Tuesday, March 18, 2014

German Chocolate Cake

SUCH A MAN CAKE, the German Chocolate Cake, don't you think? Because it is my husband's favorite cake, I'm always looking at others' recipes for it. I recently saw a magnificent looking specimen, complete with three layers soaked in a rum syrup, and a chocolate frosting in addition to the buttery, coconut and toasted pecan filling. It was gorgeous I tell you.

The thing is, see that wedge of cake missing in the photos? Pritchard Parker ate that much after dinner last night and he couldn't do that with a richer one. This cake is simple, light, and not too sweet; just the thing for a weeknight dessert. Perhaps on a special occasion, I will go all out and make the deluxe version.

I make this, my husband's favorite cake to follow his favorite meal of the year--corned beef and cabbage. I made both yesterday.

This year's dinner afforded me a few culinary challenges opportunities. The first was the fact that it was snowing. Undaunted, I put on my coat and drove to the grocery store. On my way, I told myself not to go to my regular store because they sold out of corned beef last year. No, I told myself, they wouldn't be out again. Surprise, they had no corned beef. So I parked my buggy, went back out into the snow and drove to the other store, the one I don't like.

I got back home with corned beef and the rest of the items on my list. I set the groceries in the kitchen and went to change clothes. When I walked back to the kitchen, I smelled something bad. I started sniffing and realized the odor was coming from my shopping bags. Upon further sniffing and inspection, I discovered there was a rotten potato in the bag of them I had just bought.

Ugh. Gag. You know that horrible smell, right?  And so I had to deal with that.

Later, while the corned beef was cooking and I was on the phone talking to my Mother with my Mother talking to me, I smelled something else bad. I sniffed: she talked. Suddenly, I realized the beef was burning and rushed to the kitchen.

After much aggravation, I was able to salvage the dinner and it turned out to be delicious. I do, however, still have that burned pan soaking in the kitchen.

Fortunately, things went smoothly when I made the cake, which I had done earlier in the day.

German Chocolate Cake
2 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups sugar
1 1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 cup butter, room temperature
1 cup sour cream
4 eggs
4 oz. sweet baker's chocolate, melted
1/2 cup milk
3/4 tsp. vanilla

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl and beat with an electric mixer, on low speed, until blended. Increase speed to high and beat for an additional 2 minutes. Pour batter evenly into two 8" or 9" cake pans, which have been greased and floured. Place into a preheated 350 degree oven for about 35 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. Remove cakes to wire racks to cool.

German Chocolate Icing
3/4 cup evaporated milk
1/2 cup light brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 1/2 cups shredded coconut
1 cup pecans, roasted, chopped

In a saucepan set over medium heat, bring milk, butter, and brown sugar to a full boil. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and pecans.

When both the cake and the icing are completely cool, place one cake layer on a cake plate. Spread half the icing onto the layer. Top with remaining cake layer and icing.

Pritchard Parker found this 1960's cake plate and cover at one of his stores.


  1. Love the cake plate. Rocquie this is the third dessert of yours that I pinned today so I could make it. I think I have dessert covered for the next family dinner, thanks.

    1. I know this blog is beginning to look like we eat nothing but desserts. Not true at all, I just think desserts are so much prettier to photograph. I kind of love that cake plate too even though it is not my style at all. ;-) Thank you for taking the time to comment.

  2. I so hate it when I buy something from a grocery store and there's something wrong with it! Rotten potatoes are no fun -- I can see why you don't like that store. Anyway, lovely cake! It's been ages since we've had one of these, and really should make it again. Your version looks terrific -- thanks.

    1. Yes, John, we pay too much money at the grocery store to come home and find something not only wasteful, but downright disgusting! I'm glad you like the cake and thank you for commenting.