German Chocolate Cake

A decadent cake perfect for the holidays.

Whether served at a convivial  Thanksgiving table or a festive Christmas gathering, this German Chocolate Cake will impress loved ones with its decadent chocolate layers topped with a rich coconut-pecan icing. For more seasonal recipes, pick up a copy of our November/December issue. 

German Chocolate Cake
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup butter, softened
  2. 1 cup sugar
  3. 1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  4. 4 large eggs
  5. 21⁄2 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1⁄4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  7. 1 teaspoon baking powder
  8. 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  9. 1 1⁄2 cups half-and-half
  10. 6 ounces German’s sweet chocolate, melted
  11. Coconut Pecan Icing (recipe follows)
  12. Garnish: toasted pecan halves, hot caramel topping*
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 3 (9-inch) cake pans with nonstick baking spray with flour.
  2. In a large bowl, beat butter and sugars at medium speed with an electric mixer until fluffy. Add eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and salt. Gradually add flour mixture to butter mixture, alternately with half-and-half, beginning and ending with flour mixture. Add melted chocolate, beating to combine. Spoon batter into prepared pans. Bake for 18 to 22 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in centers comes out clean. Let cool in pans for 10 minutes. Remove from pans, and let cool completely on wire racks.
  4. Spread Coconut Pecan Icing between layers and on top of cake. Garnish with pecan halves and caramel topping, if desired.
Notes
  1. *For testing purposes, we used Smucker’s Hot Caramel Topping.
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Coconut Pecan Icing
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Ingredients
  1. Coconut Pecan Icing
  2. 4 cups chopped toasted pecans
  3. 4 cups sweetened flaked coconut
  4. 2 (12-ounce) jars hot caramel topping*
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, combine pecans, coconut, and caramel topping. Beat at medium speed with an electric mixer until well combined.
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