American "German" Chocolate Cake

Easy German Chocolate Cake

This easy German Chocolate Cake will be among your favorites. If you're thinking, "chocolate, pecans, coconut, delicious!" that's the recipe that's here. But is it really German? NOPE . . . it's not German! Absolutely NOT! Nope, not German at all! Read below the recipe to discover why it's called German and why it's not German!

One of the main differences between this German's Chocolate Cake and a real German Chocolate cake is the texture of the cake itself and the sweetness.

Easy German Chocolate Cake



  • 1 package yellow cake mix
  • 4 oz Baker's German Sweet Chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/3 cup coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans



  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease a 9 X 13 inch pan.
  • Prepare cake mix as directed on package, adding melted chocolate before beating.
  • Pour cake batter into pan and bake 35 minutes or until done.
  • Cool cake completely before frosting.
  • Combine evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, and butter in medium-sized saucepan.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens.
  • Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  • With wooden spoon, beat in vanilla. Stir in coconut and pecans.
  • Frost cake.


  • Use 2 8-inch or 9-inch pans and make a layered cake instead. Put some filling on bottom layer. Add top layer of cake and frost whole cake. That's what's shown above.
  • Use unsweetened chocolate if you like a not-too sweet cake.
  • Melt chocolate in microwave.

This is a really quick and easy Chocolate Cake because it uses a yellow cake mix. Then, REAL chocolate is added to get that real "German Chocolate' taste. While your cake is baking, make the frosting. That way it can cool and be ready to use once your cake has also cooled. 

The History of German's Chocolate Cake

The recipe posted above is an easy version of the recipe that was published in a Texas newspaper in the 1950's that used chocolate produced by Sam German (his name). It was called "Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate".

The recipe used this brand of chocolate and it became a winner. Everyone has been copying this recipe, German's Chocolate Cake, and making slight variations on it ever since.

Over the years the "s" was dropped from "German's" and it became known simply as German Chocolate Cake. A simple name connected it with the country, nothing else.

Are you looking for a traditional German chocolate cake?

Check out the BEST chocolate recipe - Schokoladentorte. I think you'll agree with me that it's the BEST!

Personally, I didn't realize that what was sold over here in Canada as a German Chocolate Cake wasn't from Germany. I just knew my Mutti never made it.

Why, one could even buy cake mixes for it over here. It was only once I went to Germany to visit that I realized I never ever saw something similar to this.

So, I did some investigation and the above story about Sam German was the result. However, even I enjoy a really well-made chocolate cake.

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