What makes german chocolate cake different than any other chocolate cake except the filling? The recipe I found on here looks just like any other chocolate cake except it called for German chocolate squares (which I don't think I can get around here).
"German" chocolate cake is not German at all.
It got it's name from a recipe contribution to a newspaper from General Foods.
Samuel German created a sweet baking chocolate for the Baker's company, and it was called "Baker's German's Sweet Baking Chocolate".
The apostrophe got dropped and it was over time just called "German Chocolate Cake".
The Baker's company still sells "German" chocolate baking squares, which are sweeter than semi-sweet.
You will find them with the other chocolate products in a grocery most of the time.
Not everyone uses sweeter chocolate anymore though, (or buttermilk either..sad.)
In my recipes at least, there is less chocolate used as it was sweeter, hence the lighter color of the cake, but still rich flavor.