Slow Cooker German Chocolate Spoon Cake


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This decadent Slow Cooker German Chocolate Spoon Cake is a delicious spin on German chocolate cake, this is served this warm with ice cream!

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Hi all! I think you will love this Slow Cooker German Chocolate Spoon cake. This cake is warm, gooey, and full of standard German chocolate cake flavors, but I serve this warm with ice-cream. If you are like me and don’t turn your oven on in the summer, you will enjoy this recipe.

I start with a cake mix, but I dress it up a bit with butter instead of oil. I also add vanilla extract, and a dash of salt.

Cake mix, chocolate chips, pecans, coconut, eggs, and butter in a slow cooker.

I pour the batter into a well greased slow cooker.

german chocolate cake batter in a slow cooker.

Then I top the batter with coconut, chocolate chunks, and pecans.

cake mix with coconut, chocolate chunks, and pecans on top.

Cook on High for 1 hour and 45 minutes. Below is what it looks like after it is done cooking.

This cake isn’t the type that is cooled and sliced. You dig into it with a spoon, warm.

close up photo serving german chocolate spoon cake

Top with ice cream. Best dessert I’ve had in a long time!

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bowl of german chocolate spoon cake with ice cream on top.

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close up of german chocolate spoon cake

Slow Cooker German Chocolate Spoon Cake

3.75 from 4 votes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours
Servings: 8
All the traditional German Chocolate cake flavors in a warm and gooey spoonable cake that's perfect with a scoop of your favorite vanilla ice cream.


  • 15.25 oz German Chocolate cake mix
  • 1/2 cup salted butter, melted
  • 1 cup water
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chunks, or chips
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped

Optional Toppings for Serving

  • vanilla ice cream


  • In a medium bowl, mix the cake mix, melted butter, water, eggs, vanilla, and salt until just combined.
  • Do not overmix, it is ok if there is small lumps in the batter.
  • Spray the slow cooker well with non-stick spray.
  • Pour the batter in to the slow cooker.
  • Sprinkle over the coconut, chocolate chunks, and pecans.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
  • Serve with ice cream and enjoy!


Calories: 355kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 95mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 89mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 494IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.

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  1. Cher says:

    Does this have to be cooked in a 6qt or larger slow cooker? Can it be done in the 3 1/2 qt casserole slow cooker with the 9×13 crock?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Cakes are hard to tell if they will turn out, if the cake is too deep it may not set. I have not tested the cake in either of these slow cookers, I apologize.

  2. Nancy Malcolm says:

    Can I make it a head and then plug it in and cook it and if I do do I refrigerate it or how long can I let it sit before I turn it on?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      I usually let it sit for 20 minutes before plugging in.

  3. Jeane says:

    My cake is baking for almost 3 hours and still jiggly on top, is there any other test for doneness besides cooking time? I did go ahead and spoon canned German choloclate frosting on top. of what I thought was almost6 done cake, reasoning that it would respond similarly like a hot fudge pudding/ lava cake which has water/sugar mixture poured ontop of the cake before baking. – just my thought processes. Any thoughts? Thanks

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      It really depends on the slow cooker. I try to keep the lid on the entire time, opening it will make it take even longer. The only way I’ve found is the jiggly test and looking through the lid.

  4. deLana says:

    4 stars
    Mine turned out a little dry. Next time I will add caramel topping with the coconut and pecans. It was still tasty

  5. Sandy says:

    5 stars
    Super easy, smelled great while cooking. Will make this again

  6. L says:

    Always seems to burn around the edges even with spray on high & sometimes low setting‍♀️..…I have a dark lined crockpot..any suggestions?

    1. Sarah Olson says:

      Your slow cooker must cook hot. You will want to cook on low and not cook it too long.