German Chocolate Cake

German Chocolate Cake


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About this recipe: A delicious chocolate cake that originates from America. This moist chocolate cake is topped with a caramel flavoured, walnut and pecan icing.


Makes: 1 23cm square cake

  • 200g plain flour
  • 2 tablespoons cornflour
  • 200g caster sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 75g butter, softened
  • 100ml buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 115g dark baking chocolate, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 100ml buttermilk
  • 50g desiccated coconut
  • 110g dark brown soft sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cream
  • 4 tablespoons chopped walnuts
  • 50g butter, softened

Prep:30min  ›  Cook:45min  ›  Ready in:1hr15min 

  1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour one 23cm square cake tin. Sieve the flour, cornflour, 200g caster sugar, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt together.
  2. Cream 75g butter. Stir in 100ml buttermilk and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Blend in the flour mixture and beat with an electric mixer on medium speed for 2 minutes. Add chocolate, eggs and the remaining buttermilk. Continue to beat at medium speed for another minute more. Pour batter into the prepared tin.
  3. Bake at 180 C / Gas 4 for 40 minutes. Cool in tin for 15 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, make the icing. Combine the coconut, dark brown soft sugar, cream, walnuts and 50g butter. Mix until a spreadable consistency is reached. Spread over top of baked cake. Grill 7.5cm from heat until browned (about 3 minutes). Serve cake warm or cold.

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