German Chocolate Cake

Tina L.: "The icing is wonderful, but when baking it in 3 l…" Read More


  • 3 cups sugar
  • 1 3/4 cups unsalted butter (softened)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 8 large egg yolks
  • 12 ounces evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans (roughly)
  • 7 ounces sweetened shredded coconut
  • 4 ounces sweet chocolate (German's, chopped)
  • 2 ounces unsweetened chocolate (chopped)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 large egg whites
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NutritionView more



Calories700Calories from Fat420
Total Fat47g72%
Saturated Fat27g135%
Trans Fat
Calories from Fat420
Total Carbohydrate67g22%
Dietary Fiber5g20%
Vitamin A
Vitamin C

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.


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Tina L. 27 May
The icing is wonderful, but when baking it in 3 layers it should be kept in a few minutes less. The cake was a bit dry.
Janina M. 19 Mar
I made this for my husband's birthday and it came out perfectly. it's easy to make and it tastes delicious
Rachie 17 Mar
Delicious! I made the recipe straight up and it was super wonderful. I highly recommend!!
Jessica 12 Dec 2017
This recipe turned out amazing. Easy to construct, and it tasted delicious! I would say the midst difficult part is making sure you don’t skip a step.... which I did. However, once I realized it, I fixed it and the cake still came out great!!
DeBe 28 Aug 2017
Delicious! Great recipe for a special occasion.
Lori Sari 1 Aug 2017
The cake came out amazing-moist and delicious! German Chocolate Cake is my husband's favorite and this was a slam dunk for his birthday. The way the directions are written are rather annoying, though. They keep saying, use "remaining sugar" or "remaining butter" so you have to go back to the ingredient list and past steps to make sure you are using the correct amount. I will re-write the recipe by hand so that it is easier to follow next time. Will definitely make for him again.
Michea A. 8 Jul 2017
Very well. My friends loved it. However, one said, "little more sugar/milk to make it a little more moist."
Abigail O. 25 Apr 2016
Stop what you're doing and MAKE THIS CAKE!!!! I tried this recipe for my boyfriend's parents' wedding anniversary and it was a HIT!!! Everyone enjoyed it, and I truly wish I had an extra slice tucked away in my fridge. The first bite is heavenly, the second just as delicious, and before you know it, you're the boy from Matilda (if any of you have seen the movie, you know EXACTLY who I'm talking about). I think the trick of creaming the egg yolks then folding in the whipped egg whites last made this cake so light and moist at the same time, and also had me full blown *heart eyes*; I'm probably going to try this method for every cake from now on.