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German Chocolate-Nut Cake

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German Chocolate-Nut Cake

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  • Makes: 8 servings
  • Prep 30 mins
  • Bake 30 mins

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Coconut, pecans, and caramel ice cream topping make a sweet sauce to top the cake in this dessert recipe.


  • 1 1/2 cups broken pecans
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup coarsely chopped sweet baking chocolate
  • 1/4 cup Dutch processed or unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 5 eggs
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla
  • Toasted Coconut-Pecan Caramel Sauce (recipe follows)


  1. Grease a 9x1-1/2-inch round cake pan; line bottom with waxed paper. Grease waxed paper; set pan aside. In a blender or food processor, combine pecans, sugar, chopped chocolate, cocoa powder, baking powder and baking soda. Cover; blend or process till nuts are ground. Add eggs and vanilla. Blend or process till nearly smooth.
  2. Spread nut mixture in the prepared pan. Bake in a 350 degree F oven about 30 minutes or till a toothpick inserted near center of cake comes out clean.
  3. Remove from oven. Cool in pan on wire rack for 10 minutes. Remove cake from pan; cool completely on wire rack.
  4. To serve, cut into wedges and place on dessert plates. Drizzle with Toasted Coconut-Pecan Caramel Sauce.

Toasted Coconut-Pecan Caramel Sauce


  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 12 1/4 - ounce jar caramel ice cream topping (room temperature)


  1. Spread coconut and pecans in a thin layer in a shallow baking pan. Bake the coconut and nuts in a 350 degree F oven for 6 to 8 minutes or till the coconut is toasted and the nuts are golden brown, stirring once or twice. Remove from oven. In a medium bowl, stir together caramel ice cream topping (room temperature), coconut and pecans. Serve immediately or heat slightly in microwave before serving. Makes about 1-1/2 cups.

Nutrition Facts

(German Chocolate-Nut Cake)

Servings Per Recipe 8, carb. (g) 63, vit. A (IU) 194, Fat, total (g) 28, cal. (kcal) 526, pro. (g) 8, sat. fat (g) 5, iron (mg) 2, calcium (mg) 121, chol. (mg) 133, vit. C (mg) 0, fiber (g) 4, sodium (mg) 269

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