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German Chocolate Upside Down Cake
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German Chocolate Upside-Down Cake

German Chocolate Upside Down Cake is a very quick and easy cake to make using a box of German Chocolate cake mix.  
Course Dessert
Cuisine Southern
Keyword cake, easy recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 15
Calories 448kcal
Author Christin Mahrlig


  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sweetened coconut, divided
  • 1 box German Chocolate cake mix, plus ingredients listed on box
  • 1 (8-ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 8 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 (16-ounce) box confectioners' sugar
  • whipped cream for serving, optional


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease the sides of a 9x13-inch pan.
  • Evenly pour melted butter into pan. Sprinkle brown sugar, pecans, and half of coconut on bottom of pan.
  • Make cake batter according to package directions, adding remaining coconut to batter.
  • Pour batter into pan.
  • Using electric mixer, beat together cream cheese and softened butter. Gradually beat in confectioners' sugar.
  • Drop cream cheese mixture by spoonfuls onto top of batter.
  • Place in oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes.


Store leftovers in the refrigerator.
Great served with a dollop of whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


Calories: 448kcal