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German Chocolate Cake {With Cake Mix}

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Easy German chocolate cake recipe with cake mix, homemade with simple ingredients. Soft and moist chocolate cake layers are filled with coconut pecan frosting and topped with chocolate ganache.

This is one of my family’s favorite cakes! It is so moist and the coconut, pecan frosting compliments the chocolate cake in the best way. This cake is usually not a baking 101 cake, but since I use a cake mix, it make this cake accessible to all bakers. This Moist Carrot Cake With Cream Cheese Frosting and this Moist Triple Chocolate Cake {From Scratch} also boast a moist and delicious cake!

How To Make Easy Homemade German Chocolate Cake With Cake Mix?

  1. Mix ingredients– In a large mixing bowl, add eggs, butter, buttermilk and mix until fluffy. Add chocolate cake mix, cocoa powder and mix until just combined.
  2. Pour into pans– Pour this batter into two greased and floured round cake pans (Dimensions: 8×2), lined with parchment paper.
  3. Bake– At 350 degrees for 40 minutes.
  4. Cool cakes– Allow the cakes to cool to room temperature.
  5. Make frosting– While the cakes are baking and cooling, prepare coconut pecan frosting and ganache.
  6. Trim cakes– Sides of the cake, and the top so that the cake is flat (required).
  7. Frost cake– Place one cake on a serving dish. Spread frosting on top. Drizzle spoonfuls of chocolate ganache.
  8. Frost other cake– Place the other cake on top and press gently to secure it into place. Spread frosting on top again.
  9. Enjoy!– Drizzle spoonfuls of chocolate ganache again.

What is German Chocolate Cake Frosting (Icing) made of?

The details on how to make this frosting are listed in the recipe card below, but this super sweet, chunky frosting is made with brown sugar, coconut, pecans, and a few more simple ingredients.

What Is The Difference Between Devil’s Food Cake And German Chocolate Cake? What Flavor Is This Cake?

Devil’s food cake is made with unsweetened chocolate which produces a much stronger chocolate flavor, and German chocolate cake is a much lighter chocolate flavor.

Variations for Old-Fashioned Traditional German Chocolate Layer Cake?

Turn these into cupcakes– To make serving easier, and less messy.

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Add more layers to make a taller cake– You can even make a tiered cake, just double the cake batter recipe.

Try other nuts in the frosting– Such as walnuts, or a mix of pecans, walnuts, almonds, or hazelnuts.

Add coconut extract in the cake batter– This will add additional flavor.

Ice the whole cake in chocolate buttercream frosting– Instead of keeping the cake exposed on the sides, coat it in this Chocolate Buttercream Frosting Recipe.

Pipe the frosting onto the cake- Add more to the presentation by piping swirls of frosting or whatever you envision on top of the cake.

Tips And Techniques

Buttermilk Substitute– You can make homemade buttermilk by mixing 1 Tbsp lemon juice with enough milk to make 1 cup total liquid. You can also use whole milk in place of buttermilk if you prefer.

All ingredients should be at room temperature– This helps them to blend together smoothly and completely.

How to keep chocolate from sticking to pan? Make sure to line the cake pans with parchment paper along the bottom and then grease the sides. This will prevent the cake from sticking.

How do I know if the cake is done? Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.

Don’t over-mix– Over-mixing causes the cake to become dense or possibly even fall while baking.

Cool cakes completely before frosting– Frosting a warm cake will cause the frosting to melt and slide right off the cake.

Grease and flour the cake pans– This prevents the cakes from sticking to the pans.

Storage

Make ahead– You can make the cake and frost it up to 2 days in advance. Just store it in an air-tight container in the fridge until you are ready to serve it.

Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 3 days.

Freeze– Yes, store in an airtight container in the freezer for up to 3 months.

Thaw– Simply thaw to room temperature to eat again.

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German Chocolate Cake (With Cake Mix)

Easy German chocolate cake recipe with cake mix, homemade with simple ingredients. Soft and moist chocolate cake layers are filled with coconut pecan frosting and topped with chocolate ganache.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time40 mins
Decorating time/Assembly20 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: German
Keyword: doctored cake mix recipe
Servings: 8 Slices
Author: Abeer Rizvi

Ingredients

Instructions

  • In a large mixing bowl, add eggs butter, buttermilk and mix until fluffy.
  • Add chocolate cake mix, cocoa powder and mix until just combined. There might be a few lumps and that's perfectly fine. Don't over-mix!
  • Pour this batter into two greased and floured round cake pans (Dimensions: 8×2), lined with parchment paper.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes or until an inserted toothpick in the center comes out clean.
  • Allow the cakes to cool to room temperature.
  • While the cakes are baking and cooling, prepare coconut pecan frosting and ganache.
  • Trim sides of the cake (optional) and if there is a dome, trim the top so that the cake is flat (required).
  • Place one cake on a serving dish.
  • Use a spatula to spread frosting on top.
  • Drizzle spoonfuls of chocolate ganache.
  • Then, place the other cake on top and press gently to secure it into place.
  • Use a spatula to spread frosting on top again.
  • Drizzle spoonfuls of chocolate ganache again. Enjoy!

Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days. 
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