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German Chocolate Dream Cake

 German Chocolate Dream Cake
I love German chocolate cake — and this version truly is a dream! It’s not only luscious, it’s also easy to make using a mix.
12 ServingsPrep: 1 hour Bake: 25 min. + cooling


  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • CAKE:
  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1-1/3 cups flaked coconut, toasted
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tablespoons hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed


  • Place chocolate chips in a small bowl. In a small saucepan, bring
  • cream just to a boil. Pour over chips; whisk until smooth. Stir in
  • vanilla. Refrigerate until completely chilled.
  • Grease and flour three 8-in. round baking pans; set aside. In a large
  • bowl, combine the cake mix, water, mayonnaise and eggs; beat on low

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German Chocolate Dream Cake (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • speed for 30 seconds. Beat on medium for 2 minutes. Pour into
  • prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 23-28 minutes or until a
  • toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10
  • minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  • In a small heavy saucepan, heat the sugar, milk, butter and egg yolks
  • over medium-low heat until mixture is thickened and golden brown,
  • stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Stir in the coconut,
  • pecans and vanilla. Cool until thick enough to spread.
  • To assemble, place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with a
  • third of the filling. Repeat layers twice. Beat chilled cream
  • mixture until soft peaks form. Spread over sides of cake. Drizzle
  • fudge topping over cake. Refrigerate until serving. Yield: 12
  • servings.
Nutritional Facts: 1 slice equals 761 calories, 51 g fat (21 g saturated fat), 165 mg cholesterol, 554 mg sodium, 72 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 8 g protein.