Grandma's German Chocolate Cake

READY IN: 1hr 5mins
Recipe by Teresa M

This is my grandma's recipe for German Chocolate Cake. This was all of us kid's favorite for birthdays. I made this for my husband on our first date on his birthday, and it's a tradition in our family now. We always use black walnuts, but you can use English walnuts. The hot water sounds weird, but that's the way my family has made it for years.

Top Review by Mudflower

Rich and delicious cake, even before the icing.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. I make this in either a greased and floured 9 x 12 inch pan or 2 9-inch round pans. For the 9 inch pans I also add wax paper cut to the pan size in the bottom of the pan.
  2. I start checking for doneness after 40 minutes for a 9 x 12 pan, and 25 minutes for the 2 9-inch pans. When a toothpick inserted into the middle of the cake comes out clean it's done.
  3. Cream margarine and sugar.
  4. Add eggs, one at a time, and beat well.
  5. Add buttermilk and dry ingredients.
  6. Add boiling water and beat until mixed.
  7. Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 45-55 minutes or until done.
  8. For Icing- Combine milk, sugar, egg yolks, margarine and vanilla.
  9. Cook and stir over medium heat until thickened, about 15 minutes.
  10. Add coconut and nuts.
  11. Beat until thick enough to spread.

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