German Chocolate Cake

Karen Gilbert


I found this recipe in Readers Digest by Joyce Platfoot of Wapakoneta, Ohio. It is excellent.


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30 Min
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4 oz
german sweet chocolate chopped
1/2 c
1 c
butter, softened
2 c
eggs, separated
1 tsp
vanilla extract
2 1/2 c
cake flour
1 tsp
baking soda
1/2 tsp
1 c
1/3 c
regular flour ( for high altitude baking only)


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


1 tsp
2 oz
semisweet chocolate

How to Make German Chocolate Cake


  • 1FOR CAKE: Line three greased 9-inch round baking pans with waxed paper. Grease waxed paper and set aside. In small saucepan, melt chocolate with water over low heat: cool.
  • 2In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in 4 egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Mix in melted chocolate and vanilla.
  • 3Combine flour, baking soda and salt: add to the creamed mixture in batches, alternating with buttermilk and beating well after each addition.
  • 4In small bowl and with clean beaters, beat 4 egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold a fourth of egg whites into creamed mixture; fold in remaining whites.
  • 5Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350 degrees for 24 to 28 minutes or until toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes before removing from pans; place on wire racks to cool completely.
  • 6FOR FROSTING: In small saucepan,heat sugar, milk, butter and egg yolks over medium-low heat until mixture is thickened and golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut, pecans and vanilla extract. Cool until thick enough to spread. Spread a third of frosting over each cake layer: stack lawers.
  • 7FOR ICING: In microwave, melt shortening and chocolate; stir until smooth and drizzle over cake.

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About German Chocolate Cake

Course/Dish: Cakes
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Heirloom

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