Make a great German Chocolate Cake with this easy recipe. The coconut and pecan frosting is deliciously dreamy.

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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In large bowl, combine cake mix, water, 3 eggs, oil and 1/3 cup sweetened condensed milk. Beat on low speed until moistened, then beat on high speed 2 minutes.

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  • Pour into well-greased and floured 13 x 9-inch baking pan. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until wooden toothpick inserted near center comes out clean.

  • In small saucepan, combine remaining sweetened condensed milk, egg yolk and butter. Over medium heat, cook and stir until thickened, about 6 minutes. Add pecans, coconut and vanilla; spread over warm cake. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

Nutrition Facts

250 calories; 16.2 g total fat; 66 mg cholesterol; 73 mg sodium. 9.7 g carbohydrates; 2.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
06/20/2005
This was easy to put together and my husband said it was yummy. I was a little disappointed in the frosting flavor. I wanted more of that "caramel" taste and this just tasted like sweetened condensed milk w/ pecans and coconut (a yummy flavor but just not what I expect in a German Chocolate Cake). I made the mistake of inverting the cake before frosting it. The recipe does not make enough frosting to cover the sides of the cake. So if you make this - just leave it in the pan and frost the top only!:) DEFINETELY cook it for much longer than 6 minutes to thicken up the frosting. I probably cooked it closer to 15 minutes (maybe even longer). Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/02/2010
the cake was too fluffy/crumbly it should have been more dense. I think just using the cake mix as directed would have been better. Frosting needs to be doubled barely enough to frost a 9x13 cake. Read More
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86 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 56
  • 4 star values: 21
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
06/20/2005
This was easy to put together and my husband said it was yummy. I was a little disappointed in the frosting flavor. I wanted more of that "caramel" taste and this just tasted like sweetened condensed milk w/ pecans and coconut (a yummy flavor but just not what I expect in a German Chocolate Cake). I made the mistake of inverting the cake before frosting it. The recipe does not make enough frosting to cover the sides of the cake. So if you make this - just leave it in the pan and frost the top only!:) DEFINETELY cook it for much longer than 6 minutes to thicken up the frosting. I probably cooked it closer to 15 minutes (maybe even longer). Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/16/2007
Yummy recipe my uncle who is a German Choc. cake lover said this is best version he has ever tried. I do agree with several reviews on here that the recipe does not have much of a carmel flavor but you can remedy that by adding 3 TBS of Brown Sugar. I also recommend you cook it for 10 mins not 6 so that it gets thick enough. P.S. Almonds are a great substitute for pecans and much better for you!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/19/2006
I doubled the frosting recipe due to other reviews and the fact that I made this as a 2 layer birthday cake. It was for my honey and he thought it was better than his favorite (until now) German Chocolate Cake purchased from a bakery at 4.95 a slice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2010
I made this cake today absolutely delish! the frosting turned out perfect! I added 3T brown sugar and cooked and constantly stirred for about 11min. I will make again and again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/24/2005
Excellent recipe! So easy and moist! The condensed milk keeps the cake from getting dry. I used chopped walnuts instead of pecans. I used at least 1 full cup of coconut though and at least 1 cup of walnuts. I like the frosting to be thick not thin. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2006
My Father has loved German Chocolate Cake all of his life and he says this is the best German Chocolate Cake he has ever eaten!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/09/2005
I thought the recipe was easy and the cake was very moist. The frosting did take about 20 minutes to thicken but had a wonderful flavor. I will add it to my "favorites" Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/23/2008
Very easy to make! Everyone loved it and I received many requests for the recipe. The frosting is YUMMY! I sprinkled some extra pecans on top before serving for some extra crunch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/24/2009
I made this for my good friend's birthday and everyone raved. It was also very easy to make. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/02/2010
the cake was too fluffy/crumbly it should have been more dense. I think just using the cake mix as directed would have been better. Frosting needs to be doubled barely enough to frost a 9x13 cake. Read More
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