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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 flaked 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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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..."

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."

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."

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!"

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."

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