Samoa Cupcakes (and a Giveaway!)

Samoa Cupcake Recipe

Chocolate cupcakes topped with caramel frosting, toasted coconut and chocolate ganache.  These Samoa Cupcakes will make you fall in love all over again.

My favorite part of these cupcakes is the coconut topping.  I toasted a bunch of coconut and then stirred in some store bought caramel sauce.  Yes, you can make your own caramel sauce and it will be even better, but I opted to save some time and use the store bought stuff.  But this coconut-caramel stuff was heavenly! It’s so easy too!

Samoa Cupcakes

How did I pipe these?  Well I used a large round top and piped out a circle and then made a sort of “well” with a knife and filled it with the coconut filling! I didn’t want the filling dripping everywhere, it may be luxurious for photos but it makes it hard to eat!

Samoa Cupcake

I’m going to go out on a limb and say that these are better than Samoa cookies.  I know, I said it. But really, these taste incredible! I was shocked how similar the coconut filling tasted to a samoa but I love that it’s oozy and gooey and fresh!

Amazing Samoa Cupcakes

I also have a giveaway for you all! A few of us bloggers got together and wanted to do something fun for you all, so we’re giving away a Keurig Brewer and $100 PayPal cash! So even if you don’t drink coffee, you still probably like money 🙂


The giveaway starts today at 9 am, so depending on when you’re reading this you may need to wait a few more hours to enter, but if you follow me on social media, you get a few extra entries! You’ll enter below!

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But back to the Samoa Cupcakes…

Samoa Cupcakes

Samoa Cupcakes


Chocolate Cake:
1 box devil's food cake mix
3 eggs
1/2 C. oil or melted butter
1 C. sour cream
1/2 C. milk or buttermilk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
Caramel Frosting:
1 C. butter, softened
2 1/2 -3 1/2 C. powdered sugar
3-5 Tbsp. caramel sauce
Coconut Caramel Topping:
1 1/2 C. shredded coconut, (I used the sweetened)
1/2 C. - 1 C. caramel sauce
Chocolate ganache or melted chocolate to drizzle


1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line pans with cupcake liners.
2. In a large bowl, sift cake mix to remove any lumps and continue to add the rest of the cake ingredients. Stir until smooth.
3. Fill cupcake liners 3/4 full and bake for 15-20 minutes or until an inserted knife comes out clean.
4. Let cool.
5. Caramel Frosting: Beat butter until smooth. Add 2 1/2 cups powdered sugar and beat again. Slowly add in caramel. Add more powdered sugar to make thicker if needed.
6. Coconut Caramel Topping: Carefully toast coconut in a pan on the stove or in the oven on broil. But be careful because the coconut can easily burn! Pour into a bowl and crush up with your hands or a spoon. Just crush it enough hot there aren't long pieces left. Pour in 1/2 cup of the caramel sauce and stir. Depending on how thick you want the topping, continue to add more caramel.
7. To decorate, pipe a circle of frosting on the top of each cupcake. Use a knife to create a "well" in the frosting and fill it with the coconut topping. Then drizzle with melted chocolate or ganache (chocolate melted with cream).

63 thoughts on “Samoa Cupcakes (and a Giveaway!)

  1. 1
    Dani says:

    My favorite dessert is by far ice cream – I could eat it every day and even after a big meal. There’s always room for ice cream – it melts between the cracks 😉

  2. 2
    Amanda says:

    My favorite dessert is anything related to chocolate!

  3. 3
    Liz S. says:

    My favorite dessert is coconut milk-based ice cream with a protein blondie or brownie.

  4. 4
    Karen Mizener says:

    I love desserts with coconut:)

  5. 5
    Joy says:

    My favorite dessert is Oreo cupcakes

  6. 6
    Lise Ode says:

    Love the twist on my favorite Girl Scout cookie! Pinning it now. 🙂

  7. 7
    Zack says:

    I not only have had these cupcakes, but these SPECIFIC cupcakes. And I can promise that they are delicious!!!

  8. 8
    Christine Bielawa says:

    Chocolate anything….cake, ice cream, cookies….heaven!

  9. 9
    Julie says:

    My favorite dessert is vanilla cake.

  10. 10
    Victoria says:

    The photo of the cupcakes, make me wish there was scratch and sniff or smell-o-vision on my screen. I am having bake night at church for our children’s ministry fundraiser, and this will be one of the cupcakes for the kids to make. I love watching and teaching our kids the fun math/scienCe in baking.

  11. 11
    Auntiepatch says:

    German Chocolate Cake Cheesecake

  12. 12
    Amy S. says:

    My favorite dessert is creme brulee.

  13. 13
    Jo Hilpert says:

    My favorite dessert is the Peanut butter brownie cups from Lizzie’s site.

  14. 14
    Susan P says:

    I tried to follow This Silly Girls Life using the twitter link you provided, but I get a message “This doesn’t exist.”

  15. 15
    Susan P says:

    I love any kind of pie or white cake with white buttercream frosting. Yum to both!

  16. 16
    K Fort says:

    Birthday Cake! White cake with sweet, sugary buttercream!

