German Chocolate Cake Recipe

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German chocolate cake is very tasty looking and of course very tasty, and one of the most popular cakes in the U.S. and Canada.

  • Profile picture of the author seasoned
    WOW, I WISH it were popular in the US. Black forest cherry cake appears to be more popular. The cherry cake is certainly german, but there is a rumor that the german chocolate may not be, so I don't think THAT is the reason. They both have a chocolate base.

    Anyway, YEAH, german chocolate cake is one I LOVE! And apparently pecans are traditional.

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    • Profile picture of the author ThomM
      Don't know if it's the same recipe (didn't watch the video) but I use to make a German Chocolate cake at the country club that was always a hit.
      I also made a German cheese cake that I've had people from Germany say tasted just like what they had at home
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    • Originally Posted by seasoned View Post

      WOW, I WISH it were popular in the US. Black forest cherry cake appears to be more popular. The cherry cake is certainly german, but there is a rumor that the german chocolate may not be, so I don't think THAT is the reason. They both have a chocolate base.

      Anyway, YEAH, german chocolate cake is one I LOVE! And apparently pecans are traditional.

      Steve
      It was originally from the name 'German' but did not originate in Germany...

      I'm sure everybody is familiar with Baker's Sweet German Chocolate. Right? Well, it was developed by a man by the name of Sam German in 1852. It was originally called Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate...eventually the 's' at the end of German was dropped (in the name of the cake, not the name of the Baker's brand chocolate). It is rumored that the first recipe for German's Chocolate Cake was published in a Dallas newspaper in 1957...sent in by a Texas homemaker. The (then) owners of Baker's Chocolate, General Foods saw it and immediately sent copies of the recipe and accompanying photographs to newspapers across the whole great U.S. of A! Smart move on their part because sales for Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate jumped 73% in the year that followed the mass publication.* The recipe was often requested for reprint by readers who missed it the first time around. And today, more than 50 years later, it is still a much requested and made cake here in the U.S....girlichef: "German" Chocolate Cake (what's in a name?)
      My favorite, btw...(if anyone would care to send me one! :rolleyes: )
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      • Profile picture of the author seasoned
        Originally Posted by MoneyMagnetMagnate View Post

        It was originally from the name 'German' but did not originate in Germany...



        My favorite, btw...(if anyone would care to send me one! :rolleyes: )
        YEP, that is what I heard!


        Ok well, german might have been german, who knows.

        BTW I used to request it ALL THE TIME, but restaurants, etc... rarely have it. 8-(

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    I have never heard of German cheesecake, but German Chocolate is probably my favorite cake of all.
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    • Profile picture of the author thunderbird
      Originally Posted by KimW View Post

      I have never heard of German cheesecake<snip>
      Here's a German cheesecake shot:

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      Originally Posted by KimW View Post

      I have never heard of German cheesecake, but German Chocolate is probably my favorite cake of all.
      It's delicious
      You make it with cottage cheese instead of cream cheese and it has a flour based crust as opposed to graham cracker.
      To give you an idea of how it tastes, the first time I made it the filling didn't 'set'. So I scoped it into small bowls and put it on the dessert cart as a mock rice pudding.
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      Originally Posted by KimW View Post

      I have never heard of German cheesecake, but German Chocolate is probably my favorite cake of all.
      I make those. My landlady in Germany taught me how to make them. Even when I lose the recipe I can convert another one easy enough - it's in the mixing and heat.

      The best thing I've ever tasted though was creme bruhle cheesecake. That and my family's traditional strawberry birthday cake - it's killer. If those were the only two sweets on the planet I'd survive just merrily. Of course, homemade sugar cookies and rice pudding should also be a part of any sensible diet, too. Diversity really does make a more well rounded nutrition plan.
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  • But Sam German was more than likely German...unless he changed it from 'Schneedleflecker', or Schicklgruber...which doesn't have quite the same ring to it...
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      Originally Posted by MoneyMagnetMagnate View Post

      But Sam German was more than likely German...unless he changed it from 'Schneedleflecker', or Schicklgruber...which doesn't have quite the same ring to it...
      Could be somewhere along the way, but maybe not the recent past?
      My great grandfather was not from Holland, even though his last name was Hollander (the one who was disowned by his family for the scandal of marrying an actress, a gentile one at that).

      Anyhow, now I want to eat chocolate cake. Who was behind this thread -- the chocolate cake Illuminati?
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  • My Mom used to bake me a German Chocolate cake every year for my Birthday...

    it brings back fond Momeries...
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  • Profile picture of the author bruisjem
    I like chocolate cake recipes very much because i like to make chocolate cake with different flavors at my home which is fresh and healthy.
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  • Profile picture of the author rahem
    beautiful sharing
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  • Profile picture of the author Patrician
    gERMAN cHOCOLATE cAKE isn't cHOCOLATE enough for me.

    I like dEVILS fOOD with dARK cHOCOLATE fROSTING aND wHITE wEDDING cAKE fROSTING iN the middle.

    But - never one to let an opportunity go by to remember a fond moment.

    A few Exes ago I was with a German/Italian guy from Wisconsin. It was his birthday and I went to this old bakery in San Francisco @ famous Woolworth's -

    I bought him a gERMAN cHOCOLATE little cake - and a few things. Well other events of the day came down and we had one of our 'SPATS' -

    I will always remember the look on his face when I hit the wall right beside his head with his gERMAN cHOCOLATE bIRTHDAY cAKE.

    It should have been on video because it landed as powder and all straight up with the layers including the turquoise colored birthday candles still strraight up.

    (clue if you try this at home old Woolworth's cakes were dry - they were all about Cheap (and the frosting).

    File Under Most Fun I ever had on somebody else's birthday.



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