Diane's German Chocolate Cake

Diane's German Chocolate Cake


"This is much easier than your old-fashioned scratch recipes and it tastes just as good."


50 m servings 676 cals
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Original recipe yields 10 servings



  • Calories:
  • 676 kcal
  • 34%
  • Fat:
  • 36.4 g
  • 56%
  • Carbs:
  • 82.9g
  • 27%
  • Protein:
  • 9.1 g
  • 18%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 154 mg
  • 51%
  • Sodium:
  • 638 mg
  • 26%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour three 8 inch round cake pans.
  2. Combine the cake mix, instant vanilla pudding, cocoa, buttermilk, vegetable oil and the 3 whole eggs. Mix until blended and pour the batter into the prepared pans.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 20 to 25 minutes or until the cakes test done. Set cakes aside to cool.
  4. In a medium sized sauce pan mix the evaporated milk, white sugar, 3 egg yolks and the butter. Cook over medium heat until the mixture is thick. Remove from heat and beat until partially cooled. Beat in the vanilla. Stir in the flaked coconut and the chopped pecans. Use to fill and frost cake.
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  1. 109 Ratings


My version of this recipe was a hit! I used butter instead of oil in the cake and brown sugar instead of white sugar in the frosting. It definitely tasted homemade and everyone marveled at all t...

My husband requested a German Chocolate Cake for his birthday. I found this recipe and it was a hit! The frosting takes quite a while to thicken so be prepared to stand by the stove and stir f...

Our family being used to homemade cakes, were a bit disappointed. It is a boxed cake after all :-( Not very moist, not much taste. Quick'N'Easy if you are in a rush, but if you have the time sti...

This is a FABULOUS 'cheater' recipe! I've made several homemade versions over the years (it's hubby's yearly birthday request), and this by far has gotten the best reviews. This last time arou...

I thought that this cake and the frosting were excellent. Working full time, I'm not above taking an occassional shortcut, like using a jazzed up box mix. After comparing recipes for the frostin...

This was absolutely the best German Chocolate Cake we have ever had. My husband said it was better than his grandmother's and she was from Germany. I doubled the frosting. It's worth the time ...

This is a good recipe however Diane you should have noted that the batter is very thick. I thought I had missed something. Fortunately another reader noted it. I did make a few changes, I use...

The cake part turned out fine but the frosting was a mess. I cooked it for at least 30 minutes and it would not thicken, then i tried adding corn starch which didn't work either. I ended up go...

This cake was a big hit with everyone at work! It is very rich and moist. I was able to reduce the calories from 681 to 510 per slice with substitutions (egg beaters, unsweetened applesauce for ...