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Homemade German Chocolate Cake

Updated on December 3, 2011

This Recipe Makes Even the Novice Cook Look Like a Professional!

The one time of year we were lucky enough to get Mom’s homemade German Chocolate Cake was at Christmas. Of all the cakes she made, my favorite was her German Chocolate. Of course, being the oldest child gave me a negotiating advantage (until my siblings caught on) when it came to getting the batter and icing left in the bowl on baking day. I conveniently hung out in the kitchen that day to “help” Mom and would be the first to scrape every bit of batter out of the bowl before my brother or sister knew what was happening. As we grew older and they got wiser, it was necessary to become savvier with my negotiating skills. Even though I loved both the batter and icing, the icing was my first choice, so a dramatic display of batter sacrifice for my siblings was necessary in order to make sure all of the left over icing was mine! Yes, as you can see, I was a conniving and theatrical youngster!

Mom’s awesome cooking and baking are only two of the many things I miss about her, and Christmas time memories will always be some of my favorite. We didn’t grow up with much money, but we never experienced a lack of presents or food. She truly made our house a home, while daddy, bless his heart, had to find a way to balance the checkbook!

Today, my cousin Chris is our generation’s exceptional family baker. Each year, at our annual cousin’s Christmas “get together”, she bakes wonderful treats and some of them are my mom’s recipes. Last year, it was…..you guessed it….German Chocolate Cake! As I sat with a piece of the delicious delicacy on my plate, observing the little ones opening gifts and squealing with delight, I was ten again. My new vroom motor red bicycle sat under the carport waiting for its new owner. With a belly full of German Chocolate Cake and one cool set of wheels-this young girl was invincible-vrooooooooooom!

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German Chocolate Cake Recipe

6 oz(1 ½ pkgs) German Sweet Chocolate,

1 cup margarine (2 sticks),

4 eggs (separated),

2 cups sugar,

2 1/2 cups sifted all purpose flour,

1/4 tsp. salt,

1 tsp baking soda

1 cup buttermilk,

1 tsp. vanilla

Melt chocolate in double boiler over hot water. Cream the margarine and sugar. Blend in egg yolks and melted chocolate. Sift together dry ingredients. Add vanilla and fold in stiffly beaten egg whites. Add chocolate mixture. Pour batter into 3 greased and floured 9” cake pans. Bake at 350 degrees about 30-35 minutes (fork comes out clean). Turn onto rack to cool.

Topping for German Chocolate Cake

1 pint carnation can milk

½ lb. margarine

6 egg yolks

2 cups sugar

2 cups chopped pecans

2 cups angel flake coconut

Mix carnation milk, margarine, sugar and egg yolks in sauce pan and cook until it begins to thicken (about 12 minutes). Add nuts and coconut and let cool to tepid temp. Spread on cool cake.

ENJOY!!

A Crazy Music Video by Crowded House, Entitled "Chocolate Cake"

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    • picklesandrufus profile imageAUTHOR

      picklesandrufus 

      5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Hi DDE,

      It really is a great cake. Maybe you will make it one day. Appreciate the comment

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      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Looks so delicious!! Such a lovely treat thanks

    • picklesandrufus profile imageAUTHOR

      picklesandrufus 

      5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Hi Lovebuglena.....maybe we have found one that you will like! Thanks for stopping by/

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      Lena Kovadlo 

      5 years ago from Staten Island, NY

      Though I hate chocolate cake, or any cake for that matter, your recipe looks yummy! Thanks for sharing.

    • picklesandrufus profile imageAUTHOR

      picklesandrufus 

      5 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks so much for your comment, Dream On. This cake is so good!!!

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      DREAM ON 

      6 years ago

      My wife loves to cook I will leave her your recipe and I am sure she will make it soon.I am more of a bakers helper. I can't wait to lick the bowl as a special treat.I grew up helping my mom and getting to lick the spachula and the bowl was the best.Great hub as always making me crave for more.

