German Chocolate Cake??

Baking By Auryn Updated 13 May 2008 , 4:38pm by Auryn

Auryn Posted 12 May 2008 , 4:28am
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Hi all.
Well apparently my boyfriend's favorite type of cake is German Chocolate.
Problem is I've never had German Chocolate cake and have no idea what it entails.
I know it has a particular filling, but have no idea what it tastes like.

I would like to do something fondant covered- Im thinking the half barrel with the swimming duckies (he has a love for rubber duckies, and I own ducks).
Is this doable or does it have to be frosted with chocolate frosting like all the ones ive seen online??

Lastly, does anyone have a recipe for an out of this world german chocolate cake??


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JanH Posted 12 May 2008 , 8:32am
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mgigglin Posted 12 May 2008 , 9:34am
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I use the recipe inside the box of Baker's German Chocolate. I just love that recipe and ahve converted non German chocolate lovers over just because of it!

Oh... now I may have to go make one! That sounds sooooo yummy!!


Homemade-Goodies Posted 12 May 2008 , 9:38am
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Auryn, the cake itself is made of German sweet chocolate, which gives it the name - BUT, you can't have German Chocolate Cake without the caramel/pecan or walnut/coconut filling...that is what really sets it apart!

I made one recently, using chocolate buttercrem for outer walls, using the CC recipe with walnuts:

Best of luck - the recipe is easy, and for sure yummy!!


Tona Posted 12 May 2008 , 10:30am
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The coconut pecan icing is what makes the german chocolate cake. If this is his favorite cake I would use the traditioinal way of doing it. You can make a different cake to do the theme.

amoos Posted 12 May 2008 , 11:01am
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Since you are all talking about German Chocolate.....I have a question (sorry don't wanna hyjack the thread). Guy requested German chocolate cake with chocolate ganache filling......would this still be a german chocolate cake then? I though it HAD to have the coconut pecan filling?????

Homemade-Goodies Posted 12 May 2008 , 11:12am
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I know as a kid my grandma made it with a chocolate filling, but the caramel/pecan/coconut frosting on top & sides then. As long as it's some variation of all the bits, maybe...?

mgigglin Posted 12 May 2008 , 11:19am
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German choc cake is typically made with yes the wonderful coconut pecan frosting but even if you just do the cake the actual choc cake recipe is a bit different than a regular choc cake. It is lighter and not as chocolatier as a regular choclate cake. does that make sense? I'm sure you could do it with a ganache that might taste really good!


amoos Posted 12 May 2008 , 11:25am
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Homemade-Goodies Posted 12 May 2008 , 11:26am
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I agree that the actual cake is different a normal chocolate cake...just as Devil's Food is. Of course you can just use the cake with ganache....but I'm willing to bet if the boyfriend asked for German Chocolate Cake, he didn't just mean the cake part, but rather to entire package. Why couldn't ganache be drizzled over it all.....yummers!

Auryn Posted 13 May 2008 , 4:38pm
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thanks everyone
for some reason i didnt get a notice that anyone had replied,
promise I wasnt ignoring anyone.

So I guess I will do a traditional cake with all the frosting.
No fondant
oohh could I wrap the traditionally frosted cake with a chocolate wrap?

ya he definitely said he loves the frosting- all he could tell me was that it has coconut in it. Hes a really bad one for ingredients- swears he hates something even though hes never tried it- Men sheesh.

thanks everyone
I gotta get practicing it seems
guess my employees will be eating chocolate cake for the next few months.

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