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Upside Down German Chocolate Cake

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See this Upside Down German Chocolate Cake- a fun twist on the traditional cake mix recipe!

upside down german chocolate cake

Upside Down German Chocolate Cake

I grew up eating a lot of German Chocolate Cake, which is why it's one of my favorites now, too. Honestly, for me, the best thing about this cake is the delicious coconut pecan frosting. I could eat it by the spoon-full!

This recipe is a twist on the traditional cake recipe with the coconut icing. Instead of the frosting being on top, it's on the bottom, which is why it's called Upside Down German Chocolate Cake. The coconut, pecans and chocolate chips on the bottom leave the cake moist and gooey and delicious! There's also a great cream cheese mixture swirled in the cake which adds an extra amount of yumminess!

I made this dessert tonight for our monthly ladies meeting at church and I came home with an empty pan! If you like the traditional cake recipe, I'm sure you'll love this recipe!

Upside Down German Chocolate Cake

This is a great way to dress up a German Chocolate Cake mix!

PREP TIME

10 minutes

COOK TIME

45 minutes

TOTAL TIME

55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cup water
  • 2/3 cup shredded coconut
  • 2/3 cup chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 8 oz. package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar, 3 & 3/4 c.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray 9 x 13-inch pan with baking spray.
  2. Sprinkle coconut, chocolate chips and pecans on the bottom of pan.
  3. Dump cake mix (this will contain all you need for dry ingredients) in an electric mixer with a large bowl and add the oil, water and eggs. Mix on low speed until well blended.
  4. Pour cake batter on top of the coconut, chocolate chips and pecans.
  5. Melt the butter and combine cream cheese with the butter in a small sauce pan over low heat. Use a whisk to get the cream cheese smooth. This will take several minutes to get the texture of a creamed mixture.
  6. Using your mixer blend the cream cheese mix and the powdered sugar together. Mix until smooth.
  7. Pour over the cake mix then use a knife to make swirls.
  8. Bake 40-45 minutes or until the cake no longer jiggles when you shake the pan. The toothpick test will not work because the bottom of the cake is gooey. Allow to cool before slicing.
  9. Serve! If you want to transfer portions to a serving plate you will want to use a spatula that can scoop all of the coconut and nuts from the bottom. Since this is an “Upside Down” cake what you normally see on the top of the cake is now the bottom layer in the bottom of the pan.
  10. Refrigerate leftovers.
  11. Enjoy!
upside down german chocolate cake

Baking can be one of those things that you can experiment with but do read the package directions when you decide to try something new. It should be pretty accurate as to what you need to add for wet ingredients and for your desired cooking temperature and time. The extra layers here are not going to change any of that. If you have family cookbooks with great recipes for cakes you could swap out the box mix if you prefer and still use the layering technique for the upside down “topping” and cream cheese layer.

I think the Upside Down German Chocolate cake recipe will be a new recipe your family will enjoy. I keep this one handy in my own personal family cookbook and it is so easy because I just need a few extra ingredients to combine cake mix and a little something extra to make it seem like it isn't a box mix at all. If you like traditional German Chocolate cake and you think you would enjoy a German Chocolate upside down cake you should save this one for your own personal cookbook. This one is great for taking to holiday parties or family reunions.

When the weather gets cooler it is my favorite time of year for baking. Try this Upside Down German Chocolate cake recipe and let us know if you like it better than a pineapple upside down recipe. I really think the pecan layer with coconut is what makes a German Chocolate recipe. After trying this one I am wondering how else we can reimagine these traditional cake recipes. Could we make this delicious dessert into cake balls and have an outer layer with the pecans and coconut flakes? That might be something we need to get into the kitchen and experiment with.

Yield: 12

Upside Down German Chocolate Cake

Upside Down German Chocolate Cake

This is a great way to dress up a German Chocolate Cake mix!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1/3 c. oil
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 1/3 c. water
  • 2/3 c. shredded coconut
  • 2/3 c. chocolate chips
  • 1/2 c. chopped pecans
  • 1/2 c. butter
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1 lb. powdered sugar, 3 & 3/4 c.

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 and spray 9x13 baking pan with baking spray.
  2. Sprinkle the coconut, chocolate chips and pecans on the bottom of your baking pan.
  3. Dump cake mix in a mixer and add the oil, water and eggs. Mix on low until well blended.
  4. Pour cake mix on top of the coconut, chocolate chips and pecans.
  5. Melt the butter and cream cheese in a small sauce pan. Use a whisk to get the cream cheese smooth. This will take several minutes.
  6. Using your mixer blend the cream cheese mix and the powdered sugar together. Mix until smooth.
  7. Pour over the cake mix then use a knife to make swirls.
  8. Bake 40-45 minutes or until the cake no longer jiggles when you shake the pan. The toothpick test will not work because the bottom of the cake is gooey.
  9. Refrigerate leftovers.
  10. Enjoy!

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