German Chocolate Cake with brown sugar and coconut topping.

Sally

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Recipe Summary

Servings:
12
Yield:
1 -9 inch square pan
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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). Grease and flour one 9 inch square cake pan. Sift the cake flour, 1 cup white sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt together.

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  • Cream 1/3 cup of the butter or margarine. Stir in 3/8 cup buttermilk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add the melted and cooled German sweet chocolate, eggs, and the remaining 3/8 cup buttermilk. Continue to beat at medium speed for another minute more. Pour batter into the prepared pan.

  • Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 40 minutes. Cool in pan for 15 minutes then frost.

  • To Make Frosting: Combine the coconut, brown sugar, cream, chopped nuts, 1/4 cup butter or margarine. Mix until of a spreadable consistency. Spread over top of baked cake. Broil 3 inches from heat until browned (about 3 minutes). Serve cake warm or cold.

Nutrition Facts

353 calories; protein 4g 8% DV; carbohydrates 48.6g 16% DV; fat 16.9g 26% DV; cholesterol 58.7mg 20% DV; sodium 278.1mg 11% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2009
Great recipe! Not dry at all. If you are using all purpose flour instead of cake flour be sure to subtract 3 tablespoons from the 1 1/2 cups or else you could end up with a dry cake. Also I only baked it for 30 minutes instead of 40 my oven tends to bake fast so I just kept an eye on it and as soon as a knife came out clean I took it out (dry cake can also be a result of over baking). This is a much easier cheaper and more convenient recipe than others I found which appeals to me as a busy mom. I loved it my husband loved it and we will be using it again in the future! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
06/21/2005
This recipe is pretty good but not as good as German Chocolate Cake III however it is much quicker and easier to make. I doubled the recipe using the "change servings" function. After carefully checking all the measurements I found discrepancies with the printed instructions which were not updated with the ingredient list. Be careful to review the recipe when doubling and it will turn out fine. I also substituted pecans for walnuts for a more traditional frosting. Normally I would give this recipe 4 or 5 stars but the German Chocolate Cake III is that much better if you have the time! Read More
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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 16
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 4
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
12/07/2009
Great recipe! Not dry at all. If you are using all purpose flour instead of cake flour be sure to subtract 3 tablespoons from the 1 1/2 cups or else you could end up with a dry cake. Also I only baked it for 30 minutes instead of 40 my oven tends to bake fast so I just kept an eye on it and as soon as a knife came out clean I took it out (dry cake can also be a result of over baking). This is a much easier cheaper and more convenient recipe than others I found which appeals to me as a busy mom. I loved it my husband loved it and we will be using it again in the future! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/21/2005
This recipe is pretty good but not as good as German Chocolate Cake III however it is much quicker and easier to make. I doubled the recipe using the "change servings" function. After carefully checking all the measurements I found discrepancies with the printed instructions which were not updated with the ingredient list. Be careful to review the recipe when doubling and it will turn out fine. I also substituted pecans for walnuts for a more traditional frosting. Normally I would give this recipe 4 or 5 stars but the German Chocolate Cake III is that much better if you have the time! Read More
(24)
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2009
I am not a baker of cakes but for my husbands birthday he asked for a German chocolate cake (his favorite) so I thought I would try it... This recipe was the easiest one so I tried it and it turned out great. Very moist not too sweet and everyone loved it I do not love coconut so I can only say from my point of view the cake was extra yummy! Will definitely try again! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/05/2003
This was hands down the worst cake recipe I have ever tried. It was not chocolatey very dry the frosting was gritty and awful. Terrible! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2011
Fantastic!!!! We don't have German's baking chocolate here so I took a tip from a substitutions site and added 1/2 Tablespoon sugar to each ounce of the semi-sweet chocolate that I used. I also needed a little more cream to make the topping spreadable. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
08/29/2002
This is an extremely tasty option for good old fashioned German Chocolate Cake. The cake was fluffy and topping a great not overly sweet addition to it. Everyone who tried it raved! Deffinately a future use in my repertoire! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/11/2011
Delicious! I served this as dessert when my in-laws came over for dinner. Everyone loved it! I made it with Splenda and I served it with no-sugar added vanilla ice-cream. The frosting is especially tasty! Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
06/25/2008
The recipe was okay. I didn't really like it much. I ate some. Probably wont try that recipe again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/20/2009
We chose this recipe for our Pastries class for our final project.It turned out great! it is the most delicious cake I have ever eaten! I think I am gonna make today one for my family! I would rate it even more then 5 stars.(We actually changed it a little bit.After we made the dough we cut it in two equal parts and made the cake from two layers. And we added some frosting on top and between layers.:)) Read More
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