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German Chocolate Dream Cake

Total Time

Prep: 1 hour Bake: 25 min. + cooling


12 servings

Updated: Oct. 15, 2022
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.


  • 1 cup 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 large eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1-1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut, toasted
  • 1 cup chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons hot fudge ice cream topping, warmed


  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 in 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.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 761 calories, 51g fat (21g saturated fat), 165mg cholesterol, 554mg sodium, 72g carbohydrate (53g sugars, 2g fiber), 8g protein.

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