Diane's German Chocolate Cake


This is much easier than your old-fashioned scratch recipes and it tastes just as good.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
50 mins
1 8-inch 3-layer cake


  • 1 (18.25 ounce) package butter cake mix

  • 1 (3.5 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding mix

  • cup unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 cup buttermilk

  • cup vegetable oil

  • 3 eggs

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can evaporated milk

  • 1 cup white sugar

  • 1 cup chopped pecans

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • 3 egg yolks

  • ½ cup butter

  • 1 cup flaked coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8 inch round cake pans.

  2. Combine the cake mix, instant vanilla pudding, cocoa, buttermilk, vegetable oil and the 3 whole eggs. Mix until blended and pour the batter into the prepared pans.

  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cakes test done. Set cakes aside to cool.

  4. In a medium sized sauce pan mix the evaporated milk, white sugar, 3 egg yolks and the butter. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is thick. Remove from heat and beat until partially cooled. Beat in the vanilla. Stir in the flaked coconut and the chopped pecans. Use to fill and frost cake.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

676 Calories
36g Fat
83g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 676
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 36g 47%
Saturated Fat 14g 68%
Cholesterol 154mg 51%
Sodium 638mg 28%
Total Carbohydrate 83g 30%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 61g
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 1mg 6%
Calcium 253mg 19%
Iron 2mg 12%
Potassium 297mg 6%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.