Wednesday, June 9, 2010

German Chocolate Cupcakes (and a giveaway!)

Desserts for Dudes month continues....
with a giveaway!
{See those toppers? Cupcake toppers of YOUR CHOICE are part of the prize package. That's right, package!}


It seems as far as cakes go, German Chocolate is a man's best friend.  I don't know if it's the coconut, the pecans or that caramel-y frosting, but these definitely will win your guy's heart!

First, let me tell you about Laurel...maker of the cupcake toppers and more, like these:
See, a few months back a relatively unknown blogger came through our area on a book tour.  A few, or maybe a thousand, of us took pity on her and went to the book signing.  Dork that I am, I made her cookies and envisioned us becoming besties: making cinnamon rolls, herding cattle, that sort of thing. 

OK....so that didn't happen, but during the wait (and wait and wait) to get my book signed, I really *did* meet some other fabulous women.  Joann, Kimberly and Laurel (just to name a few)....Laurel, of Go Against the Grain on etsy.  Laurel does really cute custom graphics and, it just so happens, cupcake wrappers and toppers.

Laurel is giving TWO Bake at 350 readers their choice of cupcake toppers/flags (go check 'em out!)  Woo-hoo! 

And to go along with those, I'm giving each winner their choice of a few goodies from Bake It Pretty (pics from Bake It Pretty):

{sugar pearls, rainbow non-pareils, or chocolate jimmies}

{baking cups in dots, animal print, or plaid}

Won't your cupcakes look so cute?!?

On to the cupcakes......this recipe is from Ina.  Every one of her recipes that I've tried has been delicious.  This one included.  Oh, and the batter....I will make this again JUST TO EAT THE BATTER.  We're lucky there *were* any cupcakes.

German Chocolate Cupcakes
{adapted from Ina Garten in House Beautiful}

1 & 3/4 c. flour
1 c. natural cocoa powder
1 & 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. coarse salt
1 & 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
2/3 c. sugar
2/3 c. light brown sugar, packed
2 eggs, room temperature
2 tsp. vanilla
1 c. buttermilk, room temperature
1/2 c. sour cream, room temperature
2 TBSP freshly brewed coffee, cooled


Preheat oven to 350.  Line cupcake pans with 15 liners.

Sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  Set aside.

{heart-shaped measuring cups are a *must* for brown sugar!}
With the paddle attachment, cream the butter and the sugars on med-high speed for about 5 minutes, until light and fluffy.  Lower the speed to medium and add in the eggs one at a time, scraping the bowl as needed.  Beat in the vanilla.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, sour cream and coffee.  On low speed, add the buttermilk mixture alternately with the flour mixture, beginning with the buttermilk and ending with the flour.  Mix only until blended.  Fold the batter with a rubber spatula to be sure the batter from the bottom is incorporated and blended.

Divide the batter into the cupcake tins.  (Remember to test it....you may get only 14 of those cupcakes after all.)  Bake on the middle rack for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.  Cool in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove and cool completely before frosting.


{Look at those beautiful cupcakes!!!}


German Chocolate Frosting

1 & 1/2 sticks unsalted butter
1 (12 ounce) can evaporated milk
1 & 1/4 c. sugar
5 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 tsp. almond extract
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1/2 tsp. coarse salt
2 c. sweetened flaked coconut
1 c. blanched, sliced almonds, toasted
1 c. chopped pecans

Melt the butter in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Stir in the milk, sugar, egg yolks, extracts and salt with a wooden spoon.  Bring the mixture to a simmer over medium heat, stirring constantly. Reduce heat to low, stir and simmer 5 minutes until thickened. Mixture should coat the back of the spoon.

Strain the mixture using a fine sieve into a heatproof bowl.  Stir in the coconut, pecans and almonds.  Allow to cool at least one hour before using.  Frost cupcakes with an off set spatula or butter knife.





To enter the giveaway, tell me....

Are cupcakes are all about the cake or the cake is just a vehicle for the frosting?

For an extra entry, tweet the following and leave a separate comment:
"German Chocolate Cupcakes and a sweet giveaway from @bakeat350tweets! http://ow.ly/1Wvlh "

TWO winners will be randomly selected Sunday, June 13th at 8pm CST.  Good luck!

