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German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 0 min
  • Ingredients 11
  • Servings 12

Samuel German, an employee of the Baker's chocolate factory, developed a sweet chocolate in 1852. Over a hundred years later, in 1957, a reader of a Dallas newspaper submitted her recipe for this now-famous three-tiered cake recipe with coconut-pecan frosting. Sales of sweet chocolate soared, and the rest is delicious history! MORE + LESS -

Ingredients

4
oz sweet baking chocolate
1/2
cup water
2 1/4
cups all-purpose* or 2 1/2 cups cake flour
1
teaspoon baking soda
1
teaspoon salt
2
cups sugar
1
cup butter or margarine, softened
4
large eggs
1
teaspoon vanilla
1
cup buttermilk
Coconut-Pecan Filling and Topping (page 119), if desired

Directions

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease bottom and side of three 8-inch or 9-inch round pans with shortening. Line bottoms of pans with waxed paper or cooking parchment paper.
  • 2
    In 1-quart saucepan, heat chocolate and water over low heat, stirring frequently, until chocolate is completely melted; cool.
  • 3
    In medium bowl, mix flour, baking soda and salt; set aside. In another medium bowl, beat sugar and butter with electric mixer on high speed until light and fluffy. Separate eggs; reserve egg whites. Beat egg yolks, one at a time, into sugar mixture. Beat in chocolate and vanilla on low speed. Beat flour mixture into sugar mixture alternately with buttermilk on low speed, beating just until smooth after each addition.
  • 4
    Wash and dry mixer beaters. In small bowl, beat eggs whites on high speed until stiff; fold into batter. Pour into pans. Refrigerate batter in third pan if not all pans will fit in oven at one time; bake third pan separately.
  • 5
    Bake 8-inch pans 35 to 40 minutes, 9-inch pans 30 to 35 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 10 minutes; remove from pans to wire rack. Remove waxed paper. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 6
    Fill layers and frost top of cake with Coconut-Pecan Filling and Topping, leaving side of cake unfrosted. Store covered in refrigerator.

Expert Tips

  • *Do not use self-rising flour.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
440
Calories from Fat
180
% Daily Value
Total Fat
20g
31%
Saturated Fat
10g
51%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
110mg
37%
Sodium
450mg
19%
Potassium
115mg
3%
Total Carbohydrate
58g
19%
Dietary Fiber
1g
5%
Sugars
40g
Protein
6g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
4%
4%
Iron
8%
8%
Exchanges:
2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 2 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 0 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 3 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
More About This Recipe
  • Samuel German, an employee of the Baker's chocolate factory, developed a sweet chocolate in 1852. Over a hundred years later, in 1957, a reader of a Dallas newspaper submitted her recipe for this now-famous three-tiered cake recipe with coconut-pecan frosting. Sales of sweet chocolate soared, and the rest is delicious history!

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