German Chocolate Cake Recipe. This is the original old fashioned cake recipe, introduced by Bakers German Chocolate and was printed on their labels, in the late 1950's.
I won a Blue Ribbon for "Best Chocolate
Cake" in a Guilford County cake baking contest in Greensboro, North Carolina, in the 1970s, three times in a row.
For competitions, I frosted it with Creamy Chocolate Frosting that my family liked better than the original Coconut Pecan Frosting.
The cake Judges liked it better, too.
The Judges not only judged the cakes by how they looked, inside and out, they judged the cakes on how they tasted, using a point system.
Melt chocolate in boiling water.
Cream together butter and sugar.
Add yolks one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add chocolate and vanilla.
Sift together salt, soda, and flour.
Add flour and buttermilk alternately, mixing well until smooth.
Fold in beaten egg whites.
Pour into three, deep 8" or 9" round cake layer pans that have been lined with parchment paper and lightly greased and lightly dusted with flower.
Can use 2 deep, square cake pans.
Bake in a 350F. preheated oven 350F. for 30-40 minutes.
Remove from oven.
Let sit in pans 2-3 minutes then turn out of pan and place on a rack to cool.
Frost with Coconut Pecan Frosting, spreading between layers and on top.
milk, sugar, egg yolks, and butter. Cook over medium heat stirring
until thickened, about 12 minutes.
Remove from heat.
Stir in vanilla.
Add coconut and pecans.
Beat until thick enough to spread on cake.
butter, cocoa, salt, and vanilla together.
Beat in sugar, adding just
enough cream to make it a spreading consistency.
Beat on high speed to
make it real creamy.
Bake the German Chocolate Cake Recipe as above.
You can bake the cake in three deep 8" square cake pans instead of the round pans.
Frost between, on top and on the sides of two cake layers.
I am not convinced historians know the name of the person who actually invented this amazing cake formula.
They seem to agree it was a woman and she was living in Texas.
It is known that the recipe was being circulated by newspapers in Texas and other states in 1956.
A reader submitted a recipe to a newspaper in 1957 calling for the "German's Sweet Chocolate" a trademark of General Foods Company, in the ingredient list.
Because of the resulting soar in sales, General Foods refined the recipe adding their Angel Flake Product
I don't know if General Foods invented the famous frosting or it already existed and they just added their brand of coconut.
The recipe was printed on their German Chocolate label the same year, 1957.
General Foods had already named their Chocolate bar after their employee who developed it, Samuel German, in 1852, more than a 100 years prior to the cake recipe becoming famous.
In 1958, while I was working with Southern Bell Telephone and Telegraph Company in North Carolina, an employee and a good friend, brought the cake to work to share with us.
It was so delicious, I asked for the recipe.
After making the cake I was disappointed with the results.
Since the address and recipe was on the German Chocolate Bar label, I wrote a letter to General Foods explaining my disappointed results.
I promptly received a reply with a numbered list of steps to follow to ensure baking the perfect cake.
I followed those German Chocolate Cake Recipe steps, explicitly and did indeed bake the "perfect cake".
I wish I had saved that letter.