German Chocolate Cream Cheese Snack Cake

This German Chocolate Cream Cheese Snack Cake is such a simple and delicious treat! Cut it into into cake bars for the perfect party dessert!

Image of German Chocolate Cream Cheese Cake Bars on a Plate

German Chocolate Cream Cheese Snack Cake

So I’ve noticed online and on Instagram lately that lots of people like to take pictures and post about what they are wearing.

Here’s the thing.  I love it and I hate.  Not to be confused with “love to hate” it.  It’s just some days I love to see it and other days I hate it.  It’s not a 50/50 split, either…it’s more like 25% love and 75% hate.

Ok, ok, it’ more like 2% love and 98% hate.  Sorry.  I cannot tell a lie.

Let me further explain…

My dislike comes purely from jealousy and laziness.  So easy, there, outfit-posting-people.  I know I am bitter.

Here’s how it usually goes…I scroll through Instagram and see all you people with your polka dots and jaunty indoor-scarfs…all pastel-y and “Amaro” filtered…and then I take a gander at my yoga pants and Target tee and feel like a schlep.

Yes, I know I could take a shower.  Yes, I know I could go to Anthro and get vintage, lady-like clothing.  But I live in a world where when I vacuum, my kids ask who’s coming over?

I can’t imagine what might happen to their innocent eyes if I put on a fedora to go to the supermarket.  No offense fedora-people.  I really wish I could pull it off.

What ends up happening, is I end up going on an online shopping binge, buying sweet little blouses and accoutrements that I will end up wearing once…and without fail, the one time I DO dress nicely, I forget to take a photo of myself.  Which basically means it didn’t happen.

So I think what I am going to do is take pictures of what I am actually wearing and filter the heck out of it.  Take THAT nice-dressing-outfit-posting people.

Yoga pants will certainly look dreamier filtered in “Walden”, right?  Ok, maybe “Sierra”.

By the way, totally follow me on Instagram.  I won’t make you feel bad about wearing yesterday’s t-shirt again.  I get that it’s still clean.

And I do have to mention that on any given day, while wearing said casual-wear, I generally have flour dusted on my pants and frosting in my hair.

Speaking of hair, don’t expect anything more than a ponytail or messy up-do.  And by messy up-do I don’t mean a top bun that takes any longer than 3 seconds to get that way.  After about 20 years of trying I have given up the casually-cool, hair pulled back in a messy/cute knot.  My hair just looks messy, no matter the number of bobby pins or amount of product.

I am not effortless.  That’s a fact.

But here’s what I CAN offer you.  A super simple cake mix recipe hat LOOKS like it took you a bunch of time, but really only took you minutes.  The antitheses to the effortless-looking messy up-do.

Now, to introduce this amazing snack cake recipe.

A stack of German Chocolate Cream Cheese snack cake bars on a plate

Ever hear of snack cake?

It’s my new BFF.

Cake that counts as just a snack.  Not dessert.  A snack.  So you can still have dessert, because it’s like, what?  I only had a snack today.

Completely brilliant.

How to Make a German Chocolate Cream Cheese Snack Cake

Start with some chopped pecans.  You don’t HAVE to use nuts if you’re allergic or just think nuts have no place in baked goods.

I get it.

But nuts are kind of a thing in German Chocolate Cake, so I included them today.  I’m trying to stay legit.

Chopped nuts in a measuring cup

Now toast your pecans on a baking sheet for just a few minutes.  It makes them better.

Chopped toasted pecans on a baking sheet

Then grab your German Chocolate Cake Mix and mix in the pecans, an egg and some butter…

Press into a 9×13.

German chocolate cake batter with nuts pressed into a 9x13 panNow, grab some cream cheese, some shredded coconut, a few more eggs, a few cups of powdered sugar and some vanilla.

Mix it up and spread it all over your chocolate base.

Coconut cream cheese batter being spread over chocolate cake batter in a 9x13 panThen bake.  That’s it.

German chocolate cream cheese snack cake bars on a plate

Snack away.


German Chocolate Cream Cheese Snack Cake

  • Author: Shelly
  • Prep Time Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield Yield: 18 cake bars 1x
  • Category Category: Dessert
  • Method Method: Oven
  • Cuisine Cuisine: American


This German Chocolate Cream Cheese Snack Cake is such a simple and delicious treat! Cut it into into cake bars for the perfect party dessert!



