01 September 2008

German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake
350° 30-40 minutes
3-8"cake pans

1 (4-oz.) package of Baker's Sweetened Chocolate
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup butter or margarine
2 cups sugar
4 eggs, yolks and whites separated
1 teaspoon Vanilla
2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk

Take one package of Baker's sweetened chocolate and mix it with 1/2 cup of boiling water. You are done mixing the chocolate once it is all dissolved. Let this cool before adding it to the following sugar/butter/egg mixture.

Mix 1 cup of butter with 2 cups of sugar until they are fluffy and rich. This should not take but a few minutes.

Slowly add in your egg yolks while beating the mixture. Once no more streaks, or spots of yellow remain they have been mixed in well enough.

Add cooled chocolate liquid and 1 teaspoon vanilla to the batter.

Add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the flour.

Add the buttermilk and flour to the mixture at the same time, but alternating between the two (buttermilk, flour, buttermilk, flour...) Don't stop mixing as you do this. Once you are done beating in the buttermilk and flour, make sure that it is smooth.

Take your four egg whites and beat them in a separate bowl at a high speed. When you lift the beater out of the bowl it should have a peak, or pointed tip at the end of it. This means they are done being whipped. (TIP: Make sure that there is no egg yolk mixed into your egg whites.)

Now fold in your egg whites SLOWLY. DO NOT STIR OR BEAT THEM IN. This would ruin the cake.

Pour equal amounts of batter into three 8 inch cake pans.

Put the cakes in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Do not open the oven until the cake has been in for the required time, if you do it may fall in the middle. Stick a tooth pick in your cake after baking. If it comes out clean your cake is done, if it comes out gooey then it needs another five to ten minutes.

Cool cake completely before frosting.

Coconut Pecan Frosting
(Double if frosting sides of cake)

Mix the following ingredients in a medium saucepan on a stove set on medium heat for about 12 minutes:
1 cup evaporated milk
1 cup sugar
3 beaten egg yolks
1/2 cup butter
1 teaspoon vanilla

Once you are done cooking the above ingredients add:
1 1/2 Cup coconut
1 Cup chopped pecans

Cool the frosting until it is firm and easy to spread.

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