Chocolate Bundt Cake with Pecans and Coconut: Secret Recipe Club

chocolate bundt cake with pecans and coconut aka German Chocolate Bundt Cake

I was very very happy when I received Grumpy’s Honeybunch as my Secret Recipe Club assignment this month. Shelby was the first blog in the Secret Recipe Club that had made anything from Cookin’ Mimi and I thought it was rather special that I had her blog exactly a year later.

I had a very hard time deciding what to make. I’ve been making tons of stir fry recipes lately so her peppery beef with cabbage over noodles was a front runner for awhile.

Then when I got the idea I could make my parents co-birthday cake or cupcakes I had a hard time deciding if I should make the double maple cupcakes or German chocolate Bundt cake. After consulting with my mother, it was for her birthday after all, we decided the chocolate cake was the winner.

The changes I made the the recipe were to use semi-sweet chocolate instead of the German sweet chocolate and to dust the pan with cocoa powder instead of sugar like the recipe originally called for. The chocolate change is why I’m calling this a chocolate cake with pecans and coconut instead of a German chocolate Bundt cake.

Chocolate Bundt Cake with Pecans and Coconut: Secret Recipe Club

Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 45 minutes
Author Micha M


For the streusel:

  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons chilled butter , cut into small pieces
  • 1/3 cup shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup chopped pecans

For the cake:

  • 1/3 cup butter , softened
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 cup baking cocoa
  • 1 ounce semi sweet chocolate , chopped. I used a square of baker's chocolate
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 egg whites
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup buttermilk

For the glaze:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • 1 Tablespoon milk


For the streusel:

  1. In a medium sized bowl. mix together the 1/4 cup flour and brown sugar. Cut in the butter using a fork or pastry cutter until the mixture is crumbly. Stir in the pecans and coconut.

For the cake:

  1. Spray a 12 cup Bundt pan with cooking spray and sprinkle 1 Tablespoon baking cocoa inside, making sure to coat the pan well.
  2. In a medium heat proof bowl mix together the 1/2 cup cocoa powder and chopped chocolate. Pour the boiling water over it and stir until the chocolate is melted, Set aside.
  3. In the bowl of a stand mixer or a large mixing bowl beat the sugar and softened butter until the mixture is fluffy.
  4. Add in the egg whites, one at a time, beating well between additions. Stir in the vanilla and scrape mixture from the sides of the bowl.
  5. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Add to the eggs, and butter mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with flour.
  6. Stir in the melted chocolate.
  7. Pour half of the batter into the prepared pan, sprinkle streusel over batter, and add the rest of the batter.
  8. Bake in a preheated 325 degree oven for 1 hour or until a cake tester comes out with fine crumbs.
  9. Cool in pan on rack for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool completely on wire rack.

For the glaze:

  1. In a small bowl combine powdered sugar and butter, whisk in milk to desired consistency.
  2. Drizzle over cake



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  1. Wow, this looks amazing! Love the combo of ingredients.

  2. oooh, coconut is my new thing (well, 6 months new that is) and this chocolate cake looks like the perfect thing to serve it with 🙂

    • Coconut and chocolate are great together. I’m planning a few coconut recipes closer to Christmas so make sure you come back then.

  3. Hi Micha, I’m glad you chose this. I’m sure you know from my post on this cake, that German Chocolate is my mom’s favorite cake and so it seems pretty appropriate to me that your mom chose this recipe. 😉 Looks yummy and I love the dusting with cocoa instead of sugar. I might do that myself next time but mix the cocoa and sugar together. Thank you for your kind words!

  4. Total deliciousness!! Care to send a slice or two my way?

    If you haven’t already, I’d love for you to check out my SRC entry: Fried Green Tomatoes.

    Cook Lisa Cook

  5. Love this cake! Love Shelby, too. She is one of my favorite people I’ve never met yet. 😉

  6. My husband adores German Chocolate Cake…especially that coconut-pecan icing! Saving this one, because bundt cakes are my favorite to make. I don’t bake as much as I cook, so I like to keep my baking as fuss-free as possible! Glad to be in Group A with you, Mimi!!

  7. Wow, that looks so delicious. I can’t wait to try it!!! New follower.

  8. I just recently bought a bundt pan, so I may have to try it out using this recipe. It looks fantastic.

  9. Saw this on Crazy Sweet Tuesday and had to pin since I love chocolate and coconut. Thanks for sharing, I’m looking forward to making it.

  10. I love any excuse to break out my bundt pan! This looks seriously awesome.

  11. teaandscones says

    Oh My Goodness but this looks fanastic!! Fortunately I just happen to have all the ingredients in my cabinet!!

  12. That looks very good.


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