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When I was a little girl, my grandmother always used to make the most delicious german chocolate cake. It was my favorite dessert ever!

Even now, years after she passed away, I can still remember the way that cake tasted. So moist and chocolatey…I can’t help but crave it sometimes.

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It’s become a bit of a tradition in my family to have german chocolate cake on special occasions, and I’m happy to keep the tradition alive.

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Best of all, rich, chocolatey, and with gooey coconut-pecan frosting, this is a dessert that never goes out of style.

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Whether you’re looking for something to take to your next potluck or want to indulge in a little bit of old-fashioned luxury, this cake is sure to hit the spot.

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Why Try Out This Old Fashioned German Chocolate Sheet Cake recipe

This recipe is a classic and delicious take on German chocolate cake, perfect for any occasion or just a special treat. It is easy to make and has a rich and indulgent taste, with the perfect combination of chocolate, coconut, and pecans.

What is a German chocolate cake?

German chocolate cake is a layered cake that consists of a chocolate cake base, a sweet and rich coconut-pecan filling, and a chocolate frosting. It is named after Samuel German, who created a type of sweet baking chocolate that was later used in the cake recipe.

Test out these German chocolate brownie cookies for another chocolate and coconut dessert.

What Makes this German Chocolate Cake so special?

This German chocolate cake recipe is special because it uses unsweetened German chocolate, which adds a unique and rich chocolate flavor to the cake.

The cake is also made with buttermilk, which makes it moist and tender. The coconut-pecan filling is a classic and delicious addition that complements the chocolate cake perfectly.

Does German chocolate cake have coconut?

Yes, German chocolate cake traditionally has a coconut-pecan filling. This filling is cooked on the stove and then spread on top of the chocolate cake before it is frosted.

What to Serve with Homemade German Sheet Chocolate Cake Recipe:

This German chocolate sheet cake is delicious on its own, but you can also serve it with a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a dollop of whipped cream. It pairs well with a cup of coffee or tea for a perfect dessert.

What is the difference between German chocolate and regular?

The main difference between German chocolate and regular chocolate is that German chocolate is sweeter and less bitter than regular chocolate.

German chocolate is also made with sugar, vanilla, and milk solids, which gives it a unique flavor and texture.

Can you use walnuts instead of pecans in German chocolate cake?

Yes, you can use walnuts instead of pecans in German chocolate cake. Walnuts have a similar texture and flavor to pecans and can be used interchangeably in recipes.

What Is German Chocolate Cake Frosting Made Of?

German chocolate cake frosting is made of butter, evaporated milk, sugar, egg yolks, vanilla extract, shredded coconut, and chopped pecans. The frosting is cooked on the stove and then spread on top of the chocolate cake.

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Ingredients:

For the cake:

  • German sweet baker’s chocolate
  • Water
  • All-purpose flour
  • Baking soda
  • Buttermilk
  • Eggs separated
  • Sugar
  • Butter unsalted and softened
  • Vanilla extract

For the icing:

  • Butter unsalted
  • Evaporated milk
  • Sugar
  • Egg yolks
  • Vanilla extract
  • Shredded sweetened coconut
  • Chopped pecans

How to make Old Fashioned German Chocolate Sheet Cake:

Step 1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Step 2. Place the baker’s chocolate and water into a microwave-safe bowl, and heat at 30-second intervals until completely melted.

Place the baker’s chocolate and water into a microwave-safe bowl, and heat at 30-second intervals until completely melted.

Step 3. Add the egg whites to a mixing bowl, beat until stiff peaks are formed, and set aside.

Add the egg whites to a mixing bowl, beat until stiff peaks are formed, and set aside.

Step 4. In a mixing bowl, beat together the 1 cup butter, 1 ¾ cup sugar, and egg yolks until well combined.

In a mixing bowl, beat together the 1 cup butter, 1 ¾ cup sugar, and egg yolks until well combined.

Step 5. Mix the chocolate and vanilla into the butter and sugar mixture.

