German Chocolate Cake for the Germany Bound

My wonderful, yet jealousy-inducing friend, Melissa, moved to Italy back in August. Now her boyfriend got a job with Adidas in Germany and is moving to Nuremberg for an undetermined amount of time.

Pros: I get to visit her (hopefully in March!) and live vicariously through her.
Cons: My crafting/knitting/tea loving/thursday night dinner buddy doesn’t live a quick 1 Cali bus ride away from me anymore!

Luckily she came to visit this weekend during her month back stateside and we had a book club dinner party. The book you ask? There was none, but there were cocktails and food and friends and that is all that mattered. And I made German Chocolate Cake for my Germany-bound friend.

Warning: there is a LOT of butter.

German Chocolate Cake


*From Martha Stewart’s Inside Out German Chocolate Cake

  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) unsalted butter, plus more for pans
  • 7 ounces bittersweet chocolate
  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease two 9 inch round pans (preferably springform).

Melt the chocolate and butter together in a double boiler and set aside. Mix the flour and salt together in a small bowl and set aside. Put the sugar and eggs in your mixing bowl and beat for about 3-5 minutes with the electric mixer until fluffy. Add vanilla as well as the chocolate mixture to the sugar and eggs and mix some more. Finally, add in the flour mixture until all is blended.

Distribute your mixture evenly among the two 9 inch pans. (I tried three eight inch pans, but I wouldn’t recommend it again!) Bake for about 20 minutes and let cool.


*From Martha Stewart’s Inside Out German Chocolate Cake

  • 1 fourteen-ounce sweetened condensed milk
  • 10 tablespoons (1 1/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large egg yolks
  • 2 cups shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 1/2 cups finely chopped pecans

Melt sweet milk, butter, and vanilla in a medium saucepan over medium heat until all is melted and combined.

Whisk egg yolks in a medium bowl and slowly add the hot milk mixture while whisking constantly (you don’t want to cook the eggs!). Pour this back into the saucepan and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes, until thickened.

Fold in your coconut and pecans and set aside until it’s time to put together the cake. You can make this ahead and put in the refrigerator for up to two days.


*From Sass and Veracity’s Inside Out German Chocolate Cake

2-1/2 sticks unsalted butter (1-1/4 c.)
10 oz. semisweet chocolate
3 T light corn syrup

Melt the butter and chocolate together in a double boiler. Take off the heat and add the corn syrup. Put this into the refrigerator for about 10 minutes to get it the right consistency for frosting the cake. If you put it in for two long, just microwave it for a little to get the desired consistency.

Now you have all of the parts to the German Chocolate Cake! To assemble, start out by putting 3 small pieces of wax paper on your serving plate. Then put on the first layer of cake.

Now, put in the filling, then the 2nd cake on top. My circular cake didn’t look so circular.

So I made it into a square cake! I’m going to use the leftovers for some cake balls at a later date.

And frost as desired! I got out my cake tips and used a little coconut and a pecan on top for extra decoration.

13 Responses

  1. Can I live vicariously through her too? One of these days I hope to make it two both of those places. The cake comes in a close second to international adventure though. My mom’s loves German Chocolate Cake and it’s been way to long since we had one, I will keep yours in mind. Hope you have a great weekend.

    1. Thanks Gina! The one good thing for me is that I have an excuse to go to Germany 🙂 I heard they don’t even make these cakes there…I’ll found out when I’m there!

  2. I really love a good German Chocolate Cake and yours looks so good. It has been a while since I baked a good german chocolate cake for my family.. will do it soon so we get to have slices of it during our Chinese New Year. You have just given me an idea.. Cheers, Jo

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