German Chocolate Cake Bars

One of my Dad’s favorite desserts is German Chocolate Cake. So for Father’s Day, I thought I would make him one. Then, I saw over at Six Sisters’ Stuff.  They looked so yummy, and so easy! I like easy.  I decided I would make them instead.  It was a good decision.

German Chocolate Cake Bars 

1 box devil’s food cake mix (not the kind with pudding added)
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted *I used Smart Balance
1 large egg

1 (14 oz) can sweetened condensed milk  *I used fat free
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 large egg
1 cup chopped pecans *I used walnuts since that’s what I had 
1 cup shredded coconut 
1/2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips (milk chocolate is fine too)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Grease a 9×13 inch baking pan with non stick cooking spray or butter.

In a medium bowl, mix together the cake mix, butter and egg, and press into the bottom of the prepared pan. The crust should not come up the sides.

Bake for 7 minutes and remove from the oven. The crust will not look done.

While the crust is baking, mix together the sweetened condensed milk, vanilla, egg, pecans walnuts and coconut. Pour evenly over the warm crust and sprinkle evenly with the chocolate chips.

Bake for 24-30 minutes, until the top is a light golden brown. Remove from the oven and cool completely before cutting into squares.

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Everybody loved these! Even if you are not a big coconut fan, these are delicious.  Very much like a brownie, and who doesn’t like brownies? {I saw in the comments from the source site that someone had added a caramel sauce to theirs when they took it out of the oven. I think that would be an awesome addition, but I didn’t want to make another run to the store (and didn’t have what I needed to make it from scratch.).}  My dad really enjoyed these, so that was the main thing.  Definitely a recipe that belongs in the ‘keeper file’!  It’s really hard to go wrong with chocolate and sweetened condensed milk!

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31 thoughts on “German Chocolate Cake Bars

  1. I could have used these last night while having my chocolate meltdowm. they sure look good.

  2. I'm a pretty devout coconut hater. I hope this revelation doesn't ruin our friendship 😉

    I'm going to pass this along to my mom though, who looooves coconut and tries to force it on me whenever she gets a chance.

  3. These look yummy and easy. I love chocolate and coconut, so I bet I'll just love these. Will make soon. Thanks for the recipe.

  4. Oh, this looks soooo good! Thank you for sharing. Visiting from Homemaker on a Dime. Would love it if you would share this at my Make it Pretty Monday link party at The Dedicated House. Wishing you a grand evening. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  5. I don't make cakes all that often because they seem to require an occasion…but these bars are so happening soon! Delicious.

  6. I never used to get German chocolate cake because I thought I hated coconut. But I've just discovered that I love coconut, so these sound good to me now! 😀

  7. Yummy, rich and decadent and so simple. Thanks for sharing. I am your newest follower. I do hope you visit and follow along. Linda

  8. Oh my gosh….this looks sooooo good!!! I'm definitely trying this recipe out!!! Thanks for sharing!! 🙂

    xoxo laurie

  9. Cant wait to try these! Found you through Make it Pretty Monday Hop. Would love for you to share at the .


  10. Not sure where I messed up? Filling just fell right into cake?

  11. @RobS I'm not sure how that could have happened bc it is not actually a "cake". The cake mix, butter and egg make a crust, that you bake for a few mins. Then add the filling on top and finish baking. It ends up more of a brownie consistency. If you send me an email with how you prepared it, maybe I can help troubleshoot.

  12. I cannot wait to make these this weekend for my mother who loves Coconut! I love your blog! You have certainly found a new follower with this!

  13. I would love to hear what she thinks of them! Hope you will come back often 🙂

  14. Just made them for the first time for our Church Anniversary luncheon. I will let you know how the final outcome is with the Saints. 🙂

  15. Just made these with a "from scratch" chocolate cake. Should have known better, but didn't have a cake mix on hand. It's still in the oven but of course all the filling sunk into the cake batter as it was so thin. Is there someway I could have adjusted the scratch cake recipe to make it work? Or just bake it for longer than the 7minutes to begin with? Maybe I should have just ran out and bought a cake mix:)

  16. Made these with a scratch chocolate cake cause I didn't have a cake mix on hand. Not the right thing to do!:(. All the filling sank into the cake cause of course the cake was too liquid after just 7 minutes in the oven. Is there any way I could adjust a scratch cake for the crust? Maybe cook it longer initially or jus go and buy a cake mix?!:)

  17. You should be able to use a scratch mix, but only the dry ingredients. To the dry ingredients, add the stick of butter & egg to make the "crust" of the bars. Does that make sense? If not, shoot me an email!

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