German Chocolate Cake


German Chocolate Cake with coconut frosting – a rich chocolate cake with a smooth, sweet, and nutty caramel-like frosting.

One of my families all time favorite cakes is German Chocolate Cake. My mom would make it for every birthday and it brings back some really fun memories growing up. I made this cake for my Dad’s birthday about a month ago and it was loved by all! I LOVE, love, love the coconut frosting! I could eat it by the spoonful! Literally.

 German Chocolate Cake with coconut frosting - a rich chocolate cake with a smooth, sweet and nutty caramel like frosting.


I want to dedicate this post today to a friend of mine, Joan from Chocolate, Chocolate and More. This past week, Joan passed away unexpectedly from a heart attack. I never had the chance to meet Joan in person, but she was the world’s biggest sweet heart and left behind 3 children that my heart is broken for. I’m so glad that I got to know her through blogging. She was such a huge part of the food bloggers community and it is still hard to believe that she is gone. Several bloggers have decided to post a chocolate recipe today in honor of Joan to help her legacy live on. If you are looking for a chocolate recipe, please check out her recipe index. You are sure to find a delicious treat that was made with love.

 German Chocolate Cake with coconut frosting - a rich chocolate cake with a smooth, sweet and nutty caramel like frosting.

For this cake recipe, I bought the German Chocolate cake mix instead of making it from scratch (shhh)!! I didn’t have all the ingredients and honestly find the mix to be quite tasty. The frosting is the real show stopper. DO NOT skip on making the frosting. That is definitely the best part and the canned stuff just doesn’t compare.

Did you make this recipe?

German Chocolate Cake


  • 1 box of German Chocolate Cake and ingredients listed on box

Coconut pecan frosting:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups flaked coconut (make sure it’s fresh)
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Chocolate buttercream frosting:

  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 (4-ounce) bar semisweet or bittersweet, melted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons heavy cream or milk
  • Pinch of Salt


Make cake according to directions and allow to cool.

For the coconut frosting: Combine egg yolks, sugar, milk, butter, and vanilla in a large saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until it has began to thicken, about 12 minutes. Stir in coconut and pecans and stir until thick enough to spread. Remove from heat and allow to cool slightly.

For the chocolate buttercream place the butter in a large bowl and beat with an electric mixer. Slowly add the powdered sugar, cocoa powder, melted chocolate and vanilla. Add heavy cream as needed to thin.

Frost the center of the cake with the coconut frosting and the sides with the chocolate buttercream frosting. Enjoy with a cold glass of milk!

From The Lion House Cookbook

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 German Chocolate Cake with coconut frosting - a rich chocolate cake with a smooth, sweet and nutty caramel like frosting.

YUMMY! If you haven’t had German Chocolate Cake yet, you are missing out. Find an excuse and make it this weekend!

In honor of Joan, I wanted to share a few of my favorite recipes from her website Chocolate, Chocolate and More. Make sure to check them out and browse around her recipe index. She has so many delicious recipes on her site and will be missed by all of us. XO

3 minute fudge recipe from Chocolate Chocolate and More

3 minute chocolate fudge 

Ding Dong Cake from Chocolate, Chocolate and More

Ding Dong Cake

Lunch Lady Brownies from Chocolate Chocolate and More

Lunch lady brownies

Thanks for stopping by. Have a great day! :)

*This post was updated on October 28th, 2015

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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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21 comments on “German Chocolate Cake”

  1. Life In The Thrifty Lane Reply

    Oh boy, if only I can reach for a slice of that cake… :P Looks so yummy! Have to try it, thanks for sharing.

  2. Naturally Me Creations Reply

    That icing sounds delicious! It probably won't be the same using desiccated coconut, will it?

    One doesn't even need to make a cake with this, just eat it all on it's own…i'd do that, hehe! But those cupcakes looks so cute and yummy!

  3. Looks yummy!

  4. Visiting from WFMW! Your icing looks amazing!! German chocolate cake is for sure a favorite of mine. I will HAVE to try it out soon.

  5. Oh my gosh that looks soooo good. I'm gonna need to make that this weekend for fun! Mmmmm

  6. This is so perfect! My friend's birthday is this weekend and her favorite cake is German Chocolate! Thanks so much for sharing. You know what I'll be making this weekend :)

    Have a great day!


  7. Sarah @ The Bird's Papaya Reply

    hey girl! I'm the winner, emailed you a couple days ago…wasn't sure if it went to spam!! just so you know :) thanks!!! ahhh!!

  8. Allison {A Glimpse Inside} Reply

    That looks super good! So glad you had a great birthday! Thanks for linking up! :)

  9. german chocolate cake is my absolute favorite! I don't get it very often because my family hates coconut. :(


  10. Seriously!! This looks delish! I'm going to have to try this cake!

  11. That cake looks delishious!

  12. These cakes look great, im cooking for my nephew’s birthday this weekend and he loves chocolate. Cant decide between the brownie or the fudge cake.. I may have to do both   : )   Looks great


  13. What a gorgeous cake!! I wish Joan was here to see all the chocolate being shared today. She was loved by many!

  14. Oh my this is one of my favorite cakes!  It looks and sounds scrumptious.

  15. Looks amazing! Definitely reminds me of birthdays at home. :)

  16. German chocolate cake is a favorite in our house! I’ve never made it from scratch before so this will be a fun adventure for us!


  17. Jamielyn, German Chocolate Cake was MY favorite growing up. My mom often made it for my birthday, to my brother’s chagrin He doesn’t like coconut! But it was MY birthday so that’s what we had :)

  18. Oh how I wish that Joan could see all the chocolate that’s been shared this week! She would have loved being remembered this way. She was an amazing friend to so many of us.

  19. I fully support using that box of cake mix. This looks awesome and such a great tribute. Her Lunch Lady Brownies are amazing… she’ll be missed. 

  20. I’m so sorry to hear about Joan. What a tragedy. My grandfather loved german chocolate cake. We used to always make it when he visited. The cake looks so delicious and  brings sweet memories back. Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  21. This recipe looks so delicious! Hi, I’m Anita visiting from Link Party Palooza.

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