The Best German Chocolate Cake Truffles Ever

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german chocolate cake truffle balls

These german chocolate cake truffles transport me back to driving on Germany’s romantic road a couple of summers ago. It was my first time in Germany, and I rented a Mercedes convertible to solo travel 1200 km in two days. It was such an adventure, and I loved stopping at little villages along the way.

In these little villages were so many pastry and chocolate shops. I thought I’d died and gone to heaven.

You’re going to love these truffles just as much as I do — promise!

Here’s how to make the best german chocolate cake truffles, ever:

german chocolate cake truffle balls

German Chocolate Cake Truffles

Yield: 48 truffles



  • 1 box cake mix prepared to recipe instructions OR 1 recipe homemade German Chocolate Cake

Coconut - Pecan Frosting

  • 14 ounce can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1 ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  • 4 cups semi-sweet chocolate, melted
  • 1 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup pecans, chopped
  • Caramels (optional)


  1. Cake: Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Prepare and bake cake according to package directions
  3. Let cool and crumble the cake. Set asideCrumbled cake mixture for german cake balls
  4. Coconut-Pecan Frosting: In a saucepan, mix melted butter, sweetened condensed milk, and egg yolks. Stir continuously over medium heat until it thickens, about ten minutes
  5. Remove from heat and mix in vanilla, shredded coconut, and pecans
  6. Remove from stove top and cool for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally Pecan-coconut frosting for german cake balls
  7. Cake Truffles: In a large mixing bowl, combine crumbled cake and frostingCrumbled cake mixture for german cake balls
  8. Mold 1-inch balls out of the cake and frosting mixturegerman chocolate cake balls
  9. Line a small baking sheet with parchment paper. Place balls on the baking sheet and freeze for 30-60 minutesgerman chocolate cake balls
  10. When the cake balls are ready to be removed from the freezer, melt chocolate in the microwave in a glass bowl, starting with one minute, then moving onto 30-second intervals, stirring in-between until meltedgerman chocolate cake balls
  11. Place coconut and pecans in bowls so they're ready to sprinkle on the chocolate coated cake balls
  12. Using a fondue stick or something similar, pick up each ball and dip into chocolate, setting back on the parchment paper once coated. Immediately sprinkle the chocolate covered cake balls with coconut and pecans. german chocolate cake balls
  13. When all of the cake balls have been coated in chocolate, drizzle a small amount of melted caramel over each ballgerman chocolate cake balls
  14. Place truffles in the fridge for 30 minutes to harden before enjoyinggerman chocolate cake ballsgerman chocolate cake truffle balls

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