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What is sweet baking chocolate and can I substitute semi-sweet chocolate? 

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Sweet chocolate is not the same as semi-sweet chocolate. Sweet chocolate has more sugar. In fact, to substitute semi-sweet chocolate, for every ouince of chocolate, you will also need to add 1/2 tablespoon of sugar.

Sweet baking chocolate, often sold as "German's sweet chocolate" was invented by Samuel German, who thought he would save bakers a step by combining sugar with the chocolate. Contrary to popular belief, the chocolate, and the cake for which it is named, originated in the United States, not Germany.

Here's a top-rated German Chocolate Cake for you to try. For more chocolate cakes, see our collection of Cake Recipes.

Recipe: Mama's German Chocolate Cake