It’s EASY to make an absolutely delicious German Chocolate Cake for dessert, thanks to a simple shortcut (using a box mix) and then topping it with yummy HOMEMADE coconut pecan frosting! SO GOOD!!!!
It's EASY to make a delicious German Chocolate Cake for dessert, thanks to a shortcut using a box mix and topping it with yummy HOMEMADE coconut pecan frosting!

Do you enjoy German chocolate cake? We sure do, but I think my Mom might be the biggest fan of all. She is the one who taught me this quick shortcut which I have used for years to make this delicious dessert!

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My Mom LOVES German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake is my Mom’s all-time favorite cake – (she used to make one for herself for her birthday whenever possible).  I recently flew down to see her in Southern California because she was very sick (and it was her birthday), and made her a German chocolate cake as a SURPRISE!

She loved it, and I even froze a few extra slices for her, which she was able to enjoy long after I had returned home to Oregon.

My mom, holding her birthday German Chocolate Cake

My mom has made LOTS of German chocolate cakes over the years. She told me how easy it has NOW become, thanks to using a boxed cake mix for the base.  Her cakes are always good; she cooks most of them from scratch, so I assumed she still made this particular cake from scratch. Nope. She switched because of the time it saved her to make this cake (a box mix can be made lickety split)!

So that’s how I make it now, too. She insists it’s the FROSTING that needs to be made from scratch for a PERFECT TASTING German chocolate cake! I gotta tell you – this frosting is the best – better than a tub of frosting from the store!

How To Make This EASY German Chocolate Cake

So here’s how to make this delicious cake, easily and quickly!  Prepare boxed cake mix using the ingredients and instructions on the box. I made a 9″ two layer cake, but it’s perfectly okay to make a 13×9 sheet cake with this recipe, as well (even EASIER).

When done baking, transfer the cake pans to a wire rack. Let the cake cool for about 10 minutes, then carefully invert cake layers onto wire rack, one at a time. You can do this by placing a wire rack on top of the cake pan. Quickly and carefully turn it over while holding both the wire rack and the cake pan tightly together. This will release the cake from the pan.  Let the cake layers cool to room temperature before frosting.

German chocolate cake mix batter in two pans, ready to bake

Two baked cake layers, cooling on wire rack

Time To Make The Easy German Chocolate Cake Frosting!

Once you put the cake in oven, make the homemade frosting: Cook butter, evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla in medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook for a full 12 minutes, stirring often, until mixture thickens. Remove the pan from the heat.

Butter, evaporated milk, eggs, cooking in pan for homemade German chocolate cake frosting

Thickened sauce for homemade cake frosting in saucepan

Stir in shredded coconut and chopped pecans until fully blended. Let this frosting cool to room temperature before frosting cake. You can speed up the cooling process by stirring the frosting often, if desired.

Shredded coconut and chopped pecans added to German chocolate cake frosting

Homemade coconut pecan frosting for German chocolate cake

Frost The Cake

To frost the cake, place one layer onto a serving platter. Spread a thin layer of frosting over the top of this layer.  Place another layer of cake on top of the frosted layer. Carefully spread frosting lightly over the top and sides of cake until fully covered.

Homemade coconut pecan frosting is spread onto and covers cake

Serve The German Chocolate Cake

Once the cake is frosted, all that is left for you to do is… slice cake, serve… and ENJOY! (Insert everyone’s happy face here!!!!!). The frosting is so incredibly good, and you made it from SCRATCH. You don’t have to tell your friends that you used a boxed cake mix for convenience… that will be OUR little secret (wink, wink).

Slice of German chocolate cake served on white plate with fork

Easy German chocolate cake with homemade frosting on white plate

This is a light, moist, absolutely delicious cake… one you will be proud to serve to family and friends, and the homemade frosting is outta this world good! The recipe makes enough frosting to lightly frost a two layer cake or a 13×9 inch cake (see NOTES section in printable recipe for larger quantity ingredient calculations), if additional cake layers or a thicker layer of frosting is desired.

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Easy German Chocolate Cake with Homemade Frosting
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
It's EASY to make a delicious German Chocolate Cake for dessert, thanks to a shortcut using a box mix and topping it with yummy HOMEMADE coconut pecan frosting!
Category: Desssert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: German chocolate cake
Servings: 12 servings
Calories Per Serving: 449 kcal
Author: JB @ The Grateful Girl Cooks!
Ingredients
  • 1 German chocolate box cake mix
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks , beaten slightly
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • cups shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
Instructions
  1. Prepare boxed cake mix using ingredients and instructions from box.  When done baking, transfer cake pans to wire rack. Let cool for about 10 minutes, then carefully invert cake onto wire rack (place wire rack on top of cake pan, then quickly and carefully turn over, to release cake from pan.  Let cake layers cool to room temperature before frosting.

  2. To make frosting (make while cake is baking): Cook butter, evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks and vanilla in medium saucepan over medium-low heat. Cook for a full 12 minutes, stirring often, until mixture thickens. Remove pan from heat.

  3. Stir in shredded coconut and chopped pecans until fully blended. Let frosting cool to room temperature before frosting cake layers. (You can speed up the cooling process by stirring the frosting often, if desired).

  4. To frost cake, place one layer onto serving platter. Spread a thin layer of frosting over top of cake layer.  Place another layer of cake on top of frosting. Carefully spread frosting over top and sides of cake until covered. Slice cake, serve... and ENJOY!

Recipe Notes

NOTE: This makes enough frosting for a 13x9 or two layer cake.  If you want more frosting for your cake, use these ingredients: 1 can (12 oz.) evap. milk, 1½ cups sugar, 3/4 cup butter, 4 yolks, 1½ tsp. vanilla, 1 pkg (7 oz.) shredded coconut, and 1½ cups chopped pecans. (this will make 4½ cups total)

Nutrition Facts
Easy German Chocolate Cake with Homemade Frosting
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 449 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Fat 26g40%
Saturated Fat 11g69%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 418mg18%
Potassium 263mg8%
Carbohydrates 51g17%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 37g41%
Protein 5g10%
Vitamin A 355IU7%
Vitamin C 0.6mg1%
Calcium 126mg13%
Iron 2.2mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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