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.

I try a lot of German Chocolate recipes and find the combination of chocolate, pecans, and coconut to be irresistible. This isn’t the prettiest cake, but when you take into account that it is totally fuss-free, I can overlook that fact.

A mixture of butter, brown sugar, coconut, and pecans is spread on the bottom of a 9X13-inch pan.

Next comes the cake batter which is a box of cake mix prepared just like the back of the box says to, with a little coconut added. I don’t think it’s possible for a German Chocolate Cake to have too much coconut.

Before the cake is placed in the oven to bake, dollops of cream cheese are dropped all over the top. As the cake bakes, the cream cheese sinks down into the cake, making it rich and gooey throughout.

Just look at all that gooey cream cheese! Doesn’t it about make your eyes pop out of your head?

Get all the taste of a fancy German Chocolate Cake without all the fuss!


  • 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


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease the sides of a 9×13-inch pan.
  2. Evenly pour melted butter into pan. Sprinkle brown sugar, pecans, and half of coconut on bottom of pan.
  3. Make cake batter according to package directions, adding remaining coconut to batter.
  4. Pour batter into pan.
  5. Using electric mixer, beat together cream cheese and softened butter. Gradually beat in confectioners’ sugar.
  6. Drop cream cheese mixture by spoonfuls onto top of batter.
  7. Place in oven and bake for 45 to 50 minutes.



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