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German Chocolate-Red Velvet Cake

This cake is a  combination of two of my favorite southern cakes- Red Velvet Cake and German Chocolate Cake. The cake batter is all Red Velvet with its bright red color and slight cocoa powder taste. The thick and rich frosting is straight up German Chocolate with coconut and pecans.

German Chocolate-Red Velvet Cake

Together they make a totally unique and delicious dessert.

Normally writing about this cake and looking at the pictures would cause my stomach to growl and my mouth to salivate, but we have been eating so much good food during our weekend in Beaufort, SC, I can not even think about eating another bite of food for quite some time.

German Chocolate-Red Velvet Cake

We just had an amazing meal at Maggie’s Pub in Habersham. Check out the pictures on Instagram. Habersham is a new planned community with the cutest little town center. We been to visit it several times because I think I might really like to move to Habersham when my daughter goes to college in 3 years.

My son had a truly wonderful meal that I can’t wait to recreate. Instead of Chicken and Waffles, it was Chicken and a cast iron skillet cooked pancake that must have been 1 inch thick, topped with pecan butter. It was amazing. And since I always prefer pancakes to waffles, it was totally my kind of meal. Lately I’ve found restaurants to be my favorite source of recipe inspiration.

In what has been a very food-focused weekend, I also added a book to my cookbook collection. We were in the cutest store in downtown Beaufort and they had a table topped with wonderful cookbooks. I couldn’t resist First Prize Pies: Shoo-Fly, Candy Apple, and Other Deliciously Inventive Pies for Every Week of the Year (and More) by Allison Kave. The chapters are arranged by months, each month having 6 to 7 pies. There’s an Avocado Pie, Salty Dog Chess Pie, Root Beer Float Pie, and S’mores Pie. I can’t decide which pie to make first from the cookbook, but I think it might have to be the Watermelon Cream Pie. I have never, ever thought of making pie with watermelon. Stay tuned for that.

And that’s about all the thinking I can do about food right now. I am wishing I hadn’t eaten so much today.

German-Chocolate-Red Velvet Cake

German Chocolate-Red Velvet Cake

German Chocolate-Red Velvet Cake

Two delicious desserts get combined into one cake with this red velvet cake topped with a German chocolate frosting.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 40 minutes
TOTAL: 1 hour


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups cake flour
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1 (1-ounce) bottle liquid red food coloring

German Chocolate Frosting

  • 1 1/2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 5 egg yolks
  • 6 tablespoons butter
  • 2 cups sweetened angel hair coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray a 9X13-inch pan with cooking spray with flour.
  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add the 4 eggs one at a time, stopping to scrape down the sides of the bowl several times.
  • Beat in vanilla extract.
  • Sift together cake flour, unsweetened cocoa, baking soda, and salt onto a piece of parchment paper.
  • Add flour mixture to butter mixture alternating with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Beat just until combined.
  • Stir in food coloring and pour batter into prepared pan. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Let cool before frosting.
  • To make frosting, stir together cream, sugar, egg yolks, and butter in a medium saucepan. Cook over medium heat until mixture is thick enough to coat the back of a spoon. Stir frequently. Add coconut and pecans. Let cool 15-20 minutes before pouring frosting on cake.


Recipe adapted from Taste of the South Magazine


Calories: 592kcal
Author: Christin Mahrlig
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: Southern

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24 thoughts on “German Chocolate-Red Velvet Cake”

  1. The cake is awesome, but I’ve never been a fan a super sweet frosting and this one is way too sweet for me , tasty but too sweet……. I used my old standard recipe for cream cheese frosting with coconut and pecans….still delicious without all the sugar…..

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      That’s great to know Jim! It’s been ages since I’ve made this cake and I was just thinking about it the other day. Will have to make it again before Christmas!

    1. If you mean whipping cream, it’s the first ingredient in the frosting, referred to as cream…..

  2. Just a quick question in the list of Ingredients it calls for 1/2 tsp of baking soda but in the instructions #4. it states baking powder can you kindly let me know which one . Thank you

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Thank you Dina! It turns out German Chocolate and red velvet go super well together!

  3. Beth @ bethcakes

    Red velvet cake is one of my most favorite things on the planet. Love how you combined two of your favorites into this cake! Such a wonderful idea!

  4. So glad you had a great weekend in Beauford Christin. I love German Chocolate Cake and red velvet so combining the two is such a great idea! The frosting and cake look irresistible!

  5. Jamie@Milk N Cookies

    Oh my goodness — I love both red velvet cake and german chocolate cake. Two of my all-time favorites, but I never would have thought to combine them. This is such a great idea. I definitely know what cake I’ll be trying next (and the ruby red color of you red velvet is gorgeous!)

  6. whatjessicabakednext

    This is amazing! I love red velvet cake- definitely need to try your recipe out!

  7. Cailee @ hellohealthyeating.com

    This looks so good!! The frosting is so oohy-goohy and delicious!! YUM 🙂

  8. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking

    First off – what an amazing idea! Your red velvet looks delicious and so moist and the perfect shade of red….and don’t even get me started on the topping!!

    Second, my brother got me that “First Prize Pies” book for my birthday last week and it’s AMAZING!!! The pictures! The recipes! I almost fainted when I saw it.

    1. Christin
      Christin Mahrlig

      Oh my gosh! What a great brother and you’ll have to tell me as soon as you make something from it.

  9. Jess @ Sweet Menu

    Wow! What a beautiful looking cake! I just love red velvet. I’ve never had German chocolate frosting before, I will have to try!

  10. Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Beauford, and I loved your Instagram shots. The food looked great and your dog looked so happy.

  11. Carol at Wild Goose Tea

    What an inspired combo. It looks delish! Your German Chocolate Cake frosting is different than mine——and looks better than mine. I am stealing here. I always forget what splash the color of the red velvet cake makes. I am always just a little bit startled, which is good.

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