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Easy Samoa Cupcakes

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!

Easy Samoa Cupcakes
Yield: 1 dozen cupcakes

Easy Samoa Cupcakes

Prep Time: 16 minutes
Cook Time: 18 minutes
Total Time: 34 minutes

Ingredients

Cupcakes

  • Use THIS RECIPE for the chocolate cupcakes
  • NOTE: For this recipe I used a caramel flavored brewed coffee

Frosting

  • 10 Tbsp unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1lb powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream or milk

Garnish

  • 1/2 cup toasted coconut
  • Chocolate syrup
  • Samoa cookies, halved

Instructions

Cupcakes

  1. Make cupcakes according to the directions in THIS RECIPE

Frosting

  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.

Assembly

  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 1/2 a Girl Scout Samoa Cookie.

Nutrition Information


Amount Per Serving Calories 0Total Fat 0g

DMW

Wednesday 29th of March 2017

These cupcakes were awesome, I was a little worried that the batter seemed too thin, but they were great!

Anne

Tuesday 15th of July 2014

Loved this recipe - so good; and I enjoyed reading the personal info from the "baker."

bake.love.give.

Thursday 10th of April 2014

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

cookingactress

Wednesday 2nd of April 2014

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!!!

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Tuesday 1st of April 2014

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

Betsy Eves

Tuesday 1st of April 2014

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

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