This German Chocolate Cake has all of the coconut and chocolate goodness you’d expect. It is a show stopper perfect for a party!
Layers of light chocolate cake wrapped in a gooey golden coconut frosting make for a perfect German chocolate cake. It is a perfect old fashioned made from scratch dessert. Enjoy it with a cup of coffee or a giant cup of milk. Either way, it is sure to be a favorite recipe!
In case you didn’t know, this little corner of the internet all started with an email. It was winter and I needed something to entertain myself.
So I asked family members to send me recipes to make. I thought it would be good to get my hands on the recipes I loved growing up and perhaps get a few new modern recipes to try too.
I happen to come from a food loving family and my husband has some great cooks in his as well. I figured worse case scenario I’d have some fun recipes to try.
In a better case scenario, maybe I’d figure out a way to turn it into an updated family cookbook for Christmas.
I started the blog in a whim one night figuring it would be a fun way to quickly share the results with the people who sent recipes. I thought it might be a fun resource for my cousins as well after I figured out what it might cost to print and bind all those books in the fashion I had envisioned. 😉
Since those early days when I had no idea what I was doing a few things have changed. Now I know just enough about blogging to be dangerous and those few dozen recipes our family originally submitted only went so far.
I really need to go back and rework a bunch of those posts. It’ll be fun to revisit how this all got started.
All of that to say that while I have fun creating new recipes and tinkering with ideas in the kitchen, I really love a recipe with roots. If a recipe went from grandma’s recipe box to the next generation and then to the one after that, it has to be good.
Take my great-great-grandma’s dutch apple cake for example. At least 6 generations have enjoyed it and who knows how many more. Plus it has spawned a peach breakfast cake and a blueberry cake as well!
MiMi suggested Pops would probably request the same thing. The next thing you know the recipe was in my inbox!
I couldn’t wait to make a recipe from her family’s recipe box! That is what it is all about after all. So I tucked it away and waited for the big day.
I had made a similar cake before, but my great-grandma did a broiled frosting on her German chocolate cake. So I was excited to try making a frosting more like what I had seen on the bakery cakes
Let me tell you, I would be happy to bakes from Ellen’s mom’s recipe box any time! (Luckily we can as a good number of her tried and true recipes now live at Family Around the Table!)
The cake does require a few dirty bowls, but it is not hard to make. It is the perfect balance of sweet and just enough chocolate. It is luscious and springy.
The frosting is fun to make as well. I skipped the nuts because my husband said he has always wanted to try a German chocolate cake but the nuts have always prohibited it. So I stirred in extra coconut instead and garnished with easy to remove whole pecans.
The cake was a hit with all those who tried it. So now I’m curious, what do you request for your birthday meal?