Rating: 4.07 stars
55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4

I've tried many German chocolate cakes, but this is the absolute best. It takes a little extra time, but is well worth the effort.

Recipe Summary test

prep:
30 mins
cook:
40 mins
additional:
20 mins
total:
1 hr 30 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 -4 layer 9 inch cake
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Cake:
Coconut Pecan Frosting:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour 4 - 9 inch round pans. Melt the chopped German chocolate in 1/2 cup hot water, and set aside.

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  • In a large bowl, cream together the 2 cups sugar and shortening. Beat in 4 egg yolks until smooth. Next, stir in the buttermilk and vanilla. Sift together the flour, salt and baking soda; mix into creamed mixture. Then, stir in the melted chocolate. In another bowl, whip egg whites to stiff peaks, fold into the batter. Divide the batter evenly between the four pans, and spread evenly.

  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cake in pans on wire racks. When cool, fill and ice with the coconut pecan icing.

  • To make the icing: In a medium bowl, whip 1 egg yolk, heavy cream and 1 1/4 cup sugar until smooth. Cook in the top of a double boiler, until the mixture thickens. Remove from heat and stir in the coconut, pecans and butter. Cool before icing the cake.

Nutrition Facts

785 calories; protein 7.7g; carbohydrates 86.2g; fat 47.7g; cholesterol 149.7mg; sodium 209.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (60)

Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
05/27/2005
Scarlett, I'm sorry about your friend's lack of cake, but you can make a double boiler with a metal bowl set inside a saucepot with somme water in it. You don't need to go out and buy one. I would recommend using a tried and true recipe for a special occasion, rather than one you haven't made before. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
12/24/2003
I made this cake for my best friend's birthday party (which I was hostessing). The icing directions say "until the mixure thickens." THICKENS TO WHAT CONSISTENCY?? DOES THAT MEAN I COOK IT 4 MINUTES OR 15 MINUTES?" I'm sure that's why the other reviewer's icing didn't solidify. Thickens like pudding? Thickens like glue? Who knows?? The author of this recipe might want to include the number of minutes neccessary to acheive this "Thick"ness. Also a double boiler?????????? I don't know anyone that even OWNS a double boiler other than my grandmother. Needless to say my friend did not have a birthday cake for her birthday. Thanks. Read More
(31)
55 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 28
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 6
  • 2 star values: 3
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
05/26/2005
Scarlett, I'm sorry about your friend's lack of cake, but you can make a double boiler with a metal bowl set inside a saucepot with somme water in it. You don't need to go out and buy one. I would recommend using a tried and true recipe for a special occasion, rather than one you haven't made before. Read More
(48)
Rating: 4 stars
07/27/2004
I had this recipe for quite sometimes and I made it this past weekend. The cake was great!! It was moist and it barely lasted a day. Now I know some of you had problem with the icing. Well, I went to the orignal (4 egg yolks, 1/2 stick butter, 1 tsp vanilla, 1 can pet milk, 1 1/2 cup of sugar) cook for 12-20 min depends how thich you want it. Read More
(47)
Rating: 4 stars
10/15/2005
The cake was great! I made it for my father's birthday(a day ahead of time) The icing a little thinner than I like but I know cornstarch(a teaspoon at a time) will thicken any liquid. Also I put the icing between the layers and on the top only. Used fudge icing for the sides and a border on the top then filled in the top with this icing and used the fudge one to write on the cake with. As for the double broiler issue as was suggested a metal or glass bowl in a pot. Also due to modern convinece a micro wave works well to(30 seconds at a time and stirring between each time segmant. But the most important thing I think everyone should remember is this. Baking is an exact SCIENCE! If you do not follow the messurments precisley the recipe is doomed before it every goes into the oven. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
12/24/2003
I made this cake for my best friend's birthday party (which I was hostessing). The icing directions say "until the mixure thickens." THICKENS TO WHAT CONSISTENCY?? DOES THAT MEAN I COOK IT 4 MINUTES OR 15 MINUTES?" I'm sure that's why the other reviewer's icing didn't solidify. Thickens like pudding? Thickens like glue? Who knows?? The author of this recipe might want to include the number of minutes neccessary to acheive this "Thick"ness. Also a double boiler?????????? I don't know anyone that even OWNS a double boiler other than my grandmother. Needless to say my friend did not have a birthday cake for her birthday. Thanks. Read More
(31)
Rating: 5 stars
04/02/2007
When I was making this I was saying to myself--I'm not sure I will make this again-lots of steps time ingredients. But just one taste changed my mind. I took it to my daughter's school for the teachers and staff--they keep talking about it even now. I did add about 1 tsp. cornstarch and doulbed the icing and frosted the sides. I also used 4 oz. German choc. plus 1 oz semi-sweet for the cake. A definite winner! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/17/2005
To all of you who complain of the frosing not being thick enough! Have you looked at the picture?! The Frosting is dripping down the cake which means its' not supposed to be thick also if you left yourselve enough time you would have had time enough to make a new cake! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2003
I totally agree! This is the best "German Chocolate Cake" recipe I have found. It does take some extra time but it is WELL worth your effort. It comes out light and fluffy and moist and the frosting is perfect. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/24/2003
The cake is time consuming to make. I had the same problem with the icing not thickening. I finally took it off the heat added lots more coconut then called for and put it in the fridge for a while. At that point though I still went out and bought some frosting because I didn't have enough to cover all the layers and the top and sides of the cake. Next time I think I will do it Betty Crocker's way! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2011
Comes out great! Perfect amount of moistness. For my own taste I will at 1 ounce more chocolate Read More
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