German Chocolate Cake Fudge

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Category: Desserts
Published Date: 07/13/2021
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I can’t remember when I had my first bite of German chocolate cake, but I can tell you that it was love at first bite. A couple of years ago, my sister-in-law brought one for dessert and I couldn’t get enough. That coconut, pecan, chocolate combo is absolute heaven.  So when it was time to come up with a new fudge flavor, I knew I had to make German chocolate cake fudge!

You may be wondering if it’s possible to get all of that yummy goodness into one bite-sized piece of German chocolate cake fudge. The answer is YES and I’m about to show you how to make it so you can see for yourself.

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Let’s talk about the ingredients. You’ll want to use German sweet chocolate in addition to the chocolate chips you will be using. For the chocolate chips, you have a couple of options. If you like your German chocolate cake to be extra sweet, use milk chocolate chips or a mixture of milk chocolate chips and semi-chocolate chips.

We decided since the coconut, condensed milk and sugar are very sweet on their own, we went with semi-sweet chocolate chips. For our family, it was the perfect amount of sweet.

I purchased chopped pecans, but I found that the pieces were very large, so I wound up chopping them more with a knife. Again, you can adjust based on what you prefer. 

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I make fudge often. When I was making our cookies and cream fudge last month, I splurged and got myself a large pastry dough cutter.  For under $10, it came with 2 different size pastry dough cutters. The larger one is the perfect size to cut your fudge in one shot and it easily sliced through pecans and all!  

The other thing I invested in recently were glass storage containers with lids. They were perfect for the fudge and the large round glass storage container with a lid worked beautifully for the German chocolate cake fudge topping. 

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The steps in the photos above, show exactly how I make this incredibly delicious German chocolate cake fudge. Please make sure to view the full recipe below for detailed instructions.

Step 1: Combine sugar, milk, butter, and egg yolks in a saucepan.

Step 2: Fully combined ingredients from step one.

Step 3: Add coconut, vanilla, and chopped pecans.

Step 4: Fully combined ingredients from step three.

Step 5: Combine chocolate chips, German chocolate, milk, and salt.

Step 6: Fully combined ingredients from step five.

Step 7: Add vanilla and pecans.

Step 8: Pour fudge into a baking dish lined with parchment paper.

Step 9: Top with a chilled coconut and pecan topping and refrigerate.

Now that you know a little bit about this German chocolate cake fudge, I’m excited to share our recipe.

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German Chocolate Cake Fudge


  • Author: Heather l The Super Mom Life

Description

This incredibly delicious chocolate pecan fudge is topped with a coconut, pecan topping. It’s all of the flavors of German chocolate cake, in a bite-sized piece of fudge.


Ingredients

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Topping

  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 stick butter, unsalted
  • 3 large egg yolks
  • 1.5 cups sweetened coconut flakes
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Fudge

  • 1 cup German sweet chocolate
  • 2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 14oz can sweetened condensed milk
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped

Instructions

Topping

  • Combine sugar, milk, butter, and egg yolks in a saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring frequently.
  • Remove from heat and add coconut, vanilla, and pecans.
  • Place in an airtight container and refrigerate while you make the fudge.

Fudge

  • Combine all chocolate, milk, and salt in a saucepan on low heat, stirring constantly until the chocolate has melted.
  • Remove from heat and stir in vanilla and pecans.
  • Place fudge in one even layer, in a baking dish lined with parchment paper. The parchment paper should hang over the edge of your baking dish by at least an inch.
  • Let fudge sit out for 30 minutes or so, or until cool to the touch.
  • Remove your topping from the refrigerator and place it on top of your fudge in one even layer.
  • Refrigerate for 2-3 hours.
  • Lift the fudge out of the baking dish by the parchment paper and cut it into squares.

If you make our German chocolate cake fudge, we’d love to hear your thoughts. Looking for more fudge recipes? You can find them all here. If you post it on social media, we’d love for you to tag @thesupermomlife! Don’t forget to check out all of our family-friendly recipes!

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This nutty fudge is topped with a coconut and pecan topping. If you love German chocolate cake, you'll love this German chocolate cake fudge.
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This nutty fudge is topped with a coconut and pecan topping. If you love German chocolate cake, you'll love this German chocolate cake fudge.
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  1. I love baking but never have the time. We’re under lockdown at the moment so nows the chance to try all these things! I’ll definitly be using this and some others from you site as reference!!

  2. Wow this look unbelievably delicious. I would love to get my hands on some of this!

  3. This German chocolate cake fudge looks absolutely delicious 😍 I have never tried this before, so would love to give it a try!❤️

  4. I absolutely love German Chocolate Cake 😉 It reminds me of my grandmother as she used to ,are the cake and frosting homemade! My grandfathers favorite and mine too 🙂 Pinned for later!

  5. Wow, incredibly delicious. I used to make fudge and haven’t in ages. Reading this recipe takes me back to some fond memories. I do love chocolate so this is the perfect combination! Yum!

  6. I like this German chocolate fudge cake. It looks so yummy! Can’t wait to make it myself.

  7. If you mention chocolate I am sure to try and make it. !! Great recipe and looks pretty easy.

  8. I liked the clear instructions. This is going to be my weekend project. I am tempted about the possible results.

  9. That German chocolate cake fudge is looking absolutely delicious! I would love to make this someday for when I have free time.

  10. I imagined biting into this goodie, cold and so soft.. ugh.. so mouthwatering..

  11. That looks super sweet and delicious. I’ve been craving something chocolaty like this for the past week and a half. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Oh my goodness this looks so delicious! I love German chocolate cake and I love fudge so to have them combined would be a party in my mouth.

  13. This is such a creative idea making a fudge version of german chocolate cake! And they look delicious and decadent.

  14. Looks delish, I will definitely try your recipe, however, i will be using walnuts instead of pecans, that will do right?

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  15. Yum, that looks amazing!!! I’m pinning this to try next time I want to make something sweet. 🙂

  16. This might be the best fudge recipe I’ve ever seen! I’m a huge fan of both German chocolate cake AND fudge, so this is the best thing ever!

  17. Oh my goodness, this sounds like it would be absolutely delicious. I could definitely tuck into a slice with a nice cup of tea.

  18. wow, the german chocolate cake fudge looks so rich! It looks exactly like the cake, too. I will save this for later!

  19. German chocolate cake is one of my absolute favorites, but I never thought about it for fudge! Why not? I think it would be scrumptious!

  20. It’s been such a long time since I’ve had german chocolate cake. I need to make this soon. I know I love it!

  21. Oh my goodness this looks incredible! I love that this uses pecans which I am absolutely CRAZY about.