German Chocolate Cake

Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:44 pm

German Chocolate Cake

1 pkg. sweet baking chocolate (4 oz.)
1/2 c. boiling water
2 c. sugar
1 tsp. vanilla
1 tsp. soda
2 1/2 c. sifted cake flour
1 c. real butter
4 egg yolks,unbeaten
1/2 tsp. salt
1 c. buttermilk
4 egg whites

Melt chocolate in boiling water. Cool to room temp.
Cream butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks
one at a time; beat after adding each one. Add the melted chocolate
and vanilla. Mix well. Sift flour,salt and soda. Then add alternately
with buttermilk to mixture; beating well. Beat until smooth.
Beat egg whites in another bowl until stiff peaks form. Fold into
batter. Pour batter into 3 9inch pans greased and lightly floured or lined on bottoms with brown paper.
Bake in 350º oven until done (about 35-40 minutes). Cool.

Frost with this frosting:
1 c. evaporated milk
1 c. sugar
3 egg yolks
1/4 lb. butter
1 tsp. vanilla

Cook on medium heat until thickened, about 12 minutes. Add 1 1/3 c.
coconut and 1 c. chopped pecans. Beat by hand until cooled to
the touch and spread on cake.



Hope you like. Thanks; Virginia
Last edited by Virginia on Wed Jan 28, 2009 1:31 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Re: German Chocolate Cake

Thu Jan 22, 2009 12:53 pm

Wife is a big chocolate fan. Printed out the recipe and will give it to her. Thanks.

Re: German Chocolate Cake

Thu Jan 22, 2009 2:21 pm

My wife LOVE german chocolate cake.... gonna pass this one along to her...

Thank you for sharing your recipes, Virginia!!

Mike in La Crosse, WI

Re: German Chocolate Cake

Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:38 pm

Question for Virginia on this recipe...

Do you really melt the chocolate IN the boiling water, or do you use the water do make a double boiler and just melt the chocolate in a pan over the boiling water?

We are thinking of trying this recipe this weekend and have never heard of putting chocolate in water before!

This recipe sounds AWESOME!!!!

Mike in La Crosse, WI

Re: German Chocolate Cake

Wed Jan 28, 2009 9:48 am

Yes, you actually melt the chocolate in the water. Just pour the boiling water over the chocolate and let it melt. Or, use this method (I find it works better for me): Make sure the water is warm when you add it to the chocolate. Let it come just to a boil to melt the chocolate (do not let it actually boil) stir to incorporate during the melting process. Let cool to room temperature. Whisk or stir just before putting it in the bowl with the other ingredients.

Thanks; Virginia
Last edited by Virginia on Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:26 am, edited 1 time in total.

Re: German Chocolate Cake

Wed Jan 28, 2009 11:51 am

If you do not have sweet baking chocolate you can substitute: To 1/4 cup Cocoa add 1/4 cup sugar and 3 Tablespoons Butter. Mix this with your 1/2 cup boiling water--stir to incorporate. Cool to room temperature. Thanks; Virginia

Re: German Chocolate Cake

Wed Jan 28, 2009 2:58 pm

Virginia wrote:Yes, you actually melt the chocolate in the water. Make sure the water is warm when you add it to the chocolate. Let it come just to a boil to melt the chocolate (do not let it actually boil) stir to incorporate during the melting process. Let cool to room temperature. Whisk or stir just before putting it in the bowl with the other ingredients.

Thanks; Virginia


Thank you, Ms. Virginia! I have honestly never heard of this method...

This recipe really intrigues me... I am going to try it out for sure (or actually, my wife will try it out... she is the baker!!)

Mike in La Crosse, WI

Re: German Chocolate Cake

Thu Jan 29, 2009 1:07 am

MMMMMMMMMMMMM!---JUST had a BIG ole' piece of the one that Virginia made this afternoon using this recipe! Cant go wrong with this one !---more good stuff!!! thanks; sonny

Re: German Chocolate Cake

Sat Jan 31, 2009 8:35 am

The cake Sonny is referring to was made using this recipe; however, instead of making it a triple layer cake I made it into a sheet cake by putting the batter in a 11 x 16 inch baking pan. This added approximately 10 minutes to the cooking time. Also, I used the Chocolate Substitute (Sweetened Cocoa).
As I wasn't in the mood for the frosting called for in this recipe, I topped this one off with Peanut Butter Frosting. [Recipe posted in the Peanuts thread.]

Thanks; Virginia

Re: German Chocolate Cake

Mon Feb 02, 2009 10:10 am

My wife told me that I was the only one in the world that liked German Chocolate Cake and they stopped makeing it! :(
Now I will have to suprise her :||):