The Best German Chocolate Cake in All the Land

by 247tasty

Holy smokes! I think I’ve found my greatest weakness. This cake is by far the best tasting German Chocolate Cake I’ve made in my entire existence! Plus, it looks divine!



3/4 cup butter (1 1/2 sticks)
1 1/4 cups dark cocoa powder
1 cup brewed coffee (Or any liquid)
2 cups milk (or coconut milk)
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
1 1/2 cups white sugar
3 eggs, lightly beaten
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour (or rice flour for gluten-free)
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 teaspoons baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt

German chocolate frosting:

1 cup brown sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
3 egg yolks
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
3 teaspoons vanilla
3 cups Sweetened Flaked Coconut
1 1/2 cups pecans (lightly toasted in the oven or a pan on the stove)

Milk chocolate frosting:

2 cups chopped Milk Chocolate or milk chocolate chips
2 sticks butter, softened
5 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla
5 cups powdered sugar
3-6 tablespoons milk

How to make German Chocolate Cake

To make the Cake:

Step 1: Prepare the oven. Preheat it to 350 degrees F.

Step 2: On the bottom of three 8-inch pans, put a greased circle parchment. Or grease and dust the pans with cocoa powder.

Step 3: Cook the butter and cocoa on a stove or in the microwave until melted. Gradually add in the coffee and milk. Whisk well to incorporate. Whisk in the sugars, eggs, and vanilla until smooth.

Step 4: In a bowl, add and combine the flour, baking soda, and salt.

Step 5: Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until just combined.

Step 6: Evenly split the batter into the prepared pans.

Step 7: Place inside the preheated oven and bake for about 45 minutes or until the toothpick inserted in the centre of the cake comes out clean.

Step 8: Remove from the oven and allow the cakes to cool for several minutes before removing them from the pans. Loosen the edges with a sharp knife and cool the cakes completely before frosting.

To make the German chocolate frosting:

Step 1: Cook the sugar, milk, yolks, and butter on the stove. Constantly whisking until the mixture is bubbling and thick.

Step 2: Add in the vanilla, coconut, and pecans.

Step 3: Remove from the heat and cool before frosting.

To make the Milk chocolate frosting:

Step 1: Start by melting the chocolate either in the microwave or a stovetop. If using chocolate chips in place of baking chocolate, note to set the microwave power down and stir often.

Step 2: In a mixing bowl, add the melted chocolate with butter and beat well. Stir in the cocoa powder and vanilla.

Step 3: Stir in the powdered sugar alternately with the milk until you reach your desired consistency.

To assemble the cake:

Step 1: Layer the cakes and top with the German Chocolate frosting. Starting from the edges, frost the cake with the chocolate frosting.

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