Upside Down German Chocolate Cake

This is a durable and versatile recipe which freezes very well

We’ve got a few of these in the freezer for last minute gigs.

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Portions/Servings This recipe will feed 12 people.
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1.25 cups water
1/4 cup butter
1.25 cup packed brown sugar
1.25 cup flaked coconut
2 cups miniature marshmallows
3/4 cup chopped walnuts

4 ounces German sweet chocolate
1/2 cup water
2.5 cups all-purpose flour
1.5 cups white sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup sour cream
1/2 cup butter
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
3 eggs


Preheat oven to 350° .

In a sauce pan, combine 1.25 cup water and 1/4 cup butter or margarine. Heat until butter melts, then stir in brown sugar and coconut. Pour into a greased 9x13 inch pan. Sprinkle marshmallows and nuts over top. Set aside.

In a saucepan over low heat, combine chocolate with 1/2 cup water. Heat and stir until chocolate is melted. Remove from heat.

In a large bowl, mix flour, sugar, soda and salt. Add sour cream, 1/2 cup butter or margarine, vanilla and eggs. Add chocolate mixture and beat 3 minutes. Carefully spoon batter over coconut marshmallow mixture in pan.

Bake at 350° for 50 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center comes out clean.

We use our German Chocolate Cake Frosting for this one - if anything, it can get a little dry - but it’s great taste and flexibility make up for it.

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