Mama's German Chocolate Cake

  • littlejosie Posted: 09/28/11
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    This cake came out moist and delicious. The Coconut-Pecan Frosting was perfect on it but make sure you make the frosting first so it will be ready when the cake is cool.

  • Lollylou4585 Posted: 10/12/11
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    for beachmimi......try this link for the frosting recipe: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/coconut-pecan-frosting-50400000116238/

  • SaraAnnBeth Posted: 10/12/11
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    I wonder if there is a mistake in the recipe. The picture shows the traditional color of German Chocolate Cake, but this recipes (which calls for 2-4ounce bars of chocolate) is dark and tastes like a chocolate cake. It was moist and tender, but too chocolatey. Wish I had compared this recipe to the traditional before making it. Not crazy about toasted nuts either, but thought I would give it a try. I'm going back to the original classic recipe and won't toast the pecans. Also, if you want the sides frosted, you will probably need to make 1.5 of the frosting recipe.

  • beachmimi Posted: 10/11/11
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    where is the frosting recipe?

  • jjoyb53 Posted: 11/28/11
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    beachmimi - if you will notice that in the list of ingredients, the line for the frosting is a different color than all of the other ingredients, that means that it is a link to the recipe for the frosting. If you click on that red line, it will take you to the recipe. (Almost always, if a line or segment of type is a different color, it means it is a link to something else - took me a while to figure that out!.)

  • karendarlin Posted: 12/12/11
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    I made this for the guys at my husband's fire station, and they LOVED it-- said it was one of the best desserts of all time. I definitely had to double the frosting though. And I would suggest making the frosting either first as someone else mentioned, or after the cake is done baking- don't try to make it while the cake bakes, because everything will end up finishing at the same time. SaraAnnBeth- did you use sweet chocolate? My cake came out light-colored and tasted like German Chocolate Cake to me.

  • Michole Posted: 11/23/11
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    This (and the accompanying frosting recipe) is an amazing recipe. It was my first attempt at baking a German Chocolate Cake and it actually brought back memories of a beloved church member who was famous for her cakes. Thank you for sharing, my family is loving the chance to relive some holiday memories we thought were gone after our friend's passing.

  • michelle698 Posted: 11/18/11
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    This cake is delicious! I had it with the Coconut-Pecan Frosting and it was excellent. I'm trying it with salted caramel frosting next. This recipe is my permanent chocolate cake!

  • DonnellyClan Posted: 06/15/12
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    This was my first attempt at a German Chocolate Cake so I was afraid, but I have always been pleased with recipes from this site so I gave it a go for my husband's birthday. To say that it was fabulous is an understatement. It was very moist, full of flavor...decadent and worth every minute. I did use semi-sweet baking chocolate as a substitute and was afraid that I messed it up, but it worked very well. This one goes in the family recipe book to be passed down!

  • bj5555 Posted: 12/25/12
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    Outstanding! Made it for Christmas dinner & everyone raved!! Takes a little time but well worth it.

  • humboldtmommy Posted: 10/30/12
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    I love German Chocolate cake and this was my first one from scratch. This cake was delicious, but I'm not huge fan of rich chocolate. Next time, I would stick to the recipe on the baking chocolate package, and go with 1 block of chocolate instead of 2. The cake was very moist though. I made 1 1/2x the frosting & it was a perfect amount. Plenty for each layer, top & sides. This cake is a lot of work, but I would definately make it again.

  • grannyg57 Posted: 02/23/13
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    OMG...this is the hands down best German chocolate cake recipe ever....It is perfection! I went right by the recipe and there is nothing I would change. I made it a second time last week and it was once again perfect. People went crazy over it...the only thing I did differently the second time was bake it in 2 layers, then slice these to have 4 layers and I made 1 1/2 recipes of icing. Makes a big beautiful cake. Go that extra mile and toast your pecans and garnish as in photo. I would also suggest cutting this with an electric knife. It makes cleaner slices when you have coconut and nuts in your icing. YUM YUM !

  • kass26 Posted: 07/11/12
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    I have made the original (on the package) recipe of German's Sweet Chocolate cake every year for the past 30 (yikes) for my husband's birthday. He's a total homemade cake snob (would never eat a box cake). He RAVED about this recipe! The only difference from the oringinal is the TWO bars of chocolate, but it is genius! So much more chocolatey and so much more delicious. "Mama" sure knew how to bake a delicious cake!

  • tamlong Posted: 02/21/13
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    Awesome!

  • Crystalblue08 Posted: 11/01/13
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    The best!

  • tmgale06 Posted: 09/30/13
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    I loved this recipe. I make a German Chocolate Cake only once a year for my birthday. They are tedious but worth it. Last year it turned out wonderful but a but too chocolatey rich for me. I normally make the original recipe but wanted a bit more so i opted for an extra half a bar of chocolate. The 1 1/2 bars were perfect!! it was moist and just the right amount of chocolate I was looking for with out being over-bearing. I guess I will have to make a 2nd cake with the other half.

  • LadyEllaJane Posted: 03/28/14
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    This is a perfect German Chocolate Cake. It is moist and chocolatey. I did not have my Mother's recipe I used to enjoy as a child and teenager, but this cake comes just as close as Mom made. The coconut-pecan frosting is to DIE for! I made this cake a couple of weeks ago. The only thing I would suggest is to possibly double the frosting or at least make the full ingredients and increase everything by 1/2 in order to frost the sides of the cake. Even with just the cake layers frosted it was still a HIT. I also decorated the top with pecan halves of which made this cake even MORE delicious. The next time I bake this cake I will make the frosting while the cake is baking to synchronize the cooling time of both.

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