German Chocolate Cake Recipe

Scratch German Chocolate Cake

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When you see the words scratch and German Chocolate Cake in a title, do I really need to say anything else?ย  ๐Ÿ™‚ย  Well, the story behind this recipe showing up on my blog at this time is simple.ย  Ya see, the other day my son asked me to bake a cake for his best friendโ€™s 18th birthday. When I asked the friend what he wanted, he said your German Chocolate Cake before I could even complete the question. ย  This super moist from scratch German Chocolate Cake has always been a favorite and apparently its reputation had preceded it.ย  My family loves it with a chocolate cream cheese icing, but for the birthday boy, I added the traditional coconut pecan icing in the middle so he could have a taste of that too. ย  I promise this is one of those cakes that you will make over and over again.ย  It comes together easily and tastes like heaven on a plate.ย ย 

PREP: 25 minutesCOOK: 25-30 minutesYIELD: 2 – 9 inch round cakes

Ingredients:

For Cake:

  • 2 cups of Sugar
  • 1 ยฝ Cups of Flour
  • ยพ cup of Cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 ยฝ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup milk 
  • ยฝ cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup HOT water

For Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing:

  • 1 (8 oz.) block of softened cream cheese
  • 1 stick softened butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • ยฝ cup of cocoa powder
  • 3 ยฝ cups powdered sugar

Instructions:

For the Cakes:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place the sugar and sift the flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, and baking soda in a mixing bowl. 
  3. Add the salt.
  4. Mix with a whisk and set aside.
  5. In a mixing bowl place the eggs, milk, oil, vanilla, and hot water. 
  6. Mix on low speed for 1 – 2 minutes.
  7. Spray and flour two 9 inch round cake pans.
  8. Divide the mixture evenly between the two pans.
  9. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 – 30 minutes or until the center springs back with touched with your finger.
  10. Remove for oven and cool on cooling racks until completely cool.

For the Icing:

  1. Using a mixer, combine the cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until creamy.
  2. Add the cocoa powder.
  3. Pre-sift the 3 ยฝ cups of powdered sugar.
  4. Slowly add the powdered sugar to the mixer.

Ice the cakes and serve.

Enjoy!

Maurie Kay

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