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Debbi's German Chocolate Cake

Courses: Dessert
Serves: 10 people

Recipe Ingredients

  Cake Batter
8 oz 227gGerman chocolate - divided
1/2 cup 118mlBoiling water
2 cups 125g / 4.4ozAll-purpose flour
1/2 cup 55g / 1.9ozCocoa powder
1 tablespoon 15mlBaking powder
1 teaspoon 5mlSalt
1 1/2   Unsalted butter - room temp
2 cups 396g / 13ozGranulated sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons 7.5mlVanilla extract
3 teaspoons 15mlEggs - separated (large)
1 cup 237mlHot mashed potatoes
1/2 cup 118mlButtermilk
  Coconut Pecan Frosting
2 1/4 cups 445g / 15ozGranulated sugar
2 1/4   Unsalted butter
17 oz 483gEvaporated milk
6 oz 170gEgg yolks (large)
1 tablespoon 15mlPlus 1 tsp vanilla extract
3 cups 438g / 15ozPecans - chopped - toasted
10 1/2 oz 298gSweetened coconut flakes - toasted
12   Pecan halves - for garnish

Recipe Instructions

Cake Directions:

Butter and flour 3 nine inch cake pans. Preheat oven to 350F.

Grate 4 ounces of the German 's chocolate and set aside. Blend the remaining 4 ounces of German 's Chocolate with the boiling water in a small bowl or measuring cup; set aside to cool slightly.

In a large bowl whisk together and blend well the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Set aside.

With electric mixer, blend 1 1/2 sticks butter, sugar; add egg yolks one at a time blending well after each addition. Ad vanilla and continue to blend. Add mashed potatoes, beat in. Pour in chocolate-water mixture and blend well. Blending slowly at first and speeding up as additions are made, alternately add dry ingredients and buttermilk 1/3 at a time. End with dry ingredients.

In a glass, copper, or stainless steel bowl beat three egg whites to form stiff peaks. Gently fold egg whites and grated chocolate into batter to blend completely.

Distribute batter in three prepared pans as evenly as possible.

Bake 20 to 25 minutes at 350F.

Remove when done. Cool on a wire rack.

Frosting Directions:

Remove 1/2 cup of the toasted pecans and 2 tablespoons of the toasted coconut and set aside for garnish.

In a sauce pan on medium heat, mix evaporated milk and 2 1/4 sticks butter. Whisk and melt until thoroughly blended. Add sugar and whisk to blend and cook down the sugar. Whisking briskly so as not to cook the egg, add egg yolks one at a time. Add vanilla and mix well. Cook over low-medium heat for about 12 minutes to cook it down and until it has a rich caramel color. Cool slightly. Stir in the coconut and toasted pecans; blend well.

Finishing cake: Stack layers, using a thin layer of frosting as filling. Frost entire cake. Use remaining pecans, press evenly into sides of cake all the way around. Place pecan halves around edge of top. Place coconut in the center of the top.

NOTES : Debbi recommends cooking extra potatoes for dinner meals. Before seasoning them remove 1 cup amounts and freeze in zip-lock bags. When needed for cake or breads just nuke to thaw and heat.

Debbi Fields Great American Desserts


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