German chocolate cake ranks high on my top 10 favorite desserts list. Here’s a bit of baking trivia: The cake actually originated in America! The name comes from Samuel German, who created the chocolate when he worked for Baker’s Chocolate Company.
This homemade cake batter is well worth the extra effort. Give it a try and post your creation back to us!
Homemade German Chocolate Cake Recipe
4 ounces German sweet chocolate, chopped
1/2 cup water
1 cup butter, softened
2 cups sugar
4 large eggs, separated, room temperature
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 cups half and half
3/4 cup butter
4 egg yolks, beaten
3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
3 cups chopped pecans
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
Heat oven to 350 degrees. Spray three 9-inch, round baking pans with a nonstick flour cooking spray. In a small saucepan, melt chocolate with water over low heat. Remove from heat and let cool.
In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until well blended and fluffy, 5-7 minutes. Beat in egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in melted chocolate and vanilla. Combine flour, baking soda and salt. Add to the creamed mixture, alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
In a small bowl and with clean beaters, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gradually fold egg whites into batter.
Pour batter into prepared pans and bake for 24-28 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into cake comes out clean. Remove from heat and let cool 10 minutes before removing from pans to cool completely on a wire rack.
In a medium saucepan, heat sugar, half and half, butter and egg yolks over medium-low heat until mixture has thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut, pecans and vanilla. Cool until thick enough to spread. Spread a third of frosting over each cake layer while stacking cake on a serving dish.
Cook Note: I generally use a combination of smaller pans so that I can make more than one cake from this recipe and share with friends!
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