German Chocolate Cheesecake

This German Chocolate Cheesecake is so delicious! It’s a gooey, rich and wonderful chocolate cheesecake with a chocolate crust and a coconut pecan topping!

German Chocolate Cheesecake on a wooden cake stand

German Chocolate Cheesecake slice on a plate

German Chocolate Cheesecake

So this past weekend, it felt like a doggy daycare around these parts. Jessie had a lot of friends to play with! And both were last minute too – what are the odds?

On Friday, our neighbors didn’t get their dog to boarding in time, and it was only one night, so we kept her for them. She’s a little miniature pinscher with diabetes. I made the hubs do the shots. Too scary for me.

She went home Saturday morning and then some friends brought over their pomeranian. They had a weekend away planned to celebrate his birthday and because of a mix up with their boarding, they weren’t able to leave the dog for the night like they’d planned.

I couldn’t let his birthday weekend get ruined, so we volunteered. Jessie had a blast.

Close-up of a whole German Chocolate Cheesecake on a wooden stand
German Chocolate Cheesecake slice on a plate

Both dogs were pretty chill, but we had Raleigh, the pomeranian, for a little bit longer. He loves tennis balls. A lot. So Jessie had fun running after balls with him. And despite being smaller, he still went for it.

Whenever we take care of another dog like that, who’s so much smaller than Jessie, I always think we must look so funny when we go on our walks. Me, a 90 lb black lab and a 15 lb pomeranian (aka big fluff ball 🙂 ).

Now Jessie’s back to being an only child. I think she likes having all of our attention to herself, but also likes company, so if she could talk she’d probably tell me she has mixed feels about that.

One thing’s for sure though, there’s no mixed feelings on the subject of this cheesecake. It is the jam.

German Chocolate Cheesecake with a slice removed
German Chocolate Cheesecake slice on a plate with a bite on a fork

I didn’t even realize how much I loved German Chocolate Cake (and it’s variations) until I made these German Chocolate Cookie Stacks. So darn good. I LOVE the coconut pecan filling. I could eat that straight up. It reminds me so much of the coconut-y goodness of a samoa.

So it was only inevitable that a cheesecake was coming.

I love cheesecake. Let’s be honest, I love all dessert, but cheesecake has been a fave since I was a kid and I love making them. They seem intimidating, but they really are easy to make. They just take a little time. And there are so many ways you can mix up the flavors too.

If you’ve made any of my other cheesecakes, this one shouldn’t be too unfamiliar. A similar process, but with melted german chocolate for the filling. I recommend making the coconut pecan topping first, then after that cools for a bit, make the crust and work on the cheesecake filling.

I added a little topping to the inside of the cheesecake too. You could totally add more to inside, or just put it all on top. You’re call. Either way, it’s terrific and a must make for german chocolate cake and coconut/chocolate lovers. YUM!

German Chocolate Cheesecake on a wooden stand
German Chocolate Cheesecake slice on a plate in front of a whole cake on a wooden stand

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A whole German Chocolate Cheesecake on a wooden stand

German Chocolate Cheesecake

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 55 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
  • Yield: 12-14 Servings
  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: American


This German Chocolate Cheesecake is so delicious! It’s a gooey, rich and wonderful chocolate cheesecake with a chocolate crust and a coconut pecan topping!



  • 4 egg yolks
  • 12 oz can evaporated milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup butter, cubed
  • 2 2/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 1/4 cups chopped pecans


  • 2 cups Oreo crumbs (leave filling in Oreos)
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted


  • 24 ounces packages of cream cheese, room temperature (three 8 oz packages)
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 8 oz german chocolate, melted
  • 1 tbsp flour
  • 3 tbsp cocoa
  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract



1. In a large saucepan, combine the egg yolks, milk and vanilla and whisk until well combined.
2. Add sugar and butter and cook on medium heat for 12-15 minutes, or until thickened (almost pudding-like) and golden brown, stirring constantly.
3. Remove from heat and add coconut and pecans. Mix well.
4. Allow to cool completely.


1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
2. In a small bowl, combine crust ingredients and mix well.
3. Press mixture into the bottom and up the sides of a 9-inch springform pan.
4. Bake crust for 10 minutes then remove and set aside.
5. Cover the outsides of the pan with aluminum foil and set aside.


1. Reduce oven to 300 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, blend the cream cheese, sugar, chocolate, flour and cocoa with an electric mixer until combined (Use low speed to keep less air from getting into the batter, which can cause cracks). Scrape down the sides of the bowl.
3. Add eggs one at a time, beating slowly and scraping the sides of the bowl after each addition.
4. Add the sour cream and vanilla extract. Beat on low speed until well combined.
5. Put a little bit of the cheesecake filling in the bottom of the crust. Then add about 1 1/2 cups of coconut pecan topping and spread evenly.
6. Pour remaining cheesecake filling into the springform pan and spread evenly. The pan will be very full.
7. Place springform pan inside another pan. Fill outside pan with enough warm water to go about halfway up the sides of the springform pan. The water should not go above the top edge of the aluminum foil on the springform pan.
8. Bake for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
9. Turn off heat and leave cheesecake in oven with door closed for 20 minutes.
10. Crack oven door and leave the cheesecake in the oven for another 20 minutes or until set. This cooling process helps the cheesecake cool slowly to prevent cracks.
11. Remove cheesecake from oven and chill.
12. Once the cheesecake is completely cool, remove springform pan sides from cheesecake and place cheesecake on a serving plate.
13. Top cheesecake with remaining coconut pecan topping and drizzle with chocolate sauce.


  • Serving Size: 1 Slice
  • Calories: 1004
  • Sugar: 73.9 g
  • Sodium: 818 mg
  • Fat: 47.9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 117.1 g
  • Protein: 31.6 g
  • Cholesterol: 169.8 mg

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  1. Stephanie Joseph

    I have made the cheesecake and I think it is beautiful. I’m very nervous about it. It will be served tonight. Just praying it gets rave reviews. I know I am thrilled about the looks of it. Thank you soooooo much.

  2. Stephanie

    I was reading a comment below. The writer stated they used a little less sugar in the condensed milk/coconut/…. It says evaporated milk in the recipe. She wasn’t corrected in the reply, so, now, I am wondering, is it condensed milk or evaporated milk like it says. Condensed milk is sweet and evaporated is not. Please reply if you can, as I plan to make this for a retirement party, on October 7, 2021.

  3. Kathryn Martin

    This is the best cheesecake recipe I have ever made in my entire life!
    I used a little less sugar in the condensed milk/ coconut/ butter mixture, like 1 cup instead of 11/2 …. And I also made ganache topping instead of putting the remaining coconut mixture on top. I then toasted some coconut and put that on top of the ganache …. It was divine !

  4. Lily G

    Water got inside the foil, do you think it is ruined? I took the springform off, and am chilling it before I check to see. Any tips?

  5. Karen Brown

    I have made this cheesecake before and it is delicious. My question is can I cut the recipe in half and put it in a smaller springform pan and if so how long would I bake it for?

  6. Lily G

    How many oreo cookies do you need for 2 cups?Are there any pictures of this cheesecake without the chocolate sauce on top?

  7. Shakhiaya

    Good recipe, amazing cheesecake. Wish you would have put in a tidbit about using parchment paper do the crust doesn’t stick to the pan though

  8. Higgins Christine

    Such a delicious cheesecake! It is one of my new favorites!  I would opt to use a larger springform pan (10’ or 11’) as there was just too much filling and it cooked over and cracked. I would also try adding more pecan filling to the cheesecake before baking, the topping gets a bit thick. 
    100% will make again!!

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