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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 Feb. 15, 2015

"Best German chocolate cake recipe ever! I only have two round cake pans, so I turned this into a four-layer cake. It was perfect. To make it even more decadent, I frosted it with some dark chocolate buttercream. Sinfully good. Worth every calorie."

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Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015

"I grew up in Wapakoneta and had to try this recipe!

I made it for my husband this Valentine's Day. I wasn't able to find cake flour in our local groceries so I had to use all purpose. The cake tasted good but was dense, almost bread-like. The icing turned out perfect. I'll try it again when I find cake flour!"

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Reviewed Feb. 15, 2015 Edited Feb. 16, 2015

"HELP!!!

Can someone please clarify #3 cake instructions here for me. Don't understand why it says "FOLD" the egg whites in "2" different times."

MY REVIEW
Reviewed Jan. 29, 2015

"Made this for my husbands birthday! Turned out beautifully. Recipe very accurate. The cake portion is super light and fluffy - somewhat difficult to get out of the pans. Frosting is super rich but delicious. A big hit - makes a HUGE cake - definitely 12 servings. Will for sure make again! Warning - very rich - but worth it for a bday cake! :)"

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Reviewed Dec. 28, 2014

"If you were in Germany, and ordered a piece of German Chocolate Cake, they would not know what you were talking about. German Chocolate Cake has nothing to do with Germany, or people from there. It is an American invention."

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