German chocolate mini parfaitsIs there a German chocolate cake fan in your family? Making an entire cake can be an overwhelming endeavor, especially for pint-sized cooks. Easy solution? Make German chocolate cake in a cup.


Ever since we made mini chocolate raspberry chocolate cups, we’ve been trying out other combos. This one has become a fast favorite. I’ve included lots of make-it-quick steps in the directions.



Servings: 12



1 recipe chocolate cake mix

1 recipe coconut dream frosting (or packaged German chocolate frosting)

1 cup chocolate syrup

Whipped cream or ice cream

Toasted coconut (opt.)


You’ll also need:

Mini Irish coffee mugs (4.8 ounces)

Mini glasses (plastic mini champagne glasses work well, too)



Photo courtesy: Jeni's Splendid Ice Cream

Photo courtesy: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

  1. Cook the cake according to package directions. You could also use leftover brownies, or bake up a batch. (You will have extra cake.)
  2. Place a handful of cake into the bottom of all the cups, press it down to make about 1-inch. This is a perfect kid job!
  3. Drizzle the cake with chocolate syrup (Hershey’s is fine; even better melt 1/4 cup chocolate chips with 1/4 heavy cream in the microwave and let it sit until thickened).
  4. Add a heaping spoonful of coconut dream frosting into each cup.
  5. Put another inch of cake into each cup and repeat the process–drizzle chocolate, then add frosting.
  6. You have a few options for the top of the cup–whipped cream or a small scoop of ice cream. My recommendation: finish it off with Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams in salty caramel. Sprinkle each cup with toasted coconut flakes.






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