My Dad’s favourite was German Chocolate Cake with caramel, coconut pecan frosting. It’s fitting that German Chocolate Cake Day is so close to Father’s Day. This chocolate cake just melts in your mouth and the nutty frosting is sweet and satisfying. I make this as one big rectangular cake for sharing. You can make a layer cake but then double the frosting recipe so you have enough to sandwich in between the layers.
German Chocolate Cake is a great alternative to Mississippi Mud Cake which some people find too sweet. German Chocolate does have more of a balanced taste because of the butter nutty frosting. Additionally, this cake needs no accompaniment of ice cream, cream, custard or coulis because it is so soft and squidgy.
German Chocolate Cake
Use a 9x13 2-inch deep baking tin, two 30 cm round sandwich tins or 24 cupcakes. Double the frosting recipe if you are going to bake as a layer cake.
150gramscocoa powderI used Cadbury Bournville Cocoa
1 & 1/2teaspoonbicarbonate of soda
200mlmilkwhole or semi-skimmed
200mlevaporate milksee Tips
3largeegg yolksbeaten (reserve the whites for another use)
75gramsbutterunsalted, room temperature, use real butter
KitchenAid Artisan Stand Mixer
Large, Non-stick Sauce Pan
Prepare the cake tins
Prepare Kitchenaid Artisan Mixer with the paddle attachment
Pre-heat a fan oven to 170C
In the mixer bowl, add flour, sugar, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Stir with spoon until well combined.
Add all remaining cake ingredients EXCEPT the hot water to the bowl.
Turn on the mixer to medium and beat ingredients together until well combined.
Turn mixer to low and slowly add in the hot water.
After water is combined, keep mixing for another 1 - 2 minutes.
Pour into prepared tins and bake until done. Time will vary depending on your oven and cake tin selection. Cupcakes check at 15 minutes, cakes check at 30 minutes.
Remove from oven and let cool 15 minutes before turning the cakes out of their tins (if desired) and let the cakes cool completely before frosting.
Check your ingredient amounts. Remember to double the frosting recipe if you are making a layer / sandwich cake.
In a large saucepan combine evaporated milk and cornstarch and mix well.
Add sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla.
Cook on medium until frosting achieves a slow boil. Then stir constantly for about 10 minutes until the frosting is thick.
Remove from hob.
Mix in pecans and coconut.
Let frosting cool completely but ensure it is at room temperature when ready to frost the cake(s).
Presentation & Plating
Set cake in fridge for a minimum of 30 minutes to set the frosting.
This is necessary if making a layer cake else it may spill all over when slicing. Optional for cupcakes and sheet cake but it does ensure easy cutting and plating of the cake.
You can make the frosting a day ahead and pop it in the fridge.
Make sure butter is at room temperature before starting the frosting
If you don't have evaporated milk, you can use whole or semi-skimmed. Just double the amount and let it simmer until the quantity of evaporated milk is achieved.
Ensure the cake is cool before frosting
Store in the fridge until serving
Always make a cheeky ramekin dish for yourself and share the big cake
These pictures are from two different batches. In the batch with the lighter frosting, I didn't have evaporated milk so used the substitute above. Evaporated milk made for a much better caramel colour.