Thursday, May 27, 2010

German Chocolate Cake

Another classic!  This is a chocolate cake with chocolate frosting on the sides and a topping of roasted pecans and caramelized coconut.  This is seen throughout the US and is almost a standard. The only thing we can't figure out is how it ties in with Germany which is about the only place that this cake is not seen. Is it a German "Chocolate Cake" or a "German Chocolate" Cake?  How does the coconut figure in as Germany is not known as a place for growing coconuts? Well as it turns out the cake is an American concoction. The name comes from the fact that the original chocolate used was from Baker's Chocolate Company which was founded by Samuel German hence the original name German's Chocolate Cake. Who knew?  Whether this is true or not could be up for discussion as German lived in the mid-1800s and the first recipe appeared almost 100 years later. Eh, who cares!

Regardless this is a good cake recipe and we always like it when one shows up. This one was very fresh probably having been made the same day at the East Side Marketplace. This one was also a bit more decorative than some of the home made versions which have the coconut frosting kind of slathered on with little to no flourish. 

We also saw that when the frosting turned out to be too much, that which is left on the plate can serve as medium for an artist. Out of a pile of cake topping emerged and ice cream cone! We have every reason to believe this is the first instance of German Chocolate Cake Art.

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