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German Chocolate Cake With a Light Cocoa Frosting

From old Italian dishes to delicious cakes and cookies, I absolutely love cooking.

A look at the fluffy cocoa frosting on this German chocolate cake.

A look at the fluffy cocoa frosting on this German chocolate cake.

German Chocolate Cake With Light Cocoa Frosting

German Chocolate Cake With Light Cocoa Frosting

An Alternative to the Sweeter Frostings

This is one of those recipes that I try and ask my family to rate. They rated this one as excellent with three stars. While they do like the buttercream frostings, sometimes they get tired of them and want something lighter and creamier and different. This one fits the bill.

Of course, having cocoa in it does help with the flavor. We all are chocolate lovers and we sit up and take notice of any recipe with chocolate in it. I hope you enjoy this as much as we did. In fact, my oldest daughter wanted this cake and frosting as her birthday cake, and she doesn't usually like cake. This was the exception.

Enjoy!

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Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

15 min

25 min

40 min

Serves 6 to 8 people

Here are some of the ingredients for this delicious German chocolate cake.

Here are some of the ingredients for this delicious German chocolate cake.

Ingredients

  • 2 envelopes dry whipped topping mix
  • 4 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 box German Chocolate cake mix
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 box instant chocolate pudding mix
  • amount on back of cake mix, oil
  • whole milk substitute the water for the milk on the back of the cake mix

Directions

  1. Prepare the cake according to the directions on the back of the box, adding the instant pudding and substituting the milk for the water.
  2. Bake according to the pan you use and what is on the back of the box.
  3. Let cake cool completely and prepare frosting.
  4. Combine whipped topping mix and cocoa in a cold deep, narrow bowl. Blend in milk and vanilla on low speed of mixer. Whip at high speed until topping forms soft peaks. Whip 2 minutes longer until light and fluffy.
  5. Frost your cake and serve.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers.

Options for a Lighter Recipe

  • You can substitute low-fat milk for the whole milk in the frosting and cake mix.
  • You can also substitute the fat-free or sugar-free pudding mix for the regular pudding mix.
A Top View of the Frosting

A Top View of the Frosting

© 2018 Rachel L Alba

Comments

Rachel Alba on April 01, 2018:

Hi Faythe Payne, I'm glad you thought this was worth making for your husband. I think he will enjoy it.

Blessings to you.

Faythe Payne from USA on March 27, 2018:

I love German Chocolate cake...I usually buy the in store already prepared frosting with pecans...Now that my husband has developed an allergy to nuts,,,This will be a great frosting for him...and I love creamy frosting..Can't wait to try this..Thank You

Rachel Alba on February 11, 2018:

Hi Kari, I'm glad I could accommodate you. lol That was one of the reasons my family loved this frosting. It's also creamy and needs to be refrigerated when not serving. Thank you for your great comment. I appreciate it.

Blessings to you and Happy Valentine's Day.

Kari Poulsen from Ohio on February 11, 2018:

This sounds delicious. I have been wanting a less sweet chocolate frosting. Now I have it. :)

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on February 08, 2018:

Hi Chitrangada. Thank you for visiting and for the nice comment. It's always nice to hear from you. I appreciate it.

Blessings to you.

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on February 07, 2018:

This cake looks delicious and who doesn’t love chocolates!

Would love to try your lighter version.

Thanks for sharing the helpful pictures and instructions!

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on February 06, 2018:

Hi Linda,

Nice to hear from you again. You're one of my faithful friends. Thank you for the nice comment. I appreciate it.

Blessings to you.

Linda Crampton from British Columbia, Canada on February 06, 2018:

I love chocolate cake, but even for me some some types are too rich in cocoa. I love the sound of your lighter frosting. Thank you for sharing the recipe, Rachel.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on February 06, 2018:

Thank you, Mary. I appreciate your nice comment and encouragement.

Blessings to you.

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on February 06, 2018:

This is a good one to try. Such a fluffy frosting.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on February 05, 2018:

Hi Kristen, Thank you for visiting my hubs. It's also easy to make.

Blessings to you.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on February 05, 2018:

Hi Louise, Louise is actually my middle name. I was named after my mother and her mother. Thank you for visiting and for the sweet comment.

Blessings to you.

Rachel L Alba (author) from Every Day Cooking and Baking on February 05, 2018:

Jackie, you're my best customer. lol I love seeing your comments. Thank you for such encouragement.

Many blessings to you.

Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on February 05, 2018:

This looks real interesting to make and delicious to eat. Yum! Thanks for sharing this recipe Rachel.

Louise Powles from Norfolk, England on February 05, 2018:

That looks delicious. My mouth is watering now!

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on February 05, 2018:

Rachel you are a cooking genius! I have baked so many of those pumpkin dump cakes, two in just the last week! Everyone loves them.

Well I said I need to get away from the pumpkin and here you bring me a brand new one. Sounds terrific! That icing look delicious.

Can't wait. Thanks so much.