What would the world do without Samoas? For me, there would definitely be a void I’d have a hard time filling. The infamous Samoa Girl Scout cookies are definitely my favorite of the varieties they offer.
I have a huge weakness for the Samoa ice cream at the grocery store too, and I may or may not pick out the Samoa cookie pieces when I’m dishing my family’s ice cream up and eat them myself. Let’s keep that a secret.
They are probably feeling totally ripped off when they only find 1 cookie piece in their bowl :). I make up for it in other ways though, like making these cupcakes for them. I can manage to share these, I guess.
These are my idea of a Samoa cookie in cupcakes form. This begins with a moist vanilla cupcake which is dunked into a thick chocolate ganache, then it’s piped with an unbelievably delicious caramel buttercream frosting which consists of a fair amount of homemade caramel sauce.
Then it’s sprinkled with perfectly toasted coconut and lastly it’s finished of with a dainty drizzling of the remaining chocolate ganache and caramel sauce (word to the wise, don’t take the caramel sauce off too early or you’ll be missing out on the deep caramel flavor, also careful not to burn it or it will become slightly bitter. Push it to the limit without getting it burned).
Cupcakes are one of my favorite things to make and share here. I love that they are in individual servings, they seem much easier to decorate than a whole cake, they cool quicker than a full cake, and really who doesn’t love a good cupcake?
If you like Samoa cookies (if you haven’t tried Samoa cookies, just think chocolate, toasted coconut and caramel over vanilla shortbread) then you’ll love these decadent cupcakes! Enjoy!
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Caramel Buttercream Frosting
- FOR THE CUPCAKES: Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixing bowl, whisk together flour, cornstarch, baking powder, baking soda and salt for 30 seconds, set aside.
- In the bowl of an electric stand mixer, fitted with the paddle attachment, whip together 1/3 cup butter and 3/4 granulated sugar until pale and fluffy, occasionally scrapping down the sides and bottom of bowl. Blend in vegetable oil.
- Add in eggs one at a time mixing just until blended after each addition and adding in vanilla with second egg. Whisk together milk and buttermilk in liquid measuring cup.
- Working in three separate batches and beginning and ending with flour mixture, add 1/3 of the flour mixture followed by 1/2 of the milk mixture and mix just until combined after each addition. Spoon batter into paper lined muffin cups filling each cup nearly 2/3 full (about 1/4 cup batter in each).
- Bake in preheated oven 16 - 19 minutes until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove from oven and allow to cool in muffin tin several minutes then transfer to a wire rack to cool completely.
- FOR THE CARAMEL SAUCE: Gather all of your ingredients and have them nearby ready to add to the mixture as needed. In a heavy-bottomed saucepan, heat sugar and water over moderately high heat whisking constantly to dissolve sugar.
- Once mixture reaches a boil, stop whisking and allow mixture to boil until it reaches a dark amber color, carefully swirling pan occasionally. Once mixture reaches a dark amber color, immediately add butter and whisk until butter has melted then immediately remove from heat.
- Wait 3 seconds then carefully pour in cream and immediately whisk to combine (it will bubble vigorously). Whisk until mixture is smooth. Allow caramel to cool several minutes then pour into a glass jar to cool completely.
- FOR THE FROSTING: In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with paddle attachment, whip butter on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy. Add powdered sugar and blend on low speed until mixture comes together.
- Add 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp completely cooled caramel sauce and vanilla and whip on medium-high speed until pale and fluffy (you can add another 1 Tbsp caramel sauce as needed to thin if desired).
- To assemble the cupcakes:
- Add chocolate chips and heavy cream to a small microwave safe bowl and heat mixture on 50% power in 20 second intervals, stirring after each interval until melted and smooth and stirring well once it's fully melted (about 30 seconds) to cool slightly.
- Dip tops of cupcakes in melted chocolate mixture and allow excess to run off, the return upright to wire rack and allow chocolate to cool, about 10 - 20 minutes. Pipe caramel frosting over tops then sprinkle with a spoonful of toasted coconut.
- Drizzle tops with remaining chocolate and caramel sauce. Serve while chocolate is melty or allow to set at room temperature. Store in an airtight container at room temperature.