Thursday, March 12, 2009

German Chocolate Cake

If you like German Chocolate cake (or even if you don't), you will LOOOVE this. It makes for a great presentation too!

German Chocolate Cake

1 pkg. (4 oz.) Baker’s Sweet German Chocolate Bars
½ c. water
2 c. flour
1 tsp. baking soda
¼ tsp. salt
1 c. butter, softened
2 c. sugar
4 eggs, seperated
1 tsp. vanilla
1 c. buttermilk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and line bottoms of 3 9-inch round pans with wax paper. Microwave chocolate and water in large bowl for 1 ½ - 2 minutes or until chocolate is almost melted. Stir until completely melted.

With electric mixer, beat egg whites until they form stiff peaks. Set aside.

Mix flour, soda, and salt together and set aside. Beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg yolks one at a time, beating well each time. Stir in chocolate and vanilla. Add flour mixture alternately with buttermilk, beating until smooth each time. Gently fold in stiff egg whites. Pour batter into pans. Bake for 30 minutes, or until done.

Remove cakes and run knife along sides. Cool 15 minutes then remove from pans and cool on wire racks. Prepare frosting and spread between layers and on top (not sides). Serves 12.

Frosting:
1 ½ c. (12 oz.) evaporated milk
1 ½ c. sugar
4 slightly beaten egg yolks
¾ c. butter
1 ½ tsp. vanilla

Combine ingredients in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until mixture thickens and turns a golden brown (approx. 12 minutes). Remove from heat and stir in:
2 c. coconut
1 ½ c. chopped pecans

Beat until cool and spreadable.
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