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German Chocolate Cake

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Time
3 hours 30 minutes
Skill Level
Expert
Yields
1 cake

Advance your baking skills with this easier-than-you-think recipe for the perfect homemade German chocolate cake. Your taste testers will be astounded you made this German chocolate cake from scratch when they taste the coconut pecan frosting!

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
30 minutes
Bake Time
25 minutes
Cook Time
10 minutes
Cool Time
2 hours 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup
  • 1/2 cup

    boiling water

  • 1 cup

    butter or margarine, plus 3 tablespoons, softened

  • 2-1/4 cups

    sugar

  • 1 tsp

    vanilla extract

  • 4

    eggs

  • 2 cups

    all-purpose flour

  • 1 tsp

    baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp

    salt

  • 1 cup

    buttermilk or sour milk*

  • pecan halves (optional)

  • Coconut Pecan Frosting

  • 1 can

    sweetened condensed milk (14 oz) (not evaporated milk)

  • 3

    egg yolks, slightly beaten

  • 1/2 cup

    butter or margarine (1 stick)

  • 1 tsp

    vanilla extract

  • 1-1/3 cups

    sweetened coconut flakes

  • 1 cup

    pecans chopped

READY TO MAKE THE RECIPE?

Step-By-Step Directions

Equipment Needed 

oven and stovetop
oven & stovetop
(3) 9-inch round pans
9-inch round pans
mixing bowl
mixing bowl
bowls
bowls
mixer
mixer
rubber scraper
rubber scraper
wire racks
wire racks
saucepan
saucepan
1

Heat oven to 350°F. Grease and flour three 9-inch round baking pans.

2

Stir together cocoa and water in small bowl until smooth; set aside. Beat butter, sugar and vanilla in large bowl until light and fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir together flour, baking soda and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with chocolate mixture and buttermilk, beating just enough to blend. Pour batter into prepared pans.

3

Bake 25 to 30 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pans to wire racks. Cool completely. Prepare Coconut Pecan Frosting; spread between layers and over top.

* To sour milk: Use 1 tablespoon white vinegar plus milk to equal 1 cup.

Tip

Cake can also be baked in 13 x 9 pan @ 350 F. for 45 to 50 minutes or until top springs back when touched.

Coconut Pecan Frosting:

Stir together sweetened condensed milk, egg yolks and butter in medium saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, coconut and pecans. Cool to room temperature. About 2-2/3 cups frosting.

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