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German Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Ro Targonski
Added: Friday, May 16, 2008

Category:
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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
1 package (4 ounces) Baker's sweet chocolate
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup butter
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk

Directions:
Directions:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Melt chocolate in boiling water; let cool. Cream butter in a large mixing bowl. Gradually blend in sugar. Add egg yolks one at a time. Add vanilla and melted chocolate; mix until blended. Sift flour with soda and salt; alternately add with milk to chocolate mixture. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until foamy throughout; gently fold into batter.

Pour into three 8-inch pans that have been greased and floured. Bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool in pans for about 15 minutes, then remove to wire racks.

Spread Coconut-Pecan Filling (see recipe) between layers and on top of cake; do not cover sides.

Personal Notes:
Personal Notes:
I've made this cake with all-purpose flour instead of cake flour and with regular milk, even skim, instead of buttermilk, and it has been fine. Instead of dusting the pans with flour, use unsweetened cocoa powder so there is no white residue on the cake; don't use cocoa with any sweetener or the cake could stick to the pans.

Rita found the recipe for this cake and its filling in a newspaper or magazine many years ago. Since I can't really cook, I've sort of specialized in desserts, and this one has been a popular family birthday cake, along with Grandma's Walnut Cake (below).

 

 

 

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