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Gooey Upside Down German Chocolate Cake!

 
Is it HOT where you are?!
Ugh, we have had more than 10 days in a row of 90+ temps with our heat index over 100!
Allison has summer basketball going on, but even with evening games, the temps are still in the 90’s and they’re playing in a gym with no AC!
 
During the day, I’ve been working on a new blog look!! I’m excited about how it’s coming along, and I hope to have it up and ready to share in the next few weeks.
 
So in the mean time, I may be posting a little less often. But rest assured, it will be worth the wait!! I’m hoping to have a few guests post and fun giveaways while I’m busy.
Early this month was my mom’s birthday!
She requested her favorite cake…..so I thought I’d share with you!
 
It’s a combination of a Gooey Butter cake and German chocolate cake….but upside down!
You do know, everything tastes better upside down don’t you?
 

Gooey Upside down German Chocolate Cake at TidyMom.net 
 

Upside Down German Chocolate Cake!

Upside Down German Chocolate Cake!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup coconut
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1 box German Chocolate Cake mix, prepared
  • 1 pound (4 cups) powdered sugar
  • 1- 8oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup butter, melted

Instructions

  1. Flour & grease 9×13 pan
  2. Preheat oven to 350°
  3. Sprinkle coconut and pecans in bottom of pan
  4. Prepare cake mix per box instructions
  5. Pour prepared cake batter over coconut & pecans
  6. Mix sugar, cheese and butter in medium bowl until well blended
  7. Pour/spoon over cake batter – do NOT mix in
  8. Bake 50-55 mins
http://tidymom.net/2010/gooey-upside-down-german-chocolate-cake/

ENJOY!!

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Cheryl Sousan

A self-proclaimed neat freak, Cheryl chronicles her journey through homemaking on her blog, TidyMom.net, where she shares recipes, tutorials, crafting and her ever-growing love for photography. This St. Louis mom juggles her passion for life, her daughters and her tiger-loving husband, all while her obsession with tidiness cleans up the trail blazed behind her. Google+

86 comments

  1. This is my mom's and husband's favorite cake…can't wait to try this receipe for their next special day!

  2. This is my mom's and husband's favorite cake…can't wait to try this receipe for their next special day!

  3. It is incredibly hot here too!! but a piece of your cake would make me forget all about it! Great idea with the upside presentation!

  4. It is incredibly hot here too!! but a piece of your cake would make me forget all about it! Great idea with the upside presentation!

  5. You know I'm off of sugar for a month Cheryl and this is killing me!!! I know exactly what I'll be making when I come off this sugar fast!!!
    xoxoxo

  6. You know I'm off of sugar for a month Cheryl and this is killing me!!! I know exactly what I'll be making when I come off this sugar fast!!!
    xoxoxo

  7. I am seriously loving this cake! Upside down, German Chocolate…. what's not to love? Thanks for joining Tuesday Tastes! People's Choice polls are open! Come by and vote for your fav!

    Happy Day,
    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

    http://crazyjayzplace.blogspot.com/2010/06/tuesday-tastes-party-13.html

  8. I am seriously loving this cake! Upside down, German Chocolate…. what's not to love? Thanks for joining Tuesday Tastes! People's Choice polls are open! Come by and vote for your fav!

    Happy Day,
    Jasey @ Crazy Daisy

    http://crazyjayzplace.blogspot.com/2010/06/tuesday-tastes-party-13.html

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  10. This looks like the perfect way to eat all the goodness of a German Chocolate Cake, with a bit less fuss. Yum!!

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  12. This Cake Is Soooooooooo Gooooood!!!!!!!

  13. I just finished makeing this cake to take to a church dinner. I was very displeased with it. I think it has to much butter in it. The butter started overflowing from the cake in my oven. Caught on fire from butter had to turn off oven . It stilll looks ok to eat but I think it has to much butter in iI think 1cup is to much. I’m still taking it to dinner to late to make anything else. I followed receipe exactly to a T. I just hope the people I serve it to are not dissappointed.

  14. I’m sorry, we’ve made this cake many times over the years and never had that trouble .

  15. Oh my goodness is this cake ever delicious! It’s so simple to make and I always have these ingredients on hand. I have only had one piece so far but I already know it won’t be long before this whole pan is empty! SO GOOD. Thanks for this awesome recipe!

