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German Chocolate Dump Cake

We make this for Sunday lunches when the whole family gets together. The cream cheese topping is so good, it doesn't need frosting.
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Bake: 35 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    15 servings


  • 1 cup sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped toasted pecans, divided
  • 1 package devil's food cake mix (regular size)
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 cups confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips


  • Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13x9-in. baking pan.
  • Sprinkle coconut and 1 cup pecans into baking pan. Prepare cake mix according to package directions. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  • In a large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla until smooth; beat in confectioners' sugar. Stir in chocolate chips and remaining pecans. Spoon over batter. Cut through batter with a knife to swirl. Bake 35-40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 piece: 479 calories, 30g fat (12g saturated fat), 69mg cholesterol, 389mg sodium, 50g carbohydrate (36g sugars, 2g fiber), 5g protein.
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  • Linda
    Nov 23, 2020

    The cake was great! Nice and moist. Because so many said it was an ugly cake I poured only 2/3 of batter, layered the filling, then layer top with rest of chocolate. Came out nice and smooth across the top. Probably my oven, but I had to bake 12 minutes longer than recommended. I will make this again.

  • funkeedeva1
    Sep 26, 2020

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  • Ellen
    Sep 26, 2020

    Neighbors on our cul-de-sac loved this cake and so did I. Had a little left which was perfect later from freezer. Mine looked like the picture but was a slightly darker cake mix. Great flavor and textures, and not too sweet. Will definitely make again.

  • nolambmary
    Sep 25, 2020

    I have the same recipe but it is called Earthquake Cake. All the areas you place the cream cheese mixture will look like craters in the cake area. The cake will look like a mess. Very tasty.

  • angela
    Sep 18, 2020

    I just made this this afternoon. It came out looking nothing like the picture on this site. Like another person, my cream cheese mix stayed on the top. The cream cheese mix was jiggly but firmed up after it cooled. It’s the ugliest dessert (my kids also mentioned that it looks gross) so you’d probably want to avoid bringing this to potlucks. But it tastes really good! Once it cools and everything settles, it resembles a 3-D topography map, it looks like snow on mountains! Tastes delicious with a scoop of ice cream. Due to my kids’ food allergies, I used a gluten free devil’s food cake mix, and substituted the pecans with a mix of pepitas and sunflower seeds. I also used less sugar (1.5 cups instead of 2) and it still tastes really sweet. I’ll try 1 cup of sugar next time.

  • TEDDIejan62
    Sep 4, 2020

    This is not a "classic" dump cake and is a complete disaster, It came out a complete & absolute mess

  • Corliss
    Aug 1, 2020

    I just took this out of the oven, haven't tried yet but it doesn't look right :( The cream cheese stayed pretty much on top even tho I swirled it & it's very browned, what did I do wrong? Thanks

  • azlowney
    May 16, 2020

    Could you make this as a bundt cake? Pour in half of batter, swirl the cream cheese. And the coconut and nuts on top then add rest of batter. I only have a convection oven in an RV and it cooks bundt cakes very well.

  • sebc46
    Feb 16, 2020

    This is really good. Made this for Valentine's Day and used German chocolate cake mix instead of the Devil's food mix. It's good either way, just a matter of preference.

  • vsmith8403
    Jan 6, 2020

    This cake was soooo good. It’s kind of addicting! It’s not too sweet and very moist. It was a huge hit in my household. I’m usually not a German chocolate cake fan but THIS was very good. Will make again and again. I did have to cook a bit longer bc I felt the middle needed to be cooked longer but other than that, I followed the recipe as written.