Chocolate Volcano Cake

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Servings: 12 to 16 servings
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 50 min
Difficulty: Easy

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Nonstick cooking spray
1 cup shredded sweetened coconut
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 package German chocolate cake mix
10 bite-size coconut candy bars, chopped, such as Almond Joy
One 8-ounce package cream cheese, at room temperature
1/2 cup (1 stick butter), at room temperature
2 cups confectioners’ sugar
Chocolate Pecan Glaze, recipe follows

Chocolate Pecan Glaze:

1/2 cup (1 stick butter)
1/4 cup milk (more if a thinner consistency is desired)
2 tablespoons cocoa powder
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 to 2 cups confectioners’ sugar
1 cup pecans, chopped





Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Spray a 13-by-9-by-2-inch pan with nonstick spray.

Mix the coconut and nuts and spread them evenly in the pan. Prepare the cake mix as directed on the box. Stir in the chopped candy bars. Pour the batter over the coconut and nuts. Combine the cream cheese, butter and sugar. Randomly drop tablespoons of this mixture on top of the batter; do not spread them.

Bake until the sides of the cake pull away from the pan, 40 to 50 minutes. Pour the warm Chocolate Pecan Glaze over the cake. Slice and enjoy.

Cook’s Note: Paula likes to change the box cake recipe to her liking. You can still follow the directions on the cake box and get a delicious volcano cake. But if you would like to do Paula’s version of this cake, add 4 eggs instead of 3 and replaces the water measurement with milk. She also adds a teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Chocolate Pecan Glaze:

In a saucepan over medium-high heat, combine the butter, milk, cocoa powder and vanilla extract. Once the butter is melted, remove from the heat. Add the sugar and stir until smooth. Stir in the pecans.

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By Marie Forrest on August 09, 2012


I just love your cooking show. Bernice Washington

By Bernice washington on June 04, 2012


This is the best cake ever. I watched this show and had to make this cake. My husband loves german chocolate cake and this hit home with him a lot. It tastes like a deconstructed german chocolate cake. Thanks Paula.

By Sheryl Manigault on May 14, 2012


Its looks great. Can't wait to make it. Thanks

By Maryerle Combs on May 14, 2012

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