German Chocolate Cake is a classic southern dessert that has been around for over 100 years. It is a chocolate cake that has a sweet coconut-pecan frosting. The cake is composed of a chocolate layer cake, with a cooked icing made of egg yolks, sugar, and evaporated milk, and coconut and pecans. The cake is often topped with additional chopped pecans or coconut flakes, or both. The cake is usually served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
The cake is believed to have been created in the late 19th century by an English-American chocolatier named Samuel German who created a sweet baking chocolate for the Baker’s Chocolate Company. The cake was named in his honor, and the recipe was first published in a Dallas newspaper in 1957.
German chocolate cake is a popular dessert in the United States, especially during the holiday season. It is a moist and flavorful cake that is perfect for potlucks, family gatherings, and special occasions. The flavor combination of the chocolate cake and sweet coconut-pecan frosting make it a unique and delicious dessert.
Ingredients for icing
- 1 1/2 cups of grated coconut
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1 teaspoon of vanilla essence
- 1 cup of white sugar
- 1 cup of chopped walnut
- 3 pieces of egg yolk
- 1 cup evaporated milk
Ingredients for cake
- 1 cup of milk
- 200 grams of butter
- 1 tablespoon of vanilla essence
- 1 3/4 cups of white sugar
- 140 milliliters (4 pieces) of San Juan Egg Whites ©
- 4 pieces of egg yolk
- 2 tablespoons of white vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/2 cup of boiling water
- 120 grams of semi-bitter chocolate
To prepare the cake
- Preheat the oven to 180 °C. Grease and flour a round mold.
- Melt the chocolate in the boiling water and let it cool down. Sift the flour with the bicarbonate and salt apart. Mix in another container the milk with the vinegar so that it is cut.
- Beat the butter in a bowl until it gets creamy, add the sugar little by little, and keep beating until it gets spongy. Without stopping beating, add one by one the yolks, the melted chocolate, and the vanilla. Turn off the mixer and add the sifted flour, alternating with the milk, and beating with a spatula or wooden shovel.
- Beat the egg whites apart until they form firm peaks. Wrap them in the dough.
- Pour the dough into the greased pan and bake in the preheated oven until it passes the stick test, approximately 35 minutes. Take the cake out of the oven and leave it in the mold for 10 minutes, then remove the mold and place it on a cooling rack to cool completely.
- Heat the milk along with the sugar, yolks, butter, and vanilla in a pot over medium heat. Cook, stirring frequently until thickened. Remove from heat and add the coconut and nuts. Let it cool down.
- Cut the cake in half, horizontally, to have two thin layers.
- Cover the surface of the lower layer with the icing and arrange the upper layer on top. Cover everything with the rest of the icing.