  17. 17
    AlexisB says:

    My favorite dessert is cheesecake!!!

  18. 18
    Sarah Wheelwright says:

    My favorite dessert is cookies.

  19. 19
    Cynthia Holos says:

    My favorite dessert is red velvet cupcake with cream cheese frosting!

  20. 20
    Kristen Robbins says:

    My favorite dessert is ice-cream!

  21. 21
    Sarah Scott says:

    I love samoas, but this is next level! will be my new favorite for sure!

  22. 22

    hi, my favorite dessert is coconut pineapple cream pie, yum. thanks for an awesome giveaway !

  23. 23
    Angie says:

    The andes mint cupcakes – perfect for this time of year!!

  24. 24
    Amy S says:

    My favorite dessert is snicker doodles!

  25. 25
    Hanna Lee says:

    These look amazing! I love Samoas and have tried making the cookies on my own before and they were so good. I can’t wait to try them in cupcake form!

  26. 26
    Tricia says:

    I love New York-style cheesecake! Thanks for a great giveaway!

  27. 27
    Joanna says:

    My favorite dessert is cake with pudding as a middle layer! so good!

  28. 28

    These are absolutely gorgeous!! I can’t wait to make them!

  29. 29
    Christy says:

    Hot Brownie!

  30. 30
    Rafiqah S says:

    Hi Liz! Im making cupcakes for an outdoor wedding. Which cupcake recipes would you recommend that could withstand the heat?

    • 30.1

      Well it would depend how hot it gets! You can always add a little extra powdered sugar to frostings to get them thicker, but I would try and not pile on the frosting too high either. I’ve never had too much of a problem with the heat as long as I start with a thick frosting

  31. 31
    Charlene says:

    I love ice cream, chocolate and cookies; so what could be better than a ice cream cookie sandwich?!?!

  32. 32
    Bernadette says:

    I love love love your blog!
    I would love for you to made a coffee cupcake. I bought both of your books and i love then to death! <3<3<3<3

    • 32.1

      I don’t drink coffee, so that’s why you don’t seem much of that on my blog. But you should check out my Tiramisu Cupcakes! They have coffee! Plus, you can always add coffee into any cake replacing the liquid (the milk in my recipes).

  33. 33
    Jeanette Allday says:

    These look wonderful! My fav dessert is cheesecake

  34. 34
    Bridget says:

    My favorite dessert is “box of chocolate” ice cream.

  35. 35
    Maria says:

    My desert anything chocolate,I love sweets favorite gs cookie samoa,can wait to try this,hope I get to win after all would be my big 50 in 17\3!!good luck everyone and thanks for the chance!

  36. 36
    Isaac Schultz says:

    Rice pudding!

  37. 37
    Mo says:


  38. 38
    Jessy Beaubrun says:

    My all-time favorite dessert is Tropical Carrot Cake! Yum!

  39. 39
    Cynthia C says:

    My favorite dessert is Chocolate Amaretto Cheesecake.

  40. 40
    Meghan Malicoat says:

    Red velvet cake is my favorite dessert and I don’t get to have it nearly enough.

  41. 41
    Suzanne K says:

    My favorite dessert is cheesecake or just about anything chocolate.

  42. 42
    cgould4178 says:

    My favorite dessert is custard pie. Thanks for the giveaway!

  43. 43
    Katelyn says:

    My favorite dessert is anything raspberries and dark chocolate. So excited for the giveaway! Thanks.

  44. 44
    Michelle W says:

    My favorite is chocolate cake with buttercream frosting

  45. 45
    Crystal F says:

    My favorite dessert is brownies with cream cheese frosting. Thank you!!

  46. 46

    My favorite dessert is cookies. Or maybe frozen yogurt, it’s a toss up. 🙂

  47. 47
    Sarah Hirsch says:

    my favorite dessert is an ice cream sundae on top of a warm chocolate chip cookie

  48. 48
    Pat B says:

    My favorite dessert is a hot fudge sundae

  49. 49
    Daniel M says:

    my fav is a hot fudge sundae

  50. 50
    Angela Hurt says:

    All of your cupcakes look amazing, will definitely have to try the Samoa cupcakes!

  51. 51
    Tara Woods says:

    My favorite dessert is cheesecake.

  52. 52
    Shannon says:

    Dark chocolate is my favorite, especially in truffle form.

  53. 53
    Francine Anchondo says:

    French silk pie

  54. 54
    Susan Smith says:

    My favorite desert is chocolate cake with buttercream frosting

  55. 55
    Richard Hicks says:

    I love to eat carrot cake

  56. 56
    Samantha says:

    I love chocolate ice cream sundaes!

  57. 57
    Sarah L says:

    I like Key Lime pie.
    Thanks for the contest.

  58. 58

    Wonderful post! We are linking to this great article on our website.

    Keep up the great writing.

  59. 59
    Dawn says:

    I made the Samoa cupcakes for a co-worker’s birthday yesterday. Oh. My. Gosh. Rave reviews. Very yummy!

  60. 60
    Tiffani says:

    Made these (along with three other kids of cupcakes) for my son’s grad party. They turned out great!

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