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German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake

This special chocolate cake made with buttermilk and topped with a decadent cooked frosting is the ultimate dessert.

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25 min
Prep Time
1 hr 45 min
Total Time



3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar

3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Half & Half

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

1 cup chopped pecans

2 teaspoons vanilla


1 (4-ounce) package German's sweet baking chocolate

1/2 cup water

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup buttermilk  


 *Substitute 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to equal 1 cup. Let stand 5 minutes.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Beat 3 eggs in 2-quart saucepan with whisk. Stir in brown sugar, half & half and 1/2 cup butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 10-15 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut, pecans and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Cool completely at least 1 hour.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine chocolate and water in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 6-7 minutes or until chocolate is melted; cool 10 minutes.

  4. STEP 4

    Grease and lightly flour 2 (8- or 9-inch) round baking pans; set aside.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; set aside.

  6. STEP 6

    Beat sugar and 1/2 cup butter on medium speed in bowl until creamy. Add 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat until well mixed. Add chocolate mixture; beat until well mixed. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to chocolate mixture, beating well after each addition, until well mixed. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  7. STEP 7

    Bake 33-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely.

  8. STEP 8

    Spread frosting over top of each cake; stack layers. Frost side of cake, if desired.

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Tip #1

- This cake can also be baked in a greased and floured 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 33-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Tip #2

- Read more about this recipe on Recipe Buzz® Blog.

Nutrition (1 serving)

610 Calories
34 Fat (g)
135 Cholesterol (mg)
440 Sodium (mg)
71 Carbohydrates (g)
2 Dietary Fiber
8 Protein (g)
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