logo
Food Advertising by

German Chocolate Cake

This post contains affiliate links which means that, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission if you make a purchase. Thanks so much for your support in this way! Read my full disclosure policy here.

German Chocolate Cake Recipe

I have a secret to share with you… I’ve never really liked German Chocolate Cake.   I think the root of it is that I never really cared for coconut.  I love chocolate.  I love nuts.  I love frosting.  But I did not love coconut.  Until I did.

I’m not sure when my tastes changed but when I started this cake business 4 years ago – I didn’t like almond flavoring… and now I can’t get enough of it.  I didn’t like coconut in my desserts… and now I could eat German Chocolate Cake Balls or Italian Cream Cupcakes every.single.day.   I really couldn’t tolerate Red Velvet Cake… well, I still hate Red Velvet, but that’s another story for another day.

German Chocolate Cake Frosted with Pecans

Anyway… I rarely make German Chocolate Cake – it’s just not requested that often, but I was really happy that this last time I made it, I had a little extra batter and that’s when I made these German Chocolate Cupcakes.

And boy-oh-boy where they amazing!    I mean really, really that good.  And the frosting is from scratch and it’s good enough to eat straight from a spoon! Anyway, I’m getting off-track.

German Chocolate Layers Cake Recipe

My uncle asked me to make this cake for him.  He had never asked me to make a cake before, so I really wanted to do a good job.  He asked for lots of the Coconut Pecan Frosting – so I doubled down and put LOTS of it between the layers.  You don’t have to do that – but I’m not going to tell you that you could ever have too much frosting, so go for it!

Anyway, if you’re ready… here’s the recipe:

German Chocolate Cake
 
Prep time
Cook time
Total time
 
Author:
Serves: 20
Ingredients
For the Cake
  • 1 (4 oz.) bar of German’s sweet chocolate (I prefer Baker’s brand OR you could also substitute 4 oz. of milk chocolate chips)
  • 1 (16.5 oz.) box of German Chocolate cake mix
  • 2 oz. all-purpose flour
  • 1 (3.5 oz.) box of instant vanilla pudding
  • ½ cup water
  • 4 oz. sour cream
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs
For the frosting:
  • 1 (12 oz) can of evaporated milk
  • 1½ cups granulated sugar
  • 12 tablespoons salted butter
  • 4 large egg yolks, slightly beaten
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups sweetened, flaked coconut
  • 1½ cups chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.   Lightly spray (3) 8″ round pans with cake release spray (or use [my homemade version|http://rosebakes.com/wfmw-homemade-pan-release-ie-bakers-joy/]).
  2. Break the milk chocolate bar into pieces (or milk chocolate chips) and place them in a microwave safe dish. Microwave on high for 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until the chocolate is completely melted.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine the melted chocolate, cake mix, flour, pudding mix, water, sour cream, oil, and eggs. Beat on low until the ingredients are incorporated and then on high for 2 more minutes. The batter will be smooth and thick.
  4. Divide the batter evenly into (3) 8″ pans.
  5. Bake until the top springs back when touches, usually for 28-32 minutes.
  6. While the cake is baking, make the frosting:
  7. Place the evaporated milk, sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla in a large boiler over medium heat.
  8. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick and golden brown. This took about 12 minutes for me.
  9. Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut and pecans.   Allow it to cool to room temperature (I stuck mine in the frig – it got a little too thick, but it worked!). It’ll take at least 30 minutes to cool to room temperature if left out.
  10. Assemble the cake by alternating layers of cake and frosting.  I love the look of piling up the frosting between layers and then a big pile on top OR you could do thinner layers between the cakes and cover the entire outside with frosting.  I recommend covering the entire outside if you will not be serving immediately so the cake does not dry out.
  11. Enjoy!!

This recipe was slightly adapted from The Cake Mix Doctor Returns cookbook.

If you have any questions, leave me a comment!

PS.  If you’re not already subscribed to my blog, would you?  You can sign up here for my free email updates and then you’ll never miss a cake or dessert or deal or any other quirky thing I choose to post here!  :)

Here are some other chocolate recipes you  might enjoy:

German Chocolate Cupcake Recipe

German Chocolate Cupcakes

One Bowl Chocolate Cake with Brownie Batter Frosting and Ganache

One Bowl Chocolate Cake

Biscoff Cookie Butter Filled Chocolate Cookies WM

Chocolate Cookies with Biscoff Cookie Butter Filling

German Chocolate Cake Balls Cover

German Chocolate Cake Balls

My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Cupcakes

This post contains affiliate links which means that, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission if you make a purchase. Thanks so much for your support in this way! Read my full disclosure policy here.

