German chocolate cake

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Since it needs some time of refrigeration to settle well, it is convenient to prepare it the night before or, if it is going to be consumed in the afternoon, in the morning.

The German chocolate cake is a very typical recipe made for a snack or as a dessert. And we assure you that as soon as you learn how to cook this cake, it will become your favorite dessert.

That’s why we bring you the recipe to learn how to prepare a German chocolate cake.

German chocolate cake

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For the cake:

  • 120 grams of semi-bitter chocolate.
  • ½ cup of water.
  • 2 and ½ cup flour.
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
  • ½ teaspoon salt.
  • 1 cup milk.
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar.
  • 200 grams of butter.
  • 1 and ¾ cups sugar.
  • 4 egg yolks.
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence.
  • 4 egg whites.

For the frosting:

  • 1 cup evaporated milk.
  • 3 egg yolks.
  • 1 cup sugar.
  • ½ cup butter.
  • 1 and ½ cups coconut.
  • 1 cup of walnuts.


  • Preheat the oven to 180°C, grease, and flour a baking pan.
  • Melt the chocolate in a double boiler or the microwave.
  • Sift the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  • In another bowl, mix the milk with the vinegar.
  • Beat the butter and add the sugar little by a little while mixing. Add the egg yolks, the vanilla essence, and the melted chocolate.
  • Add the flour and the milk, beating with a wooden spoon or spatula.
  • Separately, beat the egg whites until they form peaks and fold into the previous batter.
  • Spread over the mold and bake in the oven for 35 minutes (until a toothpick or knife comes out dry and clean).
  • Remove from the oven and let it cool for 10 minutes, unmold and place on a wire rack.
  • To prepare the bitumen, heat the milk with the sugar, egg yolks, butter, and vanilla essence while whisking until it thickens.
  • Remove from the heat, add the grated coconut and chopped walnuts.
  • Finally, we have to assemble the recipe: cut the chocolate cake in half, cover half of the frosting, and cover. The rest of the frosting is for covering.
  • Place in the refrigerator until ready to serve, accompanied with a delicious coffee or tea.
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  1. Tracy Comito

    Why does this German chocolate cake recipe call for walnuts? Pecans clearly on top and no mention of pecans in the entire recipe? Just wondering.

    • Lynn

      How much Vanilla essence goes in the frosting? There is no mention of it in the ingredient list under frosting yet says to add it when making the frosting

  2. Darlene Walker

    You have some wonderful recipes.
    Thank you

  3. Vickie

    I love to get like yours that are so good like the German Chocolate Cake recipe I had and aunt that could make Cakes dinners or what every she wanted and from what I’m seen if yours I know you can do the same and taste good well like getting recipe that you have thanks.

  4. Patricia L Daly-Zake

    Why is there Vinegar in the recipe. My husband the smell and taste. Is there a substitute?
    Thank You.

    • Mitch

      4 stars
      The vinegar is just to make sour milk. The recipe i always used used buttermilk.

      You would never taste the vinegar in the baked cake. In general, if a recipe calls for buttermilk and all you have is regular milk, you’ll need to use vinegar or lemon juice. It curdles the milk slightly. But the lemon juice, in this case would change the flavor.

      Anywho, the sour milk or buttermilk reacts with the baking soda for leavening in the cake. The baking soda requires an acid to work properly.

  5. Janet Long

    Good looking cake. Could you email me the receipt? Thanks

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