Grandma's German Chocolate Cake

Total Time
1hr 5mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 45 mins

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.

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.


Most Helpful

Rich and delicious cake, even before the icing.

Mudflower May 09, 2010

Awesome cake. I did have a little problems with the directions as they list no pan size. I ended up using a 9x13inch pan. It was under done at the end of 45 minutes( and my oven is pretty hot). Left the cake in the oven at 300 for an additional 10-15 minutes then covered it and turned the oven off. It finally set up. No problem with icing. Great recipe.

Tugar357 October 11, 2005

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