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German Chocolate Cake Recipe

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Time
1 hour
Yields
10 servings

Try this German Chocolate Cake Recipe made with the perfection of HERSHEY'S Cocoa and delicious Coconut Pecan Frosting. Try our Chocolate Cake recipe now!

Ingredients & Directions

Prep Time
30 minutes
Bake Time
30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup
    HERSHEY'S Cocoa (50 mL)
  • 1/2 cup
    boiling water (125 mL)
  • 1 cup
    butter or margarine, softened plus 3 tbsp (295 mL)
  • 2 1/4 cups
    granulated sugar (550 mL)
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract (5 mL)
  • 4
    eggs
  • 2 cups
    all-purpose flour (500 mL)
  • 1 tsp
    baking soda (5 mL)
  • 1/2 tsp
    salt (2 mL)
  • 1 cup
    buttermilk or soured milk (250 mL)
  • Coconut Pecan Frosting:
  • 1 can
    sweetened condensed milk (not evaporated milk) (398 mL)
  • 3
    egg yolks, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup
    butter or margarine (125 mL)
  • 1 tsp
    vanilla extract (5 mL)
  • 1 1/3 cups
    sweetened flaked coconut (325 mL)
  • 1 cup
    chopped pecans (250 mL)
  • pecan halves (optional)
READY TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

Directions

Equipment Needed 
oven and stovetop Oven & Stovetop
round baking pan (3) 9-inch (232 cm) Round Baking Pans
measuring cups Measuring Cups
mixing bowl Mixing Bowl
mixer Mixer
wire rack Wire Rack
saucepan Saucepan
1

Preheat oven to 350°F (180°C). Grease and flour three 9-inch (1.5 L) round cake pans.

2

Stir cocoa with water in a small bowl until smooth; set aside. Beat butter with sugar and vanilla in a large bowl until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Stir flour with baking soda and salt; add to butter mixture alternately with reserved chocolate mixture and buttermilk, beating just enough to blend. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans.

3

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until top springs back when touched lightly. Place on wire racks; cool in pans for 5 minutes. Turn cakes out and cool completely.

4

Coconut Pecan Frosting: Stir condensed milk with eggs yolks and butter in a medium saucepan set over low heat. Cook, stirring constantly, until mixture is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; stir in vanilla, coconut and chopped pecans. Cool to room temperature.

5

Spread frosting between layers and over top. Garnish with pecan halves as desired (if using).