Thursday, December 1, 2011

The BEST German Chocolate Cake

It's December 1st that means let the countdown begin!  I Love Christmas, it's such a magical time!
Can I share a little randomness with you all?
So,  I went downstairs to the kitchen (last night) because I wanted some peanuts. There I find my princess making ramen noodles. She asks me to give them a stir for her. Sure. I give them a stir and look at them, then her, then them again and twist a huge bite full onto the fork. Did I blow on them? Nope. Did I even notice the steam coming off of them? Nope. I take a big bite and can't even finish biting down, She laughs..."Mom, I cook those for like 10 minutes." As she comes from the freezer with five ice cubes to drop into it! What? Nice. Was my mouth on fire from those HOT noodles...Um, YEAH! They were so hot they burned my tongue...like so bad that it's smooth, I can't even feel the taste buds! I kept sipping ice water and just let it  sit there to take some of the pain away, I guess that's what I get for stealing a bite! N.E.V.E.R. again. AND to top it all off...I didn't even get the peanuts I went down for. Hmph...

Now that I got that I got that off my chest, you know cause my tongue still hurts,
onto to the OH.SO.YUMMY.CAKE!
I made this deliciousness for my Mom.

Don't ya just want to stick your finger in the frosting?

 
This double layer yumminess was so good!

I used a chocolate cake mix and "jazzed" it up a little. 
Follow directions on the cake mix EXCEPT:
- Instead of water use 1 C. Heavy Cream.
- Add 1 C. sour Cream
- If you aren't using a cake mix with pudding in it, add 1 large pkg.of dry pudding mix.

Bake the cakes in two round cake pans. While they are baking, you can get to work on the frosting. 
Did you know that  the traditional German Chocolate Cake is just layers of the cake with the coconut pecan frosting? I mean it would be good that way, but  I wanted to make one that had both Chocolate Butter Cream and the Coconut Pecan, the best of both worlds!

I found this recipe for Butter Cream Chocolate Frosting from The Sweet Life on pinterest
It looked so yummy, I had to try it.

Chocolate Butter Cream Frosting
-The Sweet Life

6 T. Butter
2 2/3 C. Powdered Sugar
1/2 C. Cocoa Powder
1/3 C. Milk
1 tsp. Vanilla
dash of Salt

I doubled the recipe, but NOT the cocoa powder. I only use 1/2 C. total.

Then I made the coconut Pecan frosting. 
With this frosting I had sink full of dirty spoons to wash because I just kept tasting it..
OHMYGOSH...it really is that good!


Coconut Pecan Frosting
1 1/4 C. pecans
1 C. granulated white sugar
1 C. Heavy Cream
3 Large egg yolks slightly beaten
1/2 C. unsalted butter cut into pieces
1/8 tsp. salt
1 1/2 C. sweetened flaked coconut
1/2 t. pure vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place the pecans on a baking sheet and bake for about 8-10 minutes, or until fragrant. Remove for oven, let cool and then coarsely chop. In a medium saucepan combine the sugar,cream,egg yolks,butter and salt over med, heat stirring constantly, and when the mixture begins to boil and thicken remove from heat and stir in chopped pecans, coconut, and vanilla extract, let cool until spreadable.


After everything was cool. 
(I didn't take pictures of the process...UGH!)

  1. I used a large Wilton star tip to pipe the chocolate butter cream frosting around the edge of what would be the middle of the cake,(on top of the cake to hold the pecan frosting in) 
I hope that makes sense.
2. Then I filled it with the pecan coconut frosting and the butter cream became the barrier to hold it in.
3. I layed the other cake on top of those and then frosted the entire cake with the butter cream.
4. I put it in the fridge for 30 minutes and let it just 'sit' 
5.  I piped the star edging around the bottom of the cake, then on top of it. Then put the rest of the Coconut Pecan frosting on top of the cake. 

That's it. 
Seriously you guys, this was wicked good.
Of coarse I left it for her you know, cause it was for her birthday and all.  


Ooh, and the best part is...this will not burn your tongue! 

Happy Birthday to my cute Mom!  Love you more than forever!

Have a great day!


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5 comments:

  1. That is so funny, I too would have taken a bite and had to wait out the burn. I love german cake, never made it before though.

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  2. I HATE when I burn my tongue so bad - it feels horrible for at least a few days!! This cake looks wonderful. I make a similar one, but it definitely doesn't look as pretty as yours!

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  3. Heartful greatings and best get well soon wishes to your tongue from Gemany. I found you via TTJ Weekend Wrap Up Party. It's so fun to see what Americans understood as German Cake. I bake and cook and I am a German mum but never never saw this or any similar thing in Germany?! Nevertheless looks tasty.

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