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Monday, October 17, 2016

Great Grandma's German Chocolate Cake with Broiled Coconut Frosting #Choctoberfest

       I never had the pleasure of knowing my Great-Grandma Peggy.  But all of the stories I have heard about her make her seem like a spunky yet classy lady.  I know my Great-Grandpa Buchsbaum was head over heals for her and it seems like they had quite the life together.  My Maw-Maw, her daughter and my maternal grandmother, recently sent a few more family recipes for me to try.  Of course I couldn't wait to give this cake a go!

     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

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)

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F and prepare 3 9" cake pans.
  2. Melt chocolate in boiling water.  
  3. Cream together butter and sugar until fluffy.  Add egg yolks and beat until well mixed.  Beat in melted chocolate and vanilla. 
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. Spoon into prepared pans and bake for 30-40 minutes or until they test done.  
  7. Cool for about 10 minutes and then turn onto wire racks to finish cooling.
  8. 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?


  1. Delicious!! Love the lucious layers. I've never seen a cake with a broiled frosting but I bet it makes the coconut so rich and toasty.

    1. It was a new one for me too, but perfect for this recipe. It melted the butter and sugar together a bit and caramelized it a little too. Not to mention the toasty coconut! Mmmm!

  2. Pops loves German Chocolate Cake and I never make it for him. I'm so glad that you did. He LOVED it!

    1. I'm glad he was able to help eat it!

  3. I love German Chocolate Cake and truth be told, I've never tried a different recipe than the one that comes on the box of German Chocolate ;) I'll have to give this one a try. Looking at all of the Choctober recipes is making me crave chocolate!

    1. Isn't it wonderful and terrible all at the same time? Thanks, Val!

  4. The only cake my co-worker will eat is German Chocolate, so next time she needs a treat.. this is it! As always, intrigued by another new frosting you have!

    1. Oooh, yay! I hope you both love it! Fun frostings are the best! Thanks as always =)

  5. Looks fabulous! And you know if it's worthy of being passed down for generations, it's gotta be good. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Weekend Potluck.

    1. Thanks, Marsha! It is really good and so much fun to bake some of the same recipes that so many generations of my family have enjoyed!

  6. My sweet tooth is now screaming for attention! Loudly! LOL I love German Chocolate Cake and this one is begging to get made. I love hearing about your family history, you come from a long line of inventive cooks and bakers, so cool to have recipes that you have received from family. I cannot imagine how good the icing is with a bit of broil and a little caramelization. OMG!!!