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Samoas Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream

These Samoas Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream will make Girl Scout Cookie time your favorite time of year! The BEST chocolate cupcakes under the sun with the BEST Coconut butter cream known to man!Samoas Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream

I fall into a very specific category of TV and movie watcher. Somewhere on the interwebs “they”, whom ever “they” are, described people who binge watch entire seasons of TV shows within days, or repeatedly. And I am one of them. The binge watchers, not the judgers.

Samoas Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream

But being the uber fantastic, multi-talented person I am currently binging on Three TV shows. Breaking Bad – because Ben said I had to. The Tudors – I adore Natalie Dormer and I’ve been in heart with Henry Cavill since like, before anyone else ever knew him. And Rookie Blue – the summer season rookie cop TV show that I have yet to meet another soul who watches it, too – but I can’t get enough of it.

Samoas Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream

It’s my life if I were a single 20-something rookie cop from Toronto in a love triangle with her older former training officer and now detective, and her new partner, a 20something war vet who came back to his home town to protect it. *Swoon*. I know if this show were my life I’d pick the war vet. He really is the sweetest. And any guy that says he’ll wait for you no matter how long it takes, is always the one you pick in the end. Dammit McNally, pick Nick – Swarek had his chances. Yes, multiples!! Sorry, I got a little a head of myself.

The binging one things doesn’t limit itself to tv shows either. Who isn’t a sucker for the coconut, caramel, chocolate combo? There really isn’t anything better. So this week is a week full our favorite combo – capped off with Samoa cookies! We wait all year for those bright eyed little Girl Scouts to park outside our local grocery stores and ask us with giant smiles if we would “like to buy some Girl Scout Cookies today”. Then I throw all my money at them, walk off with more boxes than any one person needs and shame eats them right out of the box before I have even left the grocery store parking lot. Because that’s what champions do.

This year I actually managed to do things with them! Yay, me! This is like self control or something. It’s such a foreign feeling.

Samoas Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream

You will fall head over heels for these cupcakes. I used my absolute most favorite chocolate cupcake recipe from ManicMother, and the Coconut Buttercream recipe from my local cupcake institution Trophy Cupcakes for this, all drizzled with homemade Caramel sauce. This is indeed sin in a paper wrapper.

And be sure to keep up to date on ALL week’s festivities, especially tomorrow’s because it’s our second #HowToYOUsDay! This month you can make your own homemade caramel sauce and win $50 to Williams Sonoma!

Cupcakes and caramel for everyone!

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Samoas Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream

Yield: 12 cupcakes

Prep Time: 20 Minutes

Cook Time: 15 Minutes

Total Time: 35 Minutes for Cupcakes, 15 Minuts for Frosting

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1 cups White Sugar
1 cup All-purpose Flour
1/3 cups Unsweetend Cocoa Powder
3/4 teaspoon Baking Powder
3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1 whole Eggs
1/2 cup Milk
1/4 cups Vegetable Oil
1/3 cups Boiling Water
Coconut Buttercream:
1 ½ cup Unsalted Butter, room temperature
3 cups Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Vanilla Extract
½ tsp Coconut Extract
Pinch of Salt (If using salted butter, omit additional salt)
Additional Samoas Cookies, chopped for garnish


For Cupcakes:
In a large bowl, whisk together the sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk in the eggs, milk, oil and vanilla, whisk vigorously for 2 minutes. Stir in the boiling water. Batter will be very thin, don't worry it will be perfect. Pour into cupcake liners (about 3/4 full) . Bake 14-17 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool completely in the tin and then remove and place on a wire rack.

For Coconut Buttercream:
In a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, beat butter until smooth and softened. If the butter is still chilled,this may take a minute or two. Scrape the sides of the bowl, and continue to beat until smooth. Add in one cup of sugar at a time, mixing in between additions. Once the sugar is completely incorporated, add in vanilla and coconut extracts. Add in salt if necessary. Turn off the mixer and scrape the sides of the bowl. Restart the mixer and turn the speed up to medium-high and beat for 5 minutes. The frosting will look too thin, but then it will thick and air will increase the volume of the frosting and it will thicken. Spoon frosting into piping bag fitted with a star frosting tip and pipe onto cooled cupcakes. Top with chopped Samoas cookies for garnish.

