German Chocolate Pound Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting

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This is not your traditional German Chocolate Cake. I filled this German Chocolate Pound Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting recipe with rich chocolate and topped it with sweetened coconut and toasted pecan icing.

Chocolate heaven!

 German Chocolate Cake

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Today I have a delectable recipe for you. This chocolate pound cake has real chocolate in it, a bar of bittersweet baking chocolate to be exact. My other Chocolate Pound Cake has cocoa powder and is lightly chocolate flavored. This one is much richer.

Some of my favorite pound cakes

 German Chocolate Pound Cake

German Chocolate Pound Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting

As well, I topped the cake this time with a Coconut Pecan Frosting. Basically, I made a caramel sauce then mixed in coconut and pecans.

German’s® Sweet Chocolate, German Chocolate, is a dark baking chocolate created by the Walter Baker & Company employee, Samuel German (hence the name), who developed the chocolate in 1852. … It is sweeter than semi-sweet chocolate and contains a blend of chocolate liquor, sugar, cocoa butter, flavorings, and lecithin.

This cake has a small crumb with a very smooth and dense texture. That’s dense, not packy. Dense is good for pound cakes.

If you like a sweeter cake, the frosting is wonderful on this cake. If you like the taste of a sensationally and not-so-sweet chocolate cake, you may not want the frosting. Either way, it’s a very good cake.

  German Chocolate Pound Cake

I’ve found pound cakes and chocolate cakes make great desserts when entertaining at potlucks and church socials. This cake checks both boxes! Enjoy!

German Chocolate Pound Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting

German Chocolate Pound Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting

Not your traditional German Chocolate Cake, my German Chocolate Pound Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting recipe is full of rich chocolate then topped with a sweetened coconut and toasted pecan icing
Author: Paula
5 from 15 votes
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Servings: 16 slices


Chocolate Pound Cake

  • 1 cup solid vegetable shortening
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs at room temperature
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 ounces bittersweet baking chocolate melted and cooled

Coconut Pecan Frosting

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


Chocolate Pound Cake

  • Preheat oven to 300 degrees F
  • Coat 10-inch bundt pan with solid vegetable oil or butter.
  • Cream shortening
  • Add sugar and cream until light and fluffy
  • Add eggs one at a time beating well after each egg
  • Combine flour, soda, and salt
  • Combine buttermilk and vanilla
  • Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk mixture beginning and ending with flour
  • Mix until just blended
  • Slowly mix in cooled chocolate until incorporated.
  • Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 90 minutes
  • Cool 20 minutes on a wire rack
  • Loosen around edges with a knife before inverting on a serving tray.
  • Store in an airtight container.
  • The cake will stay fresh 4 to 5 days on the countertop and 7 to 8 days in the fridge.

Coconut-Pecan Frosting

  • Combine milk, sugar, egg yolks, and butter in a small saucepan.
  • Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture thickens. Be patient, it will take about 12 minutes. 
  • Stir in coconut, pecans, and vanilla. 
  • Whisk by hand or beat with an electric mixer until frosting is cool and thick enough to spread.


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Calories: 575kcal | Carbohydrates: 60g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 35g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 338mg | Potassium: 166mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 41g | Vitamin A: 544IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. Can unsalted or salted butter be used instead of shortening? If so how many sticks of butter?

  2. 5 stars
    The cake was wonderful! We made it for our son’s family visit and it was a smash. The taste was spot on, the texture was
    Just the right amount of dense, and the recipe was easy. Definitely will be added to cake favorites. Thanks for sharing the
    Recipe. Martha

  3. 5 stars
    This cake looks delicious. It’s the perfect dessert to serve with cup of tea on afternoons. I will definitely give this a try. Thanks! 🙂

  4. 5 stars
    This is so tasty! Thanks a lot for this chocolate pound cake recipe! Will surely add this on my list and will make it again! Well done!

  5. 5 stars
    I could eat the frosting all by itself with a shovel! But I will refrain and save some or most for this delicious cake! I am making a few extra to keep in the freezer for cake emergencies.

  6. 5 stars
    What a smart and delicious twist to the classic German Chocolate Cake recipe! I loved the texture of the pound cake and the yummy, extra chocolate.

  7. Sounds great, but you mentioned that you filled it with icing but I don’t see the recipe or the instructions for that.

  8. 5 stars
    I made this and it was a great hit. So I made it again. This will be the only German chocolate cake I make. ❤️❤️❤️

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