The Best German Chocolate Cake Recipe

by Merissa on April 23, 2014

in Recipes

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The Best German Chocolate Cake Recipe

I don't know about you, but every once in awhile I feel the need for the yummy taste of chocolate! I remember when I was child, my mom making this for my grandpa' birthday​.  I don't remember much about the cake part although, for some reason I thought the frosting was the ultimate treat and that the rest of the cake should be pushed to the side.  :)

So every once in awhile for a special birthday treat or event I like to bring up this recipe.

The Best German Chocolate Cake Recipe

The Best German Chocolate Cake Recipe

By Miranda

This delicious cake is the perfect mixture of coconut and chocolate. Yum!

Yield - 12 servings

Cake Ingredients

  • 4 oz Chocolate (I used chocolate chunks I bought from the local co-op)
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 1/4 cups Whole Wheat Flour
  • ​1 tsp Baking soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • cups Turbinado Sugar
  • 1 cup Butter
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 cup Buttermilk

Coconut Pecan Frosting Ingredients

  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup Turbinado Sugar (I ground this so it was like powdered sugar)​
  • 1/2 Butter
  • 1 cup Evaporated Milk
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

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Directions

  • Heat the oven to 350°F.
  • Spray the bottoms and sides of 9x13 pan or Bundt Pan with spray.

    The Best German Chocolate Cake Recipe

  • In a 1-quart saucepan, heat the chocolate and water over low heat, stirring frequently, until chocolate is completely melted; remove from heat and cool.
  • In a separate bowl, separate yolks from whites in separate bowls.
  • In another medium sized bowl, stir the flour, baking soda and salt until mixed; set aside.

    The Best German Chocolate Cake Recipe

  • In another medium bowl, beat 2 cups sugar and 1 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy; Then add eggs yolks,  melted chocolate, and vanilla.
  • Add in the buttermilk and flour mixture alternately to your sugar mixture.
  • Wash and dry mixer beaters. In a small bowl, beat the eggs whites on high speed until beaten eggs whites form stiff peaks when beaters are lifted. Fold in Egg whites to batter using a rubber spatula.
  • Pour batter into pan
  • Bake until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • ​Cool cake for approximately 2 hours before frosting.

    The Best German Chocolate Cake Recipe

Frosting Directions

  • Separate the 3 eggs yolks from white; save the egg whites for another recipe.
  • In a 2-quart saucepan, stir the egg yolks, 1 cup turbinado, 1/2 cup butter, the evaporated milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla until well mixed.
  • Cook over medium heat about 12 minutes, stirring frequently, until thick and bubbly.
  • Stir in the coconut and pecans.
  • Cool about 30 minutes, beating occasionally with a spoon, until mixture is spreadable.

The Best German Chocolate Cake Recipe

I hope you enjoy this delicious cake recipe, I really do think it's the best German Chocolate Cake recipe out there!

miranda

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{ 40 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Ashley April 23, 2014 at 4:11 pm

what is a local co-op and how do you find out if you have one? I’ve never heard of such a thing in pa

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2 Merissa April 23, 2014 at 10:03 pm

Ashley you might want to check out our list of National Bulk Coops and Stores.

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3 Lady Lilith April 23, 2014 at 9:26 pm

Oh my that looks amazing.

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4 Sara April 24, 2014 at 7:52 am

When I grew up this was the family birthday cake. Same receipe however mom would alway make a two layer cake. Put choc frosting in the middle then on top of that the coconut. choc frosting on the sides and just the coconut frosting on the top. YUM. I now make this for my family. I love family traditions.

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5 Julie@Sweet and Spicy Monkey April 24, 2014 at 11:38 am

My mom always used to make a 2 layer German Chocolate Cake for our birthdays too! Well, for those of us that loved her German Chocolate Cake. I love your healthy spin on the recipe and I love cooking with buttermilk since it makes cakes and breads moist. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

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6 Starla J April 24, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Oh yum! Thank you for sharing!

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7 Erlene April 24, 2014 at 6:49 pm

Haven’t had German chocolate cake in a really long time. Thanks for sharing it. Pinned.

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8 Simple Nature Decor April 24, 2014 at 8:01 pm

I had a girl friend who was from Germany! Her mom was an amazing cook!
She made the best German Chocolate Cake… I would sleep over her home and we sneak downstairs and eat so much of it..her mom would be annoyed at us lol.. Great memories

Thanks Maria

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9 Yona Williams April 24, 2014 at 8:45 pm

Yum – that cake looks incredibly moist…I’ve never made a German Chocolate Cake before.

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10 Kathi Riemer April 25, 2014 at 12:10 am

German chocolate cake is my husbands favorite. I will try this recipe. Thank you for sharing!
Kathi

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11 Betsy @ BPhotoArt April 25, 2014 at 10:37 am

This looks delicious!

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12 Donella @ Productive WAHM April 25, 2014 at 12:56 pm

I need this in my mouth TODAY. Looks amazing!

