German’s Sweet Chocolate Cake

  • Prep Time
    1 hour
  • Cook Time
    30 minutes
  • Serving
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This is a classic.  If you’ve only eaten German’s Chocolate Cake from the buffet line at a cafeteria, you haven’t eaten the real thing.  You can make the cake layers in advance and freeze them.  Thaw while you make the frosting & you’ll be amazed at how moist and luscious this cake is.


German's Chocolate Cake


    Don't rush this homey cake. Prepare your pans carefully and have all ingredients at the ready. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.

    Step 1

    Prepare your pans. 3 eight inch pans or smaller are perfect. Rub solid Crisco in a light coating all over the pans, then line with parchment. Slather a little more Crisco, then sprinkle a small handful of flour in the pans, and tilt them all around. Do this over the sink of course! Turn the pans upside down and tap the bottoms of the pans so that just a light dusting of flour remains.

    Step 2

    Melt chocolate and water over gentle heat. Stir constantly and cool.

    Step 3

    Mix flour, baking soda and salt and set aside. Lightly sift the flour if it is lumpy. At the very least, fluff it with a fork before measuring. You don't want it packed into the measuring cup.

    Step 4

    DOES EVERYBODY HAVE A COOL KITCHENAID MIXER IN A COOL COLOR??? In stand mixer with paddle attachment, beat butter and sugar until light and fluffy.

    Step 5

    Add eggs, one at a time, and mix well after each addition.

    Step 6

    Blend in melted chocolate and vanilla.

    Step 7

    Add flour mixture alternating with buttermilk. You always begin and end with flour. Mix well, scraping bowl often.

    Step 8

    Beat egg whites in absolutely clean glass bowl with a hand mixer. Beat to stiff peaks.

    Step 9

    Fold egg whites into cake batter.

    Step 10

    Pour evenly into pans. Bake for 30 minutes. Cool in pans, then turn on rack and allow to cool. If freezing, put layers on cardboard rounds and wrap tightly.

    Step 11

    MAKE FROSTING: Mix milk, sugar, butter, egg YOLKS and vanilla in large saucepan. Cook on medium heat about 12 minutes until the color of Grace Kelley's hair, stirring constantly. Add coconut and pecans. Remove from heat and cool. Frost cakes when the frosting is no longer warm enough to melt the cake.

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