327 comments:

  1. I'm a cupcake girl and don't need the frosting. Wish I had met you "in person" when "that" blogger was in H-town! :)

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  2. It is all about the frosting. I only need the cupcake to get the frosting to my mouth. YUM

    I love your blog. Thanks

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  3. I love the cake itself more than the frosting! Nothing beats eating one that's stil warm out of the oven! :) yummm!

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  4. I think that most frostings are too sweet (with the exception of chocolate ganache and maybe a few others)- so I usually end up scraping them off! I'm always all about the cake!

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  5. im more of a cake girl. i like just a swipe of frosting.

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  6. For me, it's all about the cake!!

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  7. Tweeted... @lovenconfection

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  8. can i just say both? i'll take it all :)

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  9. I think the two are inseparable! The perfect cupcake is when a moist and delicious cake is paired with perfect, fluffy frosting. You can't have one without the other :)

    Love & Confections!
    http://loveandconfections.blogspot.com/

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  10. Deffinately the cake! I often dont even eat the frosting :) Although frosting makes them all that much prettier!

    Rose

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  11. I am so making these this weekend! I love eating the warm cupcakes without frosting!...But!, I am crazy about just eating the frosting on a spoon, all by it's self too. YUMMMMY:)

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  12. Oh gosh, a vehicle for the frosting for sure! And coconut pecan frosting? I could eat it by the spoonful!!!

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  13. The right cupcake can be eaten without icing. But in my opinion the icing should compliment the cake. Just like the recipe you posted. The cupcake would be german chocolate without the icing. Beside, getting the little bit of icing on the tip of you nose is part of the fun. ;)

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  14. I'm so doing this one. You know...for myse... *cough* for my father, of course! =P

    And answering your question...I'm all about the cake...aaaaaaaaand the frosting. That way I have the best of both worlds ;)

    Thanks for posting!!!

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  15. I used to be a frosting girl.. but the more I bake, the more I believe It's a happy marriage where they enhance one another.. it's very important to have a good cake recipe!

    I tweeted too!

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  16. I have to say it's all about the frosting, but the cake has to make a good pair for it too. If the flavors don't go well then even the frosting won't be enough to make it worth eating.

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  17. It takes both. A nasty flavor or texture to the frosting will ruin the whole thing. Or a cake that is dry, crumbly or lumpy (the wrong sorta lumpy, not the chocolate chunk, awesome filling lumps kind) will make me wish the frosting was on a spoon instead of on the cupcake! But a moist, tasting cake and a decadant frosting equals heaven.

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  18. I think a large part of the reason why I bake is to eat the batter. These cupcakes look amazing!

    I have to say, I'm a frosting girl. Cream cheese being my number one favorite. But if the cupcake is stuffed with a really awesome filling. Then I'm all about the cupcake. So it's really an "it depends" kind of situation.

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  19. This is a tough one. If it's great cake it doesn't need frosting. A good frosting can stand on its own. Perfection is when they bring each other to a higher level not achievable separately.

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  20. If the cake is good frosting just makes it perfect, so I say both.
    Mimi

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  21. DEFINITELY about the cake! I sure do like some frosting, but the cake wins it!

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  22. The cupcake is just the vehicle. If the frosting's not right, it's not worth the calories in the bite.

    (I just made that up! LOL)

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  23. I've got to have both, the cupcake and the frosting! It does have to be really good frosting, though!!!

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  24. I also tweeted about your giveaway and deliious cupcakes!

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  25. i'm going to go with vehicle for frosting!! yum!!

    sandyalamode(at)gmail(dot)com

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  26. I tweeted!

    http://twitter.com/sandyalamode/status/15825032683

    sandyalamode(at)gmail(dot)com

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  27. I tweeted. Not to enter for the giveaway though, just because these are just too good not to share with others. The cupcake looks wonderful and that gooey pecan(y) topping... Oh MY!

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  28. BOTH...can't have one without the other. Those look so yummy.

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  29. Thanks for posting Bridget, Dave would love these!

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  30. Oh my! I just gained a pound reading this post. I can't wait to try these. thank you!

