Easy German Chocolate Cake Recipe

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There's no need to frost this yummy chocolate cake from Dawn Glenn of Johnson City, Tennessee. After baking, just turn the cake upside down onto a pretty platter - the coconut and pecan topping is already in place.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES:12-16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 55 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12-16 servings

Ingredients

  • 1-1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 4 cups confectioners' sugar

Directions

  1. Sprinkle the coconut and pecans into a greased and floured 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  2. In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and butter until fluffy. Beat in egg and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Drop by tablespoonfuls over the batter. Carefully spread to within 1 in. of edges.
  3. Bake at 325° for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; invert onto a serving plate. Yield: 12-16 servings.
Originally published as Easy German Chocolate Cake in Quick Cooking March/April 1999, p48

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Reviewed Aug. 22, 2014

Used to make this w/ the residents at the nursing home. Only difference in the recipes was mine used 1 cup of coconut and only 2 cups powdered sugar. It was incredible!

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