German Chocolate Pound Cake is a luscious chocolate cake in Bundt form with the traditional nutty German Chocolate icing.

German Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

Sometimes people are not as they seem online. It’s not always a bad thing. Sometimes they’re much taller than you imagined or younger, maybe they’re shy or their voice is totally different than how they sounded in your mind. Recently I met Jocelyn of Grandbaby Cakes in person and she is as full of life as she is online— a breath of fresh air, if you will! I was excited to receive a copy of her new cookbook, Grandbaby Cakes. I wasn’t surprised to find that Jocelyn’s personality and love of family and friends shines right through each delicious page. The cookbook is not only packed with a collection of delectable cakes, but endearing stories about her family, especially her Big Mama, the inspiration behind this cookbook.

To celebrate Jocelyn’s Grandbaby Cakes cookbook release I’m participating in a virtual cake walk of sorts. As I flipped through the pages trying to decide what cake to make I kept getting distracted by planning for a few to celebrate the upcoming holidays. From a Classic Yellow Cake with Whipped Chocolate Frosting, to a Key Lime Cake, a Sea Salt Caramel Cake or this German Chocolate Pound Cake that I’m sharing with you today, you’ll find more than a few recipes to inspire.

German Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

I settled on German Chocolate Pound Cake because it’s one of my husband’s favorite. Anytime coconut is involved, it’s one of his favorites. As I read Jocelyn’s recipe notes I learned that it is one of her daddy’s favorites too. Great minds think alike! Jocelyn puts a fun twist on the classic German Chocolate Cake by delivering it in pound cake form. It’s easier to put together—no layers to fuss over—but it doesn’t lack one bit in flavor. Rich and chocolatey with the classic nutty icing, this cake is hard to resist. I think you’ll enjoy it very much!

German Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

Be sure to check out Jocelyn’s new cookbook:

Grandbaby Cakes Cookbook

Isn’t it lovely!

German Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

German Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

German Chocolate Pound Cake Recipe

Yield: 12
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Additional Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 20 minutes

A chocolatey bundt cake topped with coconut pecan icing.


  • For cake:
  • 1/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips
  • 1 1/2 cups (3 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 5 large eggs, room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cups sifted all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon instant coffee powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/3 cups buttermilk, room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • For icing:
  • 3/4 cup chopped raw pecans
  • 3/4 cup evaporated milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 large egg yolks
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


For cake:

  1. Preheat your oven to 325-degrees F. Liberally prepare a 12-cup Bundt pan with the nonstick method of your choice.
  2. Pour the chocolate chips into a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave on high for 15 seconds at a time, stirring after each heating interval, until the chocolate is melted.
  3. In the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat butter for 2 minutes on high speed. Slowly add the granulated sugar. Cream together for an additional 5 minutes, until very pale yellow and fluffy. Add eggs one at a time, combining well after each addition and scraping down the sides and bottom of the bowl as needed.
  4. Turn your mixer down to its lowest speed and slowly add the flour in 2 batches. Be careful not to overbeat. Add cocoa powder, coffee powder, baking powder, and salt. Lastly, add the melted chocolate, buttermilk, and vanilla extract. Make sure the chocolate cools slightly so as to not curdle the buttermilk. Scrape down the sides and bottom of the bowl and mix the batter until just combined. Be careful to not overmix.
  5. Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake for 70 to 80 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Check frequently to make sure you do not overbake the cake. Reduce oven to 275-degrees F after removing the cake.
  6. Let cake cool in pan on a wire rack for 10 minutes; invert onto a serving plate. Let cool to room temperature. Lightly cover cake with foil or plastic wrap so it does not dry out.

For icing:

  1. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Add the pecans in 1 layer and bake for 10 to 12 minutes, until lightly toasted.
  2. In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add the evaporated milk, butter, brown sugar, granulated sugar, and egg yolks. Whisk constantly until the mixture has melted together. Continue to cook, whisking occasionally, for about 12 to 15 minutes, or until the mixture bubbles, turns a light amber color, and is thick enough to slightly coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Remove from the heat and stir in the coconut, vanilla extract, and toasted pecans.
  4. Drizzle the icing over the top of the cake. Serve at room temperature.

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