Saturday, March 21, 2009

Recap: German Chocolate Cake

A couple of years ago, I posted about this cake. You can look there if you like, but these photos are much better, haha!

I've made this for my Husband's birthday twice now, and the one thing I remember the most from it is, the frosting! It. is. so. good!
I just wish the cake was more chocolaty brown in color. See, it's not so photogenic when sliced. It's not a dry cake, it's delicate I guess, it just crumbles when sliced, and the colors meld together. I wish I could've photographed a piece for you.
Another thing about this cake, it is HUGE! 3 layers tall. Yes, the cake has been hanging around here all week, it's that big. The recipe for the frosting yields enough to go between the layers and on top, as show. I would double it if you want to frost the entire cake. Or double it, so you can have a bowl of it yourself! ;) haha.

1/2 cup water
4 (1 ounce) squares Baker's German sweet chocolate (Baker's green box)
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups white sugar
4 egg yolks
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup buttermilk
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 egg whites

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Grease and flour 3 - 9 inch round pans.
Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
In a small saucepan, heat water and 4 ounces chocolate until melted. Remove from heat and allow to cool.
In a large bowl, cream 1 cup butter and 2 cups sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in 4 egg yolks one at a time. Blend in the melted chocolate mixture and vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, mixing just until incorporated.
In a large glass or metal mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold 1/3 of the whites into the batter, then quickly fold in remaining whites until no streaks remain.
Pour into 3 - 9 inch pans Bake in the preheated oven for 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes in the pan, then turn out onto wire rack.

Filling/frosting: (May double to frost entire cake)
1 cup white sugar
1 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup butter
3 egg yolks, beaten
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut, lightly toasted
1 cup chopped pecans, lightly toasted
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 teaspoon shortening
1 (1 ounce) square semisweet chocolate

In a saucepan combine 1 cup sugar, evaporated milk, 1/2 cup butter, and 3 egg yolks. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly until thickened. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut, pecans and vanilla. Cool until thick enough to spread.
Spread filling between layers and on top of cake. In a small saucepan, melt shortening and 1 ounce of chocolate. Stir until smooth and drizzle over of the cake.

~ allrecipes and found here also.


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12 Lovely Comments:

Leslie M. said...

Hi Honey! Your Blog does take a while to load, However it is recipes like these that make it worthwhile, and it is a second or two, not a minute or two.

Your Cake looks so Good, how could you post a chocolate cake recipe like this when no one is home here to save me from myself?? OMGosh, I am going to have to stay away from the chocolate!!!!


priscilla joy said...

Yum, this looks really good. Your blog is loading quicker for me now, thanks for changing it for your readers!

Anonymous said...

I suspect the background is a major part of it - it always loads last for me and goes down the page very slowly. Also all the widgets you have that load content from other pages are going to slow things down.

MomItForward Jyl and Carissa said...

Okay. I need you to understand that my bday is next week. And I ALWAYS get german chocolate cake for my birthday.. except for the one year we were on vacation in palm springs.. but you don't want to hear that story..

ANYWAY. Next week. I already know the cake I am making.. (not letting the hubby screw it up.. making it my dang self) Not from scratch.. though yours is tempting me to try..
This cake... has cream cheese IN the cake. I know. cool huh?

Thanks for your comment, happy to 'meet' you!

Kathleen Bade said...

My best bud Joshy loves this cake.
I hate coconut.
I should make this cake for him anyway.

I have no problem loading your blog.
And if it meant waiting a few secs longer
to see your pics...I would.

Cristine said...

Beautiful cake!!! My husband requests German Chocolate every year for his birthday. Your pictures have me wanting a slice now! :)

cathy said...

that drip of chocolate on the side - mmmm! your cake is setting off all sorts of cravings!

BeLoVed AiMeE said...

hi Rachelle. the blog is loading a bit faster now. the widgets and codes do tend to slow it down so the less the better I suppose. Especially due to high photos. I'd rather have the yummy photos and wait two seconds tho than not have them!!

and by the way..german chocolate cake is one of my absolute favs...this looks toooooo incredibly scrumptious!

Mary said...

I am presently making this recipe. I used 3 tbsp. powdered chocolate, 4 tspn sugar, and 1 tbsp. butter to replace the German chocolate square. I don't normally write on blogs, but this recipe is really good, and I just had to let everyone know. Other than the chocolate, I followed everything the same.

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