcakes.  Then, I topped the cupcakes with a brown sugar frosting.  I didn’t have any caramel, so I wanted to incorporate the flavor of caramel into the frosting… brown sugar was the easiest way to do that.

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While the cupcakes were cooling, I toasted some sweetened coconut and pulled the Hershey’s chocolate syrup out of the fridge to come to room temperate.  I halved a few Samoa cookies and I was ready to put it all together.

On top of the swirl of brown sugar frosting, I sprinkled a generous amount of toasted coconut.  Then, drizzled the chocolate sauce over the coconut and garnished the entire cupcake with half a Samoa Cookie.

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Easy Samoa Cupcakes! The entire process took less than two hours… most of which was spent waiting for the cupcakes to cool enough so the frosting wouldn’t melt!

Happy Baking!

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Serves: 1 dozen cupcakes

  • Use THIS RECIPE for the chocolate cupcakes
  • NOTE: For this recipe I used a caramel flavored brewed coffee
  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • ¼ cup heavy cream or milk
  • ½ cup toasted coconut
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Samoa cookies, halved

  1. Make cupcakes according to the directions in THIS RECIPE
  1. Cream the butter and brown sugar together until smooth – about 2 minutes.
  2. Add the powdered sugar, salt, and vanilla extract and mix until incorporated.
  3. Add the cream/milk and beat until smooth, light and fluffy. Add more milk if you desire a looser consistency.
  1. Using a Wilton 1M piping tip, pipe a swirl of frosting on to each cupcake.
  2. Sprinkle toasted coconut on top then drizzle chocolate sauce over.
  3. Garnish each cupcake with ½ a Girl Scout Samoa Cookie.


17 Comments on Easy Samoa Cupcakes

    • Betsy Eves
      March 31, 2014 at 3:08 pm (8 months ago)

      Hahaha :) That made me giggle!

    • Betsy Eves
      March 31, 2014 at 3:28 pm (8 months ago)

      Oh, Amy! If only there were any left! hehe

  1. Rebecca {foodie with family}
    March 31, 2014 at 4:37 pm (8 months ago)

    Now I’m not usually a cupcake person, but I guarantee I shouldn’t be trusted in a room by myself with a plate full of THESE. WOW.

    • Betsy Eves
      March 31, 2014 at 9:09 pm (8 months ago)

      You’ll be a cupcake person after these, trust me!! ;)

    • Betsy Eves
      March 31, 2014 at 9:09 pm (8 months ago)

      Just “a” bite? hehe

    • Betsy Eves
      March 31, 2014 at 9:09 pm (8 months ago)

      Thank you, Lindsay!

  2. juliajolliff
    March 31, 2014 at 10:53 pm (8 months ago)

    Samoas have always been my favorite girl scout cookie! I wish I had one of these!

    • Betsy Eves
      April 1, 2014 at 11:53 am (8 months ago)

      It’s a tie for me… I love the Samoas and the Tagalongs equally! YUM!

  3. Serene@HouseofYumm
    April 1, 2014 at 8:01 pm (8 months ago)

    I love Samoas!! And I love that you pulled these together last minute for a BBQ :) your neighbors must LOVE you!!

    • Betsy Eves
      April 1, 2014 at 9:34 pm (8 months ago)

      They do! Especially cause the Mom can’t bake. So her kids and husband love me every time I bring them something home baked! :)

  4. cookingactress
    April 2, 2014 at 7:30 pm (8 months ago)

    I love the intense chocolatey-ness of these cupcakes and then all the delish Samoa-y goodness! YES! Tagalongs are my fave but Thin Mint & Samoa’s are a close 2nd and 3rd!!!

  5. bake.love.give.
    April 10, 2014 at 2:06 am (8 months ago)

    These look INCREDIBLE! I love the brown sugar frosting, I think that keeps these from being toooo sweet.

  6. Anne
    July 15, 2014 at 11:34 pm (4 months ago)

    Loved this recipe – so good; and I enjoyed reading the personal info from the “baker.”


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