Jun 082013

GermanChocolateCakeJune 11th is National German Chocolate Cake Day. German chocolate cake is the common name of an American cake that was originally known as “German’s chocolate cake”.  In 1852, American Sam German developed a type of dark baking chocolate for the American Baker’s Chocolate Company. The brand name of the product, Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate, was named in honor of him.

This is a layered, chocolate cake filled and topped with a coconut-pecan frosting.

Recipe for German Chocolate Cake

4 ounces sweet dark chocolate
1/2 cup water
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups granulated sugar
4 eggs, separated
1 cup buttermilk
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 (12 ounce) cans evaporated milk
1-1/2 cups granulated sugar
3/4 cup butter
4 egg yolks, slightly beaten
1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla
7 ounces shredded coconut
1-1/2 cups chopped pecans

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease 3 (9″) round cake pans and line with wax paper. Melt chocolate and water in bowl over simmering water. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Set aside. Sift flour, baking soda and salt. Set aside. Beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in melted chocolate and vanilla. Add flour mixture alternating with the buttermilk. Set aside. Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold into your batter. Pour evenly into prepared pans. Bake 30 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Immediately run spatula between cakes and sides of pans. Cool 15 minutes, then remove from pans. Remove wax paper and cool completely on wire racks.

Make the frosting: Place milk, sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla in saucepan. Stirring constantly, cook on medium heat 12 minutes or until thickened and golden brown. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut and pecans. Cool to room temperature and of spreading consistency. Spread the coconut-pecan between each of the layers, and then frost top and sides of whole cake.

Image courtesy of Tracy Hunter from Kabul, Afghanistan and Wikipedia.org.

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