Monday, December 24, 2007

"Grandma's" German Chocolate Cake

My Grandma has been making this cake for almost 50 years and it is a family favorite! This is a must-have at birthday time!
GERMAN'S® Sweet Chocolate Cake

1 pkg. (4 oz.) BAKER'S GERMAN'S Sweet Chocolate
1/3 cup boiling water
2 cups sifted cake flour
3/4 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine
1-1/3 cups sugar
3 eggs, separated
3/4 tsp. vanilla
3/4 cup buttermilk

Coconut-Pecan Frosting (recipe below)

PREHEAT oven to 350°F. Line bottoms of 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with wax paper. Mix chocolate and boiling water; stir until chocolate is completely melted. Cool.

MIX flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. Beat butter and sugar in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add egg yolks, 1 at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir in chocolate and vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.

BEAT egg whites in small bowl with electric mixer on high speed until stiff peaks form. Gently stir into batter. Pour evenly into prepared pans.

BAKE 35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in centers comes out clean. Immediately run spatula around side between cakes and side of pans. Cool 15 minutes; remove from pans. Remove wax paper. Cool completely on wire racks. Spread Coconut-Pecan Frosting between layers, on top and sides of cake.

Coconut-Pecan Filling and Frosting

4 egg yolks
1 can (12 oz.) evaporated milk
1-1/2 tsp. vanilla
1-1/2 cups sugar
3/4 cup (1-1/2 sticks) butter or margarine
1 pkg. (7 oz.) BAKER'S ANGEL FLAKE Coconut (about 2-2/3 cups)
1-1/2 cups PLANTERS Chopped Pecans

BEAT egg yolks, milk and vanilla in large saucepan with wire whisk until well blended. Add sugar and butter; cook on medium heat 12 min. or until thickened and golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove from heat.

ADD coconut and pecans; mix well. Cool to room temperature and of desired spreading consistency.


Megan Dill said...

This is one of my favorite recipes EVER!

Anonymous said...

I just made this recipe (although I made cupcakes!) after searching google for "Grandma's German Chocolate Cake" (how can you go wrong with grandma's recipe?) and I just have to say that it is AMAZING! Thank you so much for posting!