German Chocolate Cake
Total TimePrep: 30 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling
My husband loves German Choc cake and was looking for a new recipe. I’m an avid baker and a huge fan of TOH. The cake turned out to be a gorgeous dessert with a phenomenal taste. BUT, it was so crumbly. It was impossible to slice and serving was so embarrassing. I researched causes for crumbling and none of them really applied. Not sure what happened but I should not have made it for guests without a trial run.
I've made many german chocolate cakes over the years but this was definitely the best. I made it for my father's bday which happened to be Thanksgiving. Everyone loved it.
On February 2nd, 2018, I mentioned that I was going to try using a darker chocolate and that I'd update with the results. DON'T DO IT! I was not pleased with the results. Stick to this recipe. Anything else is not German Chocolate Cake. Although ..... I did lightly toast the pecans and coconut and that was a very nice enhancement.
First of all, if you are short on time, just pass this recipe by. Head on down to the grocery and pick up a box of cake mix and a can of icing. No one's judging you. However, if you have some time, and want to make a stunning cake, this is the recipe for you. This was my very first attempt at making a German Chocolate Cake, and I am thrilled with the results! After reading the other reviews I compromised and just lined the bottoms of the pans with parchment paper, and used a really good quality cooking spray I got from Williams Sonoma on the paper and on the sides. It came out beautifully, and the paper came off fine. The icing mixture thickened in the pan just as the recipe said it would (yes, evaporated milk IS the correct milk for the recipe), and after I added the coconut and the nuts I ended up letting it cool overnight and I frosted it in the morning. The only thing I would change is to make some more chocolate drizzle -- I wished I had enough to really drizzle down the sides, and if I had left more time I would have made another batch. But I will definitely be making this one again!
This is not my recipe, but as an avid baker and this being my all time favorite cake, the recipe is correct. Evaporated or "canned milk" as mom called it, is correct - not sweetened condensed milk. You cook the butter, sugar, eggs and milk together until thick. If you cool this in a sink of ice water and then add nuts and coconut you will have a much thicker icing as the oils in the nuts and coconut do not release like they do in hot. Be sure not to over fold egg whites in batter as even though batter has soda and buttermilk, the egg whites do help cake to rise.If your cake fell in center, I suspect it is where you texted it for doneness. Try baking a couple of minutes longer before testing.
I have made this cake numerous times and it always comes out. My family and friends love this cake.
Hi, say; I am wondering if melting the chocolate with water means added together or use the water as a double boiler method? I made this cake and all three layers fell on in the center as well?!... hummm. I've made many cakes and never this problem just thinking out loud?!...
We loved this cake!! It moist and full of chocolate flavor!! I will fix this often!!!
Made this cake for my husband's office staff and they LOVED it!!! Cake was delicious even without anything on it. Takes some time to make the icing but worth every minute!!!!!
Unable to find our usual German's Chocolate cake recipe, I googled up this disappointment. Predominant flavor: sugar. Zero complexity to the flavor. If it were any drier it would have set fire to itself without need for candles. Immediately crumbled upon trying to slice it. I should have started on a backup cake as soon as I saw the sunken middle and found that it glued itself even to the parchment on the bottom of my springform pans. A disaster. An embarrassment. If I could give this less than one star, believe me, I would.