Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The Best German Chocolate Cake in All the Land

This is the most rich, chocolatey, gooey, german chocolate cake you will ever eat!

Seriously. This is the best German chocolate cake I have ever made. In fact, it's the best cake that I've ever made period. And I've made a lot.

In the few months since I first invented this recipe, I've made it so many times by popular demand that people are no longer requesting "that one German chocolate cake". Now it's just "Yammie, will you bring your cake this weekend?"
 

 
 
This is the recipe that I want to be remembered for. When I die, leaving my grief stricken friends and family behind, I don't want their tears to be for the loss of my company, but for the loss of this cake. I want my descendents to say to one another, "Remember Granny's old German chocolate cake? Now that was a wonder. That was an achievement. If only we could leave such a legacy to the world, as Granny did." And perhaps a tear will tremble in their eyes as they remember the wonderfulness of the best cake that ever was, and know that they will never have it again.

Except, oops. Granny is posting the recipe on the internet so anyone in the world will be able to make it forever.

 

 
 
I don't know what's the best part; the rich, brownie-like cake, the gooey German chocolate frosting, or the fudgy milk chocolate frosting. They really all deserve their own post. Or their own shrine. 

I also don't think I'm using that semi-colon right, but I get points for trying, right? 
 
 


 
 
 
I actually made this cake for myself for my birthday. For some reason people found this funny, me making a cake for myself. People also thought it was weird that I got a present for myself. I mean, I just happened to get myself a set of earrings the day before my birthday, so my sister wrapped them up and wrote "To: Yammie, From: Herself". Seems to make sense to me though. I thought it was only right to give myself a little token of appreciation for turning TWENTY-ONE. 
 
 
 


 
 
 
Yes, 21. Brace yourself for some new ingredients in the recipes here on the Noshery. 
 
 
 


 
 
But back to the cake. I can't even say enough good things about it. I actually lightly based the recipe for the cake on this fabulous recipe on Crumbs and Cookies (seriously, go check it out). Whenever I take it out of the oven, my brother Tay always says, "I can just smell the texture." What does that even mean??

The milk chocolate frosting is a perfect compliment to the rich, dark cake. When my the afore mentioned Tay took a spoon out of the bowl, he just started strutting around the kitchen like he had just singlehandedly saved a busload of children from crashing into a pit of vipers and I was like, "Um, what are you doing?" and he just said, "I like what I'm eating!"

And of course, the German chocolate frosting is awesome as usual. I based this one on the frosting for my German Chocolate Brownies, which I (very patriotically) made for the Fourth of July. But as we all know, (or as you would know if you read the brownie post), German chocolate cake is actually not German at all. It's just made with "German chocolate" which is named after an American dude who's name was German.

And this cake isn't even made with German chocolate, so I'm not really sure what it is. Whatever it is, it's delicious. Good day.








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19 comments:

  1. That really does look like the best German Chocolate Cake! I know 3 people with birthdays coming up that love German Chocolate. I will definitely be trying out this recipe!

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  2. Hi!

    I'm Kathi from Germany and love your blog. I'm curious about this recipe, because here in Germany there is no such cake like this. Where is this recipe from? It looks amazing!

    Bye, Kathi

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    1. The cake is named after Samuel German, who is an English-American who created a new type of dark baking chocolate in the mid 1800s.

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  3. My family typically enjoys pies for cakes with fruit. I made this cake for a friends birthday and my family went nuts!!!! Leftovers were going into work, not this time!!! The flavors are wonderful individually and combined are a blissful explosion in your mouth!!!! A second cake is being made for work tomorrow! This is a keeper! Thanks for sharing!!!!!

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  4. I found your recipe on pintrest, thank you for sharing! It truly is the best German Chocolate cake recipe I've ever tried! Cheers!

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  5. I made this cake for a special occasion and it was so good that I got all the attention in the room once it was cut...I felt like a superstar. ..thank u yammie

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  6. Am I suppose to cook everything or just the butter and cocoa??

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  7. The cake was named after an American chocolatier Sam German. It was originally called German's Chocolate Cake.

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  8. I made this for the first time for my friends birthday. ... He loved it! !! It was so yummy and moist. I posted pics on my fb and got a lot of good response. Thank you so much for sharing💕💕💕

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  9. Kimberly geonnotti MommadukesApril 26, 2015 at 9:22 AM

    This is the best!!! My daughter loves it and my mom and family...I love it! Thanks for the recipe! I have many recipes for this including my dad who was a baker...his cheescake the bomb ..but this cake was just awesome I have made it three times already and mom said hint hint for mothers thank you!!! :-)

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  10. What can I substitute for coffee? My boyfriend hates the taste of coffee. Would water or coconut milk be fine?

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  11. Do you think I could make these into cupcakes or would that most likely be a disaster? It is really great as cake

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    1. I used leftover batter and made cupcakes and they were great! I forget how long I baked them, but they definitely work as cupcakes. :)

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  12. This is my go to chocolate cake. Like I use it in so many ways beyond the German chocolate version! So thanks for that. A question though - do you use Dutch process dark chocolate cocoa powder? I’ve gone down a bunny hill of late and apparently Hershey’s changed their formula. Thanks!

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  13. I use the Hershey's special dark cocoa!

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  14. Made this for my birthday. I used King Arthur gluten free 1:1 flour. The cake is the best chocolate cake I’ve had or made. Will be our go to! There was too much powdered sugar in the milk chocolate frosting for my taste, so I’d recommend that people taste as they go and add it in one cup at a time so that they can adjust to their own preferences. Really special cake!! Thanks so much for sharing!

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  15. What else is a baker to do except make their own birthday cake?!? I’m so happy to meet someone else who thinks this is the perfect plan! I absolutely LOVE chocolate and when you add coconut and pecans, I’m in. My birthday is in a few weeks and this looks like the perfect choice for 2023. Thanks for sharing your recipe - I look forward to enjoying it!

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  16. Sooooo……. I used whole pecans. I definitely should have chopped these up. I am so sad because I came this far and screwed up the coconut frosting.

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  17. Can you help me perfect my frosting?? Do you have any videos showing what your frosting looks like. I followed the instructions but need to figure out why frosting doesn’t look like yours

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