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German Chocolate Cake

This is a recipe of the original German Chocolate Cake. I found it in my grandmother's recipes after she passed away. If I remember right, it is a very moist and yummy cake.



  • 1 package German sweet cooking chocolate
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 cup butter, margarine, or other shortening
  • 2 cups granulated sugar
  • 4 egg yolks, unbeaten
  • 2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 4 egg whites, stiffly beaten

Coconut-Pecan Frosting

  • 1 cup evaporated milk or half-and-half
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 pound butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  1. Cake: Melt chocolate in a half cup of boiling water. Cool.
  2. Cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy.
  3. Add egg yolk, one at a time, beating after each.
  4. Add vanilla extract and melted chocolate and mix until blended.
  5. Sift flour with soda and salt.
  6. Add sifted dry ingredients alternately with buttermilk, beating after each addition until batter is smooth.
  7. Fold in stiffly beaten egg whites.
  8. Pour batter into three 8- or 9-inch layer pans, lined on bottoms with paper.
  9. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool.
  10. Frost top and between layers (garnish the top with whole pecans) with Coconut-Pecan Frosting.
  11. Coconut-Pecan Frosting: Combine all ingredients in a saucepan. Cook over medium heat 12 minutes, stirring constantly, until mixture thickens. Add about 1 can tender-thin flaked coconut and 1 cup chopped pecans. Beat until cool and of spreading consistency.

Makes enough frosting to cover three 9-inch layers.

Posted by strawberrytoo at Recipe Goldmine 4/14/02 7:32:46 pm.

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