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Samoa Cupcakes with Easy Dulce de Leche Buttercream

Inspired by the famous Girl Scout Cookie, Samoa Cupcakes combine an Easy Dulce de Leche Buttercream, toasted coconut, and chocolate stripes.
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 12 cupcakes


  • 12 of your favorite cupcakes

Easy Dulce de Leche Buttercream:

  • 15  tablespoons salted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup purchased or homemade dulce de leche (see note)
  • 5 ounces powdered sugar (may require more, see note)


  • 2 cups sweetened coconut
  • 1/4 cup semisweet or bittersweet chocolate chips (such as Ghirardelli)


Toast the Coconut:

  • Add the coconut to a skillet and heat over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. The coconut needs to be moved around at all times to avoid uneven cooking and browning. When most of the coconut is nicely brown, transfer to a plate and spread it out to cool. Set aside.

Make the Easy Dulce de Leche Buttercream:

  • In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, add the softened butter. Beat for several minutes until smooth. Scraped down the bowl.
  • Add dulce de leche and continue to beat for a few minutes. Then scrape down the bowl again.
  • Add the powdered sugar and mix slowly for 30 seconds to incorporate it into the mixture. Then beat on medium for 4 minutes until smooth.

Assemble the Cupcakes:

  • Spread buttercream on each cupcake. No need to pipe- just use a small frosting spatula. Make sure to coat all exposed cake with frosting.
  • Press toasted coconut onto the top of each cupcake to completely cover the buttercream.
  • In a small bowl, microwave the chocolate at 50% power for 30-second intervals, stirring after each interval. Heat only until chocolate is just melted. Transfer chocolate to a sandwich bag. Cut off one corner of the bag and drizzle chocolate stripes over each cupcake.


Easy Homemade Dulce de Leche recipe
You may need to add more powdered sugar to get a stiffer consistency buttercream depending on how thick your dulce de leche is.
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Keyword chocolate, coconut, cupcake, dessert