German Chocolate Upside Down Cake!

This recipe takes a German Chocolate Cake and turns it literally upside down.  It's the slightly less attractive cousin to the more traditional, layered and beautiful  German Chocolate Cake !
However, what it lacks in good looks, it more than makes up for in deliciousness.  It's also a lot easier to make than a layered German Chocolate Cake.   This actually might be one of my all time favorite cakes!   Here is what you will need to make this:

1 box German Chocolate Cake mix, prepared according to the package directions
1  1/2 cups pecans, chopped
1  (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
1 lb. box of powdered sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1  1/2 cup flaked coconut

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Spray a 9"x 13" baking pan with nonstick spray for baking or grease well.  Sprinkle chopped pecans evenly over the bottom of the pan.

Prepare the cake mix as directed on the box. 

Pour over the chopped pecans.

Beat the cream cheese and butter with an electric mixer until whipped.  Add vanilla and slowly beat in powdered sugar until smooth.  Fold in the coconut. 

Drop the cream cheese mixture by spoonful evenly over the cake.  This doesn't have to be perfect, as you can see in the picture, because it will sink to the bottom as it bakes and the cake will rise over it.

Bake for 42 to 45 minutes.  It's best to place a baking sheet under the pan in case this rises over the edge.  Every now and then I have had it do that, but usually not.   As you can see, it's not a beauty, but the taste makes up for it.

  If you are serving guests, you can sprinkle the top with powdered sugar to make it prettier or just sprinkle each piece individually. 

Or a dollop of whipped cream is also pretty! 


  1. Oh this looks really good. Yummy.

  2. This is delicious. Made this alot several years ago. Here in Texas we call it 'Earthquake Cake. I think I have all the ingredients, so I am off here to go make it !

  3. Have got to try this. It sounds yummy.

  4. My husbands favorite cake is German Chocolate. My Mom used to make it for him on his birthday. Since she passed away in 2003, he has only had it a couple of times... Now maybe I can make him one.

    1. German Chocolate will always be my preferred birthday cake\0/

  5. Is the butter salted or unsalted?

  6. When serving, invert the slice when plating so that the pecan/coconut mixture is on top

  7. This looks good! I think I am going to add either crushed pineapple or cherries for an added kick. Thank you for the recipe. :D

  8. it looks so goodddddddddd

  9. I will try this soon. I usually bake from scratch but I love using a mix for special goodies like this.

  10. german chocolate upside down cake is a popular choice for buffet desserts.

  11. We call this "Earthquake Cake"...yummy!

  12. My Grandma gave me this recipe about 25 years ago. She called it Earthquake Cake. In her recipe, you cover the entire top of the raw cake batter to within about an inch of the edge of the pan, with the "frosting". The frosting cooks and browns up nicely and then it cracks all over as it cools. I made the cake for a Company picnic and won $100 in a cake baking contest. It is as delicious as it is ugly!!

  13. This reminds me the earthquake cake.

  14. Jimmie Kay Kennedy I have made this cake for years and we call it a Earthquake Cake. It is delicious!

  15. I have made this cake many times and it's always a hit. For a prettier presentation, I discovered that after the cake is done and still hot that it could be inverted over another pan (or serving tray) of the same size. Any topping that may stick can be easily repaired, just scoop it up and replace. Try it, it'll be pretty, and delicious!



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