german chocolate cake

German Chocolate CakeIMG_6716


2 cups granulated sugar

1 3/4 cups flour

3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder

1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 eggs, room temperature

1 cup buttermilk

1/2 cup vegetable or canola oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 cup boiling water

Coconut Pecan Frosting:

1/2 cup light brown sugar

1/2 granulated sugar

1/2 cup butter

3 egg yolks

3/4 cup evaporated milk

1 tablespoon vanilla extract

1 cup lightly chopped pecans

1 cup shredded sweetened coconut flakes

Chocolate Frosting:

1/2 cup butter, melted

2/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder

3 cups powdered sugar

1/3 cup evaporated milk

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Bake cakes first- In medium size bowl, measure sugar, flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda and salt.  In mixing bowl, begin mixing eggs, buttermilk, oil and vanilla.  When egg mixture is combined, add dry ingredients.  Then add boiling water to cake mixture, scraping sides of mixing bowl as necessary.  Beat for a minute until combined.  Batter will be very thin.

Spray two 8 or 9 inch cake pans with pan release.  Pour cake mixture into pans and bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until inserted toothpick comes out cleanly.  Allow cakes to cool in pans for 5 minutes and then invert onto rack or onto parchment on counter top.  Allow to cool completely before assembling cake.

While cakes are baking, prepare coconut frosting- Measure brown sugar, granulated sugar, butter, egg yolks and evaporated milk into medium size saucepan.  Begin to cook over medium heat stirring constantly until mixture begins to boil and thicken. Remove from heat and stir in vanilla, pecans and coconut.  Allow to cool completely.

While coconut frosting and cakes are cooling, make chocolate frosting- Place melted butter in mixing bowl and begin to beat.  Add cocoa powder.  Add powdered sugar and evaporated milk alternately beating after each addition until desired consistency is met. Add vanilla and mix in completely.

Too assemble cake- Place one chocolate cake on serving plate or stand.  Spread thin layer of chocolate frosting on top of cake layer. Cover top evenly with 1/3 of coconut frosting leaving about 1/2 inch between filling and edge of cake.

Place second cake round on top of first.  Spread entire cake with chocolate frosting making sure sides are smooth.  Spoon remaining coconut frosting on top of cake.  Voila!

enjoy xo


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