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  31. i'm a cake girl. but a good frosting is always a nice touch:)

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  32. Oh, it's all about the cake!!! The great thing about cupcakes is that it's easy to convince yourself that you aren't eating too much. It's so easy to "forget" that you've already had three cupcakes when you reach for that fourth one; but it sure isn't so easy to "forget" when you go to cut your fourth piece and there is already a HUGE chunk of cake missing from the pan. It's even worse when you've made a double layer cake and it looks like a pie graph, which makes it easier to say "Oh my goodness. I can't believe that I've eaten 40% of the cake that I baked less than 24 hour ago!"

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  33. Popular consensus would be a vehicle for frosting but for me...it is all about the cake! I usually end up pushing most of the icing off so that I can enjoy the cake.

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  34. That's a tough one but I think I'd have to say I'm a cake lover. Frosting is just a nice surprise.

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  35. I also tweeted about this awesome giveaway.

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  36. its all about the cake (although it would be sad and naked without the frosting!)

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  37. the cake is the diva, the frosting is just the evening dress.
    yes if the dress is horrible its a sad thing, but if the star has no idea what she is doing it really sucks.

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  38. Warm cake right out of the oven, no frosting needed.

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  39. cake or cupcake it is all about the frosting!

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  40. Oh Bridget!
    Sweet sweet Bridget!
    Be still my GERMAN CHOCOLATE CAKE lovin' HEART!
    I mean how scrumptious can you get!?
    German Chocolate Cake reminds me so much of my Mamaw...she always had one from the grocery store.
    You know...
    the ones that came with the plastic cover over them.
    ANd they were soooo good.
    Especially when they were sitting on Mamaw's kitchen table.
    Now about the BAKE IT PRETTY giveaway!
    Oh....I can't think of ANYTHING...
    and I mean ANYTHING that makes my heart BEAM any brighter!
    Sprinkles...and cupcake holders...my faves!
    Let me see!
    I do believe THE FROSTING of the cupcake is my fave!
    I always make a wish on a cupcake when I bite into it!
    But I will say...the CAKE...makes the FROSTING taste oh so good!
    Well I just know that Ina would LOVE knowing that BRIDGET was baking up her German Chocolate Cupcakes!
    I think I'll give her a holler!
    Everything you make is HEAVEN!
    Your BOYS are so LUCKY to have you whippin up all this SWEET stuff for them!
    Tell Kiddo I said Hello!
    xoxoxoxoxox luv u sweet girl!
    really I do!
    And I'm so sad I canceled my Tweet Tweet acct.
    Cause I sure would TWEET my little heart out about your giveaway!
    xo

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  41. The cupcake is definitely a vehicle for me! I think it is all about the frosting! Mmmm!! Love the gingham/plaid cupcake liners! Adorable!

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  42. My mother would seriously die for these!

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  43. its all about the (cup)cake batter and the cupcake topper + cups!!

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  44. Well...as evidenced by the name of my blog....

    I think my answer is clear!!

    (what a delightful question, and a delightful giveaway!)

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  45. I cannot do one without the other, it goes hand in hand, I won't eat a cupcake without frosting, it is like eating a muffin. Feel so naked without the frosting. With just the frosting, no way! No frosting shots for me.

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  46. It's definitely about the cake.

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  47. Those cupcakes look heavenly! I believe you can't have cake without frosting just as you can't have frosting without cake. They belong together.

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  48. yummy the frosting is the best part though, nice cupcakes

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  49. It's amazing how we meet people. I met a girl at a Viking Cooking School cupcake class who led me to you! And, for me, it's more about the frosting and then what's on top of the frosting! Thanks to you and Laura! I don't "tweet" :(

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  50. I love the cake and the frosting. And those look wonderful! I'd be interested in trying the recipe since the only German Choc. Cake recipe I've used (for 34 years!) is the one on the back of the German Chocolate wrapper.

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  51. I am really all about the cake. Often times the frosting seems to be in the way.

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  52. That's a tough question~ I am a cake girl, but the frosting makes the cake! Especially is it's a so so cake~frosting can fix a lot. :)

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  53. These look wonderful - my husband loves German Chocolate anything.
    To me, cupcakes are the vehicle for frosting. :)

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  54. We didn't have cupcakes where I live(iceland) so it was only a few years ago that through the internet I realized these delicate frosted delights! The frosting is just a extra delight to sooth my inner sugarmonster! The cake is nr.1 in my eyes but its partner in crime is the frosting. Together they wreck havoc on my tastebuds! :D

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  55. Yumm, these look fantastic. German chocolate cake frosting is good enough to eat with a spoon. And I love cupcake wrappers- they really make a cupcake shine.

