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5 from 1 vote

German Chocolate Cake

Easy cake your family will love.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Frosting15 mins
Total Time1 hr 5 mins
Course: Cake, Dessert
Cuisine: American, German
Keyword: German Chocolate Cake
Servings: 8 servings
Author: The Southern Lady Cooks


  • 4 ounces or 1/4 pound package German’s sweet chocolate You can get this at most groceries in the baking section. It is a 4 ounce bar like a candy bar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 cup butter or margarine softened
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Coconut Pecan Frosting Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine or 8 tablespoons
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups coconut
  • 1 cup pecans chopped (can use walnuts, too)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Melt chocolate and water on top of the stove in a pot and cool. Cream butter, sugar and eggs; beat well. Add cooled chocolate and water, flour, salt, soda, buttermilk and vanilla extract mixing well with mixer.
  • Spray three 9 inch cake pans. Divide the batter between the 3 pans (comes out to about 2 cups per cake pan). Bake layers in preheated 350 degree oven for 30 to 35 minutes. Cool about 10 minutes and remove from pans. Frost with Pecan Frosting.

Coconut Pecan Frosting Directions

  • Beat eggs and add to milk, sugar and butter. Cook on medium heat about 12 minutes until bubbles and begins to thicken. Stir constantly because it will burn easily.
  • Remove and add nuts, coconut and vanilla extract. Mix well and let cool. Spread on tops of cake layers.


You can double this frosting if you like a lot.