My great grandma topped her german chocolate cake with a coconut frosting, but it’s different than what you may be thinking. It’s a broiled coconut frosting! You just have to try this!
I never had the pleasure of knowing my Great-Grandma Peggy. But all of the stories I have heard about her make her seem like a spunky yet classy lady. I know my Great-Grandpa Buchsbaum was head over heals for her and it seems like they had quite the life together. My Maw-Maw, her daughter and my maternal grandmother, recently sent a few more family recipes for me to try. Of course I couldn’t wait to give this cake a go!
The cake itself comes together pretty easily. Just a few simple ingredients and a big old bowl and you are ready to rock. It makes 3 nice sized 9 inch round cakes. Then you pile them up with a coconut frosting and stick them under the broiler for a few minutes to toast up the top of the coconut and make the frosting extra luscious. Maw-Maw seems to remember them serving this as individual one layer cakes. That would probably be the practical thing to do. I was not feeling all that practical and stacked them up! It was a lot more fun to present that way, but it realistically would have been a lot easier to cut and serve in single layers.
Either way you decide to serve it, you should definitely give it a go. The cake was nice and moist with a great crumb and the broiled frosting made it stand out from the standard German chocolate cakes. This is the first time I can remember broiling a frosting and it was kind of fun! Have you ever made a broiled frosting before?
My great-grandma was also known for her french butter cake with fudge frosting. It was my mom’s birthday request every year. You should check out that recipe as well!
I can’t wait to see all of the other chocolate goodies everyone has been making. What should we make first?