German Chocolate Cake Recipe

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German Chocolate Cake Recipe

We know you're Betty, you know you're Betty, now show it to the world with this amazing homemade German chocolate cake. There’s no cake more special, with its signature coconut-pecan filling and topping. This classic from-scratch German chocolate cake recipe is the best way to bring all the flavor to the table in just 30 minutes and gives you all the Betty bragging rights you could ever ask for. Pick a day, grab the ingredients and start making amazing in your kitchen, like we know you can
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 20 minutes
Course Dessert
Cuisine American
Calories 730 kcal



  • 4 oz sweet baking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 1/4 cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour or 2 1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup  butter (2 sticks), room temperature
  • 4 pic eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk

Coconut-Pecan Filling and Topping

  • 3 pic egg yolks
  • 1 cup  granulated sugar or packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup evaporated milk (from 12-oz can)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Spray the bottoms and sides of three 8-inch or two 9-inch round cake pans with the cooking spray. Cut three 8-inch or two 9-inch rounds of cooking parchment paper. Line bottoms of pans with the paper.
  • Coarsely chop the chocolate. 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.


Nutrition Information:
  • 40g Total Fat
  • 9g Protein
  • 83g Total Carbohydrate
  • 62g Sugars
Keyword Chocolate Cake

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