German Chocolate Cake

This classic German Chocolate Cake is a delightful combination of rich chocolate cake layers with a sweet and gooey coconut-pecan frosting. It’s a beloved dessert that’s perfect for any occasion, from birthdays to family gatherings.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe:

  • Rich, moist chocolate cake
  • Decadent coconut-pecan frosting
  • Perfect for celebrations or casual indulgence


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package German chocolate cake mix
  • 1 (5 ounce) can evaporated milk
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 4 egg yolks
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9×13 inch baking pan.
  • Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • In a medium saucepan, combine evaporated milk, coconut, pecans, butter or margarine, sugar, egg yolks, and vanilla. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens.
  • Remove from heat and spread over the cake batter.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean.
  • Allow to cool before serving.
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30-35 minutes
  • Total Time: 50-60 minutes
  • Servings: 12
  • Kcal: 380 per serving


Store the cake in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 3 days, or refrigerate for up to a week. You can also freeze the cake (without frosting) for up to 3 months.

Recipe Tips:

  • For an extra layer of flavor, consider adding a thin layer of chocolate ganache between the cake layers and the coconut-pecan frosting.
  • Toasting the pecans and coconut before adding them to the frosting can enhance their flavor and texture.
  • Ensure the frosting is completely cooled before spreading it over the cake to achieve the best consistency and presentation.

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