German Chocolate Cake

    1 hour 15 min

    A delicious chocolate cake that originates from America. This moist chocolate cake is topped with a caramel flavoured, walnut and pecan icing.

    25 people made this

    Makes: 1 23cm square cake

    • 200g plain flour
    • 2 tablespoons cornflour
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 75g butter, softened
    • 100ml buttermilk
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 115g dark baking chocolate, melted and cooled
    • 2 eggs
    • 100ml buttermilk
    • 50g desiccated coconut
    • 110g dark brown soft sugar
    • 2 tablespoons cream
    • 4 tablespoons chopped walnuts
    • 50g butter, softened

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour one 23cm square cake tin. Sieve the flour, cornflour, 200g caster sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt together.
    2. Cream 75g butter. Stir in 100ml buttermilk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add chocolate, eggs and the remaining buttermilk. Continue to beat at medium speed for another minute more. Pour batter into the prepared tin.
    3. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 40 minutes. Cool in tin for 15 minutes.
    4. Meanwhile, make the icing. Combine the coconut, dark brown soft sugar, cream, walnuts and 50g butter. Mix until a spreadable consistency is reached. Spread over top of baked cake. Grill 7.5cm from heat until browned (about 3 minutes). Serve cake warm or cold.

    Recently viewed

    Reviews & ratings
    Average global rating:

    Reviews in English (19)


    Great recipe! Not dry at all. If you are using all purpose flour instead of cake flour, be sure to subtract 3 tablespoons from the 1 1/2 cups, or else you could end up with a dry cake. Also, I only baked it for 30 minutes instead of 40, my oven tends to bake fast, so I just kept an eye on it and as soon as a knife came out clean, I took it out (dry cake can also be a result of over baking) . This is a much easier, cheaper and more convenient recipe than others I found, which appeals to me as a busy mom. I loved it, my husband loved it, and we will be using it again in the future!  -  05 Dec 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This recipe is pretty good, but not as good as German Chocolate Cake III, however, it is much quicker and easier to make. I doubled the recipe using the "change servings" function. After carefully checking all the measurements, I found discrepancies with the printed instructions, which were not updated with the ingredient list. Be careful to review the recipe when doubling and it will turn out fine. I also substituted pecans for walnuts for a more traditional frosting. Normally I would give this recipe 4 or 5 stars, but the German Chocolate Cake III is that much better if you have the time!  -  21 Jun 2005  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    I am not a baker of cakes, but for my husbands birthday he asked for a German chocolate cake (his favorite) so I thought I would try it... This recipe was the easiest one so I tried it and it turned out great. Very moist, not too sweet and everyone loved it, I do not love coconut so I can only say from my point of view the cake was extra yummy! Will definitely try again!  -  16 Feb 2009  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)