Homemade German Chocolate Cake

Save the Recipe for German Chocolate Layer Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting
When it comes to a homemade chocolate cake recipe, you have to have a German chocolate cake recipe. From the icing to the cake to the toppings, German Chocolate Layer Cake is a must-have recipe.

From the first bite to the last, the flavors are amazing. Rich and creamy, sweet and crunchy, this is a recipe you have to try.

What is German Chocolate Cake Icing
This is a classic German Chocolate Cake Icing Recipe. German Chocolate layered Cake is known for the very rich icing. This coconut pecan frosting is not a whipped icing like buttercream but is more of a pourable icing. When you make this icing, it will coat the top of the cake and then drizzle over the sides.


  • 4 ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • ½ cup water
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened to room temperature
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup 2 % milk
  • 2 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt

Coconut-Pecan Frosting

  • 1 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 cups evaporated milk
  • 6 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 2 ½ cups coconut flakes
  • 2 cups pecans, chopped

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Melt chocolate with the water in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until just melted.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter and sugar. Pour in the melted chocolate and mix together.
  4. Next, mix in the eggs, vanilla and milk until well combined.
  1. Add the flour, baking soda and salt to the mixing bowl and stir or mix into the batter until just combined.
  2. Spray 3 8-inch cake pans with non-stick cooking spray. For extra coverage, line the bottom of the pans with an 8 inch circle of parchment paper.
  3. Pour batter evenly between the three pans and then bake for 35-40 minutes or until a toothipick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean.
  4. Cool and make frosting.
  5. After frosting has cooled, assemble the cake:
    1. Put the first layer rounded side down on a cake plate, topping with 1/3 of the frosting.
    2. Add the second layer also rounded side down, repeating with another layer of the frosting.
    3. Add the 3rd layer, rounded side up. Top with remaining frosting. Do not frost the sides.
    4. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour prior to serving to make the cake easier to slice. Save any leftovers covered in the refrigerator.

Coconut-Pecan Frosting

  1. Melt butter and then add in granulated sugar, brown sugar, evaporated milk and vanilla. Whisk until well combined.
  2. Mix in egg yolks.
  3. Cook over medium heat, frequently stirring, until mixture thickens and is bubbly. This should be 10-12 minutes.
  4. Add in coconut and pecans and stir to combine.
  5. Remove from stovetop and cool for at least 30 minutes, stirring now and then.

Enjoy !

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