|Kevin and his birthday cake|
When I told MY mom I was going to make one for Kevin's birthday, she said that she had a good recipe. It turned out to be an older version of the recipe on the German's chocolate box.
At the time, I was a pretty inexperienced cook and baker, and it took me 3-4 hours to make his cake. But Kevin loved it, so it was worth the time and effort. I've made him one every birthday since (though I have cut the time down to about 1-1/2 hours).
The funny part of this story is when I mentioned to my mother-in-law how long it took to make Kevin's birthday cake, she replied, "Oh, I just used the box mix."
|Finely chop the chocolate|
|Cream the butter and sugar|
|Fold in the beaten egg white|
|Alternately add the flour and|
|Right out of the oven|
|Evenly divide the batter into|
3 pans and smooth tops
|Cook the frosting until thick|
|Add the butter, sugar, egg yolks|
and milk to a saucepan
|Add the nuts, coconut and vanilla|
|Frost the tops of the cake|
|A bit crumbly, but still delicious|
For the cake recipe, click here
German's Chocolate Cake Recipe
Coconut Pecan Frosting
1 C. evaporated milk (the low fat version works)
3 slightly beaten egg yolks
1/2 C. butter
1 tsp. vanilla
1-1/3 C. coconut
1 C. pecans, chopped and toasted (click here to for information on toasting nuts)
Combine evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks and butter in a saucepan. Cook and stir over medium heat, until thickened, about 12 minutes. Add vanilla, coconut and pecans. Cool until thick enough to spread, stirring occasionally.
adapted from Baker's Coconut Pecan Frosting Recipe
Note: The Coconut Pecan Frosting on the German Chocolate Cake Recipe link makes a larger quantity of frosting than the recipe I included here. I'll probably try it next year since Kevin likes lots of frosting.
See my post on Monday, July 1 2013 to see the dinner I made to go with Kevin's birthday cake