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  56. what do you make me choose? I need both!

    I'm leaning more towards a vehicle for frosting.

    Lindsay
    ljyoung85@gmail.ccom

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  57. It is all about the cupcake!!! I can eat the cupcake without the frosting!! :)

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  58. okay - first, I am a sucker for German Chocolate anything.... but what really gets me is that darn cute heart shaped measuring cup you have....I am all about hearts! love it!

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  59. Wow! Looks pretty good, I must make them.
    It will be a problem for you if I win the draw... imaging sending the prize to Madrid (Europe). But I'm a mean person (ñiej, ñiej, ñiej) and I wanna win!!!

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  60. Tweeting to my friends: http://twitter.com/ac2steachk/status/15842723820

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  61. It's a tough decision and it depends on the day, time, and place...and, of course, the perfect-ness of the cake and icing. Some days it's all about the cake and some days, it's the icing. Some days both are essential together. Now I want a cupcake...for breakfast!

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  62. Cupcakes are so a vehicle for the frosting. There is nothing better than a cupcake with a mound of fluffy frosting on top!

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  63. I definitely see the cake as a vehicle for the frosting, but at the same time the cake has to be able to hold it's own against the frosting. I think the perfect cupcake is a fine balance. But really, it's all about the cute mound of frosting on top!

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  64. All about the frosting and sometimes the filling!!

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  65. That's a hard question but I think the cake makes the cupcake. If it's not good stand alone it won't be good with frosting on it.

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  66. Have also tweeted. See @cookbakeandlive!

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  67. Cupcakes are all about the frosting. The cuteness of a cupcake comes from what is on top!

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  68. I adore cuppies but for me, it's the whole package, including the cups! Please enter me in this sweet giveaway!

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  69. Cupcakes are all about the frosting for me. If it weren't for the frosting, I'd just make brownies!

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  70. frosting is driving the bus, for sure!

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  71. i love frosting and i love cake. the best cupcakes are like the best couples...the two complement one another. :-)

    love the giveaway!

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  72. I think that it is both, if the cupcake part is good I could eat that by itself, the frosting is the "icing on the cake"!!! Cupcakes are my favorite!

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  73. I have to admit, 9 times out of 10, I'm eating the cupcake for the frosting!

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  74. German chocolate cupcakes...putting those on the "to make" list now. I like cake, and I like frosting. They both need to be delicious, but they have to be in balance. Too much of one/too little of the other in a cupcake is a turnoff for me!

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  75. I love anything by Ina! These look sooo good!

    I think it is the combination of the cupcake with the frosting that makes cupcakes so good.

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  76. Oh, it depends. White or yellow cake? Yeah, it's just about the frosting. But spice, carrot or chocolate? A definite blend of cake/frosting is key.
    ~Tara

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  77. I enjoy both equally. To have them seperately would be like having peanut butter without jelly. You just can't do it!

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  78. Tweeted!! http://twitter.com/Melissa_M80

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  79. I'm going to be wishy washy. :-P It really depends on the cake and frosting. If it's a good cake, it doesn't usually need any frosting. But if the frosting is good, I'll eat it separately from the cake/cupcake.

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  80. tweeted
    http://twitter.com/suyujo/status/15847981559

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  81. Totally all about the cake! I could care less about the frosting!

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  82. Good frosting can make up for a not so good cake. Bad frosting would spoil a great cake. So I guess I have to say it's about the frosting.

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  83. Truly - you have to have both! I couldn't eat the icing by itself, and yet the cake wouldn't be complete without the icing. :)

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  84. these cupcakes look delish! they are definitely the vehicle for the frosting!

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  85. The cake part is my favorite. Although I do believe the frosting is the key to the illusion. It makes the cake 10 times better!

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  86. Oh, I definitely like the cake better than the frosting. I'm weird.

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  87. My favorite part is the cake!

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  88. Love the frosting! German Chocolate is my husband's favorite cake. Now I have dessert for Father's Day.

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  89. I need the perfect balance of both! One can totally overpower the other and ruin a good cupcake!

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  90. ..just a vehicle for the frosting!!