  16. I think the butter was meant to be 1 stick, as I currently have the recipe in the oven, already to 55 minutes and the middle of it is still soup. Not soupy, but soup. It smells fantastic, but it looks like I’m going to be adding 5 minutes at a time more for the next hour.
    I was going to take this for potluck at work tomorrow–our last day, as the office is closing for good. :\

    • I knew it! When I was putting this together I kept thinking “what is upside down about this, if I put the cake part over the nuts and coconut and then the butter/powdered sugar stuff on top of the cake?”

      I should have paid attention to what I was thinking because I don’t have an upside down cake at all. I have a layer of coconut/nuts, then chocolate cake and then the butter stuff. And it’s just a sunken mess, with some chocolate cake edges sticking up. I’ve made plenty of gooey cakes before this one.

      Rewrite your recipe so others don’t waste so much money on all that butter and cream cheese etc. I should have stuck with the almond gooey cake.

      • it’s called upside down, because the toppings are on the bottom of the cake. – the butter and cheese sink to the middle when you bake the cake – German Chocolate Cake usually has a coconut caramel pecan topping on TOP of the cake you can see in my photo above and by reading the recipe – those toppings are on the bottom, hence the “upside down name”.

        You might want to rewrite your comment to not be so rude……..my sister-in-law gave me this recipe years ago after making it for her family for years, and I have since made it on NUMEROUS occasions and it’s my mom’s favorite cake that she requests every year for her birthday. I’m sorry something didn’t work out for you, but there’s nothing wrong with my recipe.

      • I’ve made this a couple times exactly as it’s written and turns out perfect every time — everyone LOVES it. (It’s actually in my oven now too) There i nothing wrong with the recipe at all.

        Can’t wait until it cools down…I might jut need to eat it for lunch 🙂

  17. I made this cake…thought I may have done something wrong because of the way it looked. HOWEVER, it was delicious!

  18. Welp…I just took mine out of the oven. Didnt turn out very pretty, but it smells good! Do you know if this would still turn out if you did the coconut and pecans, then the sugar/butter mixture, THEN the cake? 🙂

  19. Do you know if it needs to be kept refrigerated because of the cream cheese?

  20. can this be made in two pans instead of one big one? Like 2 pans of 9X9?  or can it be frozen if left over?

  21. I just made this for the first time, and most of my cream cheese layer bubbled out and spilled over into oven. It didn’t sink down into the chocolate cake layer like I read above in your comments that it should. I used a glass dish. Does that make a difference? Do you usually bake yours in a dark pan? And is your pan pretty deep?  Also what brand cake mix?  I used some deluxe type one. Would appreciate any advice so I can try this again. Thanks!

  22. I will try a metal pan next time. The final product, although messy looking,=
    tasted AWESOME!! Thank you so much for replying to me:)

  23. I’ve made this cake for years, however I melt the cream cheese, butter and powdered sugar together in a saucepan and then spoon over the cake and it’s yummy! Get many requests for my recipe

  24. Do i flip it upside down to serve?

  25. Love this cake & I hate seeing all the reviews where people don’t even eat it because they think it isn’t coming out right. I can tell you it isn’t the prettiest cake but everyone who eats it, loves it and will be asking for the recipe. Cheryl is the only person that I’ve seen make it clear to “not mix in the topping” after spooning on top. I did the first few times based on what I was told but then last time I baked it, I just left them where I spooned them and it came out so much better. It will be a little gooey in the center but I’m telling you, this cake is great. I think it’s better the next day so if I’m giving it to someone, I always bake it a day early.

  26. This cake recipe is okay.  But you need a larger pan or dish to bake it in. A 9×13 is no where big enough! My oven was a mess.  Could cut cake mix in half and also the topping for a 9X13 pan. Be enough for everything! Does not look like the picture!

    • over the last 20+ years I (and my family members) have made this cake many many many times, and it always turns out like the picture and a 9×13 has always worked.

  27. Made this cake today, and it’s excellent. I’ve used a different recipe in the past…this one is much better. Also, I used a metal 9×13 pan and there was no overflow. But, I did use Betty Crocker mix which has less content that Duncan Hines, which is what most recipes call for. This will be my forever recipe.

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