These grain-free Samoa cupcakes feature a coconut flour and brown sugar based cupcake and homemade coconut caramel topping!
My latest post over on My Baking Addiction is these gluten-free Samoa cupcakes. When Jamie threw out the idea of me making some cupcakes, I freaked out because hers look like works of art. Mine usually look like something a four year old put together. So I knew there was no way I was even going to attempt piping frosting on top of these cupcakes. I think I found a good solution, though – just dip them in chocolate ganache and mound some coconut caramel on top!
Putting them together isn’t difficult but it does take some time. If you want something quicker, forget the ganache and just sprinkle some chocolate chips over the coconut caramel. Couldn’t be any simpler than that!
You can use any cupcake base you fancy. Just pay attention to the yield as the coconut caramel makes enough for 16 cupcakes. Here are some whole wheat chocolate cupcakes and some grain-free chocolate cupcakes. This gluten-free cupcake recipe also looks great.
I rarely like treats made exclusively with coconut flour. In my grain-free baking, I almost always use a lot of almond flour with a little coconut flour mixed in. I was definitely pleasantly surprised when these Samoa cupcakes worked out! Just don’t try them when they’re warm. I almost threw away the entire batch after eating one fresh from the oven. They definitely need to cool first!
These cupcakes have the same topping as in these totally from scratch Samoa bars. I used brown sugar and still haven’t gotten around to trying coconut sugar, so I really have no idea if that’d work. I get awfully nervous when it comes to messing around with a caramel recipe! Experiment with caution. ;)
So what’s your favorite Girl Scout cookie to recreate? Samoas are my absolute favorite but now I feel ready to branch out and try something new! By the way, these Gluten-Free Thin Mints look incredible.
Grain-free Samoa Cupcakes
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- Yield: 16 cupcakes
- 1 1/2 cups (120 grams) sweetened shredded coconut (you can use unsweetened, too)
- 3/4 cup (163 grams) packed dark brown sugar (light brown works, too)
- 2/3 cup (158 milliliters) whipping cream
- 7 tablespoons (98 grams) unsalted butter, cut into 7 chunks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 3/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup (128 grams) coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 2/3 cup (150 grams) unsalted butter, melted
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons (244 grams) packed dark brown sugar (light brown sugar works, too)
- 8 large eggs, room temperature
- 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) whole milk
- 4 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup (128 grams) semi-sweet chopped chocolate or chocolate chips
- 6 tablespoons whipping cream or heavy cream
For the caramel:
For the cupcakes
For the ganache:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Prepare two muffin pans with 16 muffin liners.
- Place the coconut on a rimmed pan and toast for 5-8 minutes or until lightly browned. Keep a close eye on it as it burns quickly and stir after every 3-4 minutes to ensure even browning. Remove from the oven and set aside.
- Prepare the cupcakes. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the coconut flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the beater blade, beat the melted butter, brown sugar, eggs, milk and vanilla together until well combined. Stir in the dry mixture to the wet and beat at medium speed until no lumps remain.
- Fill each muffin liner with slightly less than 1/3 cup of batter. The liners should be about 4/5 full. Bake for 20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center of a cupcake comes out clean. Let the cupcakes cool for 5 minutes in the pan and then remove the cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely.
- Once the cupcakes are almost cool, prepare the ganache. Place the chopped chocolate in a small bowl. Heat the cream in a small saucepan over medium heat until hot and steamy. Pour the cream over the chocolate and stir until thoroughly combined and no chunks of chocolate remain. Let the ganache sit for about 5-10 minutes to firm up slightly.
- Dip the tops of the cupcakes in the ganache and place back on the wire rack. Place the rack in the refrigerator to allow the chocolate to firm up.
- Prepare the caramel coconut topping. Heat the sugar, cream, butter, vanilla and salt in a heavy bottom saucepan (do not use non-stick) over medium heat. Stir until well combined and no more chunks of butter remain. Simmer for 8 minutes, readjusting the heat as needed. Do not stir. If needed, tilt the pan to redistribute the mixture. Remove from the heat. The caramel will be quite thin at this point. Let it cool for 20 minutes or until considerably thickened and just barely pourable. Add the toasted coconut and stir until combined. Add a little more than 1 tablespoon of caramel coconut topping to the top of each ganache dipped cupcake.
- Pipe on the remaining ganache or use a fork to drizzle it on top.
- Store in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Refrigerate any leftovers after that
Source: My post on My Baking Addiction – Gluten-free Samoa Cupcakes. Caramel adapted from Chocolate Nut and Caramel Shortbread Tart.
19 comments on “Samoa Cupcakes (grain-free. gluten-free)” — Add one!
Beautiful Samoa cupcakes, Erin!
Thanks so much! :)
Samoa cookies are like my absolute favorite! And I am loving the idea of them in cupcake form! Totally making these!
I hope you’ll love them! :)
Wow, I am always shocked to see all-coconut-flour recipes that work. That’s hard to do! I’m impressed, Erin (though not surprised that if anyone could do it, it would be you). I love samoa flavors, and these cupcakes look wonderful.
Aww, thanks so much. :) And I was also shocked! I normally loathe all coconut flour recipes.
Samoas are my favorite! These look incredible!
Samoas are the BEST! And these cupcakes are gorgous. Super impressive looking if you ask me!
Thanks so much, Lauren! I really tried. ;)
These are gorgeous…and dangerous! Love the flavors!
Definitely! And thanks a bunch. :)
Mmmm, these look so good, and I do loave samoas. I’ve been wanting to experiment with coconut flour, but it’s just so darn pricey! These are on the top of my list for when I get some, though.
If you can’t find coconut flour at an affordable price, I actually recommend not starting with this recipe! I typically only use 1 or 2 tablespoons at a time in my other recipes, which is much more cost effective. :)
The GS Samoas are my weakness…these sound delish!
Thanks, Marjory! :)
I think your cupcakes look gorgeous! Not like a 4 year old’s work at all! These look simply amazing.
These were honestly an exception! But thank you. :)
I love the Samoa cookies – and I think I’m going to love these cupcakes even more!