  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 (18.25 oz) box German Chocolate Cake
  • 4 eggs, divided
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 (8 oz) block cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sweetened shredded coconut


  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Spread chopped pecans on baking sheet and bake for 2-3 minutes until lightly brown. Remove from oven immediately.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 300°
  4. Spray a 9×13 pan lightly with cooking spray
  5. In large bowl combine cake mix, melted butter, 1 egg and toasted pecans. Batter will be thick. Press into prepared pan.
  6. In mixing bowl combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, vanilla and remaining 3 eggs and beat until smooth. Add in coconut and stir until incorporated.
  7. Spread cream cheese mixture on top of the cake batter.
  8. Bake for 50-55 minutes.
  9. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

Nutrition Information:

39.2 g
284.3 mg
16 g
52.1 g
3.9 g
67.6 mg

Keywords: german chocolate cake recipe, german chocolate cake, german chocolate cake frosting, german chocolate cake icing, cream cheese cake, cream cheese cake recipe, cake bars

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Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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November 10, 2017 11:55 am

does this need to be refrigerated after?

February 16, 2016 9:55 pm

I have been looking for this recipe my kids love this cake this is what they want for their birthdays they are grown they are 27,29,32 and now my daughter. In law wants one thank you so much

June 15, 2015 10:45 pm

I am behind the times with reading or posting on this, but I agree with comfortable clothes and the fact that this cake looks fantastic! I worked in an office and dressed up but since I now stay home I wear jeans and a T-shirt and short hair so I don’t have to worry about it very much! I am a tad envious of the “glam and tidy” people but am older (and fluffier) than my office days and just have to be happy to be able to be myself and be comfortable, and babysit my grand babies and feed… Read more »

October 7, 2012 10:09 am

I never use cake mixes. However, I did try the German
Choc. Snack cake and I must admit it is delicious. I may cut back on the powdered sugar a bit
The next time I make it….then again, maybe not. I need a 2nd or 3rd slice to decide! thanks for
The great intro to a box.

September 15, 2012 12:29 pm

nice share..

September 13, 2012 6:01 pm

Since I retired and started decorating cookies my trendy wardrobe consists of yoga pants/capris, c’o-ordinating T’s and finished off with various styles and colours of aprons. All bibbed and all pocketed. Perfect attire for one to wear when either baking or devouring these snack cakes!

September 12, 2012 3:43 pm

Should I admit or not that I have “by house rules” pajama days. The days that I don;t end up going to the gym in the morning are declared pajama days. Otherwise whatever I can get my hands on when I get out of the shower.
I’m starting to stop looking at my Instagram feed just so I don’t get jealous of Jenna and Joy’s outfit photos
These bars look great Shelly,

September 11, 2012 9:49 am

Please forgive me for asking such an ignorant question, BUT – why is this kind of cake called “German”? I am German and I have been to many areas in Germany and the first time I encountered this type of cake was when I was living in the States. I always wondered what is so German about this particular kind of cake. Does anyone know?

Nevertheless it looks delicious and I already saved your recipe 🙂

September 11, 2012 8:37 am

i’m in as long as there’s creamcheese in it!

September 11, 2012 12:15 am

Haha! I see myself in your post! I’m 98% schlep and 2%..not! The GC cakes look delicious. 🙂

September 10, 2012 11:51 pm

I am in yesterday’s shirt. And it has flour and cake batter and icing all over it. Also my hair is caked in that, too. (Caked, get it? Ha… ha)

This looks divine… I’m a huge fan of anything German Chocolate and I need something snacky to take to an upcoming event. Perfect! Thanks for the inspiration!

September 10, 2012 10:26 pm

I have made snack cakes before….but not one that looks this delicious!!

September 10, 2012 6:55 pm

Hilarious post! I can totally relate. Thanks for sharing! XO

September 10, 2012 6:22 pm

1) I love German chocolate anything. I may need this cake soon. 2) I work from home, baking and blogging all the time. I share your propensity to wear yoga pants almost exclusively. There are zero photos of me floating around the interwebs in my “work clothes.”

September 10, 2012 4:28 pm

I bet this recipe will help with my yoga pants physique. Because, who cares about yoga when you have yoga pants?!
You should follow me on Instagram too. I promise never to post pics of how cute I look in my outfit. Except perhaps in jest.

Shelly Hi! I’m Shelly and I’m an addict. Of the buttercream sort. I started this site a few years ago as a way to justify my sugary, buttery obsession with desserts. It has worked out well for me so far, because as it turns out you guys all love sugary, buttery desserts too! It feels good to know you're not alone, doesn’t it?

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