German Chocolate Cream Cake

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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. 

A piece of german chocolate cream cake on a blue plate with a fork in it

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.

Slice of chocolate cake with powdered sugar on the top

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German Chocolate Cream Cake

5 from 4 votes
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.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course cake, Dessert
Cuisine American
Servings 15 slices

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 and grease a 9×13 pan. Sprinkle coconut flakes and pecans over bottom of pan.
    9x13 pan with coconuts and pecans sprinkled on bottom
  • Pour prepared cake mix over the coconut and pecans.
    German Chocolate cake batter poured over pecans and coconut
  • 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.
    Cream cheese frosting being spooned onto German Chocolate Cake batter in pan
  • Bake for 45-55 minutes. Serve warm.
    Baked German Chocolate Cake warm from the oven
  • Top with whipped cream or powdered sugar (optional)
    Slice of German Chocolate Cake with powdered sugar sprinkled on top

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 416kcalCarbohydrates: 50gProtein: 4gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 365mgPotassium: 159mgFiber: 2gSugar: 37gVitamin A: 419IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 2mg

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Kelsey Crist

Kelsey lives in Washington with her husband, Alex, and two cats, Diana and Nova. Her happy place is in the kitchen listening to an audiobook and trying new recipes. When she's not in the kitchen you can find her hiking, shopping at Trader Joe's, or playing Animal Crossing. Her favorite food is pasta and Alex loves when she makes Homemade Oreos.

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  1. 5 stars
    Oooooh my goodness. I needed a german chocolate cake recipe for my dad for his birthday and this is IT! Thank you!