German Chocolate Cake
This classic 3-layer cake is the perfect choice for a special occasion. JUST NOT MY BIRTHDAY!!!
German Chocolate Cake is a layered chocolate cake. The layers are filled and topped with a coconut pecan frosting. Sweet baking chocolate is traditionally used for the chocolate flavor in the cake. Very few modern recipes require baking chocolate in their versions of the recipe. The filling and topping is a caramel made with egg yolks and evaporated milk. After the caramel is cooked, coconut and pecans are added into the mixture. Sometimes chocolate frosting is spread on the sides of the cake and piped around the edges of the layers to hold in the filling.
Baker's Chocolate the brand name of the line of baking chocolates manufactured today by the Kraft Foods. Products include an assortment of chocolate products, including unsweetened, and sweetened coconut flakes. In 1765, John Hannon and Dr. James Baker began importing cocoa beans and producing chocolate in Massachusetts. Baker's Chocolate began in 1780. Their first product was a block of chocolate for making a sweetened chocolate drink. Production was limited to one kind of chocolate. 1852 when Samuel German created a sweet chocolate that had higher sugar content than other baking chocolates. This chocolate was given his name "German's Sweet Chocolate".
Contrary to popular belief, the German Chocolate cake does not originate from Germany. The name comes from Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate, which was created in 1852 by a man named Samuel German for the Baker's Chocolate Company. Samuel German created a sweet chocolate that had higher sugar content than other baking chocolates. A homemaker submitted the original recipe for “German’s Chocolate Cake”. She submitted the recipe to a local Dallas, Texas newspaper in 1957. The cake became very popular. General Foods, which owned the Baker’s Chocolate brand at the time, distributed the recipe to other newspapers in the country, to boost...
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