German Chocolate Bundt Cake

This German Chocolate Bundt Cake has a mild chocolate flavor with coconut filling baked into the center of the cake. This easy, made from scratch recipe is delicious and weight watcher friendly!

German Chocolate Bundt Cake

I love to make this German Chocolate Bundt Cake for my Mom’s birthday. Her favorite cake is the German Chocolate Cake, and I remember her making it often when I was a young girl. This cake recipe is also a great dessert to serve for special meals or holidays!

Satisfying the sweet tooth!

I felt like baking a cake. I hadn’t baked dessert in so long and was feeling the urge to do so. Grumpy would never “admit” he has a sweet tooth, but he has a very big sweet tooth.

He is not one to eat dessert directly after dinner, but about an hour or two later he might ask me what was for dessert. Most of the time there is no dessert, but that night, he was going to be presented with this delicious German Chocolate Bundt Cake!

German Chocolate Bundt Cake

What is German Chocolate Cake

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A German Chocolate Cake is a chocolate-flavored layer cake that is filled with a coconut pecan frosting. The coconut pecan frosting is made from evaporated milk, egg yolks, coconut, and pecans.

I always use this specific chocolate bar when making a German Chocolate Cake. It is sweeter chocolate and gives the cake a lighter chocolate color.

The coconut pecan filling in this German Chocolate Bundt Cake is made a little differently allowing it to be baked in the center of the bundt cake as a tunnel.

How to make a homemade tunnel bundt cake

This cake is very easy to put together with just a couple of steps. There is no cake mix required!

German Chocolate Bundt Cake

Brown sugar, flour, and butter comprise of the filling that is tossed with some chopped pecans and coconut.

Mix the cocoa and german sweet chocolate together with some boiling hot water. I promise, it will come together beautifully and all the chocolate will melt!

pouring hot water into cocoa mixture

Mix your cake batter together as instructed and then stir in the melted chocolate until completely blended together. I do not use a hand mixer for the chocolate, I use my Pampered Chef Mix and Scraper to fold it all together.

cake batter in mixing bowl

The bundt pan is sprayed with cooking spray, then sprinkled with a little bit of granulated sugar. Then you will add your layers.

Place 1/2 of the batter into the bottom of the bundt pan.

placing the filling on top of the first layer of cake batter

Add the layer of coconut/pecan mixture.

Then cover with the remaining cake batter. Bake at 325 for 60 minutes and you have a delicious cake full of coconut caramel goodness!

cake batter in bundt pan before baking

You don’t really need the drizzle on this cake, but it adds such a decadent touch that I highly recommend it. Not to mention it makes it look extremely appetizing! ?

This recipe fits well in the Weight Watcher Points program – only 7 points per serving!

German Chocolate Bundt Cake

Make this bundt cake your way

  • Substitute 3 tablespoons cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon of melted butter for the 1-ounce sweet baking chocolate.
  • Add chocolate chips to the streusel mixture
  • Substitute chopped walnuts for the pecans
  • Make a chocolate drizzle to top the cake instead of vanilla.

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Banana Pudding Poke Cake, is there anything really better than the combination of bananas, pudding, and cake? I think not. Unless there is whipped cream on top!

Best Birthday Carrot Cake is my go-to recipe for Grumpy’s birthday cake.

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Chocolate-Mayonnaise Cake is my childhood favorite and usually what I request for my own birthday cake!

Chocolate Zucchini Cake Roll has a lightly spiced cream filling that is irresistibly delicious!

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Pineapple Upside Down Cake is my dad’s all-time favorite and it is what he requests for his birthday! This also makes a great Easter dessert.

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Southern Diner Cake a cherry syrup-soaked cake that is frosted with a to die for cream cheese frosting!

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German Chocolate Bundt Cake

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Course: Desserts
Cuisine: American
Keyword: German Chocolate Bundt Cake
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 16 servings
Calories: 316kcal



  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons chilled butter or stick margarine cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans


  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa
  • 1- ounce sweet baking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter or stick margarine softened
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup low-fat buttermilk


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter or stick margarine
  • 4 teaspoons fat-free milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat oven to 325°.
  • To prepare streusel, lightly spoon 1/4 cup flour into a dry measuring cup; level with a knife. Combine 1/4 cup flour and brown sugar in a small bowl; cut in 2 tablespoons butter with a pastry blender or 2 knives until mixture resembles coarse meal. Stir in coconut and pecans. Set aside.
  • To prepare cake, coat a 12-cup Bundt pan with cooking spray; sprinkle with 1 tablespoon granulated sugar. Set aside.
  • Combine cocoa and baking chocolate in a small bowl; add boiling water, stirring until chocolate melts. Set aside.
  • Combine 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar and 1/3 cup butter at medium speed of a mixer until well-blended (about 5 minutes).
  • Add vanilla and egg whites, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition.
  • Lightly spoon 2 cups flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, stirring well with a whisk.
  • Add flour mixture to sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour mixture.
  • Stir in cocoa mixture. Spoon half of the batter into prepared pan; top with streusel.
  • Spoon remaining batter over streusel.
  • Bake at 325° for 1 hour or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  • Cool in pan on a wire rack 10 minutes; remove from pan. Cool completely.
  • To prepare glaze; combine powdered sugar and butter in a small bowl. Add milk; stir with a whisk. Drizzle over cake.


Serving: 1g | Calories: 316kcal | Carbohydrates: 50g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 278mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 33g

About the Author: Shelby Law Ruttan

Shelby is the author/owner of Grumpy's Honeybunch. Established in 2007, she shares and preserves family recipes as well as recipes for cooking light and keto. She is an experienced, self-taught home cook who loves to share recipes with others. You can see her work on websites such as Veal Made Easy, Parade, Community Table, SoFab Food, Yummly, and FoodGawker.


