German Chocolate Upside-Down Cake

Tam D


Oh, this is an ooey-gooey delight, with a rich, chocolate POW! And it's ridiculously easy to make.
I make my cake from scratch, 'cause that's how I roll, but I've given the directions for a cake mix. Either way this is a fabulous no-fail dessert.

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15 Min
50 Min


1 c
chopped pecans
1 c
1 pkg
german chocolate cake mix*
3 large
1/3 c
vegetable oil
1/2 c
butter, room temp.
2- 8oz pkg
cream cheese, room temp.
3 1/2 c
confectioner's sugar

How to Make German Chocolate Upside-Down Cake


  • 1Line a 13x9" baking pan with parchment paper which has been cut to fit the bottom of the pan.
  • 2Spread the chopped pecans over the bottom of the pan.

    Then layer the coconut over the pecans.
  • 3Toast the pecans and coconut in the oven briefly while it's preheating. Then remove the pan and let it cool.

    In a medium mixing bowl, prepare the cake mix according to the directions on the box. Set aside.
  • 4In a microwave safe mixing bowl heat the butter and cream cheese until they're warmed and soft.
  • 5Stir the confectioner's sugar into the cream cheese mixture, until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  • 6Pour the cake mix batter evenly over the top of the pecans and coconut.
  • 7Spoon the cream cheese mixture in large ribbons down the length of the pan, over the top of the cake batter.

    Using a knife, gently swirl the mixture into the batter, being careful not to over-mix, or disturb the pecan and coconut layer.
  • 8Bake at 350* for 40-50 minutes. Cake will be sticky when it's done.

    Let the cake rest for 5 or 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a baking sheet, platter, or covered board.

    When cake has cooled, carefully peel off the parchment paper.
    Serve when completely cool.
  • 9NOTES: For added nutrition and fiber, substitute coconut oil for some or all of the vegetable oil.

    You could also use a large spring form pan, lined with parchment paper.

    I still have my old Tupperware rectangular cake taker, so I turn the cake out onto that -- works perfectly!

    *This recipe is easily made gluten free by using a gluten-free chocolate cake mix.

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About German Chocolate Upside-Down Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes, Chocolate
Main Ingredient: Sugar
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Gluten-Free
Other Tag: Quick & Easy