Granny's German chocolate cake

    4 hours 30 min

    A sweet and delicious layer cake, which is perfect for birthdays. Chocolate sponge cakes are filled and topped with a pecan and coconut icing.

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    Serves: 1 3 layer 20cm cake

    • 115g dark baking chocolate, chopped
    • 150g butter
    • 300g caster sugar
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 250ml buttermilk
    • 325g sifted plain flour
    • 35g cornflour
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 250ml evaporated milk
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 3 egg yolks, lightly beaten
    • 115g butter
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 100g desiccated coconut
    • 110g chopped pecans

    Prep:30min  ›  Cook:1hr  ›  Extra time:3hr cooling  ›  Ready in:4hr30min 

    1. Preheat oven to 180 C / Gas 4. Grease and flour three 20cm round tins. Sieve together the flour, cornflour, baking powder, bicarbonate of soda and salt. Set aside. In the top of a double boiler, heat chocolate, stirring occasionally, until chocolate is melted and smooth. Remove from heat and allow to cool to lukewarm.
    2. In a large bowl, cream together the butter and 300g sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the eggs one at a time, then stir in melted chocolate and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Beat in the flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk, mixing just until incorporated. Pour batter into prepared tins.
    3. Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes or until a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Let cool in tins for 10 minutes, then turn out onto a wire rack and cool completely. Let cool.
    4. Meanwhile make the icing. In a large saucepan, combine evaporated milk, 200g sugar, egg yolks, 115g butter and 1 teaspoon vanilla. Cook and stir on medium heat for about 12 minutes or until thick and golden brown. Remove from heat. Stir in coconut and pecans. Cool to room temperature and spreading consistency. Use to fill and top the cake.

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    OK. Divine is the one word I can come up for this wonderful recipe. My 14 year old son wanted a ver special birthday cake and this is the one we picked out. It was wonderful and my family went crazy for it. This is the real deal if you love german chocolate cake. The recipe is written perfectly and I love the fact it is someone Grandma's recipe too! Thanks so much for sharing such a wonderful delight!! :o)  -  05 Sep 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This is my very first german chocolate cake. I made it for my boyfriend's birthday. The cake was very flavorful, I think the evaporated milk lend it a rich milk flavor. It was on the dry side for a cake. But since I never had a german chocolate cake before, I wasn't sure if that's just the way they are. My boyfriend (his mom makes him a german chocolate cake every year) said it was almost as good as his mom's. But he did agree that it was a little dry. The icing was delicious. I would definitely make it again.  -  21 Dec 2003  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)


    This cake has a wonderful flavor, but I found it to be much drier than the standard recipe that I've been using for nearly 30 years now. This might be due to the fact that I baked the cake in a 9-x-13 pan. The flavor is very good, but I think that I'll stick with my recipe because it produces a cake that isn't as dry. Thank you for sharing this recipe.  -  23 Nov 2006  (Review from Allrecipes US | Canada)