German Chocolate Carrot Cake – Layers of carrot cake and cream cheese frosting; slathered in German chocolate frosting making it the best carrot cake ever.
This may come as a surprise but my favorite cake is carrot cake, or I guess I should say it is a close race between my chocolate cake and then carrot cake. Then to follow up with that my favorite frosting is a tie between German Chocolate Frosting and Cream Cheese Frosting. So this GERMAN CHOCOLATE CARROT CAKE is a winning combination of them both.
This cake is dedicated to two of my favorite cousins, Mindy and Amy. They are not only family but dear friends. Mindy lives in Utah with her hubby and two high-energy boys and while I don’t get to see her all that often when we talk it is like I just saw her yesterday. She loves everyone she meets unconditionally and family is everything to her. Her hubby, Daniel’s birthday was last week and he came up with the idea of this cake – I wouldn’t have thought of this on my own, and honestly, when she told me about it I was a little hesitant. I am so glad I listened to her encouragement to make it because it is the bomb. The perfect cake for Easter.
The carrot cake recipe is from my cousin Amy, aka baker and mom extraordinaire. You see being a McCollum genetically means you love two things: food and family. And therefore every get together is full of fun, laughter and lots and lots of food.
The first time I met Jake’s family, I knew that regardless of where he ended up (even though I knew it would be marriage, he just didn’t yet) I would always stay in touch with all of his cousins. But it was Amy who first smiled, hugged, and greeted me. She was an instant friend. She has the biggest heart and she makes the best food. And her carrot cake recipe was just a perfect match with the layers of cream cheese and German chocolate cake frosting.
This German Chocolate Carrot Cake is delicious. I love that it combines two traditional favorites into one. Enjoy carrot cake with a twist, as cake has never tasted so good.
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German Chocolate Carrot Cake
- 32 ounces carrot baby food or 1 3/4 cup carrot puree. I use the baby food every time
- 2 large eggs
- 1 cup canola oil
- 2 1/4 cups flour
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
Coconut Pecan Frosting
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 egg yolk, beaten with 1 teaspoon water
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup flaked coconut
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
Cream Cheese Frosting
- 1/2 cup butter softened
- 8 ounces cream cheese softened
- 4 cups powdered sugar
- 1 tablespoon milk
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees, gently spray 2 – 9 inch round baking pans with cooking oil and set aside.
- Mix all of the ingredients listed above together until smooth and there are no chunks. Pour batter into the prepared pan, making sure to divide evenly.
- Place in preheated oven and bake for 25 minutes. Remove from oven and place on cooling rack until completely cooled.While the cake is cooling prepare frostings. Make German Chocolate Cake Frosting first, so that it has time to cool.
Coconut Pecan Frosting
- In a large saucepan combine evaporated milk and cornstarch and mix; add in sugar, egg yolks, margarine and vanilla. Cook over low-medium heat until it reaches a slow boil. Stirring constantly until thick, about 12 minutes from when it starts to slowly boil. Remove from heat and stir in pecans and coconut, this frosting will thicken up as it cools. Let the frosting completely cool. I sit it out at room temp for about an hour, you can also place in the fridge after 30 minutes to help speed up the process.
Cream Cheese Frosting
- In a large bowl, beat together the butter and cream cheese with an electric mixer. With the mixer on low speed, add the powdered sugar a cup at a time until smooth and creamy. Set in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- Once cakes are completely cool, remove from pans. Place on cake on cake stand or serving plate.Top with cream cheese frosting. Set in fridge 5-10 minutes to allow the cream cheese frosting to become cold so that when you add the next cake it won’t come out the sides.
- Add the second cake on top of the cream cheese frosting and frosting with cream cheese frosting.Set in fridge again for 10 minutes.Remove cake from fridge and frost the outside of the cake with one layer of German Chocolate Cake frosting. You will have a thin layer and that is perfect, set in the fridge to set frosting for 10 minutes. Remove from fridge and frosting again with German Chocolate Cake frosting, making a thick second coat. Set in the fridge to set again.
- Remove from fridge and serve. If you are making this cake for a later time, make sure to remove from the fridge about 30 minutes before serving.
This post was recently updated from it’s original posting date of February 2016.
Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust says
I am in love with you for this cake. OMG!!
I think I would frost sides with frosting and put the other on top.
Nancy | The Bitter Side of Sweet says
What a gorgeous cake!
Cathy | Lemon Tree Dwelling says
What a GREAT combo! It makes perfect sense!!!
Absolutely perfect sense!! I agree..
Holeeee schmollleeee….baby food…ingenious! Love love it! Thanks for the incredible recipe!
My mouth started watering just reading the name of your recipe—-and then I saw the gorgeous photos! Oh, how I want a slice!!! LOVE!!!
Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom says
This cake is perfection!
Megan @ MegUnprocessed says
This combo sounds amazing! Yum!
Ashley - Baker by Nature says
What a gorgeous cake! Such an intriguing flavor combination, too.
Is the cake suppose to be dense versus fluffy? I’m not inexperienced so I am a bit perplexed as to why my cakes came out so dense per following your recipe 🙁 (just to clarify- no baking powder and use all purpose flour?)
Mine came out the same way, not cakeish but more like pumpkin pie. I followed recipe to a tee. The frostings were superb!
This looks like the perfect mash up of two of my favorites! This is going to be center on my Easter dessert table!
This cake is a mash up of my two favorite cakes of all time!!
Laura | Petite Allergy Treats says
I love how you combined family favorite recipes into one delicious cake!
carrie @ frugal foodie mama says
This sounds like the perfect combination to me! 🙂
Allyson Zea says
It’s like you know the way into my SOUL! This recipe is to die for!
Jacque Hastert says
Two of my favorites combined into one. YES!
This seems to be the perfect carrot cake!
This is an awesome idea – love it.
I can’t wait to make this
Jenn @A Dash of Sanity says
Toni | Boulder Locavore says
This is definitely a must-make for Easter!!
Jenn @A Dash of Sanity says
It totally is, I hope you enjoy!
This is one of the best cakes I’ve ever made. The carrot cake and the German chocolate frosting are so fantastic together!
My husband loves carrot cake. I made this for him and it has been his favorite!
Been craving for something like this for a week now! This is heaven sent! I’m so exciteddd
Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert says
I know for sure this Chocolate Carrot Cake would be a huge hit in my house!
This recipe looks amazing, especially with the coconut pecan frosting. I have making cakes for years, and no matter how much milk I add my cakes don’t look as moist as this one! I’m going to follow this recipe exactly as it says, I hope it comes out just as good as yours!
katerina @ diethood.com says
I love this combo! It sounds absolutely AMAZING!!
Beti | easyweeknightrecipes says
Oh my goodness, this looks and sounds incredible! I would love a BIG slice right now!!
Recipe is slightly confusing given that German Chocolate Cake is called that because of the German Chocolate. The frosting is just a coconut pecan frosting. Lol. Still looks divine.
That looks amazing.