German Chocolate Cake Recipe



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Ok, now that you have roasted you pecans; lets move on to the most important step, the cake. Before we start making our chocolaty goodie, make sure you have the right ingredients and equipment. Warning: This recipe does not work at high altitudes. If you live around a mile above sea level, the cake will collapse.

German Chocolate Cake Ingredients

German Chocolate Cake Ingredients

Cake Ingredients

This recipe calls for:

1 (4-oz.) package of Baker's Sweetened Chocolate

1/2 cup boiling water

1 cup butter or margarine

2 cups sugar

4 egg yolks

4 eggs whites

1 teaspoon Vanilla

2 1/2 cups sifted cake flour

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup buttermilk

Cake Equipment

Cake Equipment

Cake Equipment

For this recipe you will need:

Kitchen Aid, or hand mixer


measuring cups

measuring spoons



3 cake pans 8 inches wide

cooling racks

flour sifter

Chocolate with WaterMixing Chocolate

Liquid Chocolate

Mixing Chocolate

Step One: Melting Chocolate

Take one package of Baker's sweetened chocolate and mix it with 1/2 cup of boiling water. You are done mixing the chocolate once it is all dissolved (as seen in the lower left picture). Let this cool before adding it to the mixture in step four.

You will want to go ahead and preheat the oven to 350F so it will be ready when you need it.

Butter and Sugar

Butter and Sugar

Step Two: Mixing Butter

Mix 1 cup of butter with 2 cups of sugar until they are fluffy and rich. This should not take but a few minutes.

Adding Eggs Yolks

Adding Egg Yolks

Step Three: Add Egg Yolks

Slowly add in your egg yolks while beating the mixture. Once no more streaks, or spots of yellow remain they have been mixed in well enough.

Adding Chocolate Liquid

Adding Chocolate and Vanilla

Step Four: Add Melted Chocolate

Add Chocolate liquid and 1 teaspoon vanilla after the egg yolk is completely mixed in to the batter.

Sifting Flour

Sifting Flour

Step Five: Sift Flour

It is important to sift the flour in order to remove all the lumps. This is the time when you add 1 teaspoon of baking soda and 1/2 teaspoon of salt to the flour. You may want to do step nine now so that you don't have your cake batter sitting out of the oven too long.

Pouring MilkAdding FlourPouring More Milk

Adding Milk and Flour

Step Six: Adding Milk and Flour

Add the milk and flour to the mixture at the same time, but alternating between the two (milk, flour, milk, flour...) Don't stop mixing as you do this. Once you are done beating in the milk and flour, make sure that it is smooth. 

Egg WhitesFluffy Egg Whites

Step Seven: Beating Egg Whites

If you have never beaten egg whites before; it can be tricky, so pay close attention. 

Take your four egg whites and beat them at a high speed. When you lift the beater out of the bowl it should have a peak, or pointed tip at the end of it. This means they are done being whipped. They should look exactly like the ones in the lower left picture of this step. This process should take about 5 minutes.

You will want to move quickly on to the next step to keep the egg white fluffy.

Make sure that there is no egg yolk mixed into your egg whites.

Adding Egg WhitesFolding Egg WhitesKeap Folding Egg WhitesCake Batter

Folding in Egg Whites

Step Eight: Fold in Egg Whites

Now fold in your egg whites SLOWLY. DO NOT STIR OR BEAT THEM IN!! This would ruin the cake!

Marking Wax PaperCutting Wax PaperFloured Cake Pan

Cake Pan

Step Nine: Cutting Wax-Paper

Use a knife, or a pen to mark a sheet of wax paper around the exterior of the pan. Then cut on the line you just drew. Coat the inside of the pan with shortening. Then put flour on the inside and shake it till the sides and bottom are covered with flour. Then put the cut wax paper in the bottom of the pan.

Do this for each of the three cake pans.

Pouring Cake Batter in Pans

Step Ten: Pour Cake Batter

Pour equal amounts of batter into each 8 inch cake pan.

Putting Cake in Ovne

Cake in Oven

Step Eleven: Baking German Chocolate Cake


Put the cakes in the oven for 30 to 40 minutes. Do not open the oven until the cake has been in for the required time, if you do it will fall in the middle.  Stick a tooth pick in your cake after baking. If it comes out clean your cake is done, if it comes out gooey then it needs another five to ten minutes. 

Cutting Around CakeFlipping CakeCake with Wax PaperRemoving Wax Paper

Cake Layers

Step Twelve: Cake Flipping

Once your cake layers have cooled for 15  minutes you will need to remove them from their cake pans. Using a knife, or a spatula like the one seen in the picture to the left, cut the cake away from the sides of the cake pan. Then flip it over on a cooling rack and remove the wax paper from the bottom.

Now your cake layers are done and you are ready to make the mouth watering Coconut Pecan frosting:

Click here for Frosting Recipe


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