My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Cupcake Toppers

It’s no secret that I love rainbows and bright colors so I was SUPER excited about making these My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Cupcakes last  year.  I wish I had done a tutorial for some of them, but I didn’t, so I’ll just share what I can.

PS – I made these and a second order of these last January/February so I may have forgotten some of the details or get some things wrong!

These were for a sweet girl named Audrey and she was celebrating her 4th birthday and love for Rainbow Dash.  They only needed a dozen cupcakes so I wanted to squeeze in a good variety and have fun making them!

My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Cupcakes pic

For most of the cupcakes, I did the rainbow hearts!    I used some homemade marshmallow fondant and some Wilton pre-colored fondant (here and here) to get the 6 colors, then I rolled each one out really thin and cut ribbons with my FMM ribbon cutter.

Rainbow Heart Cupcake Topper

I lined them up in a long row, then used a heart cookie cutter to cut out the shapes.  I let them dry for around half an hour, then moved them (piece by piece) over to the white rounds and attached them with sugar glue.

I cut out the white circles with the 2″ Ateco fluted round cookie cutter from this set.

Rainbow Number Cupcake Topper

I used a very similar technique for the cupcake topper with the “4” on it, except I cut out a circle (vs. heart) and I attached a “4” that I cut out with my Funky Alphabet Cutters.

Rainbow Cupcake Topper

For this cupcake, I used my extruder to make the tiny strands of each color, then I used tiny balls of white fondant and a ball tool to make the clouds.

Rainbow Butterfly Cupcake Topper

I also made this tiny butterfly for one cupcake and it was done with a mini butterfly cutter and then I rolled the tiny balls of fondant and the “body” with my fingers to put all the details together.

Rainbow Dash Lightning Cupcake

For Rainbow Dash’s symbol (is that called a symbol?), it was also done mostly by hand and gluing it together with sugar glue.

Rainbow Dash Cupcake Topper

And last, but not least… Rainbow Dash herself.  I really wanted to get her perfect but tiny details like this are not something I’ve had tons of practice with.  SO – I just did my best – hand-cutting most everything and piecing it together based on a picture I saved.

I used food markers on her eyes and this JEM tool for her mouth.    OH – and a tiny teardrop cutter (I love this set from Autumn Carpenter and use them all the time!!) for the ear plus a gumpaste tool for the impression there.  I rolled the mane and wings with my fingers.

Rainbow Cupcakes with Pink Frosting

The cupcakes were vanilla cake – done rainbow style with bright pink vanilla buttercream.   You can see how I make the rainbow cupcakes here.

Rainbow Cupcakes

After I let the toppers dry overnight, I pushed them on top of the fresh buttercream :)

Do you have any questions about these My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Cupcakes?  Leave me a comment and I’ll answer if I can!

PS.  If you’re not already subscribed to my blog, would you?  You can sign up here for my free email updates and then you’ll never miss a cake or dessert or deal or any other quirky thing I choose to post here!  :)

Also check out my other My Little Pony Cake and Rainbow Theme Cakes here:

My Little Pony Rainbow Cake

My Little Pony Cake

Rainbow Chevron Cake

Rainbow Chevron Cake with Bunting

Electric Rainbow Ruffles Cake RoseBakes

Electric Rainbow Ruffles Cake

And many, many more rainbow cakes here.

My Little Pony Rainbow Dash Cupcakes at RoseBakes.com

40% Off Seven Fondant Classes

This post contains affiliate links which means that, at no additional cost to you, I may earn a small commission if you make a purchase. Thanks so much for your support in this way! Read my full disclosure policy here.

Cakemade Fondant Sale

Here’s a fun sale!  CakeMade is having a Fun With Fondant Sale where you can get 40% Off Seven Fondant Classes!

The only course I’ve taken with CakeMade is this Rustic Wedding Cake Trends where the teacher is none less than Liz Marek.  I absolutely love her personality and teaching style!

Rustic Wedding Cake Trends

In that class, she shares her amazing techniques for making a chalkboard cake and a birch tree cake.  The techniques are broken down in such a way that everyone from beginner to more intermediate level cake decorators can master these cakes!

I’m especially excited that I got to take that class because this coming weekend I’m doing a cake with a birch tree tier… yipee!!!

Anywho – in addition to that class, there are six other fondant classes on sale:

Go see them all here and snag you a CakeMade Class while they’re on sale!

Happy Caking!

Rose