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German Sweet Chocolate Cake

Total Time

Prep: 50 min. Bake: 30 min. + cooling


16 servings

Updated: Sep. 25, 2022
This is a real treat. My sister and I always enjoy preparing this together.—Patricia Peebles, Springfield, Missouri


  • 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
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1-1/3 cups evaporated milk, divided
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1-1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Line three greased 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper and grease the paper; set aside. In a small saucepan, heat chocolate and water over low heat until chocolate is melted. Remove from the heat; cool.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Beat in chocolate mixture and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a small bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Transfer to prepared pans.
  4. Bake at 350° for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely. Remove and discard waxed paper.
  5. For frosting, in a Dutch oven, combine sugar and 1 cup milk. Bring to a rapid boil over medium heat. Boil for 6-8 minutes or until mixture is thickened and light caramel-colored, whisking constantly. Remove from the heat; gradually whisk in remaining milk. Let stand for 5 minutes to cool slightly, stirring occasionally.
  6. Gradually whisk in yolks. Cook and stir over medium-low heat for 12-18 minutes or until frosting is slightly thickened and reaches 175°. (Frosting is done when a whisk pulled through the mixture exposes the bottom of the pan for a few seconds.) Remove from the heat; stir in butter until melted. Stir in coconut, pecans and vanilla. Cool to room temperature.
  7. Place one cake layer on a serving plate; spread with a third of the frosting. Repeat layers twice. Refrigerate leftovers.

Nutrition Facts

1 slice: 553 calories, 31g fat (16g saturated fat), 145mg cholesterol, 395mg sodium, 66g carbohydrate (46g sugars, 1g fiber), 7g protein.

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