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German Chocolate Cake: A Decadent Delight


German Chocolate Cake: A Decadent Delight


German chocolate cake is a beloved dessert known for its rich chocolate layers and distinctive coconut-pecan filling. This cake is not actually German, but rather named after Samuel German, an American who developed a type of dark baking chocolate for the Baker’s Chocolate Company. Perfect for birthdays, holidays, or any special occasion, this cake is sure to impress with its decadent flavors and textures.


  • For the Cake:
    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 4 large eggs, separated
    • 4 ounces German sweet chocolate, melted and cooled
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 cup buttermilk
  • For the Coconut-Pecan Frosting:
    • 1 cup evaporated milk
    • 1 cup granulated sugar
    • 3 large egg yolks
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 1 1/3 cups sweetened shredded coconut
    • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat the Oven:
    • Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour three 9-inch round cake pans.
  2. Prepare the Cake Batter:
    • In a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
    • In a large mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add the egg yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in the melted chocolate and vanilla extract.
    • Gradually add the flour mixture to the creamed mixture, alternating with the buttermilk, beginning and ending with the flour mixture. Mix until just combined.
    • In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites until stiff peaks form. Gently fold the egg whites into the batter.
  3. Bake the Cakes:
    • Divide the batter evenly among the prepared cake pans. Bake in the preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
    • Cool the cakes in the pans for 10 minutes, then remove from the pans and place on wire racks to cool completely.
  4. Prepare the Coconut-Pecan Frosting:
    • In a medium saucepan, combine the evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, and butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until the mixture thickens and turns golden brown, about 10-12 minutes.
    • Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla extract, shredded coconut, and chopped pecans. Let the frosting cool to room temperature.
  5. Assemble the Cake:
    • Place one cake layer on a serving plate. Spread a third of the coconut-pecan frosting over the top. Repeat with the second layer and another third of the frosting. Place the third layer on top and spread the remaining frosting over the top and sides of the cake.
  6. Serve:
    • Slice and serve the cake at room temperature. Store any leftovers in an airtight container.


German chocolate cake is a truly special dessert that combines rich chocolate flavor with a uniquely delicious coconut-pecan frosting. The combination of moist cake layers and the sweet, nutty frosting makes it a standout treat for any celebration. Whether you’re enjoying it for a birthday, holiday, or just because, this cake is sure to delight and satisfy. Enjoy the indulgence of this classic dessert and make any occasion memorable with a slice of German chocolate cake.


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