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German Chocolate Pecan Pound Cake

This German Chocolate Pecan Pound Cake is a delightful twist on the classic German chocolate cake, delivering a dense, moist, and decadent experience in every bite. Whether you’re a seasoned baker or a newbie in the kitchen, this recipe is designed to impress without the stress.

Imagine the joy of slicing into a perfectly baked cake that fills your kitchen with the heavenly aroma of chocolate and toasted pecans. Growing up, my grandmother’s kitchen was always brimming with the smell of freshly baked goodies, and this pound cake brings back those warm memories. The blend of cocoa and pecans creates a symphony of flavors that will have everyone coming back for seconds (and maybe even thirds!).

What makes this cake truly special is its versatility. It’s the perfect dessert for a holiday feast, a birthday celebration, or just a cozy family dinner. The combination of the rich chocolate cake and the crunchy pecan topping is a match made in heaven, making it impossible to resist. So, let’s get baking and create a new family favorite that’s sure to be the star of any gathering!

Recipe Summary

This German Chocolate Pecan Pound Cake is a rich and moist dessert that marries the flavors of classic German chocolate cake with the nutty crunch of pecans. Perfect for any occasion, it’s easy to make and even easier to love.

Exciting Story

The first time I made this cake for my family, it was an instant hit. My husband, who is a die-hard chocolate lover, couldn’t stop raving about it. He insisted that I make it for every family gathering, and now it has become a tradition. There’s something magical about the way the rich chocolate and crunchy pecans come together to create a dessert that’s both comforting and indulgent. It’s the kind of cake that brings people together, sparking joy and creating lasting memories.

Why This German Chocolate Pecan Pound Cake?

Selling Points:

  • Rich and Moist: The perfect combination of dense pound cake with a moist, chocolaty crumb.
  • Nutty Crunch: Toasted pecans add a delightful crunch that complements the smooth chocolate.
  • Versatile Dessert: Ideal for any occasion, from holidays to casual family dinners.


For the Pound Cake:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted

For the German Chocolate Frosting:

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 large egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

How to Make German Chocolate Pecan Pound Cake

1. Prepare the Cake Batter:

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour a bundt pan.
  • In a large bowl, cream together the butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  • Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • In a separate bowl, sift together the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • Gradually add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk. Mix until just combined.
  • Stir in the vanilla extract and toasted pecans.

2. Bake:

  • Pour the batter into the prepared bundt pan.
  • Bake for 60-70 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
  • Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes, then turn it out onto a wire rack to cool completely.

3. Prepare the German Chocolate Frosting:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and begins to boil.
  • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, shredded coconut, and chopped pecans.
  • Let the frosting cool slightly before spreading it over the cooled cake.

4. Serve:

  • Slice and serve this decadent cake, enjoying the rich chocolate flavor and crunchy pecan topping.
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