German Chocolate Cake
German Chocolate Cake Recipe

German Chocolate Cake

This special chocolate cake made with buttermilk and topped with a decadent cooked frosting is the ultimate dessert.

The Story Behind the Recipe
12
servings
25 min
PREP TIME
1 hr 45 min
TOTAL TIME

Ingredients

Frosting

3 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

1 1/2 cups firmly packed brown sugar

3/4 cup Land O Lakes® Half & Half

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter

1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut

1 cup chopped pecans

2 teaspoons vanilla

Cake

1 (4-ounce) package German's sweet baking chocolate

1/2 cup water

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1/2 cup Land O Lakes® Butter, softened

2 large Land O Lakes® Eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 cup buttermilk  

 

 *Substitute 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice plus enough milk to equal 1 cup. Let stand 5 minutes.

How to make

  1. STEP 1

    Beat 3 eggs in 2-quart saucepan with whisk. Stir in brown sugar, half & half and 1/2 cup butter. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, 10-15 minutes or until thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut, pecans and 2 teaspoons vanilla. Cool completely at least 1 hour.

  2. STEP 2

    Heat oven to 350°F.

  3. STEP 3

    Combine chocolate and water in 1-quart saucepan. Cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, 6-7 minutes or until chocolate is melted; cool 10 minutes.

  4. STEP 4

    Grease and lightly flour 2 (8- or 9-inch) round baking pans; set aside.

  5. STEP 5

    Combine flour, baking soda and salt in medium bowl; set aside.

  6. STEP 6

    Beat sugar and 1/2 cup butter on medium speed in bowl until creamy. Add 2 eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla; beat until well mixed. Add chocolate mixture; beat until well mixed. Add flour mixture and buttermilk alternately to chocolate mixture, beating well after each addition, until well mixed. Pour batter into prepared pans.

  7. STEP 7

    Bake 33-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 15 minutes. Remove from pans. Cool completely.

  8. STEP 8

    Spread frosting over top of each cake; stack layers. Frost side of cake, if desired.

Tip #1

- This cake can also be baked in a greased and floured 13x9-inch baking pan. Bake 33-40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.

Nutrition

610Calories
34Fat (mg)
135Cholesterol (mg)
440Sodium (mg)
71Carbohydrates (g)
2Dietary Fiber
8Protein (g)

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  June 27, 2016

This is an amazing cake. Its moist, perfectly sweet, and delicious.

— says Kara
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  May 05, 2011

Not only is this cake the most requested from friends, family, and coworkers, but it is my favorite to make and eat! The cake stays moist and fluffy, and the frosting is to die for. I wish I had more stars to rate this with.

— says Jamie
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  December 26, 2010

Excellent cake! The chocolate cake was moist and light, the icing was delicious. I made this for my husband's 50th birthday and it was a hit. I know he will be requesting this every year for his birthday.

— says Caroline
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  December 23, 2008

I LIKE THIS RECIPE IT IS VERY UNIQUE TO ME AND EASY.

— says mary
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