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Upside Down German Chocolate Cake

September 18, 2011


This recipe was quite the puzzle for me. Literally. Granny Emma gave me her recipe box several weeks ago, and I’ve been making pretty good headway through her recipes. When I came upon her Upside Down German Chocolate Cake, I knew it had to be included. It is a rich, gooey dessert that combines chocolate, coconut, and cake. How could that go wrong? Only one problem. I only found half of the recipe.


This would have gotten me through the ingredients, but that was about it. I went through about 100 recipes meticulously, and even went through her recipe books, to no avail. I would have to settle for another cake. About two weeks later, Granny gave me another recipe box. It as a much newer one, and I wasn’t nearly as hopeful for the vintage goodies that the old one held. Yet, what did it hold within its floral walls? Nothing less than the other half of the recipe!


It felt like I had solved a “Murder She Wrote” mystery (which I used to watch a ton of with Granny).


So here are the spoils of my investigation…

Upside-down German Chocolate Cake
1 cup of coconut
1 cup of chopped nuts (not specifying which kind?)
1 German Chocolate Cake mix and ingredients listed on the box
2 sticks of butter
8 ounces of cream cheese (softened)
1 box of confectioner’s sugar (about 4 cups)

Grease or spray a 9 by 13 cake pan. Sprinkle the coconut and nuts evenly in the bottom of the pan.



Prepare the cake mix as directed on the box. Next, pour the batter over the nuts and coconut.

The recipe got a little sketchy here. It said to melt the butter, but then didn’t tell me what to do with it. So here is what I came up with: Melt 2 sticks of butter. While it cools a little, cream the cream cheese. That sounds a little redundant, but go with it. Add the butter to the cream cheese and then slowly mix in the sugar. Next, glop, swirl, or pour this mixture on top of the cake batter. Freestyle! It was a little thick, but it won’t matter how you get it on there. It will bake into the top of the cake no matter what.


Bake the cake at 350 degrees for 45-50 minutes…

Imagine the Jeopardy music here…Doo doo doo doo, doo doo doo…and about one episode later…voila!

Get your glass of milk ready!




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