german chocolate cake

Patsy Fowler


we love this cake it's so good


★★★★★ 1 vote

35 Min
30 Min


  • 1/2 c
    boiling water
  • 4 oz
    bakers german chocolate bar
  • 2 c
  • 1 c
    butter, softened
  • 4
    egg yolks
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda
  • 1 tsp
  • 1 c
  • 4
    egg whites, stiffly beaten

  • 1 c
  • 1/2 c
  • 1 c
    evaporated milk
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract
  • 3
    egg yolks
  • 1 3/4 c
    coconut, flaked
  • 1 c
    chopped pecans

How to Make german chocolate cake


  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Mix sugar in 1/2 cup boiling water. Mix sugar and butter and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in the egg yolks.
  3. Beat in the melted chocolate and vanilla. Stir flour together with baking soda and salt.
  4. Alternate adding the buttermilk and flour to eggs, butter and sugar mixture ending with the buttermilk.
  5. Blend together well, but do not over beat this. It's best to use a wire whisk for this.
  6. In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites with an electric mixer until they are at the stiff peak stage.
  7. Gently fold the egg whites into the cake batter. Do not beat this, just fold to blend them in.
  8. Place wax paper in the bottom of 2-9 inch pans. With either shortening or butter, grease the sides of the pans and i even grease the wax paper a little.
  9. Evenly divide the batter between the pans. Place in preheated 350 oven and bake for 30-35 minutes.
  10. Remove from oven and allow them to cool completely before turning them out of the cake pans.
  11. This cake can stick if you don't follow the instructions. I use the wax paper and grease the sides of the cake pans well and also allowing the to cool completely.
  12. For the frosting combine sugar, butter, milk and egg yolks in a heavy saucepan.
  13. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly. Bring to a boil and cook for another 3 minutes, turn heat down and continue to cook and stir until it thickens.
  14. This will take about a total of 12 minutes. Add vanilla, coconut and chopped pecans.
  15. Place a cake layer on a cake plate. Spread frosting on just the top of that layer and then place the second layer on top of that.
  16. Pour the rest of the frosting right in the center of the top layer and then spread over the top of the cake.
  17. You don't need to frost the sides of this cake, but if some of the frosting runs over and go down the sides it's ok. As a matter of fact it will and it's all good.

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Course/Dish: Cakes
Other Tag: Quick & Easy

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