Homemade German Chocolate Cake


Homemade German Chocolate Cake

We softened the traditional German chocolate cake but kept the flavor in the layers of moist chocolate cake and sticky coconut-pecan frosting.


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon cake flour
  • ½ cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1 ounce sweet baking chocolate
  • ½ cup boiling water
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • ¾ cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons butter or stick margarine, softened
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • ¼ cup plain fat-free yogurt
  • 2 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon coconut extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 ¼ cups sifted cake flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • Coconut-Pecan Frosting


✅ Step 1

Preheat oven to 350°.

✅ Step 2

Coat 3 (8-inch) round cake pans with cooking spray, and dust with 1 tablespoon flour.

✅ Step 3

Combine cocoa and chocolate in a small bowl; add boiling water, stirring until chocolate melts. Set aside.

✅ Step 4

Combine sugars, butter, and oil in a large bowl, and beat at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 5 minutes). Add yogurt, extracts, and egg whites; beat well.

✅ Step 5

Lightly spoon sifted flour into dry measuring cups, and level with a knife. Combine sifted flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add flour mixture to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat in cocoa mixture.

✅ Step 6

Pour cake batter into prepared pans. Sharply tap pans once on counter to remove air bubbles. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 10 minutes, and remove from pans. Cool completely on wire racks.

✅ Step 7

Place 1 cake layer on a plate; spread with 1/3 cup Coconut-Pecan Frosting, and top with another cake layer. Spread with 1/3 cup frosting, and top with remaining cake layer. Spread remaining frosting over top and sides of cake. Store cake loosely covered in refrigerator.


Per Serving:

311 calories; calories from fat 27%; fat 9.2g; saturated fat 4.2g; mono fat 2.6g; poly fat 1.4g; protein 4.6g; carbohydrates 52.7g; fiber 0.3g; cholesterol 35mg; iron 2.2mg; sodium 186mg; calcium 111mg.


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