Homemade German Chocolate Cake

Homemade German Chocolate Cake: A Decadent Delight

Indulge your taste buds in the rich and velvety experience of crafting your own German Chocolate Cake. This classic dessert, known for its luscious layers and coconut-pecan frosting, is sure to be a showstopper at any gathering. Follow this step-by-step guide to create a homemade masterpiece that rivals the finest bakeries.


For the 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 whole milk
  • 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 sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


Preheat and Prepare:

Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C).
Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans.

Mix Dry Ingredients:

In a large mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Add Wet Ingredients:

Add eggs, milk, oil, and vanilla extract to the dry ingredients.
Mix until well combined.

Incorporate Boiling Water:

Gradually add the boiling water to the batter, mixing well. The batter will be thin, but that's okay.

Bake the Cake:

Divide the batter evenly among the prepared pans.
Bake in the preheated oven for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
Allow the cakes to cool in the pans for 10 minutes before transferring them to wire racks to cool completely.

Prepare the Frosting:

In a medium saucepan, combine evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter, and vanilla extract.
Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens (about 12-15 minutes).

Add Coconut and Pecans:

Remove the saucepan from heat and stir in shredded coconut and chopped pecans.
Allow the frosting to cool to room temperature.

Assemble the Cake:

Place one cake layer on a serving plate and spread a generous layer of the coconut-pecan frosting on top.
Repeat with the remaining layers, stacking them on top of each other.

Frost the Entire Cake:

Frost the entire cake with the remaining coconut-pecan frosting, covering the sides and the top.


Slice and savor the delectable layers of moist chocolate cake and the heavenly coconut-pecan frosting. Serve and enjoy the fruits of your baking labor!

Congratulations! You've successfully created a homemade German Chocolate Cake that's bound to impress your friends and family. With its perfect balance of chocolatey goodness and nutty sweetness, this classic treat is a delightful way to showcase your baking skills.