“Sweet Temptation: The Irresistible Recipe for Homemade German Chocolate Cake”


A slice of German Chocolate Cake is a slice of pure indulgence. This rich and decadent dessert, characterized by its layers of moist chocolate cake and a luscious coconut-pecan frosting, is a beloved classic in the world of baking. Contrary to its name, this delightful treat did not originate in Germany; rather, it owes its name to Samuel German, the creator of a sweet baking chocolate. In this article, we’ll guide you through the steps to create your own homemade German Chocolate Cake, allowing you to savor the irresistible flavors and history of this iconic dessert.


For the Chocolate Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 ¾ cups granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

For the Coconut-Pecan Frosting:

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 ½ cups chopped pecans


For the Chocolate Cake:

  1. Preheat and Prepare: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour two 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. This ensures a smooth batter.
  3. Add Wet Ingredients: Add the eggs, buttermilk, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients. Mix until well combined.
  4. Boiling Water Magic: Stir in the boiling water. The batter will be thin, but don’t worry; this is what makes the cake incredibly moist.
  5. Bake: Pour the batter evenly into the prepared pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cakes comes out clean. Remove the cakes from the oven and allow them to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to a wire rack to cool completely.

For the Coconut-Pecan Frosting:

  1. Combine Ingredients: In a saucepan, combine the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens, which should take about 12-15 minutes.
  2. Stir in Flavor and Texture: Remove the saucepan from heat, and stir in the vanilla extract, shredded coconut, and chopped pecans. Continue stirring until the frosting is smooth and well-mixed.

Assemble Your German Chocolate Cake:

  1. Layer the Cake: Place one of the cooled chocolate cake layers on a serving plate. Spread a generous portion of the coconut-pecan frosting over the top. Place the second cake layer on top and frost the top and sides of the entire cake.
  2. Chill and Serve: Refrigerate your German Chocolate Cake for at least an hour before serving. This allows the frosting to set, making it easier to slice and enjoy.


Homemade German Chocolate Cake is a labor of love that pays off with each decadent bite. The moist chocolate cake combined with the sweet, nutty, and coconutty frosting creates a dessert experience like no other. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply satisfying your sweet tooth, this classic recipe is sure to delight your taste buds and bring joy to anyone lucky enough to enjoy a slice. So, roll up your sleeves, embrace your inner baker, and treat yourself to the sumptuous delight of a homemade German Chocolate Cake.

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