Cupcakes adapted mildly from ManicMother, Frosting adapted from Trophy Cupcakes


46 Responses to “Samoas Cupcakes with Coconut Buttercream”

  1. #
    Gail {A Stack of Dishes} — February 10, 2014 @ 5:06 am

    We binge watched BB too and was transfixed. LOVED it! The Tudors is awesome too. I adore this recipe- Look how fluffy that icing is! Wonderful- thanks!

    • Megan replied: — February 11th, 2014 @ 7:16 am

      I’m so glad I’m not the only one binged out on my favorite shows!! Next round of binge watching should definitely have cupcakes!

  2. #
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist — February 10, 2014 @ 5:42 am

    These look PERFECT! Oh and I just got done binge watching Desperate Housewives and The Office again, so I totally get it.

    • Megan replied: — February 11th, 2014 @ 7:17 am

      I totally just got done binge watching the last season of the Office with Ben. He’d never seen it! And guess what – I STILL cried at the finale.

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    Julia — February 10, 2014 @ 5:47 am

    Ohhhh these look like the perfect cupcake! Samoas are my favorite GS cookie and chocolate anything is fine by me! I want a tray of these + Breaking Bad on the tele! 😉

    • Megan replied: — February 11th, 2014 @ 7:17 am

      I’m only on the second season of Breaking Bad and holy crap – it’s INTENSE!! I love it!

  4. #
    Meagan @ A Zesty Bite — February 10, 2014 @ 5:56 am

    Oh man these cupcakes are definitely sinful!

    • Megan replied: — February 11th, 2014 @ 7:18 am

      Sin in a paper wrapper. I’ll see if I can smuggle some frosting and baking mix to california in April haha

  5. #
    DessertForTwo — February 10, 2014 @ 6:06 am

    whoa. These cupcakes are even better than I imagined them after seeing them on IG! Want!
    I don’t watch tv, so I totally rely on people like you to tell me what’s good. I’ll download something on hulu based on your suggestion, and try it out. I promptly fall asleep 10 minutes later. At least I try!

    • Megan replied: — February 11th, 2014 @ 7:18 am

      Oh I live, LIVE, for my Hulu and Netflix. I don’t have cable, just Apple TV so that’s how I get all my shows. And usually I fall asleep in 10 minutes too. Makes date night so much fun.

  6. #
    Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — February 10, 2014 @ 6:15 am

    Oh wow I am so loving that coconut buttercream

  7. #
    Courtney @ Neighborfood — February 10, 2014 @ 6:28 am

    We are binge watchers as well. 24 is our vice. We used to pound through a season of that in about a week back in our college days. Now it’s more like old episodes of Seinfeld, Ugly Betty, Scrubs, and Parks and Rec. These really look fabulous, but I’m wondering where the recipe is? I was curious about the coconut buttercream but it doesn’t take me to a site with the recipe. Thanks!

    • Megan replied: — February 10th, 2014 @ 6:29 am

      Hey love! I just forot the recipe code- it’s up now!! Go grab it, you will LOVE IT!!

  8. #
    Stephanie @ PlainChicken — February 10, 2014 @ 6:28 am

    WOW! These look perfect! I’ll take 2 for breakfast!

    • Megan replied: — February 11th, 2014 @ 7:19 am

      Cupcakes and Breakfast? You’re speaking my language!

  9. #
    Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar — February 10, 2014 @ 6:39 am

    These are so pretty – and I looooove the flavour! Yum!

    • Megan replied: — February 11th, 2014 @ 7:19 am

      Thank you, Katrina!! I’m a sucker for anything chocolate and coconut too.

  10. #
    Shannon @ Bake.Frost.Repeat — February 10, 2014 @ 6:40 am

    Oh my goodness! I can’t even begin to describe how much I want about a dozen of these….at 9:30 AM!!!! They look amazing.

    • Megan replied: — February 11th, 2014 @ 7:20 am

      Embrace it – somedays cupcakes for breakfast just needs to happen 🙂

  11. #
    Michelle @ Brown Eyed Baker — February 10, 2014 @ 6:57 am

    I would love to shove five of these in my mouth at once! LOVE!

