German Chocolate Upside Down Cake

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

Got this from the cake mix doctor, and it has quickly become one of my favorites. It has 3 layers that meld together to make the perfect cake.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Preheat oven to 375°F Grease and flour 13x9 inch pan. Sprinkle coconut and pecans evenly over the bottom of the pan and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, mix cake mix, water, oil and eggs as directed on the box. Carefully pour batter over coconut and pecans in prepared pan.
  3. Mix melted margarine, cream cheese and powdered sugar in large bowl on low speed for 30 seconds, or until well mixed. Increase mixer speed to medium and beat 30 seconds more, or until smooth.
  4. Spoon cream cheese over batter, leaving a 1 inch border of batter around the sides of the pan, and smooth with spatula.
  5. Bake for 43-48 minutes, or until the cream cheese mixture has turned golden brown and the cake springs back when touched lightly.
  6. Remove from oven and set cool for 20 minutes. Run a sharp knife around the edge of the cake and invert it onto serving platter. Let rest for 20 minutes more, then slice and serve.
Most Helpful

5 5

I've been wanting to try this recipe for 2 weeks! It was worth the wait. I used two 9 inch square pans and put wax paper on the bottom. I added some 1/2 cup of coconut to the filling and piped it inside the poured batter. It made the ooey-gooey surprise inside. Thanks!

5 5

Yummy! The cream cheese topping bakes down into the bottom, so it's on top when you turn it over. The pecans add a wonderful crunch and flavor, and next time I will double the amount. This is a great twist on an old favorite. Thanks for sharing the recipe. :)

5 5

Made this for a gathering. Big hit even DH who doesn't like coconut.