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  91. I would say it depends on the type of cake and the type frosting!!! It is hard to beat a dense, fudgy chocolate cake. But I have to admit, frosting is usually my favorite part!!!

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  92. Depends on the cupcake. I made some pecan pie cupcakes just the other day and they definitely didn't need any frosting. Yummy!

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  93. Cupcakes are definitely just there to support the frosting! I love your heart shaped brown sugar...makes mixing ingredients much more fun. :)

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  94. its always the cake, the frosting is just a delicious bonus!

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  95. I tweeted the giveaway too!

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  96. I love every inch of a good cupcake. But even amazing frosting can't save a bad one.

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  97. Oh, I think it's both! A great cupcake with amazing frosting is where it's at, obviously. But, if I had to pick, it's the cake.

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  98. LOVE cupcakes! LOVE frosting! You mean I have to pick one?!? No way - give me the whole she-bang!

    Relavtively new reader here, and I love your blog! So many cute ideas and so much fun! Thanks for sharing!

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  99. It is ALL about the frosting!!

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  100. It's all about the frosting! When my son was little he said he like the cake part (the frosting) but not the bread part (the actual cake). Wonder where he got that from??

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  101. It's all about the frosting! When my son was little he said he like the cake part (the frosting) but not the bread part (the actual cake). Wonder where he got that from??

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  102. Cake is totally just a vehicle for the frosting since it's more acceptable than scooping straight from the bowl with fingers or a spoon -- not that I would ever do that...

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  103. mmmm...I don't think one is the same without the other...definitely cake AND frosting

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  104. Cupcakes are just great! Frosting and cake! Win - win! :D

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  105. Wow! Both are just wonderful!!!!!!!

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  106. I have to say both!!! they are just so perfect together :)

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  107. I think in most cases it's all about the frosting. There are some cupcakes out there that shine on their own though.

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  108. Oh gosh.......I love the cake and frosting equally! lol

    funny you posted this....I made Upside down German Chocolate Cake to take to my mom for her birthday today...it's her favorite!! (I'll post soon)

    Fun Giveaway!!

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  109. I definitely think the cake is more important than the frosting!

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  110. I think there must be a perfect harmony between cake and frosting. Although, I'd be happy to eat cake without frosting too! These cupcakes look amazing, I can't wait to give this recipe a try!

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  111. Tough one!!! Cupcakes give you the ability to artistically combine cake and frosting!

    That's my story and I'm stickin to it!! :)

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  112. I am all about the cake! Unless the frosting is a chocolate ganache- then a vehicle it is!

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  113. German Chocolate cake is both The Hubble's and my FIL's favorite dessert so this one is perfect. You are right to question why the menfolk love this dessert so much. What is it about it??

    I believe the cupcake is good without a lot of frosting.

    Thanks for sharing!

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  114. I think cupcakes are a good mixture of both cake and frosting. A cupcake isn't good if either component isn't good.

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  115. It’s too hard to choose…hmmm cake or frosting…BOTH!!! Thanks!

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  116. I am doing a cupcake party for my daughters 1st Birthday. These supplies would make it perfect!!!

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  117. It's all about the frosting for me.

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  118. ...just a spoonful of frosting helps the cuppy cake go down!

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  119. I think a great cupcake can actually outshine the frosting. It's a fine line though :)
    asmithonline at yahoo dot ca

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  120. I love it when a cupcake has "just" the right amount of frosting. I usually lop off the bottom of the cupcake, put it on top of the frosting and make myself a cupcake sandwich!

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  121. Tweeted giveaway
    http://twitter.com/asmithonline/status/15854981287
    asmithonline at yahoo dot ca

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  122. I think that usually, I use the cupcake to get to the icing. But I've had a cupcake that had a hershey's kiss baked inside it, and the whole thing was awesome. These German chocolate cupcakes look amazing!

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  123. I think they go hand in hand. I love the frosting but I also love the cake. When put together they are magical!

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  124. frosting vehicle. If the frosting isn't spectacular I don't even bother.

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  125. Ooooh, that depends :) Sometimes I just want the frosting, other times I want the cake more than anything. But the two in combination are also very important to me. Hmmm... decisions decisions!

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  126. They are wonderful team - but a cupcake is nothing without it's frosting.

