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Easy German Chocolate Cake

February 4, 2012


Lots of qualities make for a truly good traditional cake, but two things, I think, stand out above all else: texture — it has to be moist and light; and frosting — it has to be creamy and plentiful.

I am, for the most part, a scratch baker, but every once in a while I cheat a little by taking a cake or brownie mix and throwing in some simple touches that elevate it beyond its straight-from-the-box intentions.

That’s what I’ve done here. It’s really really yummy!

You’ll Need:

1 box chocolate cake mix

1 cup water

1/2 cup vegetable oil

3 eggs

Cooking spray


2 14 oz cans sweetened condensed milk

2 egg yolks

6 tbs butter

1 cup sweetened flaked coconut

1 cup chopped pecans

Chocolate covered almonds (optional garnish)

Melted chocolate (optional garnish)

2 9″ cake pans

A mixer

Wire racks for cooling the cakes

A medium sauce pan

A whisk


1. Preheat the oven to 350.

2. Spray and lightly flour the cake pans.

3. Combine the cake mix, oil, water, 3 eggs & 1/4 of a can of sweetened condensed milk in the mixer.

4. Mix on medium until just blended then increase speed to high and beat for 3 minutes.

5. Equally divide the batter between the two pans and bake on the same center rack (but without the pans touching) for 29 minutes.

6. Test with a toothpick (dry after inserted in the center) for doneness.

7. Allow cakes to cool in the pans for 15 minutes before removing them and setting them on racks to cool completely.

8. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, combine the remaining 1 3/4 cans sweetened condensed milk, 2 egg yolks and the butter and cook over low heat approximately 10 minutes, stirring regularly with a whisk.

9. When the mixture is thick enough that the whisk leaves visible trails, remove from heat and add the coconut & pecans.

10. When everything is cool, generously apply the frosting to the center top and sides of the cake.

11. Garnish as pictured, if desired, with chocolate covered almonds along the base of the cake and melted chocolate drizzled from a spoon on the top of the cake.


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