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German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting from serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com
Lorna requested German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting for her 17th birthday. It's one of my all time favorites, and hers too! 

This is simply the best German Chocolate Cake ever, and that Coconut Pecan Frosting just can't be beat. It's so chocolaty, rich, and the crumb is simply divine. It has a tendency to cause your eyes to roll back in your head with each bite. It was so good in fact it didn't last long enough to grab a photo of a slice.

German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting for Birthday.
There's my girl! Hi, Lorna! I hope you liked your cake! I'm so thankful to be blessed by you each day, you are amazing! 

If you pray, say a little prayer for her today since she's taking her SAT's, and was super nervous.

Are we ready to make a German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting?
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Butter two (8"x 2") round cake pans, line with parchment paper and butter the parchment paper.
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Dust pans with cocoa powder and tap out any excess. Set aside.
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In a small saucepan melt 1/2 cup Butter, with 2 ounces German Chocolate, over low heat.
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Stir until melted, and remove from heat.
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In a mixing bowl stir together 1 3/4 cup All-Purpose or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour, 1 3/4 cup Sugar, and 1/2 cup Cocoa Powder (Natural Unsweetened, or Dark), 2 teaspoons Baking Soda, 1 teaspoon Baking Powder, and 3/4 teaspoon Salt, until well combined.
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Stir in the melted chocolate mixture, 1 cup Buttermilk, 2 whole Beaten Eggs, and 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract, until just combined.
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Slowly stir in 3/4 cup Strong Brewed Hot Coffee, until combined. Scrape sides of bowl as needed.
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Divide batter equally between pans. Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 35-40 minutes until a toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. 
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Cool in cake pan 15 minutes. Run a knife along edge carefully to loosen, and invert onto cooling rack to finish cooling, until room temperature. 
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In a saucepan stir together 1 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar, 1 1/3 cup Heavy Cream, and 3 whole Egg Yolks, until well combined.
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Add 1/2 cup Butter, cut into cubes. Stir over medium heat, until mixture becomes thick, and bubbly. Cook an additional 4 minutes, while stirring.
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Remove from heat, and stir in 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract.
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Stir in 2 cups Sweetened Flaked Coconut, and 1 cup Chopped Pecans. 
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Allow mixture to cool for 10 minutes, and then refrigerate for 25-45 minutes or until Coconut Pecan Frosting is spreadable. If still too thin refrigerate until desired thickness is reached.
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Frost middle, top, and sides of cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting, if desired. It can take a bit of work for the Coconut Pecan Frosting to stick to the sides of the cake, it may take a few times of working it into the sides for it to stick. Alternately the sides can be frosted using this Ganache Frosting
German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting Recipe.
Garnish top with Pecan Halves if desired.

Here's the printable recipe: 




yield: 10 Servingsprint recipe

German Chocolate Cake

Coconut Pecan Frosting recipe with easy to follow step-by-step photo instructions from Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch.
prep time: 30 MINScook time: 35 MINStotal time: 65 mins

INGREDIENTS:

German Chocolate Cake
  • 1/2 cup Butter, Plus Additional For Pans
  • 2 ounces German Chocolate
  • 1 3/4 cup All-Purpose Flour or Whole Wheat Pastry Flour
  • 1 3/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 cup All-Natural or Dark Cocoa Powder, Plus More For Dusting Pan
  • 2 teaspoons Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1 cup Buttermilk
  • 2 whole Eggs, Beaten
  • 2 teaspoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 cup Strong Brewed Hot Coffee
Coconut Pecan Frosting
  • 1 1/3 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1 1/3 cup Heavy Cream
  • 3 whole Egg Yolks
  • 1/2 cup Butter, Cut Into Cubes
  • 1 teaspoon Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 cups Sweetened Coconut Flakes
  • 1 cup Pecans Chopped
Decorating
  • Pecan Halves

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Butter two (8"x 2") round cake pans, line with parchment paper and butter the parchment paper. Dust pans with cocoa powder and tap out any excess. Set aside.
German Chocolate Cake
  1. In a small saucepan melt together butter, and german chocolate, over low heat until smooth.
  2. In a mixing bowl stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking soda, baking powder, and salt, until well combined.
  3. Stir in melted chocolate, buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla extract, until just combined.
  4. Slowly stir in coffee, until combined.
  5. Divide batter evenly between prepared pans. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of pan comes out clean.
  6. Cool in cake pan 15 minutes. Run knife along edge of pan to loosen cake, and invert onto cooling rack. Remove parchment paper, and cool until room temperature.
Coconut Pecan Frosting
  1. In a saucepan stir together sugar, cream, and egg yolks, until well combined.
  2. Add butter, and stir over medium heat, until mixture becomes thick, and bubbly. Cook an additional 4 minutes while stirring.
  3. Remove from heat, and stir in vanilla extract.
  4. Add coconut, and pecans. Stir until well combined.
  5. Allow mixture to cool for 10 minutes, then refrigerate for 25-45 minutes, until spreadable consistency is reached.
Assembling German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting
  1. Place cake layer rounded side down on a cake plate, and cover with about 1/3 of Coconut Pecan Frosting. Add second layer rounded side down. Frost top, and sides of cake with remaining frosting. The sides can require a little bit of work, for frosting to stick. Alternatively the sides can be left bare or Chocolate Ganache Frosting used.
  2. Garnish top with whole pecans, if desired.
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German Chocolate Cake with Coconut Pecan Frosting Recipe by serenabakessimplyfromscratch.com

3 comments

  1. Oh my word. I can think of no better birthday cake/SAT prep cake than this beauty! I love German chocolate cake too! I hope your daughter's SATs went well :).

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  2. This cake looks incredibly delicious! What a great birthday cake. I haven't been in the blog world in a while, and I loooove your new look here. Well done! Hopefully I can try out this recipe sometime.

    Blessings,
    Leslie

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  3. Perfection! No exaggeration, this looks like one of the best German Chocolate cakes I've ever seen. NEEED to try this!

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