Easy Homemade German Chocolate Cake Recipe: A Step-by-Step Guide


Hello, dear readers! 

Today, we’re going to dive into the delicious world of baking and explore a classic dessert – the German Chocolate Cake. Contrary to popular belief, this cake isn’t from Germany, but is named after an American chocolate maker named Samuel German. So, let’s get started!


For the Cake:

– 1 package (4 oz) Baker’s German’s Sweet Chocolate

– 1/2 cup boiling water

– 2 cups all-purpose flour

– 1 teaspoon baking soda

– 1/4 teaspoon salt

– 1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

– 2 cups sugar

– 4 eggs, separated

– 1 teaspoon vanilla

– 1 cup buttermilk

For the Coconut-Pecan Frosting:

– 1 can (12 oz) evaporated milk

– 1-1/2 cups sugar

– 3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter

– 4 egg yolks, slightly beaten

– 1-1/2 teaspoons vanilla

– 1 package (7 oz) coconut (about 2-2/3 cups)

– 1-1/2 cups chopped pecans


Step 1: Preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C). Grease and flour three 9-inch round baking pans.

Step 2: Melt the chocolate in boiling water and let it cool. In a separate bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt.

Step 3: Beat butter and sugar in a large bowl with an electric mixer until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each. Blend in the melted chocolate and vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating until well blended after each addition.

Step 4: Beat egg whites in a small bowl with an electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently stir into the batter. Pour evenly into prepared pans.

Step 5: Bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Immediately run a small spatula around cakes in pans. Cool cakes in pans for 15 minutes, then remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely.

Step 6: For the frosting, mix milk, sugar, butter, egg yolks and vanilla in a large saucepan. Cook on medium heat for about 12 minutes, or until thickened and golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and add coconut and pecans, mixing well.

Step 7: Assemble the cake by spreading the frosting between layers and on top of the cake.

And there you have it – a delicious German Chocolate Cake that’s sure to impress your guests. Enjoy!


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