German Chocolate Cake

January 4, 2010

In addition to Christmas, we celebrate a birthday during the last week of December.  This cake is the one the December Birthday Boy requests most often, probably because he knows his sister can’t stand coconut.

The cake is the same chocolate cake I make for most occasions.  The “germans” make it a rich, caramel-coconut-pecan extravaganza.  It’s really very easy and it’s probably the easiest cake there is when it comes to frosting it and putting it together.

  • Evaporated Milk, one 12 ounce can
  • Egg Yolks, 5
  • White Sugar, 1 1/2 cups
  • Butter, 3/4 cup
  • Pecan Pieces, 1 1/2 to 2 cups
  • Shredded Sweetened Coconut, 1 1/2 to 2 cupsSeparate the eggs. Discard the whites or save them for another use.Combine the evaporated milk, yolks and sugar in a heavy medium-size saucepan.  Stir in the sugar and whisk it together until well-blended.Add the butter.Heat over medium heat, stirring almost continually, until the mixture comes to a slow boil.  Continue cooking until it starts to thicken.  Remove from heat and cool for 15 to 20 minutes.Add pecans.Add coconut.Stir it all together, adding more coconut or pecans as needed until it’s nice and thick.Dump about half of it onto the first layer of the cake and spread it to the edges.  The foil strips under the edges of the cake keep the plate clean.Add the second cake layer and press it down very gently.Spread the remaining frosting over the top layer. It’s impossible to do the sides and it doesn’t matter.  That’s why this cake is so easy to put together!Remove the foil and serve.  It’s good anytime but it’s even better if it’s still slightly warm.
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1 Steph January 4, 2010 at 8:54 pm

looks great. my husband love german chocolate cake – I’ll have to try this recipe.

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2 Karen Bove January 4, 2010 at 8:59 pm

The first time I made it was for my husband’s birthday. Now it’s a birthday classic for him and at least a couple of the kids.

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3 Pam January 5, 2010 at 4:40 pm

I saw this on Refrigerator Soup and had to follow the link. My mouth has been watering for German Chocolate Cake for several months now. Bobby Flay had one of his Throwdown shows a few months back on Food Network, and challenged this woman famous for her German Chocolate Cake. Ever since that episode I have been salivating for some. It’s been ages since I have had it, and I’ve never attempted making it. I figure my seeing this photo today was fate and I’ll hopefully get to try it this coming weekend.

BTW, that photo above of the coconut and all the luscious goodness being mixed up in the pot was the killer for me. I could have just stuck a spoon in there and downed it.

Pam aka: “BoredCook”

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4 Karen Bove January 5, 2010 at 5:48 pm

I could do the same thing, just make a big pot of frosting and eat it plain! We’ve got another birthday coming up in a couple of weeks and I’ll probably be making it again. So much for detoxing and avoiding the junk!

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5 Wendi January 5, 2010 at 4:54 pm

Oh my lord that cake looks incredibly good. Maybe after the post holiday detox I can give this a try.

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6 Debbie Mason January 27, 2014 at 11:45 am

Beautiful, scrumptious looking cake!I remember the first time I made my own German Chocolate cake frosting instead of from a can. I was in college…heaven!
BTW, German chocolate cake doesn’t come from the “Germans”. It is named after American chocolate maker Sam German, who created it ;-)

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7 karenbove January 27, 2014 at 12:47 pm

I just made this again last week, this time with a little extra frosting just for eating. Yum!

My coconut-hating kid would’ve preferred the same chocolate cake topped with Chocolate Buttercream so she started calling this frosting “the germans” part of the cake and the name stuck around here.

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