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German Chocolate Lazy Daisy Cake

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


15 servings

Updated: Sep. 26, 2022
Traditional German chocolate cake gets a whole new spin with this inventive version that's finished off under the high heat of the broiler instead of being frosted in layers. —Linda Schend, Kenosha, Wisconsin


  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 4 ounces German sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups boiling water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1-1/2 cups packed light brown sugar
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 3/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup half-and-half cream


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Grease a 13x9-in. pan. In a bowl, combine oats, butter and chocolate; pour boiling water over top. Let stand 10 minutes.
  2. Stir oatmeal mixture until combined; whisk in eggs and brown sugar. In another bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking soda and salt; stir into oatmeal mixture just until combined.
  3. Transfer to prepared pan. Bake until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean, 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven. Preheat broiler.
  4. Combine topping ingredients; spread over warm cake. Broil 4 in. from heat until lightly browned, 3-4 minutes.

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