Upside Down German Chocolate Cake

"This is an excellent cake, it is absolutely delicious, and tastes great."
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Ready In:
1hr 5mins


  • 1 12 cups coconut
  • 1 12 cups pecans (chopped)
  • 1 (18 ounce) box German chocolate cake mix
  • 1 14 cups water (or as called for by cake directions)
  • 13 cup oil (or as called for by cake directions)
  • 3 large eggs (or as called for by cake directions)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese (softened)
  • 12 cup butter, melted (or margarine)
  • 1 lb confectioners' sugar (3 1/2 to 4 cups)


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease and flour a 13 x 9 inch pan.
  • Spread coconut evenly on bottom of pan. Sprinkle with pecans.
  • Prepare cake mix according to directions on box. Pour over coconut and pecans.
  • Combine cream cheese and melted butter in a medium mixing bowl. Beat at low speed with electric mixer until creamy. Add sugar; beat until blended and smooth.
  • Drop by spoonfuls evenly over cake batter. Bake 45 to 50 minutes or until a toothpick inserted halfway to bottom of cake comes out clean.
  • Cool completely in pan. To serve, cut into individual pieces; turn upside down onto plate.

Questions & Replies

  1. I love this cake but I had a problem in making it. I used a 9X13 pan but it went over the pan and made a mess in the oven. I went exactly by the recipe. Do you know what I may have done wrong? I looked at the other reviews and no one is saying they had this problem.. I will be making it again.


  1. Mom has loved German Chocolate Cake since getting the real deal while living in Germany. She's never had it upside down though so this was a perfect choice for her upcoming birthday. For some reason, the cream cheese mixture mostly disappeared into the cake so I decided to turn it onto a serving platter for presentation. I cooled the uncovered cake overnight, ran a knife around the edges, pushed a small spatula underneath the cake to loosen anything stuck (felt sticky) and turned it upside down onto a parchment-lined bamboo cutting board. It looked fantastic! Everyone gave this cake five stars. It was rich and very moist. What a winner.
  2. I heard of this from someone else and couldn't believe you could do it. I am so impressed. I took one to VBS at my church and now I have to copy the recipe for 78 workers at church. Must have been good, huh?
  3. I see this recipe on a lot of different web sites. I make this and have made it many times. The big difference in my cake is that i use butter and brown sugar with coconut and pecans as first layer to the cake- just like pineapple upside down cake. It does look messy after it is inverted on a platter, the messier it is the better it taste. It is one of the best cakes i have made. I have made this 6/7 times since i discovered it and it is my favorite. Going to make it now starting with melted butter and brown sugar. Was wondering how you got the cream cheese mixture before the cake mix??
  4. Made this for Fathers Day. Loved by all. Huge success. Will make again.
  5. Made this for my pastor this past Sunday and some for my family... this is scrumptious! Fast and easy if you use a mix, but I prefer my own recipe for German Chocolate Cake. Love the cream cheese must try will get many rave reviews! Thanks so much "ThatJodiGirl" were kind to share this.


  1. This is one of my favorite cakes. My mom makes it all the time. I couldn't find her recipe, so I was glad to see it on the Zaar. It turned out delicious! I cut the powdered sugar down to 2 cups and used chocolate fudge cake instead of german chocolate. Thanks for posting!


I made this account back in 2001, when the site was called "Recipezaar". A lot has changed in my life since then. My kids are all grown and I try to eat a low-carb lifestyle now. Some of my older recipes were handed down from my grandmother. I hope you all enjoy them as much as I have. Current recipes that I post will mostly be low carb or keto.
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