Monday, April 18, 2011

Upside Down German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake has always been a favorite of mine. I think it is because it combines all of my favorite things...chocolate, pecan, coconut! What is not to love right?! I LOVE this because it is a fun spin on the original, with all the same great tastes! Besides, it is all in one pan, and you know how I like simple, easy recipes! I found this recipe at See Jane Cook, but like always made a few adjustments. Here is what I did...

Upside Down German Chocolate Cake

1 chocolate cake mix (or 1 yellow cake mix plus one (4 serving) box of chocolate pudding) prepared according to package
1 cup coconut
2 cups chopped pecans
1 cup melted butter
8 oz cream cheese
4 cups powdered sugar

Grease a 11x15 in dish (the one that is bigger than a 9x13 but still has deep sides).  Spread the coconut and chopped pecans on the bottom of the pan*. Prepare cake mix according to box directions and spread over the coconut and pecans.  Mix butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar together in another bowl and place spoon fulls on the top of the cake batter.  Swirl together with a knife.  Bake at 350 for 1 hour.  Serve warm with ice cream and chocolate ganache...

Chocolate Ganache

1/2 cup each milk chocolate and semi-sweet chocolate chips

start with about 2 T of cream and melt the cream and chocolate together.  Add more cream until you can drizzle it over the top of individual servings of cake.

*Next time I am going to mix the coconut and pecans in to the cream cheese and butter mixture and swirl it into the cake.  My coconut and pecans got a little too done on the bottom.

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