Friday, December 15, 2017

German Chocolate Cake

This remains a highly requested holiday and birthday favorite. German chocolate is a lighter flavored chocolate. A German Chocolate Cake is traditionally spread with a coconut pecan frosting.

Tori Avey's German Chocolate Cake

The recipe is below, but you absolutely must visit the link to get a full appreciation for this cake.

Chocolate Ingredients

4 ounces sweet (German) chocolate, coarsely chopped (115 grams)
1/2 cup boiling water or brewed coffee (4.15 ounces/120 grams)
2 tsp vanilla extract

Batter Ingredients

2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour or 2 cups all-purpose flour, sifted (9 ounces/250 grams)
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp salt
1 cup unsalted butter or vegetable shortening, softened (65 to 67°F) (2 sticks/8 ounces/225 grams)
2 cups granulated sugar, or 1 cup granulated sugar and 1 cup packed light brown sugar (14 ounces/400 grams)
4 large egg yolks (¼ cup + 2 teaspoons/2.5 ounces/75 grams)
1 cup buttermilk or sour milk (1 tablespoon white vinegar or lemon juice plus milk to equal 1 cup) (8.25 ounces/240 grams)
4 large egg whites (½ cup/4.25 ounces/120 grams)

Coconut-Pecan Frosting Ingredients

1 cup evaporated milk or heavy cream (8.5 ounces/245 grams)
1 cup granulated sugar (7 ounces/200 grams)
1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick/4 ounces/115 grams)
3 large egg yolks, lightly beaten (3½ tablespoons/2 ounces/60 grams)
1/8 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 1/3 cups grated coconut (3.5 ounces/100 grams)
1 cup pecans, lightly toasted and finely chopped (4 ounces/115 grams)

You will also need
Non-stick cooking spray, three 9- by 1½-inch round cake pans, two 8-inch by 2-inch square pans, or one 13- by 9-inch pan, parchment or wax paper, sifter, mixing bowls, hand mixer, medium saucepan

See the full post: for step-by-step instructions.

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