German Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe
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German Chocolate Cheesecake Recipe

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"My daughter requests this as her birthday cake, and I take it to potlucks, church dinners or any time the dessert is my responsibility," says Kathy Johnson of Lake City, South Dakota.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling
MAKES:16 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 1-1/4 hours + cooling
MAKES: 16 servings


  • 1 package German Chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1-1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Prepare cake batter according to package directions; set aside. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined.
  2. Pour half of the cake batter into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Gently pour cream cheese mixture over batter. Gently spoon remaining batter over top; spread to edge of pan.
  3. Bake at 325° for 70-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour.
  4. For frosting, in a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, milk, butter and egg yolks. Cook and stir over medium-low heat until thickened and a thermometer reads 160° or is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon.
  5. Remove from the heat. Stir in vanilla; fold in coconut and pecans. Cool until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Frost cooled cake. Refrigerate leftovers. Yield: 16 servings.
Originally published as German Chocolate Cheesecake in Taste of Home August/September 2004, p5

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dianefaye820 User ID: 8661063 239348
Reviewed Dec. 13, 2015

"I created an account just to review this! I followed every step of this but bought the frosting from the store since I'm lazy, and it was a huge success!!! I made it for my husband and the in laws for my husband's birthday and everyone loved it. By the way, it was done at 60 minutes so I suggest people check the center with a fork or toothpick at 55 or 60 minutes. I was nervous the cake part would come out soggy but it was perfect."

jphilio76 User ID: 8342535 225051
Reviewed Apr. 18, 2015

"I would do everything like the recipe except I would spread the cream cheese filling between the cake after it is cooled"

KathyB_63_Mo User ID: 924997 55285
Reviewed Oct. 21, 2014

"I bought this for $12.00 and thought that was quite the bargain...It is very rich, but oh so good...BTW she made it in a disposable 9x13 and it was a perfect fit..."

redhousediaries User ID: 7572648 55425
Reviewed Dec. 31, 2013

"This was wonderful but it does not do well in a 13x9. It would look better in a smaller pan- the chocolate is impossible to halve and cover the bottom."

EmHil User ID: 6452491 135852
Reviewed Feb. 17, 2013

"This has become everyone's favorite birthday cake, and I find that I judge all other cheesecakes or german chocolate cakes against this. It's fantastic."

yellow83 User ID: 6805360 59346
Reviewed Sep. 5, 2012

"This recipe was very good. It took a while to bake,cool,and frost. My husband said it was worth the wait!"

pjpete User ID: 3727244 136003
Reviewed Jun. 7, 2012

"Hats off to the amazing person who comes up with this kind of recipe. My family loves cheesecakes and German chocolate cake, put them together and I had a great hit. I make it alot."

sweetsareus User ID: 1310749 142786
Reviewed May. 24, 2012

"This is a very easy cake to make and it is a hit with everyone."

gram_missy User ID: 3134641 106479
Reviewed Apr. 14, 2012

"I love this cake! I made it once for a potluck we were having at work, and it was a smash! German chocolate cake with Coconut pecan frosting is my favorite and this is now my favorite, my husband made it for me for my birthday, and it will be my Birthday cake next year! Takes a lot of eggs, but I can handle that!"

myralaws User ID: 5542842 118899
Reviewed Nov. 26, 2011

"My husband wanted a German chocolate cake and I found this one. Made it and had my family try it and there were like you need to make this for the holiday. So I made a total of two cakes. Follow the recipe as listed and it came out perfectly. This is now the only German chocolate cake I will make.... Have gotten request to make as birthday cakes in 2012..Wonderful.."

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