Dark German chocolate cake to die for.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
cook:
25 mins
additional:
1 hr
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line the bottom and sides of a deep 14x17-inch baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper.

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  • Sift sugar, flour, 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Transfer to a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment; whisk dry ingredients together on low.

  • Whisk milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla extract together in a separate medium bowl. Add to the flour mixture and mix at low speed until well incorporated, about 5 minutes. Gradually add hot water while mixer is on low speed until just combined. Pour batter into the prepared baking sheet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until a toothpick inserted in the center of the cake comes out clean, 25 to 30 minutes. Let cake cool in the pan for about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

473 calories; protein 7.1g 14% DV; carbohydrates 78.1g 25% DV; fat 16.9g 26% DV; cholesterol 48.9mg 16% DV; sodium 554.5mg 22% DV. Full Nutrition
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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/13/2012
The title, at least for me, was misleading. I guess I have a completely different notion of what German Chocolate Cake is, so when I decided to try this unrated, unreviewed recipe, I focused on the "dark" in the title as well as the fact that the recipe called for a significant amount of cocoa. As this recipe's first reviewer, I prepared it exactly as written - no substituting coffee for the water, or any other changes, additions or substitutions. What a cake. A perfect, moist, deep, dark chocolate cake. Have you tried and loved the top-rated chocolate cake recipes from this site? This is right up there. (I made half a recipe into 18 cupcakes, baked at 19 minutes - pitch black, they were perfect for Halloween decorations!) Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
01/26/2013
HIGH ELEVATIONER'S PAY ATTENTION! You need to cut down the amount of water you put into this recipe and add more flour. Otherwise they will sink in the center and flow over the edges. Read More
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68 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 57
  • 4 star values: 8
  • 3 star values: 0
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
10/12/2012
The title, at least for me, was misleading. I guess I have a completely different notion of what German Chocolate Cake is, so when I decided to try this unrated, unreviewed recipe, I focused on the "dark" in the title as well as the fact that the recipe called for a significant amount of cocoa. As this recipe's first reviewer, I prepared it exactly as written - no substituting coffee for the water, or any other changes, additions or substitutions. What a cake. A perfect, moist, deep, dark chocolate cake. Have you tried and loved the top-rated chocolate cake recipes from this site? This is right up there. (I made half a recipe into 18 cupcakes, baked at 19 minutes - pitch black, they were perfect for Halloween decorations!) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/15/2012
moist and delishious. The title was a bit misleading because it's a "German chocolate cake" so i expected a normal chocolate cake. What a wonderful surprise when I bit into this cake! Moist, flavorful, chocolatey. This recipe is worth baking!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/12/2012
Im a Chocoholic at heart..and Oh My Gosh this recipe does not dissapoint it is fantastic! I decided to make cupcakes this recipe made approx 44 regular sized cupcakes filled 2/3 full. I did not change a thing ingredient wise. Very moist and delicious! I Piped around the outer edge with the Creamy Chocolate frosting recipe from this site and pipped a dollup of coconut/pecan German Chocolate frosting in the middle on top. Topped each cupcake off with a candied pecan piece and a drizzle of Chocolate ganache. Took 3 dozen to work for a bake sale and these recieved RAVE reviews from everyone! Thank you keklang for an awesome recipe! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/15/2012
This recipe creates a very moist and fluffy cake but would definitely benefit from replacing the hot water with coffee instead. While tasty on its own the cake does come out rather flat. It didn't sink but it didn't exactly rise the way I expected it to either. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/04/2014
Thoroughly impressed. I'm an avid baker with staple chocolate cake recipes that I've used throughout the years. I thought I'd try something different and based on the reviews this recipe was worth a test. It's not the traditional "German" chocolate cake which is a very mild-tasting chocolate. This cake has a true deep and dark color along with a rich (but not overpowering) chocolate taste. After mixing everything the batter was extremely thin --- so thin that I re-traced the entire recipe to make sure I had used the correct amount of dry ingredients. It was right. I thought: "Well here goes. Let's see if it rises." It baked true to form and the texture is superb. I did not make a 14x17-inch cake. Instead I made two 9-inch cakes and two 8-inch cakes with this batter (perfect amount). I'll freeze two cakes for use at a later date. Thank you for sharing this recipe! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/29/2013
This recipe makes an amazing rich dark and very "chocolately" cake! Love it...it's the only one I use now. Beware that it fully doubles in the oven so only fill cupcake or layer pans 1/2 full. It makes a lot so you can get three 9-inch layers out of it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/19/2012
Delicious! I made half this recipe and half of another for cupcakes. These are so moist and delicious! I made them for a Birthday Party, but since it's almost Halloween, I decorated with Halloween/Fall decorations! I came out with 17 cupcakes (filled 'almost' to the top) and they baked for about 20-22 minutes. Delicious! Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
01/05/2013
Oh my gosh! This cake is amazing! I love the taste of German chocolate frosting but I dont like the lighter chocolate cake I want a fantastic chooolate cake to go with my wonderful frosting and I am so very happy that I have finally found it! This is by far the moistest best tasting homeade from scratch chocolate cake I have ever tasted! I did use a regular cake pan 10x13 so it did take a little bit longer to bake but it was sooooo worth the wait! Fantastic! Read More
(4)
Rating: 1 stars
01/26/2013
HIGH ELEVATIONER'S PAY ATTENTION! You need to cut down the amount of water you put into this recipe and add more flour. Otherwise they will sink in the center and flow over the edges. Read More
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