    Intersting fact - German chocolate cake isn't German at all. It was named German chocolate cake because the person who came up with it was a man named Sam German. Interesting, huh? You probably already knew that though. People always talk about making this cake for any 'German' themed celebration, little do they know that it was started by a guy named Sam in the good 'ol U.S.

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  127. just a vehicle for the frosting - thanks for the giveaway...

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  128. I am all about the frosting! But I do love a nice warm cupcake straight from the oven with no frosting.

    But frosting. Oh yeah.

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  129. Tough question!! I think it depends on the cupcake! Overall, I'm a frosting girl!

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  130. Probably frosting and it's more fun to decorate cupcakes. BUT, I LOVE your homemade hostess cupcakes! Filling cupcakes are fun and yummy!

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  131. The cupcake is the key to me, most of the time i hate the frosting.

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  132. Cupcakes are about themselves with the icing a supporting character. I love a good cupcake -- icing or none!

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  133. I think it's a happy combination between the two..

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  134. I think you can't have one without the other!

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  135. I'm a cake girl...but the frosting is what makes them beautiful and fun!

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  136. I'm a bit of both - I love the cake, but you need a little bit of sweet. That being said, though, I'm a hater of the hi-top icing. WAY too much, how do you even eat something like that!? I don't like having to scrape off 3/4 of the icing just so I can get a bite lol

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  137. I say both! ;-) Love a fluffy, moist cake with smooth buttercream frosting!

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  138. I definitely think it's the cake. I love a warm moist cupcake. The frosting is just the beginning to a sinful dessert.

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  139. i loveee the cake itself! the frosting just adds the extra bit of sweetness. can't do one without the other though so everything in moderation is my motto!

    I love your blog! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  140. It's more about the cake for me, but honestly, I like the perfect combo of a moist yummy cupcake with the perfect not-too-sweet frosting! I couldn't really have one without the other!!

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  141. I may be way out there in left field, but I say both. You gotta have a good cupcake to go with the frosting...and for me, it has to be homemade. I can doctor up a boxed cake mix, but I never buy the canned frosting.

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  142. Definitely the cake...I can eat the entire cake with minimal frosting.

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  143. I would say frosting... however the cake part is important too!

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  144. I think its both. The cake has to be good to enjoy the frosting and vice versa. Most kids and some adults eat the frosting first then the cake so of course the frosting has to be good. They have to compliment each other.

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  145. I love cupcakes! It's like the chicken or the egg, which came first? 10 years ago I would say my favorite thing about a cupcake was the cake part but since I've been making my own cream cheese icing, it's all about the icing! BTW - These look good, I am making cupcakes for my little man's birthday and might use this recipe!

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  146. When its fresh out of the oven its all about the cake! after it has cooled it becomes the vehicle for frosting, but nothing beats a warm fresh baked cupcake!

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  147. All about the cake. I've gotten WAY to many cupcakes with good frosting and terrible cake. A good cake needs no frosting!

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  148. All about the cake. I've gotten WAY to many cupcakes with good frosting and terrible cake. A good cake needs no frosting!

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  149. My favorite cupcakes are the ones that marry a great cake with a perfectly matched frosting. If you take a big bite, everything should work together and be yummy. That said, I can eat an unfrosted cupcake...I'm not sure I'd be able to eat just the frosting.

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  150. I personally believe it is the vehicle for the frosting. When you make a cupcake, the frosting options are endless and the attempt to have the right porportion of frosting to cake is key.

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  151. Oh it's all about the frosting! But really it's the combination of the two....nothing better then a frosted cupcake!

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  152. The cupcake is all about BOTH the cake and the frosting. A plain cupcake? Ehh...I'd pass that up. A container of frosting? Maybe after a bad day or a boy-break up. But creamy, sweet frosting smeared on a mini, moist cake?! I could never say no! Yumm!

    Katherine Ann from PA

    katherinedibello@gmail.com

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  153. It's all about the cake, and I don't even really love cake, but that's what makes the cupcake perfect..pre-portioned. :) But good cake can't work without perfect frosting, but good frosting is way easier to make than good cake!

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  154. Hmmmn, tough choice. I'll have to say the cake. My daughter would say the frosting though! Also, loved it when that "blogger" came to my city and I waited and waited for my book to be signed.

