German Chocolate Cake
photo by DianaEatingRichly
- Ready In:
- 1⁄2 cup boiling water
- 4 ounces sweet cooking German chocolate
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 4 egg yolks
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 2 1⁄2 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 4 egg whites, stiffly beaten
Coconut Pecan Frosting
- 1 cup sugar (1 1/2 cups)
- 1⁄2 cup butter (3/4 cups)
- 1 cup evaporated milk (12 oz. can)
- 1 teaspoon vanilla (1 1/2 tsp)
- 3 egg yolks (4 egg yolks)
- 1 1⁄3 cups flaked coconut (2 cups)
- 1 cup chopped pecans (1 1/2 cups)
- Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease 2 9-inch square pans or 3 8-inch round pans. Line bottom of pans with wax paper.
- Pour boiling water on chocolate, stirring until chocolate is melted; cool. Mix sugar and butter in large mixing bowl until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs yolk, one at a time. Beat in chocolate and vanilla on low speed.
- Mix in flour, baking soda and salt alternately with buttermilk, beating after each addition until batter is smooth. Fold in egg whites.
- Divide batter among pans. Bake square pans 40-45 minutes or round pans 35-40 minutes. Check for doneness with toothpick in center. Cool and top with Coconut-Pecan Frosting.
- Coconut Pecan Frosting: Mix sugar, butter, milk, vanilla and egg yolks in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until thick, about 12 minutes. Take off heat. Stir in coconut and pecans. Beat until spreading consistency. Allow to cool & thicken before icing cake.
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Really great flavor! I used half the frosting amount and then some chocolate frosting since we like our German Chocolate Cakes really chocolatey. I also piped melted chocolate across the top to make it pretty, and patted some crumbled cake scraps (from leveling the cake layers) into the chocolate frosting on the sides.
Getting ready to make this yummy cake for the second time in 2 months! Made it last month for a co-worker's birthday and he gave me the supreme compliment, "I don't want to have to tell my mama that your German Chocolate Cake is better than hers", my response: "Don't tell your mama that your idiot, keep eating!" So now another co-worker is having a birthday and wants the same cake. They're all grinning from ear to ear that I'm bringing this cake! Thank you so much for your fabulous recipe! Being a German Chocolate Cake lover for many years (and it is called German Chocolate Cake!) this is my absolute favorite!!
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