The cake itself comes together pretty easily. Just a few simple ingredients and a big old bowl and you are ready to rock. It makes 3 nice sized 9 inch round cakes. Then you pile them up with a coconut frosting and stick them under the broiler for a few minutes to toast up the top of the coconut and make the frosting extra luscious. Maw-Maw seems to remember them serving this as individual one layer cakes. That would probably be the practical thing to do. I was not feeling all that practical and stacked them up! It was a lot more fun to present that way, but it realistically would have been a lot easier to cut and serve in single layers.
Either way you decide to serve it, you should definitely give it a go. The cake was nice and moist with a great crumb and the broiled frosting made it stand out from the standard German chocolate cakes. This is the first time I can remember broiling a frosting and it was kind of fun! Have you ever made a broiled frosting before?
Great Grandma's German Chocolate Cake
With Broiled Coconut Frosting
makes 3 9" round cakes
4 oz. German's Sweet Chocolate
1/2 cup boiling water
1 cup butter, softened
4 eggs, divided
1/2 tsp salt
2 cups sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 cup buttermilk
Frosting:1 cup butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
3/4 cup milk
1/2 tsp salt
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
14 oz bag shredded coconut (or 3 cups of shredded coconut and 1 1/2 cups chopped pecans)
- Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare 3 9" cake pans.
- Melt chocolate in boiling water.
- Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy. Add egg yolks and beat until well mixed. Beat in melted chocolate and vanilla.
- In a separate bowl, mix together flour, baking soda and salt. Add half of the flour mixture to the butter mixture, stirring until just combined. Stir in the butter milk and then the remaining flour mixture, beating until smooth.
- Beat the egg whites until stiff. Fold about 1/3 of the egg whites into the batter to lighten it. Then fold in the remaining egg whites.
- Spoon into prepared pans and bake for 30-40 minutes or until they test done.
- Cool for about 10 minutes and then turn onto wire racks to finish cooling.
- To make the frosting, blend the ingredients together. Spread over the tops of the cakes and broil for 3-4 minutes or until golden and bubbly.
I can't wait to see all of the other chocolate goodies everyone has been making. What should we make first?