German Chocolate Cake Recipe

Try our spin on the traditional

Our customers enjoy this cake because it’s so moist, unlike other German Chocolates.

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Portions/Servings This recipe will feed 12 people.
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1/3 cup butter
1/3 cup plain yogurt
4 ounces German sweet chocolate
1 cup Coke
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/3 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla extract


Preheat oven to 350° . Spray the inside of 2 - 9” pans with vegetable release. For easy removal, dust the pan with cocoa, so that it sticks to the veggie spray. Shake out the excess.

In a medium saucepan, heat butter, yogurt, chocolate and cola until chocolate is completely melted.

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, and baking soda. Add chocolate mixture, buttermilk, eggs and vanilla. Beat until smooth. Pour batter into two 9 inch round pans.

Bake at 350° for 30 to 35 minutes, looking for a nice crown in the middle which feels firm to your touch.

We like to add some pecans and coconut to this Frosting recipe: Chocolate Fudge Frosting

The carbonation of the Coke really adds to the recipe, but a frequent modification we use is to substitute seltzer water mixed with instant coffee. This adds a depth to the cake like you won't believe. The coffee flavor profile works especially well when nuts are added to the mix.

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