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  155. My husband's fave cake is German Chocolate (surprise, surprise!). Almost every year of our marriage I've made him a cake for his birthday. Last year, I wanted to do something different and cupcakes came to mind so I searched and searched the Internet until I found this recipe: http://www.recipezaar.com/recipe/Filled-German-Chocolate-Cupcakes-157031

    They were a hit and I made them again this year, in fact just this past Monday since that was his birthday.

    I'm usually all about the frosting but with the "frosting" used as a filling in this recipe, the cupcakes need no other adornment. They are yummy right out of the pan!

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  156. I can't decide if it's all about the cake or the frosting, for me, it's BOTH! Thanks for a sweet, literally, giveaway! Suzie

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  157. I tweeted at http://twitter.com/SuzieButtons!

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  158. I just love the whole thing! Cupcake and icing were made for each other!

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  159. When it's a regular cupcake, I'm all for the cake, but everyone know German chocolate is all about that frosting!

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  160. If I have to pick one, I'll have to go for the frosting:)

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  161. I don't know ~ can you have one without the other?? But I guess if I have to pick one it will be the cake.

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  162. Definitely a vehicle for frosting! But the cake has to be good too... nothing ruins a cupcake like dry cake.

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  163. I tweeted about this as well (HomemadeHolman)

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  164. It's all about the cup CAKE...frosting is good but it's the CAKE!

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  165. These look so darn tasty!!!

    www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

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  166. I usually scrape almost all the icing off cupcakes and just eat the cake. (I married the perfect man. I eat the cupcake and he eats his cupcake with my AND his icing!) But its the icing that makes cupcakes LOOK soooooo CUTE! I could never make cupcakes without icing them though, because it is way too much fun to decorate them. (I consider this "Art Therapy!)lol Also, I prefer cupcakes to cake anytime, no matter what the flavor.
    Thanks for the give away! (I hope I win:)

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  167. German Chocolate is my most favorite cake! Well, let's be serious, any cake in front of me is my favorite cake! :)

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  168. It's all about both. The frosting and cupcake ration has to be right. Not enough frosting and it's never good. Too much frosting and that's not good either. The perfect match would be just the cupcake top and frosting. That would be pure heaven =o)

    www.makingmemorieswithyourkids.blogspot.com

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  169. Goodness those are such cute cupcakes! And I LOVE your heart-shaped measuring spoon for the brown sugar. :-)

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  170. It's not JUST about the cake or JUST about the frosting. It's all about how well they compliment each other - a marriage of the two!

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  171. Oh my. What are you doing to me?? Those cupcakes are just dreamy!!!

    ANd what an AWESOME giveaway!! I would love to win!

    Blessings-
    Amanda

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  172. It's all about the cake..actually the apperance if it looks cute it could be boiled egg cupcakes and I would eat...ok,maybe not.

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  173. I tweeted German Chocolate Cupcakes and a sweet giveaway from @bakeat350tweets! http://ow.ly/1Wvlh

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  174. Cupcakes are a vehicle for frosting, especially if the frosting is buttercream or cream cheese :-)

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  175. A vehicile for the frosting!!

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  176. It's all about the cake for me! The frosting is nice, but if the cupcake isn't great the frosting can't make up for it!

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  177. Both~I can't have one w/out the other!!!!!!!!!
    kids4gymbo at yahoo dot com

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  178. If the cake doesn't taste good or is dry, it ruins the whole thing! Cake it is!

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  179. I say its a vehicle for the frosting! However, my nephew would say its all about the cake!

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  180. For me, its all about the cake! Frosting just helps a little ;)

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  181. My Hubs would answer - Where's the frosting. but I am all about the cake.... Can you have it both ways????

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  182. And tweeted - http://twitter.com/Scones4Me/status/15874128343

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  183. For me it's a combo of both. I usually break off the bottom and eat if first and then eat the top with the frosting for a perfect ratio of cake:frosting. Sometimes I do the sandwiching trick.
    Angie Nicholas
    (AngieN24 on twitter)

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  184. cake is useless to me if the option of eating the frosting straight-out exists. in the case of coconut-pecan frosting, i'll eat it straight-out even if it's wildly inappropriate. :)

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  185. Can I say it's a tie? The "perfect" cupcake should be a great cake, with great frosting. :) BTW, German Chocolate cake is one of my faves, definitely going to have to try this recipe!!

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