German Chocolate Cake
(I originally shared this recipe over on Chocolate, Chocolate and More.)
The story behind this German Chocolate Cake.
Last summer, I think around August, my husband’s Uncle Wayne pulled me aside.
Uncle Wayne: I would like to put in my order for my birthday cake.
Me: Uncle Wayne, your birthday is in December.
Uncle Wayne: Yes, I know but want to let you know now that I want a German Chocolate Cake just like my momma used to make. No nuts. I don’t want no stupid nuts in my cake.
Me: I never met your momma so how would I know how to make her cake?
Uncle Wayne: You never disappoint, you will make a great one.
Me: okay, you got it!
Needless to say, I spent months trying to find the perfect german chocolate cake for him and I settled on this one. The recipe is adapted from David Lebovitz, as I found most of the recipes on the internet are based off his. I figured it must be a great one.
If you are a chocolate or coconut lover, this classic cake is for you! To be precise, four layers of moist chocolate cake soaked in rum syrup and filled with sweet coconut pecan custard filling and wrapped beautifully in a chocolate ganache frosting. It pretty much a classic chocolate (and coconut) lover’s dream cake. Now, the one pictured here doesn’t have the traditional pecan in the filling but I put it in the recipe as that is how it should be. My uncle just didn’t roll that way and I can attest that the cake was still delicious without it.
Despite the long instructions, this cake is very EASY to assemble and you will not regret making it for a loved one. The chocolate cake bakes two 9-inch layer cakes that you can slice horizontally for more layers or you can leave as is. The rum syrup adds a great flavor and is used to soak the cake layers…nicely infused into the cake. The filling is a coconut custard, made with unsweetened coconut flakes, eggs and cream. Finally the icing is a rich chocolate ganache, that’s chilled until thickened. I need to make all my chocolate icing like this. So simple and so so rich. Just a wonderful, decadent cake!
Since it was a birthday cake, I didn’t get pictures of the inside for you but you can imagine it is filled with the coconut filling that you see on top of the cake.
My Uncle Wayne loved the cake very much and he said it was close to how his momma used to make it. Moments like these are why I LOVE baking for my family. I hope one day my little boy will ask his future wife to bake him a coconut cake like I used to. recipe adapted from David Lebovitz
(Aside: Bloggers and internet creators, please, please source your recipes. So many german chocolate cake recipes out there are David’s. Just because you don’t include the pecans or reduce the coconut, it still isn’t yours.)
recipe adapted from David Lebovitz
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