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This is a classic German chocolate cake made with layers of moist and delicious chocolate cake and a rich coconut and pecan frosting. Easy and made-from-scratch recipe.

German Chocolate Cake

  • Author: Little Sweet Baker
  • Prep Time: 20 min
  • Cook Time: 45 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 12-16


This is a classic German Chocolate Cake made with a moist and delicious chocolatey cake and a rich coconut-pecan frosting.



  • 1 3/4 (228g) cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups (400g) granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup (85g) unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup (250ml) whole milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (250ml) hot water


  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup (200g) granulated sugar
  • 1 cup (250ml) evaporated milk
  • 1/2 cup (114g) unsalted butter
  • 1 1/3 cup (100g) unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup (125g) chopped pecans
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


  1. Preheat oven to 350F and grease two 9″ round cake pans with non-stick baking spray.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, vegetable oil, vanilla and eggs.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  5. Slowly add in the hot water and stir until the batter is well combined.
  6. Divide the batter into the prepared baking pans and bake for 30-32 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean. Let cool completely before frosting.
  7. In a medium saucepan, stir together the egg yolks, sugar and evaporated milk. Add butter and cook over medium heat, whisking constantly until mixture thickens (about 10-12 minutes).
  8. Remove from heat, stir in the coconut, pecans and vanilla. Let cool for 30 minutes before spreading over cake.

  • Category: dessert
  • Method: bake
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: german chocolate cake recipe, coconut pecan frosting, chocolate layer cake