Is there anyone who does not love German Chocolate Cake? I’m not sure I’ve ever met anyone. Have you?
My husband does not like cake at all, except German Chocolate Cake. However, he really likes the frosting more than the cake. We went hunting one year on his birthday and I couldn’t bake him a cake, so I just brought him a jar of frosting instead. He loved it, although he didn’t eat the whole thing.
So, I put a candle in the frosting, lit it and sang to him. Poor guy. He was surprised though.
This past year for his birthday, we were in Martinique. Sad day because no hunting. Great day because it’s Martinique. I decided to make him his favorite cake for his birthday, but as with anything in the store from the States, the things I normally use are crazy expensive. Something like $6 for a frosting and $8 for a cake mix, if you can find the flavor you want. Import fees from the States are crazy high on everything.
I decided to just find a from scratch recipe on the internet and there are loads that sound so good. However, I couldn’t find all of the ingredients here, so I had to take from several different recipes, plus add my own things and came up with this tasty cake. It really was good and it disappeared in short order.
- 2 cups flour
- 2 cups sugar
- 1 cup plus 4 Tbsp butter, divided
- 1 cup water
- 4 Tbsp unsweetened cocoa
- ½ Tbsp vinegar
- 1 cup minus ½ Tbsp milk
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 2 eggs
- 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
- ½ cup chopped pecans
- 1 cup evaporated milk
- ¾ cup sugar
- 3 egg yolks
- ½ cup butter
- 1½ cup finely shredded coconut
- 1 cup chopped pecans
- 2 tsp pure vanilla extract
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Grease 2-8 inch round pans or 1-9 x 13 inch pan well and set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl, mix the flour and sugar.
- In a medium saucepan, melt 4 Tbsp butter and then dissolve cocoa in water.
- Bring mixture to boil.
- When mixture comes to a boil and the cocoa is dissolved completely, pour it into the flour and mix well.
- Measure a ½ Tbsp white vinegar into a 1 cup measuring cup and then fill the cup with milk. Allow to stand for 5 minutes.
- Pour milk mixture into flour and mix.
- Add baking soda and mix.
- Next, add the eggs, one at a time, and mix well.
- Finally, add the vanilla and pecans for cake and mix well.
- Pour into prepared pans.
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean.
- Remove to wire racks and allow to cool for 10 minutes and then turn onto rack to continue cooling.
- Over medium heat, in a medium pan, heat the milk, sugar egg yolks and butter, stirring constantly. Seriously, don't stop stirring or you will have cooked egg pieces.
- Bring to boil and continue stirring until the mixture thickens, about 15 minutes.
- Remove from heat and add the pecans and coconut.
- Mix completely.
- Add the vanilla and mix.
- Spread over cooled cakes. For round cakes, use about ⅓ of frosting at the middle layer.
- Refrigerate until ready to serve.
This cake turned out so, so good. It was nice and moist and the frosting was crazy good. I used raw sugar in my cake too, not processed. I hope you will try this and love it! What is your favorite cake?