- 1 package (4 ounces) German sweet chocolate
- 1/2 cup water
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 2 cups sugar
- 4 egg, separated
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2-1/2 cups cake flour
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup buttermilk
- COCONUT-PECAN FROSTING
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-1/3 cups flaked coconut
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- In a saucepan over low heat, stir chocolate and water until chocolate is melted. Cool. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add chocolate mixture and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with buttermilk to creamed mixture. In another mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Line a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan with waxed paper. Grease and flour the paper. Spread batter evenly in pan. Bake at 350° for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; invert onto a wire rack to cool completely. Remove waxed paper. For frosting, combine milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla in a saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in coconut and pecans. Beat until frosting is cool and reaches desired spreading consistency. Place cake on a serving platter; spread frosting over top and sides. Yield: 12-15 servings.
Reviews forGerman Chocolate Birthday Cake
"Frosting was a complete disaster. I followed instructions, but it never thickened, even after an hour. Ended up adding confectioners sugar to try to thicken and it was still thin. Poured over cake (after poking holes in it to soak up liquid) just so I could present it as a very poor version of a German chocolate cake."
"This makes a special Birthday cake for family and friends!!!"
"this is a great cake recipe. the only thing that i would do different is to double the frosting because my family loves frosting"
"Reminds me of the cake my mother used to make."
"I made this at my daughter's request for her Birthday. I thought it turned out dry until I tasted it again the next day. After sitting under that yummy frosting it moistened up and was perfect. I would make this again!"
"This is delicious!"
"In the late 1950s my grandmother clipped from a newspaper a recipe for German chocolate cake. It was new to her, but being of German ancestry she decided to try it. It was a sensation with her family and became the most-requested cake she baked.Years later, we learned the history of the cake and it turns out that it was a craze that started in Texas and wasn't German at all, except that it was made with German's Sweet chocolate, a brand named after its inventor whose last name was actually German (if his last name had been France, I guess it would have been called "French" chocolate cake).Anyway, the above recipe for a single-layer rectangular cake is my favorite version. My family members have been known to argue about who gets the outside pieces because they have the most frosting."