German Chocolate Cake
Germany's renowned German Chocolate cake
German is famous for many reasons, for its heritage places, for liquors, chocolates and yes for its chocolate cake. German is not only renowned for its traditional food but also the techniques that they use to make food. They have a unique way of making food and that itself is an art. Making chocolate cake is one of the art pieces of their work.
Chocolate cakes are very popular in every peer of the society and all over the world. The well going combination of chocolate and cake is not only well-known but also one of the best tasted combinations that we have in cakes. After that invention of chocolate, the scrumptious combination of chocolate and cake became very popular throughout the world.
German chocolate cake is basically a layered chocolate-buttermilk cake which has a topping of coconut-pecan frosting. German chocolate cake is a very much product of the Germany. This was invented in the Germany. For the matter of fact, in 1957, a homemaker in Dallas sent the original recipe to a newspaper in Texas. In this recipe the Germans Baker sweet chocolate was used. This chocolate was invented in 1852 by an Englishman named Sam German for the Bakers chocolate brand. This cake became very famous not only in United States but also in Europe. It was responded very enthusiastically and appreciated all over Europe and United States. Not only this, people asked about from where they could get these Germans chocolate bars.
Then the owner of the Bakers chocolates decided to send pictures of the cake to newspaper all around the world. At every corner of the world, people were informed about this new popular recipe. The response was of course positive and well appreciated everywhere it reached. The result of this chocolate cake boom was increase in the sale of chocolate. German bakers chocolates became very famous and sale touched the sky.
During that period, cake was a regular food product. Everybody knew about cake and it was a common product. It was easy to find cake bakeries across the country. It was also found on store shelves in the form of cake mix.
According to some researcher, Buttermilk-chocolate cakes were already famous in south for over seventy years. So there is no proper evidence that the housewife of Dallas must have invented it. Not only this, south region from the beginning had plenty pecans which they used for frosting.
If you got to compare German chocolates, they are very similar to a milk chocolate and sweeter than regular baking chocolate. The only difference was the method the German people used to make these chocolates.
There is an interesting story behind this German chocolate cake. The Texas newspaper was the first one to publish the recipe of German chocolate cake in the public. It appeared in the year 1957 which was sent by a housewife staying in Dallas as we all know. According to Patricia Riso, a spokeswoman for Kraft foods, it used a brand of chocolate bar called "German's" which had been developed in 1852, by an Englishman named Sam German, for Baker's Chocolate Company. But still today, people give credit to that housewife for inventing it.
German chocolate cakes are very easy to make but involves lot of ingredients like, the most important one Bakers Germans sweet chocolates without which it wont be a German chocolate cake then eggs, butter, vanilla extract, flour, baking soda, buttermilk and Coconut-pecan frosting. It takes around half an hour to cook.
Lets take a look at how to make delicious German chocolate cake with these materials mentioned above. Firstly, you need to melt the Bakers Germans sweet chocolates in water and let the mixture cool down. You should not use hot mixture. Take cream butter and sugar and then mix it well. It should be done in such a way that both the items become one. Then take this cream butter- sugar mixture and beat this with egg yolks. Then stir in vanilla and chocolate. After that, you take flour, soda and salt. Then mix all these ingredients well and then add buttermilk and make a smooth mixture. Then take egg white and beat it well. Beat this white egg until stiff peaks are formed. The fold into batter. The pour this batter into three 9-inch layer pans> the bottom of the pan should be covered with lined waxed paper. Then, bake the mixture at 350 for 30 minutes or until cake springs back when lightly pressed in center. Dont forget to cool it down for 15 minutes. Then remove it and cool on rack.
Now for the filling and topping you need a can of condensed milk such as Eagle Brand and egg yolks, vanilla, butter, pecans without which the topping would be incomplete, then angel flack coconut, powder milk and granulated sugar. To start making the topping and the filling, firstly cook the milk and egg yolks and pour water double the mixture and boil it until it gets thickened. You can cook directly on heat, but then you need to pay lot of attention at the mixture. Then add vanilla and butter and whisk it until it is melted and make a smooth mixture. Then add chopped pecans and coconut into the mixture. It not only looks good but taste good.
If you want to give a chocolate frosting then the need ingredients like, soft butter, Baker's German's chocolate. You need to melt these chocolates and have to wait till it gets cool. Then you need sugar, vanilla, milk and if you want to give a richer chocolate flavor then can use cocoa powder or can put more of German chocolates.
Now to make a chocolate frostings mix butter and chocolate in a bowl and then mix it up well. Then stir this mixture into powdered sugar. After this, beat vanilla and milk and make a smooth mixture of the same.
Now, divide the filling between the 3 cakes putting the first layer down. Then spread the filling evenly. Repeat the same procedure with the other remaining layers and then garnish your German chocolate cake with pecan halves around the top edge. You can also add a maraschino cherry half also next to the pecan half. And enjoy your German chocolate cake with lots of frosting and Bakers German chocolates.