German Chocolate Cake Cheesecake Style

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German Chocolate Cake Cheesecake Style German Chocolate Cake Cheesecake Style Recipe Courtesy of

Servings: 16 servings
Cook Time: 75 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

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1 package (18-1/4 ounces) German Chocolate cake mix

Cream Cheese Filling:
2 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs, lightly beaten

1 cup granulated sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter, cubed (not margarine)
3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2-1/2 cups flaked coconut
1-1/2 cup chopped pecans





Prepare cake batter according to package directions; set aside. In a small bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Add eggs; beat on low speed just until combined. Pour half of the cake batter into a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Gently pour cream cheese mixture over batter. Gently spoon remaining batter over top; spread to edge of pan. Bake at 325° for 70-75 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack for 1 hour. For frosting, in a heavy saucepan, combine the sugar, milk, butter and egg yolks .Cook and stir over medium-low heat until thickened and a thermometer reads 160° or is thick enough to coat the back of a metal spoon. Remove from the heat. Stir in vanilla; fold in coconut and pecans. Cool until frosting reaches spreading consistency. Frost cooled cake. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Reader Comments:


This cake is amazing! The key is to not rush it and make sure it is completely cooled. Learned rhe hard way to not rush the frosting too lol it was still delicious but the cooked egg wasnt appealing to the eye lol not sure about the negative comments but mine turns out awesome every time. Happy baking

By amanda on January 09, 2014


This sounds dee-lish. I would probably use the prepared frosting

By Karen on December 20, 2013


LOVE THIS CAKE! I am not a cake eater but for this... I will make the exception. This is is best made the day before and refrigerated. Everyone who eats it requests the recipe.

By Wendy on August 19, 2013


This is awesome! Made it for my father-in-law's birthday and got rave reviews. We just got a text request from them for the recipe so they can make it again! As mentioned in other comments, our cream cheese sank close to the bottom as well but it was fine as I flipped the cake upside down and frosted the bottom anyway. Next time will just put more batter on the bottom before the cream cheese so it should set more in the middle during baking.

By Cole on August 10, 2013


I loved this cake. I served it to neighbors & 2 sets of family members. I got phone calls telling me how good it was and one wanted the recipe. I had one cheesecake filling sunk to the bottom of the pan instead of remaining in the middle. I did use neufchatel cheese. I don't care that the filling was at the bottom because it was great. The filling made the German Chocolate Cake over the top. The frosting I cooked to 175 degrees and it turned out perfect!!! (My first time making German Chocolate frosting). I definitely would make this again for a family picnic, work function, National Night get the picture. I would really like to know why my filling sunk to the bottom though.

By Cheryl A on May 13, 2013


I LOVE this cake! I make it every year for my boyfriend's birthday. The cake is much better when allowed to cool in the fridge overnight. I'm not sure what the "professional" chef's issue was because it is delish!

By Raechel on August 09, 2012


love this cake..I've made it several times and my fam loves it.. If you made the cake itself homemade its even better but that's to much work so I just use the box cake. The frosting is what makes it taste homemade...

By Anonymous on August 05, 2012


My husband requests german chocolate cake every year for his birthday, so this recipe sounded like a great twist on his favorite. It was amazing! I wasn't expecting it to be this good, but it was. The only thing I did wrong was use too much cake batter on the bottom which didnt leave me enough for the top, but even with this mistake, it turned out wonderful! Thanks for the great recipe, its definitely a keeper!

By crushelley on August 04, 2012


This cake was awful and ruined my 4th of July. It never would cook completely in the middle (and I consider myself an experienced cook) so I know it was not me or my oven. Wasted $14.00 worth of ingredients for this. I do not recommend this cake at all.

By Kelly on July 04, 2012


I love watching your show and when I make of your dishes if is absolutely the best. Thank you.

By sis41373 on April 27, 2012


Dear. Paula Deen I. Love your shows I have made your blueberry and pineapple dump cake it is very good renita doyle

By Anonymous on March 08, 2012


On your Taste of Class episode you had Liza Minnelli on with you . Yall made a coconut pecan filling for her famous german chocolate cake . I would love that recipe . I thought it would be on your shows . But it wasnt . I love your shows and your recipes . I would really appreciate this . God bless you and your family . Have a blessed New Year !!!

By Bobbie Bryan on January 01, 2012


i watched you make a cake like this but you added almond joy candy bars..three of them and said to use what ever candy bar you this the same looked soooo gooooddddd....thank you ,,,Kathy...yall answer back please:)))))

By kathy litton on July 03, 2011


Saw you and son make German Chocolate cake did not get all ingredents, but almond chocolate bar was one and powdered sugar another. please send me missing ingredents

By eva pogue on June 18, 2011


This is a fabulous dessert. I have served it before to guests and will be serving it again soon. It is light and sweet and just perfect after a big dinner.

By Anonymous on August 23, 2010


I cooked this cake today 07-25-10 for a family gathering and it was a big hit. I did not have much to bring home. It was easy to prepare and others in my family wanted the recipe so I shared!

By Anonymous on July 25, 2010


paula rocks

By Anonymous on June 15, 2010


had this the other night. It was so good!!

By Anonymous on May 06, 2010


Great cake, very good. Will certainly do it again.

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