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German Chocolate Cake Recipe
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German Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Many folks in our area of Ohio are of German descent, so this recipe is especially appropriate for our region. This cake is my husband's favorite! —Joyce Platfoot, Wapakoneta, Ohio
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
MAKES: 12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 ounces German sweet chocolate, chopped
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • FROSTING:
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1-1/2 cups evaporated milk
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 5 egg yolks, beaten
  • 2 cups flaked coconut
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ICING:
  • 1 teaspoon shortening
  • 2 ounces semisweet chocolate

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 910 calories, 53 g fat (28 g saturated fat), 237 mg cholesterol, 511 mg sodium, 103 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 11 g protein.

Directions

  1. Line three greased 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper. Grease waxed paper and set aside. In small saucepan, melt chocolate with water over low heat; cool.
  2. Preheat oven to 350°. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in 4 egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in melted chocolate and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a small bowl and with clean beaters, beat the 4 egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold a fourth of the egg whites into creamed mixture; fold in remaining whites.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake 24-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. For frosting, in a small saucepan, heat sugar, milk, butter and egg yolks over medium-low heat until mixture is thickened and golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut, pecans and vanilla extract. Cool until thick enough to spread. Spread a third of the frosting over each cake layer and stack the layers.
  6. In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth; drizzle over cake. Yield: 12 servings.
Originally published as German Chocolate Cake in Country December/January 1991, p47

Nutritional Facts

1 slice equals 910 calories, 53 g fat (28 g saturated fat), 237 mg cholesterol, 511 mg sodium, 103 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 11 g protein.

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Reviewed Aug. 28, 2015

"third time making this cake. no special occasion just because my family so enjoys this masterpiece .. a lot of friends and family asked for the recipe and the source and I gladly passed it on to them. now they are happy people too!!"

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Reviewed Jul. 26, 2015

"That cake is so awesome I wouldn't change a thing! Made it for my sisters 54th birthday and it was a big big hit! No need to look further for another recipe, you have already found the best!"

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Reviewed Jun. 11, 2015

"German Chocolate has nothing to do with Germany the country . ;) (it was a recipe released by German Chocolate company like Nestl? Tollhouse cookies). Trust, Bavaria isn't known for its tasty use of coconut."

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Reviewed May. 17, 2015

"It was delishious! I doubled the icing and iced the sides as well. Then I drizzled the chocolate down the sides from just at the edge of the top. . I then added a chocolate shell around the top and bottom. Made chocolate leaves around maraschino cherries on top. It was for a couple who's favorite cake is German chocolate. And having their 68 wedding anniversary. They loved it!"

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Reviewed Apr. 12, 2015

"This is the first homemade German Chocolate cake I have ever made and it turned out absolutely delicious!!! I took it to work and it was gone quick! Thanks for this awesome recipe!"

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