Friday, June 28, 2013

German's Chocolate Cake


Kevin and his birthday cake
When my husband and I were first married, my mother-in-law gave us a photo album filled with his childhood pictures.  Many of the pictures had him sitting behind a large German's chocolate cake with a huge smile on his face.  He said it was his favorite and his mother always made them for his birthday.

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."


Ingredients

Finely chop the chocolate
Cream the butter and sugar










Fold in the beaten egg white
 

Alternately add the flour and
buttermilk 



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
extract









Frost the tops of the cake
layers














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

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