This is a wonderfully rich chocolate cake and very easy to make.

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Ingredients

18
Original recipe yields 18 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Spray 9x13-inch pan with cooking spray.

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  • Spread coconut and pecans over bottom of pan.

  • Mix cake mix according to package directions. Pour over the pecans and coconut.

  • Melt butter, add with cream cheese, vanilla, and confectioners' sugar to a medium-sized bowl and mix well. Spoon with a teaspoon over the cake.

  • Bake cake at 325 degrees F (165 degrees C) for 50-55 minutes or until done.

Nutrition Facts

373.5 calories; 4 g protein; 48.6 g carbohydrates; 33.1 mg cholesterol; 296.8 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (71)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
08/08/2007
This cake is very yummy and very sweet. I gave it 4 stars because it does not cook fully if you follow the recipe. I left it in the oven and told my husband to take it out when the timer beeped... not knowing how to cook he didn't realize the whole middle was still raw. The edges taste fantastic though... I will definitely make this again but up the temp to 350! Thanks! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
03/29/2011
I made this tonight because I had a cake mix a bar of cream cheese and some coconut. It went together easily and I had high hopes. Unfortunately the recipe directions were inadequate and I acted impulsively not taking the time to read all of the reviews. Judging from the recipe photo I assumed one would need to turn this cake out of the pan. Well the cake bears no resemblance to the photo. The directions do not specify how long to cool the cake if/when to de-pan it etc. I made an educated guess (I've been baking for 30 years) and it was a mistake. I now have a pile of rubble and a mess on my counter. I did taste it and it's rich and delicious but I'm so relieved that I didn't make this for anything important. I'm sure it would be great if we just had explicit instructions. I'll give it another shot if the recipe is amended. Read More
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78 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 59
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 4 stars
08/08/2007
This cake is very yummy and very sweet. I gave it 4 stars because it does not cook fully if you follow the recipe. I left it in the oven and told my husband to take it out when the timer beeped... not knowing how to cook he didn't realize the whole middle was still raw. The edges taste fantastic though... I will definitely make this again but up the temp to 350! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/08/2007
This cake is very yummy and very sweet. I gave it 4 stars because it does not cook fully if you follow the recipe. I left it in the oven and told my husband to take it out when the timer beeped... not knowing how to cook he didn't realize the whole middle was still raw. The edges taste fantastic though... I will definitely make this again but up the temp to 350! Thanks! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2007
I first tried this recipe when my coworker brought it in for work. It was delicious so I made it for my dad's bday. However before attempting to make it I noticed that all the cakes looked ugly...like an earthquake had hit it and the cake my coworker made had the cheesecake filling in the middle (like the picture posted by allrecipes). Therefore when I poured the cake batter in the pan I reserved 1/2 of it. Add the cheesecake filling by spoonfuls cafefully spreading it to make a nice layer and finishing it off with the leftover cake batter. It cooked longer than stated but turned out delish while looking beautiful. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
09/17/2004
My first attempt was a disaster. I pulled this beautiful cake out of the oven tripped over the dog and it landed upside down on my kitchen floor! So a couple of days later when I was through being mad I tried it again. This is a wonderful recipe! The only thing I am going to change is to up the cooking temp to 350 and lower the time to about 35-40 minutes. Otherwise this is good stuff. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2007
this was absolutely wonderful. I am not a chocolate fan and was a bit confused about adding the frosting to the cake before cooking (i had to read the recipe 3 times before I did it). It was a huge success. My neighbor (who loves everything I cook but isnt a huge chocolate fan either LOVED it). I have made it 3 times since then. I think I will try it next with a banana cake. Great recipe even though it isnt the most attractive cake. Will definitely make many more times! Thank you so much for sharing! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/19/2005
I added an egg to the cream cheese mixture (like a cheese danish filling) and it came out well almost "three tiered" and wasn't ugly at all! It was easy to slice and almost looked like "brownies with cream cheese." I made it with the German Chocolate cake mix and would recommend trying that first. This was an easy and great cake. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/20/2003
This cake was an instant hit. The first time I made it it looked like it scored a 10 on the Rickter scale with taste to match! Note--I used 1/4 cup of butter. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2006
I made this cake for someone's birthday at work and it was hit. The cake was gone by lunch time. I did find that it was not completely baking at 325 degrees. I baked it at 325 degrees for 45 mins and 20 mins at 350 degrees and it baked well. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/08/2003
I no longer work outside my home so I've had time to try all types of new recipes on my husband of 31 years. Out of all the things I've tried there are only a handful that he's asked me to repeat. This is one of them. I whipped this recipe up very quickly! It's very easy my children loved it; it was an instant hit. I don't see how anyone could rate this less than a FIVE! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/03/2011
I loved this cake. I don't use cake mixes so I followed the recipe for devil's food cake I from this site. It was a lot of work and a lot of dishes but the end result was worth it. I did layer the cream cheese mixture with the cake as other reviewers suggested but my filling seemed to fall to the bottom of the cake. Maybe because I did not use a box cake mix. Next time I think I will reserve one cup of the cake mix spoon over the cream cheese mixture and spoon over the reserved cake mix ontop of it. The only changes I made to this recipe was to decrease butter qty by about half and decrease the confectioners sugar to 1 1/2 cps. I can't wait to make this cake again. Next time I will try it with my brownie recipe or crazy cake recie from this site. Tastes great warm even better when cooled and even better chilled in the refrigerator. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
03/29/2011
I made this tonight because I had a cake mix a bar of cream cheese and some coconut. It went together easily and I had high hopes. Unfortunately the recipe directions were inadequate and I acted impulsively not taking the time to read all of the reviews. Judging from the recipe photo I assumed one would need to turn this cake out of the pan. Well the cake bears no resemblance to the photo. The directions do not specify how long to cool the cake if/when to de-pan it etc. I made an educated guess (I've been baking for 30 years) and it was a mistake. I now have a pile of rubble and a mess on my counter. I did taste it and it's rich and delicious but I'm so relieved that I didn't make this for anything important. I'm sure it would be great if we just had explicit instructions. I'll give it another shot if the recipe is amended. Read More
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