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Best Ever German Chocolate Cake

Best Ever German Chocolate Cake a moist chocolate cake and traditional coconut pecan frosting, layer upon layer of goodness.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Dessert
Servings: 12 slices
Calories: 605kcal
Author: Sandra

Ingredients

Chocolate Cake

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 3/4 cup cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 cup boiling water

Coconut Pecan Frosting

  • 1 cup evaporated milk
  • 1 cup white granulated sugar
  • 3 egg yolk beaten with 1 teaspoon water
  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup flaked coconut
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

Instructions

Chocolate Cake

  • Preheat oven to 350º F. Grease 3-8 inch or 2-9 inch round cake pans and lightly dust with flour. I like to make 3, and use 2 for the layer cake and set the 3rd aside for kids that don't like the frosting and my sisters with nut allergies. 
  • In mixing bowl (I use my Kitchen Aid), add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir until well combined.
  • Add milk, vegetable oil, eggs, and vanilla to flour mixture and mix together on medium speed until well mixed. Reduce the speed to low and add boiling water to the cake batter a little bit at a time. Once the water is all mixed in, beat on high for about 1 minute.
  • Evenly distribute cake batter between the three 8x8 pans (or two 9x9) prepared cake pans.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, or until a toothpick or cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Make frosting while cake is baking, as it needs an hour to cool.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool for about 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and cool completely.

Coconut Pecan Frosting

  • *Note if you are layering the cake, I always double the recipe above and have a little extra frosting for later. If you are doing a 9x13 a single recipe should be sufficient.
  • In a large saucepan combine evaporated milk and cornstarch and mix; add in sugar, egg yolks, margarine, and vanilla. Cook over low-medium heat until it reaches a slow boil. Stirring constantly until thick, about 12 minutes from when it starts to slowly boil. Remove from heat and stir in pecans and coconut, this frosting will thicken up as it cools.
  • Let cool 1 hour then spread on cooled cake. To make this cake easy to slice, layer cake with frosting, then set in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or more, then slice and serve.

Nutrition

Calories: 605kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 19g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 448mg | Potassium: 356mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 54g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 0.6mg | Calcium: 140mg | Iron: 2.5mg