German Chocolate Cream Cake is a fun twist on a classic. It has a crunchy bottom layer, a creamy middle layer, and a fudgy top layer.
German Chocolate Cream Cake
I love the classic German Chocolate Cake – coconut, pecans, and chocolate? Sign me up! However, when I first had this cake and realized it had cream cheese too – I knew I needed the recipe. Luckily, my Aunt Cathie, who is an amazing cook was willing to share. We’ve enjoyed it many times since. Thank you, Aunt Cathie!
The fun thing about this recipe is the layers. You add the cream cheese layer on top before baking and then the chocolate cake layer bakes up and over it. When you serve it, your guests will be surprised by the hidden deliciousness inside.
Is it Really German?
Contrary to popular belief, German Chocolate Cake is not actually from Germany. It is an American dessert that was created by Samuel German in the 1950s. It was originally called German’s Chocolate Cake. Samuel German actually created the formula for the dark baking chocolate used in the cake.
This cake is so easy to make – you won’t believe how fast it comes together. First you preheat the oven and grease your pan. Then you’re going to sprinkle the pan with the coconut flakes and the pecans.
Then take the prepared cake mix and pour it over the top of the coconut and pecans.
Next you’re going to combine the ingredients for the cream filling. Using two spoons, drop dollops of the cream cheese mixture over the cake mixture.
Keep scooping the cream cheese mixture over the cake until you’ve used it all. It should cover almost the whole top of the cake.
After that, it is ready to bake. Put it in the oven for 45-55 minutes.
You are going to want to eat this cake warm right out of the oven. You can top it with powdered sugar or whipped topping if you’d like. It would also taste delicious with some butter pecan ice cream!
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How to Make German Chocolate Cream Cake
- Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9x13 pan.
- Sprinkle coconut flakes and pecans over bottom of pan.
- Pour prepared cake mix over the coconut and pecans.
- Mix cream cheese and butter together until smooth. Add powdered sugar, vanilla, and chocolate chips.
- Drop the cream cheese mixture in large spoonfuls onto the top of the cake mixture.
- Bake for 45-55 minutes. Serve warm.
- Top with whipped cream or powdered sugar (optional)