These cupcakes are by blogger Melissa of Life in a Peanut Shell (go there for the recipe) - these Samoas were always my favorite Girl Scout cookie! She writes:
This time I went with Ghirardelli's grand fudge cake which you can also find on the side of the cocoa can. I must say, Ghirardelli's recipe was better than Hershey's. I found it to be richer and more brownie like. The tops of the cupcakes cracked like brownies while the insides were fudgy and sweet. I added 1/2 cup of coconut to the chocolate cake batter before baking. I didn't want to go too crazy with the coconut as I didn't want it to become an overbearing ingredient. I needed to leave room for the tastes of caramel and chocolate. I topped each cupcake with a caramel buttercream that was insanely sinful. It was a pain in the butt to make because it involved a lot of waiting around time but it was oh so very worth it. After I piped the buttercream on I very finely crushed up some Samoa cookies and sprinkled them on top. Lastly, I garnished with a one-half of a Samoa. These were UNREAL. They tasted JUST like a Samoa cookie! Mission: Accomplished.
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