German Chocolate Cupcakes


These gluten free German chocolate cupcakes are paleo-friendly but you’d never know it! They’re rich, decadent and delicious!

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Wow. I am so excited about sharing this recipe for German Chocolate Cupcakes with you guys. This is easily one of the best desserts that I’ve ever made. And, it’s paleo-friendly and gluten-free. You have my brother, Rishi, to thank for these incredibly rich and chocolatey cupcakes topped with a caramel flavored pecan and coconut frosting.

Rishi’s birthday is this upcoming weekend (April 11th) and so when I asked him what type of cake he wanted me to bake for his birthday, he said: German Chocolate Cake. I never expected my recipe to be so spot on… and so darn delicious.

See the guy below with glitter in his hair? That’s Rishi, the little bro. He’s handsome (we obviously have the same genes), ridiculously smart (I somehow missed out on those genes…) and very talented.  I know I’ve talked about Rishi several times before, but this time I want to tell you a little more about him because he’s such an important person in my life.


how-to-invest-stocks-portfolio-tiingoI’m just so proud of him… for so many reasons. For those of you who listen to podcasts, he has a really popular podcast on itunes. It’s all about how to get started in investing, so if you’re interested in learning more about this subject – or know someone who is, definitely share his website/podcast with your family and friends.

I know that Rishi is going to love these cupcakes. Well, technically I already ate these cupcakes… but I know he’s going to the love the cupcakes and/or cake that I make for him this weekend. I also know that if you make these cupcakes, you will absolutely love them too.

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German Chocolate Cupcakes

German Chocolate Cupcakes

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Servings 12 cupcakes


German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Frosting


German Chocolate Cake

  • In a small bowl combine the dry ingredients (almond flour flour, cacao, coconut flour, baking soda and salt).
  • Add the maple syrup, melted butter, and vanilla extract and mix well.
  • Then, add the eggs and mix well.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips and spoon the batter into a cupcake pan.
  • Bake at 350° for 15-20 minutes or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Allow the cupcakes to cool.

German Chocolate Frosting

  • Preheat oven to 350°. Bake pecans and coconut in a single layer in a shallow pan 8 to 10 minutes or until toasted and fragrant, stirring halfway through.
  • Meanwhile, add the egg yolks, coconut milk, coconut sugar in a saucepan and mix well. Then, put the saucepan on the stovetop over low-medium heat and whisk continuously for 5 minutes.
  • Raise the heat to medium and then add the butter and vanilla.
  • Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring constantly, until the mixture has thickened. It should coat the back of a spoon.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the coconut and the pecans. Allow the frosting to cool on the counter or in the fridge. Once cool, spread the frosting on top of the cupcakes.


You can also make a cake. Just use two 6-inch cake pans and bake for 35-40 minutes.
Also, if you have any frosting left over, store it in the freezer. Serve it warm on top of some (coconut milk) ice cream on a different day for dessert!
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  1. JC says

    Hi! A friend shared one of your recipes with me and my family loves it so much I’m here to find more! I am paleo. One of the reasons for this is food allergies, including ALL dairy; I cannot have ghee! Sadly (for me), I see it’s an ingredient in a number of your recipes. Is there a substitute I can use? Thanks in advance!

    • My Heart Beets says

      That is awesome! I’m so happy your friend told you about my blog and even happier you came here to check it out for yourself 🙂 You can use (sustainable) palm shortening instead of ghee for baked goods – for savory recipes I’d go with avocado oil or coconut oil. Hope that helps!

  2. Sharon says

    5 stars
    Made these for my birthday because I was craving German Chocolate cake flavor, but wanted less sugar and no wheat. Right on! The cupcakes are not overly sweet but the chocolate flavor comes through well (and made my house smell marvelous) and the rich frosting is a perfect counterpoint. They are not soggy, excellent texture. I was going to reduce the sugar in the frosting, but I’ve tried several of your recipes now and they always come out great so trusted your proportions and I’m glad I did. Well done and thank you!

  3. Parizad in az says

    I made these last weekend, and my family devoured them!
    The one and only substitution I made was, used 1/4 cup maple syrup & about 3 Tbsp of Swerve (erythritol sweetener)..instead of the 1/2 maple syrup recipe asks for.
    It was just perfect all around!! Thanks a ton💗

  4. Christealee says

    Wondering if I could use coconut oil instead of ghee in the cake recipe? This looks and reads deliciously! Cannot wait to try it! Thank you!

    • My Heart Beets says

      Hi Christealee! I’m sure coconut oil will work instead of ghee – it just may not have the same buttery flavor. Please let me know what you think when you make it! 🙂

  5. Sophia says

    Hi 😊 I’m just wondering if you have nutritional value information for this German chocolate cake 😃 Thank you

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