German Chocolate Cake Recipe

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German Chocolate Cake Recipe
 
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Recipe type: Dessert
Serves: 12
Ingredients
  • 4 ounces German sweet chocolate, chopped
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 eggs, separated
  • 1 teaspoon Spice Islands® pure vanilla extract
  • 2-1/2 cups cake flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • FROSTING:
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • ½ cup butter
  • 3 egg yolks, beaten
  • 1-1/3 cups flaked coconut
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 teaspoon Spice Islands® pure vanilla extract
  • ICING:
  • ½ teaspoon shortening
  • 1 ounce semisweet chocolate
Instructions
  1. Line three greased 9-in. round baking pans with waxed paper. Grease waxed paper and set aside. In small saucepan, melt chocolate with water over low heat; cool.
  2. In a large bowl, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in 4 egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Blend in melted chocolate and vanilla. Combine the flour, baking soda and salt; add to the creamed mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a small bowl and with clean beaters, beat the 4 egg whites until stiff peaks form. Fold a fourth of the egg whites into the creamed mixture; fold in remaining whites.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pans. Bake at 350° for 24-28 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes before removing from pans to wire racks to cool completely.
  5. For frosting, in a small saucepan, heat the sugar, milk, butter and egg yolks over medium-low heat until mixture is thickened and golden brown, stirring constantly. Remove from the heat. Stir in the coconut, pecans and vanilla extract. Cool until thick enough to spread. Spread a third of the frosting over each cake layer and stack the layers.
  6. In a microwave, melt chocolate and shortening; stir until smooth; drizzle down sides of cake.

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