Upside-Down German Chocolate Cake

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Hey Friends!

Well, I’m back from the Blissdom conference & slowly getting back into the swing of things! It took me a couple of days to get caught up on my sleep & I’ve also been trying to get the house back in order since it kind of fell apart during my absence. Funny how that happens, huh?! I hope to share some pictures from my trip & also give you a little recap later this week! Until then, I have a yummy recipe to share!

This past Sunday was my husband’s birthday. He LOVES German Chocolate Cake & pretty much requests it every year. Luckily, he married into the right family….you see, my mom has an AMAZING German Chocolate Cake recipe. So amazing in fact, that people who don’t like German Chocolate Cake (such as myself) will find themselves scarfing down a piece in no time flat & then contemplate a second helping!

Yeah….it’s that good!

German Chocolate Cake Recipe

The awesome part about the recipe, is that it’s just a box mix with a little added twist! But, the twist is what makes it SO YUMMY!

Betty Crocker German Chocolate Cake Box Mix – Super Moist
3 eggs
1 1/4 water
1/2 cup vegetable oil
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 cup coconut flakes
1 8 oz. package cream cheese (softened)
1 stick butter (softened)
1 lb box powdered sugar (I bought a 2 lb bag & just used half of it.)
1 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray 9×13 glass baking dish with cooking spray. Cover bottom of baking dish with coconut flakes & chopped pecans. Mix cake mix with eggs, water, & oil (per box instructions) and pour over the coconut/pecan mixture.

In a separate bowl combine cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar, & vanilla. Using a mixer, mix ingredients thoroughly until powdered sugar is completely dissolved. Using a rubber spatula, add cream cheese mixture to the top of the cake mix. The cream cheese mixture will sink down into the cake mix as you add it in.

Bake for 40 minutes. Slice cake into individual servings & serve upside down.

German Chocolate Cake Recipe
Enjoy!! 🙂
Are you a German Chocolate Cake fan?
If not, what type of cake do you prefer on your birthday?
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  1. My husband always request 1 of 2 cakes for his bday- German Chocolate or Black Forest Cherry. I def. need to pin this… thanks!

  2. Yum! I love me some german chocolate cake!! Can your mom make me some? 🙂

  3. Yum. I love German Chocolate cake but have never made one. Definitely going to try this one. My absolute favorite cake though is carrot cake.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Would you believe I’ve never tasted it?? Hahaha! My all-time favorite cake ever is Blueberry Citrus Cake (from country woman). Here is the link… it is sooo springy/summery … you have to try it, Tonya 🙂

  5. Your photos are beautiful. The cream cheese makes a perfect layer. Does it really sink entirely and make a layer like that? I’m afraid my attempt would come out all gloppy. Love German Chocolate cake!

    • Anonymous says:

      I tried the recipe. It’s now baking. I found it very hard to put the cream cheese layer on – very sticky – didn’t spread. Comments??

    • Anonymous says:

      Mine didn’t spread, so I just plopped it on in clumps and tried to swirl it. It didn’t sink, and the cake sort of rose up around it, making the whole cake a lumpy mess. But it was delicious, and I think I would make it again, but just sprinkle the coconut and pecans on top of it before baking since the upside-down-layer thing didn’t work.

  6. This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try this! Yum:)

  7. Anonymous says:

    I have been making this for years. I found the recipe in a local cookbook that I got several years ago. If you really want to carry this cake over-the-top, then whip up a chocolate frosting and pour over the top. OH-EM-GEE,it’s so awesome with frosting on it, but it stands alone well too. Yummy cake 😀

  8. Jo Ann Sid says:

    I will try it and let you know how it comes out! Looks good

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