This easy German Chocolate Cake will be among your favorites. If you're thinking, "chocolate, pecans, coconut, delicious!" that's the recipe that's here. But is it really German? NOPE . . . it's not German! Absolutely NOT! Nope, not German at all! Read below the recipe to discover why it's called German and why it's not German!
One of the main differences between this German's Chocolate Cake and a real German Chocolate cake is the texture of the cake itself and the sweetness.
This is a really quick and easy Chocolate Cake because it uses a yellow cake mix. Then, REAL chocolate is added to get that real "German Chocolate' taste. While your cake is baking, make the frosting. That way it can cool and be ready to use once your cake has also cooled.
The recipe posted above is an easy version of the recipe that was published in a Texas newspaper in the 1950's that used chocolate produced by Sam German (his name). It was called "Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate".
The recipe used this brand of chocolate and it became a winner. Everyone has been copying this recipe, German's Chocolate Cake, and making slight variations on it ever since.
Over the years the "s" was dropped from "German's" and it became known simply as German Chocolate Cake. A simple name connected it with the country, nothing else.
Personally, I didn't realize that what was sold over here in Canada as a German Chocolate Cake wasn't from Germany. I just knew my Mutti never made it.
Why, one could even buy cake mixes for it over here. It was only once I went to Germany to visit that I realized I never ever saw something similar to this.
So, I did some investigation and the above story about Sam German was the result. However, even I enjoy a really well-made chocolate cake.
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