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13 Doree April 25, 2014 at 1:55 pm

Thank you so much for linking up to our new party, Cook it! Craft it! Share it! This cake recipe reminds me so much of the one my grandma use to make. I am going to have it to give it a try. Have a great weekend and hope to see you next wednesday night at 8:30 est. -Doree

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14 bel @ Mums Take Five April 26, 2014 at 7:54 am

This does look so delicious!
Thank you for sharing and linking up for our Sunday Brunch link party

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15 Hope @ Nanny Shecando April 26, 2014 at 9:09 pm

Oh gosh, this looks delicious! I just love anything with coconut!
Visiting from Sunday Brunch at Mums Take Five. xx

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16 Trish April 26, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Hi Merissa,
The cake looks delicious. What is turbinado sugar? Thanks for sharing your recipe.

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17 Merissa April 27, 2014 at 8:00 am

Turbinado is raw sugar, you can also use brown sugar instead.

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18 Jamie April 26, 2014 at 11:34 pm

This looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!
Blessings~Jamie

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19 Nikki @ The Kids Menu April 27, 2014 at 3:36 am

Yep this definitely looks perfectly delicious for Sunday brunch, yum!

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20 Lauren @ Create Bake Make April 27, 2014 at 6:59 am

This looks amazing! Isn’t it wonderful to make recipes from your childhood?

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21 Molly April 27, 2014 at 12:38 pm

Hi Merissa, I was just wondering if you used German Chocolate specifically, or just regular?

Little bit of history: German Chocolate cake is not remotely German. It’s named for the sweet chocolate created by Samuel German, who I think lived in Boston, MA and was at first called German’s Chocolate Cake. The first known German’s Chocolate Cake recipe actually originated in Texas. :)

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22 Sharon @ Faith Hope & Cherrytea April 27, 2014 at 1:10 pm

definitely one of my favs !
thanks for sharing at moms small victories =)

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23 Ritchil Shafer (Cheng and 3 Kids) April 27, 2014 at 4:41 pm

My husband loves german chocolate cakes so I’m definitely trying this. Thanks for the recipe!

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24 Nic April 27, 2014 at 9:57 pm

Yum! This looks and sounds amazing!!! Thanks for sharing with us for Sunday Brunch with Mums Take Five

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25 Anna (A Sensible Momma) April 28, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Looks delicious! Thanks for sharing!

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26 Lucy April 28, 2014 at 3:32 pm

German Chocolate is my husband’s absolute favorite cake. He is very particular about the recipe though so I don’t ever change it up. Thanks for sharing at Saturday Dishes.

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27 Crystal Green April 29, 2014 at 8:15 am

German Chocolate cake is my absolute favorite kind of cake in the world! I pinned this the minute I came to your site because it looks divine. Thank you for sharing this with us.

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28 Alecia April 29, 2014 at 11:55 am

YUM- my husband would LOVE this cake. He is a chocolate fanatic. I might just have to make it for him soon. Thank you for linking up with Small Victories Sunday this week. I have pinned this to the Small Victories Sunday board!

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29 Chris at Hye Thyme Cafe April 29, 2014 at 12:58 pm

I have never made one, because I’m fully aware that I’m capable of eating the entire thing … well, maybe not the ENTIRE thing, but I know I’d give it a mighty effort! That said, German Chocolate is (obviously) my favorite cake! I still remember the first time I ever had it as a kid. It was love at first bite! :) [#TastyTuesdays]

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30 Antionette Blake April 29, 2014 at 10:41 pm

This looks great, especially at almost midnight!

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31 Elizabeth April 30, 2014 at 6:02 pm

Wonderful! This is one of my favorite cakes!! Do you think regular sugar would work? I don’t typically use Turbinado. Guess I am not familiar with it. This looks delish!!

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32 Merissa April 30, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Regular brown sugar will work instead :)

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33 Susan W May 2, 2014 at 2:10 pm

My kids will really enjoy this! Thank you for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop!

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34 Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner? May 3, 2014 at 9:37 am

This cake looks so good! Thanks for sharing with us at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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35 Laura@Baking in Pyjamas May 4, 2014 at 7:06 am

I’ve never made a german chocolate cake before. Yours looks great! Thanks for linking up to Sweet and Savoury Sunday, stop by and link up again. Have a great weekend!!

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36 Patricia Wartella December 12, 2014 at 2:10 pm

Your recipe for german chocolate cake calls for wheat flour and turbinado sugar….can I subsititue regular sugar and white flour for your ingredients?

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37 Merissa December 12, 2014 at 3:34 pm

You can.

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38 Melissa French, The More With Less Mom December 15, 2014 at 8:10 pm

I love that you used wheat flour! Thanks for posting. Hello from Busy Monday.

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39 Diane Balch December 18, 2014 at 8:27 am

I have to agree with you the coconut pecan frosting sounds amazing. Pinned. Thanks for sharing this with us on Weekend Bites.

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40 Samantha @ Stir the Wonder December 19, 2014 at 1:37 pm

mmmm… Nothing beats a good chocolate cake! Thanks for linking up at the Thoughtful Spot Weekly Blog Hop! We hope you stop by again next week!

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