    • Megan replied: — February 11th, 2014 @ 7:20 am

      I would happily slide a plate your way and make that happen 🙂

  12. #
    Jen — February 10, 2014 @ 7:09 am

    Girl Scout cookie baked goods for the win! I posted some Samoas Rice Krispies treats on my blog today. Great minds think alike. I will have to try these cupcakes too.

    • Megan replied: — February 11th, 2014 @ 7:20 am

      Talk about Mind Meld!! That’s brilliant!

  13. #
    Roxi — February 10, 2014 @ 7:17 am

    You are a genius. A genius who is very, VERY bad for my healthy eating regimen. And I love you for that! Can’t wait to try these when my GS Cookies arrive!

    • Megan replied: — February 11th, 2014 @ 7:21 am

      It’s horrible for my health too – which is why I give them away to my coworkers and my apartment managers all the time. They’re about to lock me out of the offices so I can’t bring in anymore!

  14. #
    Erika — February 10, 2014 @ 7:29 am

    GURLFRIEND… How did you get some samoas already?!?! These cupcakes are too legit to quit…

  15. #
    Bea — February 10, 2014 @ 8:14 am

    OH Megan, honey these are to die for. I am going to make them for all of us single ladies for Valentine’s Day! I am in charge of desserts always, you know what I say desserts is stressed backwards. lol..we get stressed we eat desserts! It works for me. Thanks for the recipe. I make the butter cream the same except I only use 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar or make it with the egg whites I really like that a lot. LOVE THE RECIPE!!!!! YEAH ..girls day out.

  16. #
    Jennifer | Bake or Break — February 10, 2014 @ 8:21 am

    Oh, my. Yes, please!

  17. #
    Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — February 10, 2014 @ 9:31 am

    These are just too darn cute. I wish I could have one so very much!!!

  18. #
    Kelli @ The Corner Kitchen — February 10, 2014 @ 10:25 am

    I’m a totally binge watcher! Pretty sure my social life took a nosedive when I worked my through the entire 24 series. Love, love, loooove these cupcakes!

  19. #
    Marie @ Little Kitchie — February 10, 2014 @ 12:40 pm

    I am DYING over these!! Love your nail polish too 🙂

  20. #
    Gaby — February 10, 2014 @ 12:58 pm

    Over the top amazing! Wish I had a couple of these right now!

  21. #
    Anna@CrunchyCreamySweet — February 10, 2014 @ 1:53 pm

    I am a binge watcher too. Especially when it comes to reality tv… I know, sad.
    These cupcakes look to-die-for!! I love anything samoas!! Pinned!

  22. #
    Nicole @ Young, Broke and Hungry — February 10, 2014 @ 2:08 pm

    I LOVE Rookie Blue!! It’s one of my favorite shows. When it comes back on air, I’ll have to binge watch it with one of these cupcakes in hand.

    • Megan replied: — February 10th, 2014 @ 2:23 pm

      OMG Nicole I’m so glad I found another Rookie blue fan!!! Now the real question – are you Team Nick or Team Swarek? 😉

  23. #
    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — February 10, 2014 @ 2:50 pm

    A local cupcakery here makes a Samoas Cupcake that is amazing, but their cake is white. Yours looks SO beautiful. Please deliver a dozen to my doorstep tonight at 5pm. Thank you.

  24. #
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain — February 10, 2014 @ 6:02 pm

    Dang, gurrrrrl! This look off the hizzle!

  25. #
    Julianne @ Beyond Frosting — February 10, 2014 @ 9:47 pm

    Yes! Samoa Cupcakes are absolutely amazing!

  26. #
    Heather @ Sugar Dish Me — February 11, 2014 @ 3:20 pm

    My name is Heather and i am a Binge TV Watcher. Yesyesyes. Also — Rookie Blue. Let’s talk about it. I love that show! And I always think there will be more episodes and then it stops. wahhhh.
    I will console myself with these crazy insane awesome cupcakes. I mean… I think I never saw a more awesome cupcake. Really.

  27. #
    Bev @ Bev Cooks — February 12, 2014 @ 8:13 am

    Oh have merrrrrrrcy.

  28. #
    Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles — February 14, 2014 @ 7:54 am

    Samoas are my favorite GS cookie…you need to stop with all your temptations!!!!

  29. #
    Sahil — March 20, 2014 @ 8:04 pm

    Truly an amazing recipe, Samoas cupcakes are really awesome!!!


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