    • picklesandrufus profile imageAUTHOR

      picklesandrufus 

      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Brian...go for it! You will love it.

      LA Brashear- You son will insist on one each year!

      Jennifer- I hope you make it one day.

      2besure-Of course you can make it and your husband will be happy!

      rajan- my mom used Bakers Chocolate or Hersheys...use the chocolate you have...it will be good.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 

      6 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      picklesandrufus, the cake looks so soft and inviting. But I wonder if any other chocolate can be a replacement for German chocolate. I'm not too sure of the availability of German chocolate in this part of the world. Any suggestions?

      Voted up. Bookmarked.

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      Pamela Lipscomb 

      6 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      This is my husband's favorite cake! Do I dare try to make it? I will not tell him, I going to make it, just in case it doesn't come out good!

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      Jennifer Essary 

      6 years ago from Idaho

      This is my favorite cake! Bookmarked and shared : )

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      LABrashear 

      6 years ago from My Perfect Place, USA

      Mmmmmmmmmm....this looks so good. I wish I'd seen this a couple of weeks ago. It's my son's favorite. He asked for German Chocolate Cake for his birthday - I obliged...but from a box. I'll try this soon. Thank you for sharing your family recipe! Voted up!

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      Brian Slater 

      6 years ago from England

      I'm a bit of a cake person myself and this looks just amazing. Sometimes cakes look that good you don't want to spoil them and this one looks like that. However, being a specialist cake eater means I can always try new recipes:) and this one looks terrific. Voted up and shared. :)

    • picklesandrufus profile imageAUTHOR

      picklesandrufus 

      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks girltalksshop! This recipe is so very good and worth the effort.Appreciate you stopping by.

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      girltalksshop 

      6 years ago

      Had to bookmark the recipe, as I love anything worthwhile that is chocolate. : ) Yummy!

      The video I found to be quite different and interesting.

    • picklesandrufus profile imageAUTHOR

      picklesandrufus 

      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Hi Stephaniedas,

      Please do! I could eat this cake everyday!!

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      Stephanie Das 

      6 years ago from Miami, US

      This recipe is classic. I will let you know if I make it!

    • picklesandrufus profile imageAUTHOR

      picklesandrufus 

      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks Eiddwen...please let me know if you make it!

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      Eiddwen 

      6 years ago from Wales

      Mmmmm another for me to vote up and bookmark.

      Thank you so much for sharing and here's to so many more to share on here.

      Take care my friend.

      Eddy.

    • picklesandrufus profile imageAUTHOR

      picklesandrufus 

      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thanks for checking out my hubs Deborah! Believe me, this cake is worth the work!

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      MMMMMM THIS CAKES LOOKS GREAT.. I am bookmarking this to try later.

      Awesome hub

      debbie

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      Cat R 

      6 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      The thing with baking in my house... They (my four house-monkeys called children) have the dough 'tasted' so well that I never get enough together to make a cake. So when I make birthday cakes (they are 'out of the box'), I buy four different flavored boxes of cake mix to get enough to make one cake. And I am guilty as charged too! grin

    • picklesandrufus profile imageAUTHOR

      picklesandrufus 

      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks for following Cat R! Maybe you should make one for the holidays!

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      Cat R 

      6 years ago from North Carolina, U.S.

      I am drooling! WUNDERBAR!

    • picklesandrufus profile imageAUTHOR

      picklesandrufus 

      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Thanks for checking out my Hub Ann..Eliza 57....please let me know if you make it...your family will thank you!!

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      Eliza57 

      6 years ago

      One of my favorites....the other is carrot cake. But,

      German Chocolate is hard to beat. Thanks for sharing, as I do love to collect good recipes.

    • picklesandrufus profile imageAUTHOR

      picklesandrufus 

      6 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      thanks Mary! It really is good!!

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      Mary Hyatt 

      6 years ago from Florida

      This is my favorite cake of all cakes!! Your recipe looks so good. Thanks for sharing.

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