German Chocolate Cake Bars

I try to avoid boxed cake mixes whenever possible. I really just prefer the taste of homemade and I truly enjoy the process of baking a cake from scratch. But every once and a while, there are times when a boxed mix is the only solution.

I relied on a box mix earlier this summer when I tried my hand at making cake pops for the first time. And I always use a box mix when I make these delicious German Chocolate Cake Bars.

My husband is not a big cake fan. But he does like his desserts and he loves the flavors in German chocolate cake. This is what I make him for his birthday almost every year. It is so easy to put together and the taste is just incredible. The bars are ooey, gooey, chocolaty and super sweet. I could still eat half a dozen in one sitting though!


German Chocolate Cake Bars

  • 1 box German chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 c. butter or margarine
  • 1 c. chocolate chips
  • 1 container Coconut-Pecan frosting
  • 1/4 c. milk

1. In a large bowl, cut butter or margarine into cake mix until crumbly. Press 2 1/2 cups into the bottom of a greased 13×9 casserole dish. Bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes.

2. Remove from oven and sprinkle chocolate chips on top. Then drop globs of frosting on top of the chips. Stir the milk into the remaining cake mix/butter combination and add dollops of it on top of the frosting and chocolate chips.

3. Return to the oven and bake an additional 25-30 minutes. Remove and cool completely.


For best results when cutting, place the bars in the refrigerator first. They’ll be a little less gooey. (I did not refrigerate the bars first in that picture at the top of this post.)

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7 thoughts on “German Chocolate Cake Bars

  1. Oh those look wonderful! Like you have stated I rarely use a box cake mix,however this past week of shopping I picked up a German chocolate mix and pecan frosting as well.
    I will most certainly be making this soon!

  2. I made these this morning for my husband’s birthday. They are a hit! The best part is that they look like they were hard to make, but were so simple- I get extra points from dh for that!

  3. I made these last night for my husband’s birthday to try something a little different than his usual german chocolate cake (it seems like that is the trend). They were DELICIOUS and super easy! Thank you for such an awesome recipe! 🙂

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