german chocolate cake recipe
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German Chocolate Cake Recipe

German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting - A rich, chocolate cake with a smooth, sweet and nutty caramel-like frosting. This decadent German cake is the ultimate treat! 
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: German Chocolate Cake
Servings: 12
Calories: 662
Author: Jamielyn Nye


  • 1 box German Chocolate Cake (plus ingredients listed on box)

Coconut Pecan Frosting:

  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon 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
  • 4 ounce bar semisweet or bittersweet chocolate (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. Add 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, vanilla and salt. 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!


Calories: 662kcal | Carbohydrates: 73g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 40g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 396mg | Potassium: 360mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 55g | Vitamin A: 595IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 137mg | Iron: 3.6mg