I made this for my step-dad's birthday today. It turned out great, but that could be because I made a few modifications to the recipe! I changed the 1/2 cup of water to 1/2 cup of strong coffee. I usually do this for any chocolatey recipe that calls for water. I also added 2 more ounces of chocolate. The cakes in the photos didn't look chocolatey enough for me. I also lightly toasted the coconut and pecans for the frosting.
The cake turned out great. The texture was almost silky. I had an issue getting the cake out of the pans, but that was my own fault. I left the cake layers in the pans too long, which causes condensation on the bottom. So I kind of ripped the bottom out of a couple of layers.
The frosting is another story. It tasted AMAZING. I don't even like German Chocolate cake and I LOVED it!!! However, it's so runny! I tried everything suggested in other reviews. I cooled it. I mixed vanilla pudding mix into it. Corn starch. Everything! It was just relentlessly runny. This sucked for several reasons. The obvious problem is my cake didn't look pretty. I made it for a birthday dinner, so I really wanted it to look nice. The other problem is the icing oozed out of the sides. So when I cut the cake, there wasn't much filling between layers. That really took away from the overall taste.
So all in all, the cake was completely, totally perfect (with a few modifications). The frosting, although tasty, is impractical. I'll make it again, but use a different frosting.
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I made this for my step-dad's birthday today. It turned out great, but that could be because...