12 Servings

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 3 (9-inch) cake pans; line with parchment; grease and lightly flour.

Step 2

Process flour, 1 cup nuts, baking soda and 1/2 tsp. salt until nuts are ground. In a bowl, whisk bittersweet chocolate and 1/2 cup boiling water until smooth.

Step 3

Cream 2 sticks butter and 1 1/4 cups sugar until fluffy. Add 4 yolks one at a time, blending after each. Stir in chocolate mixture.

Step 4

Mix sour cream and 1 tsp. vanilla. Add flour and sour cream mixtures alternately to chocolate mixture, beginning and ending with flour. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until frothy. Add 1/4 cup sugar 1 Tbsp. at a time; beat until egg whites hold soft peaks. Fold whites into batter in thirds. Divide batter among pans. Bake until cake springs back lightly, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes before inverting cakes onto rack.

Step 5

Whisk 3/4 cup sugar, evaporated milk, 1 stick butter, 4 yolks and 1 tsp. vanilla in a pan over low heat until smooth. Cook filling, stirring constantly, until thickened and just boiling, 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and 1 1/4 cups pecans.

Step 6

Bring cream, 1 1/4 cups sugar and corn syrup to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring, 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add unsweetened chocolate and 1 stick butter; stir until smooth. Add 1 tsp. vanilla and 1/4 tsp. salt; pour into a bowl and set in a bowl of ice water to cool. Beat until frosting is shiny and thick.

Step 7

Place one cake layer on a plate; spread with half of filling. Top with second layer and remaining filling. Top with third cake layer. Frost cake; garnish with additional coconut and pecans, if desired. Chill for 30 minutes.

Ratings & Reviews

Khjones's Review

January 08, 2013
This may be a great chocolate cake, but it is no German Chocolate Cake!

yolichas's Review

May 19, 2011
How can this be called a "German Chocolate Cake" when it doesn't include any German chocolate? I hope the recipe authors realize that German chocolate is named for the person (Samuel German) who created this sweet specialty chocolate. I don't see any mention of it in the recipe.

andakaii's Review

October 12, 2010
This recipe was wonderful! It contains a lot of chocolate, which makes the cake absolutely delicious. I cut the recipe in half, and it still made a large cake.

sherwhy's Review

December 13, 2009
Rich, rich, rich!!! Make this cake when you have all day to spend in the kitchen. It was good though. I'll have to try it sometime with brown sugar. Now I need to hit the Gym!

multnomahgirl's Review

September 29, 2009
I believe that using brown sugar produces a richer flavor than corn syrup in a German Chocolate cake frosting.