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Easy German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Y’all know there are two reasons I cook. One is “It’s so easy even I’ll make it” or another reason is “it’s so delicious even I’ll make it”. Well this recipe falls in both catagories.

Here is an Easy German Chocolate Upside Down Cake recipe that even I will make! It’s simple and one of my favorite dessert recipes. A traditional German Chocolate Cake Recipe with many layers and the yummy icing between each layer is just more than I’m willing to attempt. However, this Upside Down German Chocolate Cake Recipe is just as delicious and so easy.

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What Are The Ingredients for German Chocolate Cake Recipe

This German Chocolate Cake Recipe recipe is so simple. All ingredients are easily found at your grocery store and I use chopped pecan to speed up the process.

  • 1 box German Chocolate Cake Mix
  • 1 Cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1 Cup Shredded Coconut
  • 1 – 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1 – Box Confectioner/Powdered Sugar
  • 1 – Stick Butter

The recipe is best made in a 9 x 13 rectangle baking dish.

I was planning to make the recipe ahead of the holidays and freezing it. Therefore, I used a disposable tin pan in the same size.

Step One – The Upside Down Part

As you may know, a regular German Chocolate Cake has coconut and pecan icing on the top. For this recipe, you place those items on the bottom of a greased baking dish.

A German Chocolate Cake MIX

Another thing that makes this recipe so easy is the cake mix. Instead of making the cake from scratch, you mix up a store brought German Chocolate Cake mix according to the directions on the box.

Then you pour it over the pecan and coconut mixture.

The Best Part of a German Chocolate Cake

The gooey yummy part is made using butter, cream cheese and powdered or confectioner’s sugar.

Begin by allowing the butter and cream cheese to melt in a sauce pan. Then stir in the powdered sugar slowly until you have a smooth consistency.

The Topping of the Upside Down German Chocolate Cake

Next, pour this yummy mixture over the top of the cake and bake for 25-30 minutes.

Yield: 12 people

Easy German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Easy German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

This is so easy even I'll make it recipes

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 1 Box German Chocolate Cake Mix, Prepare as directed
  • 1 cup Chopped Pecans
  • 1 cup Coconut Flakes
  • 1 8 oz. Cream Cheese
  • 1 box Confectioners/Powdered Sugar
  • 1 stick Butter , or Margarine


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Grease 9 x 13 Baking Dish
  3. Mix Chopped Pecans & Coconut together
  4. Spread evenly into bottom of baking dish
  5. Prepare Cake mix according to direction and beat until smooth
  6. Pour Cake mixture over top of pecan & coconut mixture
  7. Melt butter and cream cheese in sauce pan over low heat
  8. Once mixture stirs well, add powered sugar slowly, stirring continuously until mixture is smooth.
  9. Pour over top of cake mix.
  10. Bake for 25- 30 minutes


Cake freezes well.  

Nutrition Information



Serving Size

1 grams

Amount Per Serving Calories 302Total Fat 25gSaturated Fat 12gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 11gCholesterol 44mgSodium 153mgCarbohydrates 20gFiber 2gSugar 17gProtein 3g

Please note that I am not a medical or nutritional professional. I include basic calorie and nutrition information for recipes as a courtesy. However, due to wide variations in brands, nutrition data is subject to change for every user. Nutrition data is calculated using Calorie Counter App and information is entered as accurately as possible. We subtract all sugar alcohols from erythritol and xylitol from the final carb count because that is how THM calculates carbs.

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The Easy German Chocolate Upside Down Cake Finished

I don’t have a photo of the cake on a plate, because I froze this one. It will be perfect for Christmas Day. Just cover with aluminum foil and freeze. Then remove from freezer approx. a day before you plan to serve.

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Friday 23rd of December 2022

Was trying to figure out something new to do with that cake mix. I’m going to get very brave and make it for a Christmas party on Sunday!


Sunday 25th of December 2022

Iretha, You will love it. Merry Christmas.


Sunday 14th of November 2021

This cake is way past a 5 star rating, it is the best, and I bake a lot. I try new recipes constantly. My husband said “make that cake again, I can’t believe it is as good as I remember it”. That is the only cake I have made twice in a row. TWO THUMBS UP!


Monday 15th of November 2021

carol, I'm so glad you and your husband like it. It's my husbands favorite also. Thanks for letting me know.


Saturday 9th of October 2021

Hi! Sounds great! Do I cut and serve as is or do I flip the cake 😬? Thanks

Sunday 10th of October 2021

Julie, You cut and serve as is. Thanks for stopping by.


Wednesday 1st of September 2021

How many cups of powdered sugar is in a box?

Thursday 2nd of September 2021

Denise, Most boxes are 1 lb. and that's approx. 2 cups.


Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

That looks amazing!! Thanks for the recipe. Love your home!! Merry Christmas!"

Tuesday 22nd of December 2020

Michelle, Thanks so much. Enjoy!

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