When is the last time you had a really good German chocolate cake recipe? If a single chocolate tastes good, wait until you have double. You will never come up short with satisfying your sweet tooth. Try this Double Chocolate German Chocolate Cake recipe at home and taste the difference. It’s a sweet temptation that’s so hard to resist.
Double Chocolate German Chocolate Cake
Cooking spray to grease pans
4 oz sweet baking chocolate
1/2 cup water
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or 2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter or margarine (2 sticks), room temperature
4 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
Coconut-Pecan Filling and Topping
German Chocolate Cake Directions:
- Heat the oven to 350°F. Spray the bottoms and sides of three 8-inches or 9-inch round cake pans with the cooking spray. Cut three 8-inch or two 9-inch rounds of waxed paper or cooking parchment paper. Line bottoms of pans with the paper.
- Coarsely chop the chocolate. In a 1-quart saucepan, heat the chocolate and water over low heat, stirring frequently, until chocolate is completely melted; remove from heat and cool.
- Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, stir the flour, baking soda and salt until mixed; set aside. In another medium bowl, beat 2 cups sugar and 1 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy; set aside.
- Place an egg separator over a small bowl. Crack 1 egg over the egg separator to separate the yolk from the white. Separate 3 more eggs. Place yolks in a small bowl. (Save the whites for another recipe.)
- With a hand mixer or stand mixer on medium speed, beat 1 egg yolk at a time into the sugar mixture until mixed. On low speed, beat in the melted chocolate and 1 teaspoon vanilla. On low speed, beat in 1/2 of the flour mixture just until smooth, then beat in 1/2 of the buttermilk just until smooth. Repeat beating in flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk just until smooth.
- Wash and dry mixer beaters. In a small bowl, beat the egg whites on high speed until beaten egg whites form stiff peaks when beaters are lifted. Add egg whites to the batter; to fold in, use a rubber spatula to cut down vertically through the batter, then slide the spatula across the bottom of the bowl and up the side, turning batter over. Rotate the bowl 1/4 turn, and repeat this down-across-up motion. Continue folding until batter and egg whites are blended.
- Pour batter into pans; use a rubber spatula to scrape batter from a bowl, spread batter evenly in pans and smooth top of batter. (If the batter is not divided evenly, spoon batter from one pan to another.) Refrigerate batter in the third pan if not all pans will fit in the oven at one time; bake third pan separately.
- Bake 8-inch pans 35 to 40 minutes, 9-inch pans 30 to 35 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
- Cool cakes in pans 10 minutes. To remove cake from pan, invert onto cooling rack, then invert right side up on second cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
- Separate the 3 eggs; save the egg whites for another recipe. In a 2-quart saucepan, stir the egg yolks, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter, the evaporated milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla until well mixed. Cook over medium heat about 12 minutes, stirring frequently, until thick and bubbly. Stir in the coconut and pecans. Cool about 30 minutes, beating occasionally with a spoon, until mixture is spreadable.
- Place 1 cake layer, rounded side down, on a cake plate; using a metal spatula, spread 1/3 of the filling over the layer. Add the second layer, rounded side down; spread with 1/3 of the filling. Add third layer, rounded side up; spread with remaining filling, leaving side of cake unfrosted. Store cake covered in the refrigerator.
This should yield up to 12 servings. You just need a total of 2 hours and 20 minutes to bake this sweet German treat. Indulge.
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