Here are German Chocolate Cake recipes ("Schokoladenkuchen") that use cake mixes and pie fillings. You get to experiment with the combination you like best. The combinations are almost endless!
This is not what is called in America a German Chocolate Cake, the kind with a pecan/coconut topping.
That has its origins in a chocolate cake that was published in a Texas newspaper in the 1950's that used chocolate that was produced by Sam German (his name) called "Baker's German's Sweet Chocolate."
Over the years the "'s" from "German's" was dropped and became known as German Chocolate Cake. It is not a German cake, nor does it taste like a chocolate cake from Germany.
But if you want an easy recipe for this, check out German's Chocolate Cake.
The real chocolate cake from Germany is really chocolate-y! It is usually filled with a buttercream filling and very rich and called a Chocolate Torte or "Schokolatentorte".
That's what's shown on the right.
However, the easy German chocolate cake recipes that follow below are quick variations that are easy recipes for kids to play around with creating their own favorites. Everything's done in one bowl - easy clean up!
These cakes do not have the traditional dense texture that most German cakes have. However, there are very moist and light, and that makes them a great dessert. Serve them with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream. Delicious!
Use the HINTS section below the German Chocolate Apple Cake recipe to create your own variations on this method. Then, create your own name for them. I call this one "Schokoladen-Apfelkuchen" (Chocolate Apple Cake).
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