German Chocolate Cake Recipe
One bite of this German Chocolate Cake and your mouth is about to be transported to chocolate heaven. And if you think that just because you’ve eaten German Chocolate Cake before that there is no way that there can be a different taste of flavor, just wait. This delicious dessert will take care of your sweet tooth and your chocolate cravings every single time.
There’s just something amazing about German Chocolate Cake. Maybe it’s the fact that there are two chocolate cake layers that are literally smothered with coconut and frosting goodness. And if you really stop and think about how amazing this cake is, you’ll probably realize that it’s truly in a class of its own.
The key to enjoying this homemade cake? Making it with love and sharing it with all your family and friends. There are very few things in life that are better than conversation and cake.
What makes a German Chocolate Cake German?
It’s been said that this cake was actually created all the way back in the 1850s! And it’s actually not “German” at all. In fact, it was created by the baker, Samuel German, which is how it got its original name.
Does German Chocolate Cake Need To Be Refrigerated?
While it doesn’t have to be, I find it that with the frosting on this cake, it tends to do better that way. If you tend to like your cake a little bit more warm, just heat it up for a few seconds in the microwave (not too long though or it will melt the frosting).
How Long Does German Chocolate Cake Last In The Fridge?
If the cake is at my house, about a day, but this is because every time that someone goes into the kitchen, they stop and take a bite of it as they pass by. If you’re wondering how long you can save it without worries, I would say about 5 days is going to be the max.
While I don’t think it would “spoil” past this point, my main worry would be about the moistness of the cake, I would assume that after several days of being in the fridge, the cake is going to start becoming more drier as the days pass by.
(And if you just eat it all the very first day, this isn’t something that you’re even going to have to worry about!)
Ingredients Needed to Make This Chocolate Cake with The Classic Coconut Pecan Frosting
- Flour, sugar
- Cocoa powder
- Baking powder
- Baking soda
- Oil, milk, eggs
- Greek yogurt
- For the frosting, sugar
- Egg yolks
- Evaporated milk
- Shredded coconut
- Chopped pecans
How To Make German Chocolate Cake
- Stir together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
- In a large bowl beat sugar and oil together, then add in eggs, Greek yogurt, and milk, beat until evenly blended.
- Add flour mixture and beat until combined.
- Pour into prepared cake pans, and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
- When done remove from oven, cool, and turn out onto a cooling tray.
- For The Icing, whisk sugar, egg yolk, evaporated milk and vanilla in a pot over medium heat. Cook for 15 minutes while stirring frequently.
- Stir in coconut and chopped pecans, cook an additional 3-4 minutes, then spread over one of your cakes.
- Place second cake on top and spread remaining icing. Add pecans if you like.
- Cut and serve as desired.
Should You Use Sweetened Or Unsweetened Coconut Flakes For This Homemade Cake Recipe?
This is totally up to you and your taste buds. If you use sweetened coconut flakes, it will add another level of sweetness to the cake. For this reason, many people tend to use unsweetened coconut flakes.
If you’re wanting to use both, in all reality, you could. Use one type on the middle layer and one type on the top later and see if you can taste or even notice a difference. It sounds like a fun and yummy food experiment that is worth a try to me.
Now that you know that it’s simple and easy to make this delicious German Chocolate Cake recipe, it’s time to start creating your own. But be ready, this is one cake that everyone tends to love to eat. As soon as they find out that you’re whipping one up in the kitchen, you might notice that you’re having more visitors stopping by just hoping for a bite.
And if you’re looking for a fun homemade treat to gift to others during the holiday season, this homemade cake is a great idea! Everyone loves the taste of this chocolate cake but very few people take the time to make it on their own.
Try This Delicious Cake Today
Here are a few more delicious cake recipes that can be found on the blog:
- Chocolate Lover’s Zucchini Cake
- Apple Pecan Cake with Caramel Glaze
- Banana Poke Cake
- Carrot Cake with Orange Cream Cheese Frosting
- 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
- 1 cup cocoa powder
- 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 1/2 cups sugar
- 3/4 cup oil
- 3 eggs
- 3/4 cup Greek yogurt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 1 cup sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1 2/3 cup shredded coconut
- 1 cup chopped pecans
Preheat oven to 350° and lightly grease and flour two 8 inch round cake pans. Set aside.
Whisk together flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and baking powder. Set aside.
In a large bowl beat sugar and oil together, then add in eggs, Greek yogurt, and milk, beat until evenly blended. Add flour mixture and beat until combined.
Pour into prepared cake pans, and bake for 30 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
Remove from oven, cool, and turn out onto a cooling tray.
Whisk sugar, egg yolk, evaporated milk and vanilla in a pot over medium heat. Cook for 15 minutes while stirring frequently.
Stir in coconut and chopped pecans, cook an additional 3-4 minutes, then spread over one of your cakes.
Place second cake on top and spread remaining icing. Add pecans if you like.
Cut and serve as desired.
Here are a few pics that are the perfect size for pinning to Pinterest.
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