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German Chocolate Cake with Coconut-Pecan Frosting

german chocolate cake with coconut-pecan frosting Dessert German
German Chocolate Cake with Coconut-Pecan Frosting
  • Prep 30 min
  • Total 2 hr 50 min
  • Ingredients 17
  • Servings 16

If you ask us, THIS is the ultimate in German engineering. Layers of fluffy chocolate cake and creamy coconut-pecan frosting come together in a towering, triple-decker German chocolate cake no one will be able to resist. A total classic! MORE+ LESS-

August 28, 2018

Ingredients

Cake

4
oz sweet baking chocolate, cut into pieces
1/2
cup water
2
cups sugar
1
cup butter or margarine, softened
4
eggs
2 1/2
cups Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
1
teaspoon baking soda
1/2
teaspoon salt
1
cup buttermilk
1
teaspoon vanilla

Frosting

1
cup sugar
1
cup evaporated milk
1/2
cup butter or margarine
3
eggs, beaten
1 1/3
cups flaked coconut
1
cup chopped pecans or walnuts
1
teaspoon vanilla

Steps

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  • 1
    Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 3 (9-inch) round cake pans with shortening; lightly flour. In 1-quart saucepan, melt chocolate with water over low heat, stirring frequently. Cool.
  • 2
    In large bowl, beat 2 cups sugar and 1 cup butter with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy, scraping bowl occasionally. Add 4 eggs, one at a time, beating and scraping well after each addition. Beat in chocolate mixture. On low speed, beat in remaining cake ingredients until well blended, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter evenly into pans.
  • 3
    Bake 35 to 45 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans 5 minutes. Remove from pans; place on wire racks. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • 4
    In 2-quart saucepan, cook 1 cup sugar, the evaporated milk, 1/2 cup butter and 3 eggs over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture begins to bubble. Remove saucepan from heat. Stir in coconut, pecans and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cool completely, about 30 minutes.
  • 5
    Place 1 cake layer, top side down, on serving plate. Spread with 1/3 of frosting. Repeat with remaining cake layers and frosting, ending with frosting.

Expert Tips

  • To substitute for buttermilk, use 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice plus milk to make 1 cup.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
560
Calories from Fat
270
% Daily Value
Total Fat
30g
47%
Saturated Fat
14g
69%
Trans Fat
1g
Cholesterol
145mg
48%
Sodium
340mg
14%
Potassium
200mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
63g
21%
Dietary Fiber
2g
8%
Sugars
46g
Protein
8g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
15%
15%
Vitamin C
0%
0%
Calcium
8%
8%
Iron
10%
10%
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; 6 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
4
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

More About This Recipe

  • This classic cake is a towering, triple decker of deliciousness that no one will be able to resist. German chocolate cake might look difficult, but with this easy recipe you will never buy a pre-made version again. This cake of course starts with the chocolate, which you need to let cool completely before adding it to the other ingredients, so you don’t accidently cook the eggs. If you don’t have buttermilk on hand, you can substitute one tablespoon of vinegar or lemon juice plus milk to make one cup. Be sure to let both the cakes and the frosting cool separately before assembling to create those unforgettable layers. Do you love cake as much as we do? Don’t miss our full collection of our best quick and easy cakes and cupcakes.

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