German Chocolate Birthday Cake

German Chocolate Birthday Cake

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"This moist, flavorful cake was the traditional birthday cake at our house when I was growing up. Everyone requested it. I especially like the sweet coconut-pecan frosting. --Lisa Andis, Morristown, Indiana"
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1 h 15 m servings
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  1. In a saucepan over low heat, stir chocolate and water until chocolate is melted. Cool. In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar. Add egg yolks, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Add chocolate mixture and vanilla; mix well. Combine flour, baking soda and salt; add alternately with buttermilk to creamed mixture. In another mixing bowl, beat egg whites until stiff peaks form; fold into batter. Line a greased 13-in. x 9-in. x 2-in. baking pan with waxed paper. Grease and flour the paper. Spread batter evenly in pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 50-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes; invert onto a wire rack to cool completely. Remove waxed paper. For frosting, combine milk, sugar, egg yolks, butter and vanilla in a saucepan; cook and stir over medium heat until thickened. Remove from the heat; stir in coconut and pecans. Beat until frosting is cool and reaches desired spreading consistency. Place cake on a serving platter; spread frosting over top and sides.

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I have made a better, moister cake following the recipe on the baker's sweet german chocolate package. Everyone said it was great, but I still have half the cake in the fridge. Also a tip to mak...

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My first cake from scratch. Pros: Very moist and fluffy. Frosting was great and not too sweet. Cons: cake was not very chocolaty. Nearly couldn't really tell what flavor it was supposed to hav...

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I have made a better, moister cake following the recipe on the baker's sweet german chocolate package. Everyone said it was great, but I still have half the cake in the fridge. Also a tip to mak...

This is a great cake I followed the recipe to the letter. The cake was so moist and the icing was just sweet enough. Although I wasn't sure if there would be enough icing for the whole cake bu...

This Recipe is so good, I made it for my dad for his birthday and he loved it. It was also the first cake I made from scratch.

My first cake from scratch. Pros: Very moist and fluffy. Frosting was great and not too sweet. Cons: cake was not very chocolaty. Nearly couldn't really tell what flavor it was supposed to hav...

Light, fluffy, sinfully delicious. The cake was incredible and the frosting was even better. I followed the directions as is, I recommend doing this because there is nothing wrong with it. The c...

Excellent--my family thought it was the best cake they've ever tasted! The prep. time was longer than 25 minutes, since I toasted the coconut and the chopped pecans.

This is sooo good. And the directions are easy to follow. This was the very first cake I made from scratch. I made it for my husband's birthday while we were dating. Obviously, this cake does wo...

I made this cake for my best friends birthday and I followed the recipe to the T. It turned out great and everyone loved it. Almost the whole cake was gone within a day. I will definitely be mak...

Just excellent! A definate favorite in this house! Becel instead of butter and Partly skimmed evaporated milk worked well ( we have to be heart smart here). I deviated from baking instructions a...

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