A simple German Chocolate cake that is quick to make AND tastes like you have been baking for hours? Yes, please!
You can probably find many German Chocolate Cake recipes on the internet made from scratch. You can find plenty of older grannies who swear by their 4 generations, handed down recipes that are opposite of simple to make. I’m sure they are incredible, too! I wanted a German Chocolate Cake that was 1) amazingly chocolaty and 2) amazingly fast and easy to make. I use shortcuts when I can. Sometimes simplicity is a wonderful thing.
I decided to use the same recipe I always use for chocolate cake. It’s the recipe on the back of a Hershey’s Natural Unsweetened Cocoa box. Simple. Fast. Tried and true. Now, for the coconut frosting, there are a few more steps, but I promise you it will totally be worth it in the end.
Simple German Chocolate Cake Recipe:
2 C sugar
1 3/4 C all-purpose flour
3/4 C Hershey’s baking Cocoa
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 C milk
1/2 C vegetable oil
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 C boiling water
Heat oven to 350. Grease and flour or cut out a circle of parchment paper and line the bottom of two 9″ baking pans. Combine dry ingredients in large bowl. Add eggs, milk, oil and vanilla; beat on med speed 2 mins. Stir in boiling water. (batter will be super thin)
Bake approx 30 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean in the middle.
German Chocolate Cake Coconut Frosting:
1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
1 1/2 cups of sugar
3/4 cups butter
4 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
7-8 oz shredded coconut (about 2 to 3 cups)
1 3/4 chopped pecans
2 Tbsp brown sugar
Place milk, white sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla in saucepan. Stirring constantly, cook on medium heat approx 15 minutes or until thick and golden brown. Remove from heat and stir in brown sugar, pecans, and coconut.
I used Baker’s Melted Chocolate to drizzle chocolate on top – found in the baker section used for dipping strawberries. Can ice just in between and on top, or entire cake. Can also use cherries and/or whipped cream to decorate. You decide! Be creative with your German Chocolate Cake!