Homemade German Chocolate Cake
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!
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.