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German Chocolate Cake

  • Author: Rose
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 20 1x



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
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 4 oz. sour cream
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 3 large eggs

For the frosting:


  1. Preheat the oven to 325°F.   Lightly spray (3) 8″ round pans with cake release spray (or use [my homemade version|]).
  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!!
  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
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