  1. Linda September 7, 2009 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Hi Shelby, This looks so wonderful.
    It is hard to be good when I see all these yummy pictures!!
    Hope you are having a good weekend!
    I am going to make a batch of the vegan cookies today.

  2. Linda September 7, 2009 at 12:49 pm - Reply

    HoneyB, this cake looks delish!!

  3. Happy cook September 7, 2009 at 1:13 pm - Reply

    Wow that budn't cake looks so mist and so delish.
    I just bought a new modle of budn't pan. Bookmarking this recipe.
    Will have to check out the link for seeing the ingridients.

  4. Barbara Bakes September 7, 2009 at 1:36 pm - Reply

    Great combination – I love German chocolate and I love bundt cakes! Even better that it's Cooking Light!

  5. noble pig September 7, 2009 at 2:07 pm - Reply

    Beautiful, just yummy…I need to add some of my family recipes to this event!!

  6. Christy September 7, 2009 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    This looks like heaven!! I love German Chocolate Cake, so this is a must try! I agree with Barbara…the fact that it's Cooking Light makes it even better! 🙂

  7. Christy September 7, 2009 at 2:15 pm - Reply

    This looks like heaven!! I love German Chocolate Cake, so this is a must try! I agree with Barbara…the fact that it's Cooking Light makes it even better! 🙂

  8. Fallon September 7, 2009 at 3:01 pm - Reply

    WOW that looks so good! No one would ever know it was a cooking light recipe!

  9. the ungourmet September 7, 2009 at 5:01 pm - Reply

    I need to feel better too. Can you make me cake?! ;0)

  10. Ingrid September 7, 2009 at 7:03 pm - Reply

    I've never had German Chocolate cake but that's not surprising since I don't like chocolate. I do have to say that your bundt does look pretty good.

    Happy Labor Day!

  11. cindy September 7, 2009 at 9:09 pm - Reply

    I'm hungry, love German Chocolate and this looks delish!

  12. Helene September 7, 2009 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Another great Cooking Light recipe, that looks really yummy.

  13. Jamie September 7, 2009 at 11:59 pm - Reply

    If I only had a working oven right now to bake this. Looks really good! I'll have to save it to try later on.

  14. Patsyk September 8, 2009 at 1:13 am - Reply

    What a gorgeous cake! CL does make it easy to enjoy a dessert even when you are trying to be good. Hope Grumpy enjoyed it, too!

  15. Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ September 8, 2009 at 1:40 am - Reply

    This looks scrumptious! So moist and chocolaty!

  16. Jessie September 8, 2009 at 1:48 am - Reply

    the fact that this only has 7 ww points makes it even harder because I think I would have two slices in one sitting! that cake looks divine!

  17. Lynda September 8, 2009 at 3:42 am - Reply

    Love the looks of this cake; I love chocolate and I love bundt cakes!

  18. Jo September 8, 2009 at 4:04 am - Reply

    This looks really, really good and I can see almost every single moist crumb bit. I love the drizzle of the icing you had generously showered on it too.

  19. gail September 8, 2009 at 12:25 pm - Reply

    Whoa! Over the top. I NEED to eat this!!! I don't care that it is 6:30am….

  20. ABowlOfMush September 8, 2009 at 1:00 pm - Reply

    I love German cake! Love the look of this one! You've got me in the mood to make it now!

  21. The Hungry Mouse September 8, 2009 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Damn! Must have cake, like, now!


  22. Lori September 8, 2009 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Hi there Shelby! This cake looks amazing. That is something we would go nuts over.

  23. honeyb September 8, 2009 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    That bundt looks de-lish!

  24. Simply Life September 8, 2009 at 11:42 pm - Reply

    Oooh, this looks soooo good! I would love a piece now! 🙂

  25. Katy ~ September 9, 2009 at 12:22 am - Reply

    Looks super duper! I would love a nice slice of this with a glass of nice cold milk.

  26. Tangled Noodle September 9, 2009 at 2:18 am - Reply

    Confession: I never really enjoyed German Chocolate Cake until very recently. After seeing this, my conversion is complete. I love the center and the cool striped icing!

  27. Trish September 9, 2009 at 2:53 am - Reply

    Oh my…this looks very very good!

  28. Creative One September 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    A great Cooking Light recipe. Your pictures look amazing!

  29. Cakelaw September 10, 2009 at 3:03 am - Reply

    Yum! The streusel filling looks wonderful.

  30. pigpigscorner September 10, 2009 at 12:21 pm - Reply

    THis looks heavenly! I'm drooling all over ur close-ups!

  31. Parita September 10, 2009 at 12:29 pm - Reply

    Wow the cake looks divine shelby!
    I have sent my entry for Family Recipes september edition 🙂

  32. Megan September 11, 2009 at 3:24 am - Reply

    A slice of this cake would make me feel just fine! 🙂

  33. The Food Librarian September 16, 2009 at 3:17 am - Reply

    Yummy! I love Bundts and I have to make this soon!! – mary the food librarian

  34. Pamela September 18, 2009 at 12:19 pm - Reply

    I love Cooking Light and usually the light baked goods are just fantastic, as you know. This one looks stunning. I love the drizzle on top. Really pretty.

  35. Sarah E. February 13, 2012 at 4:53 pm - Reply

    Yummy! That looks very good 🙂

    Stopping by from the SRC FB group!

  36. Micha September 3, 2012 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    I made this for SRC this month. It was amazing. Thanks for a great recipe!
    Micha @ Cookin' Mimi

  37. Katia July 3, 2016 at 6:12 pm - Reply

    Yum! This looks so good! I think all my guys would love this one.

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