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German Chocolate Dream Cake Recipe

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.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 1 hour Bake: 25 min. + cooling YIELD:12 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 cup (6 ounces) semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • CAKE:
  • 1 package German chocolate cake mix (regular size)
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 3 eggs
  • FILLING:
  • 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 vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed

Directions

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. 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 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.
  • 3. 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.
  • 4. 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.