German Chocolate Cake


by: Baker Guy

Some American versions of this cake contain coconut and walnuts, but this version is so rich and chocolaty that these additions aren’t really needed. This cake is traditionally served with a coconut and pecan filling; I suggest instead chocolate or vanilla buttercream. While the finished cake is nothing like a pound cake, the steps are very similar. Butter is beaten with sugar and egg yolks. A mixture of melted chocolate and sour cream is then added to the egg yolk mixture. The egg whites are beaten with sugar to stiff peaks. The egg yolk mixture is then folded into the whites while a mixture of flour, baking powder and baking soda is sifted over it.


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serves: 1

butter (for the cake pans)

flour (for the cake pans)

3/4 cup heavy cream

6 ounces bittersweet chocolate (coarsely chopped)

1/2 cup sour cream

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1 1/2 cups cake flour (sifted)

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 cup sugar

1 cup butter (sliced, at room temperature)

4 eggs (separated)

cream of tartar (a pinch, unless using a copper bowl)

Nutrition Facts
German Chocolate Cake

Servings Per Recipe: 1

Amount per Serving

Calories: 4846

  • Total Fat: 316.8 g
  •     Saturated Fat: 190.5 g
  •     Trans Fat: 7.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 1325.9 mg
  • Sodium: 4489.5 mg
  • Total Carbs: 480.8 g
  •     Dietary Fiber: 13.1 g
  •     Sugars: 295.4 g
  • Protein: 51.8 g

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1.  Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour two 9-inch round cake pans. Place the cream in a small saucepan and bring it to a simmer over medium heat. Pour it over the chocolate in a bowl large enough to hold all the finished cake batter. Let sit for about 5 minutes, or until all the chocolate has melted, then whisk the mixture until there are no lumps. Stir in the sour cream and vanilla.

2.  In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

3.  In a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, beat 3/4 cup of the sugar with the butter for about 2 minutes. Switch to the whisk attachment and beat for 5 minutes more, or until soft and creamy.

4.  Beat in the egg yolks, one by one. Beat in the chocolate mixture until well combined. Transfer the chocolate-egg yolk mixture back to the large bowl.

5.  Sift the dry ingredients over the mixture and fold with a rubber spatula just until there are no lumps.

6.  In a stand mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the egg whites and the cream of tartar (if using) at medium-high speed for about 2 minutes, until medium peaks form. Add the remaining sugar, then beat for about 3 minutes more, or until stiff peaks form. Whisk one-fourth of the egg white mixture into the chocolate mixture to lighten it.

7.  Fold in the rest of the white mixture, just long enough so you no longer see streaks of egg white. Transfer the batter to the prepared cake pans and smooth the tops with an offset spatula.

8.  Bake the cakes for about 35 minutes, or until they bounce back to the touch or a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool for 5 minutes in the cake pans and then turn out onto cake racks.

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