Homemade German Chocolate Cake Recipe -

Homemade German Chocolate Cake Recipe

Homemade German Chocolate Cake is a decadent dessert featuring rich layers of moist chocolate cake, topped with a gooey coconut and pecan frosting and enveloped in a

smooth chocolate frosting. It’s a luxurious treat perfect for special occasions or when you want to indulge in something truly special.



For the Chocolate Cake:

  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup oil (vegetable or canola oil)
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

For Coconut and Pecan Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup shredded sweetened coconut

For the Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/3 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract




For the Chocolate Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round baking pans.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large bowl, sift together the sugar, flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Add Wet Ingredients: Add eggs, buttermilk, oil, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients and beat on medium speed for 2 minutes. Stir in boiling water (batter will be thin).
  4. Bake: Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes in the pans, then remove to wire racks to cool completely.

For Coconut and Pecan Frosting:

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a medium saucepan, mix light brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, egg yolks, and evaporated milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thickened, about 12 minutes.
  2. Add Flavor and Texture: Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla extract, chopped pecans, and shredded coconut. Let cool until thick enough to spread.

For the Chocolate Frosting:

  1. Melt Butter: Melt butter in a medium saucepan over low heat. Stir in cocoa powder.
  2. Make Frosting: Alternately add powdered sugar and evaporated milk, beating to spreading consistency. Add a small amount more milk, if needed. Stir in vanilla.


  1. Layer Cake and Coconut Frosting: Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread half of the coconut and pecan frosting on top. Add the second cake layer.
  2. Top and Sides: Spread the remaining coconut and pecan frosting over the top layer. Use the chocolate frosting to cover the sides of the cake.
  3. Garnish: Optionally, sprinkle the top with some extra pecans or drizzle with melted chocolate for a decorative touch.


  • Cake Layers: If the cake layers dome on top, you can level them with a knife for even stacking.
  • Boiling Water: The boiling water helps to “bloom” the cocoa, enhancing its chocolate flavor.
  • Cooling Time: Ensure the cake and frostings are completely cooled before assembly to prevent the layers from sliding or the frosting from melting.

Prep Time:

  • Preparation Time: 45 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 35 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes (plus cooling)


Homemade German Chocolate Cake is a delightful treat that combines the sweetness of coconut and pecans with the richness of chocolate. Whether for a birthday, holiday, or any celebration, this cake is sure to impress and satisfy any sweet tooth. Enjoy the process of baking and sharing this wonderful cake with loved ones.

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