Mix the chocolate and vanilla into the butter and sugar mixture.

Step 6. Add the flour to the mixing bowl

Add the flour to the mixing bowl

Step 7. add the baking soda

Add the baking soda

Step 8. then add the buttermilk 

Then add the buttermilk 

Step 9. Beat on high until combined.

Step 10. Fold the egg whites into the batter mixture.

Step 11. Layer the batter into a 9×13 well-greased baking dish.

Layer the batter into a 9x13 well-greased baking dish.

Step 12. Bake 40-45 minutes until cooked through.

Step 13. While the cake is baking, add 12 tbsp butter, evaporated milk, 1 ½ c. sugar, 4 egg yolks, and 1 tsp vanilla extract to a saucepan over medium heat on the stove.

Add 12 tbsp butter, evaporated milk, 1 ½ c. sugar, 4 egg yolks, and 1 tsp vanilla extract to a saucepan over medium heat on the stove.

Step 14. Continue to whisk and cook for 10-12 minutes until thickened.

Continue to whisk and cook for 10-12 minutes until thickened.

Step 15. Remove the sauce mixture from the heat and stir in the coconut and pecans.

Stir in the coconut and pecans.

Step 16. Let the cake cool to room temperature and spread the icing mixture on top before serving.

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Old Fashioned German Chocolate Sheet Cake

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Is there anything more classic than German chocolate cake? Rich, chocolatey, and with gooey coconut-pecan frosting, this is a dessert that never goes out of style.
4.32 from 25 votes

Ingredients 

For the cake:

  • 4 oz. German sweet baker’s chocolate
  • ½ C. Water
  • 2 C. All purpose flour
  • 2 tsp. Baking soda
  • 1 C. Buttermilk
  • 4 Large eggs separated
  • 1 ¾ Sugar
  • 1 C. Butter unsalted and softened
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla extract

For the icing:

  • 12 Tbsp. Butter unsalted
  • 1 Can Evaporated milk
  • 1 ½ C. Sugar
  • 4 Large egg yolks
  • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
  • 7 oz. Shredded sweetened coconut
  • 1 ½ C. Chopped pecans

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Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  • Place the baker’s chocolate and water into a microwave safe bowl, and heat at 30 second intervals until completely melted.
  • Add the egg whites to a mixing bowl, beat until stiff peaks are formed and set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, beat together the 1 cup butter, 1 ¾ cup sugar and egg yolks until well combined.
  • Mix the chocolate and vanilla into the butter and sugar mixture.
  • Add the flour, baking soda and buttermilk into the mixing bowl, and beat on high until combined.
  • Fold the egg whites into the batter mixture.
  • Layer the batter into a 9×13 well greased baking dish.
  • Bake 40-45 minutes until cooked through.
  • While the cake is baking, add 12 tbsp butter, evaporated milk, 1 ½ c. sugar, 4 egg yolks and 1 tsp vanilla extract to a saucepan over medium heat on the stove. Continue to whisk and cook for 10-12 minutes until thickened.
  • Remove the sauce mixture from the heat and stir in the coconut and pecans.
  • Let the cake cool to room temperature and spread the icing mixture on top before serving.

Nutrition

Calories: 738kcal | Carbohydrates: 62g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 50g | Saturated Fat: 26g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 21g | Cholesterol: 223mg | Sodium: 389mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 42g
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Why Isn’t My German Chocolate Frosting Thick Enough?

If your German chocolate frosting is not thick enough, it may be because you did not cook it long enough on the stove.

The frosting should be thick and creamy before you remove it from the heat. If it is still runny, you can return it to the stove and cook it for a few more minutes until it thickens.

I also have recipes for vanilla buttercream and a chocolate frosting you might enjoy as well.

Do you have to refrigerate German chocolate frosting?

Yes, German chocolate frosting should be refrigerated because it contains dairy products like butter and evaporated milk. You can store the frosting in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a week.

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