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German Chocolate Cake

Finally, my birthday has arrived, the perfect excuse to prepare the cake I love so much, the German Chocolate Cake.

Contrary to popular belief, it is not of Germanic origin but American. The recipe is 61 years old and was created by a Texas housewife named George Clay.

The recipe initially used German chocolate, a milk chocolate bar developed by Sam German. In 1957, a local newspaper printed the recipe for German chocolate cake.

Upon noticing the fact, the Bakers Brand chocolate brand forwarded the recipe to other newspapers, and the success of the cake was such that its sales increased by 73%.
I wonder if they paid a commission to Mrs. Clay, who today would be a famous influencer on social networks.

German Chocolate Cake

Prep Time45 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Dessert
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chocolate cake, german chocolate cake
Servings: 10
Calories: 300kcal


  • For the cake
  • 4 ounces or 115 grams of chopped semi-sweet chocolate
  • 2 1/4 cup or 227 grams of all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup or 70 grams of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 cup of warm coffee or water
  • 1 cup of buttermilk or 1 cup of warm milk with a tablespoon of lemon or vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cup or 280 grams of unsalted butter at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 cup or 450 of sugar
  • 5 cup eggs room temperature room temperature
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • For the Frosting
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 1 cup or 200 grams of sugar
  • 1 cup 240 ml evaporated milk
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/2 cup or 113 grams of unsalted butter
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cup or 150 grams of flaked or grated coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla


  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and prepare our molds. Mix the milk chocolate in a double boiler and let it get cold. I used El Rey 41% cocoa. If you don’t have buttermilk, heat the milk a little, the lemon or vinegar, and set aside. When you heat the milk, it will cut faster.
  • In a bowl, sift the flour and mix with cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  • In a second bowl, mix the coffee and buttermilk or milk.
  • In the mixer, blend the butter until smooth and creamy. Add the sugar until the mixture is a pale yellow, 3 to 5 minutes. Clean the sides of the bowl with the spatula and add the eggs one at a time. Add the vanilla and finally the melted chocolate. Whisk until the chocolate is well integrated with the mixture.
  • Now add the buttermilk/coffee mixtures and the flour in three batches, starting and ending with flour. Flour/buttermilk/flour/buttermilk/flour. Once everything is integrated, we are going to place the mixture in the molds. I do make sure they are the same to weigh the molds with the combinations to make sure they all consider the same.
  • Bake for 30 to 35 minutes and let stand for 10 minutes before unmolding.
  • Frosting
  • Preheat the oven to 350 F and toast the walnuts for 8 minutes, let cool and chop into small pieces.
  • In a small saucepan, combine sugar, evaporated milk, egg yolks, butter, and salt. Cook over medium heat, constantly stirring until it begins to boil and thicken. This will happen after about 5 minutes. It will take a little more golden color. Remove from the heat and add the coconut and walnuts and stir to integrate well.
  • To assemble the cake, divide the frosting into three equal parts. Place the first cake with the top side down, cover it with frosting, repeat with the second layer, and finally, the third. On top, you can decorate with whole nuts, shredded or flaked coconut, melted chocolate.

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