German Chocolate Cake Recipe

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German Chocolate Cake
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  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Grease 3 (9-inch) cake pans; line with parchment; grease and lightly flour.
  2. Process flour, 1 cup nuts, baking soda and 1/2 tsp. salt until nuts are ground. In a bowl, whisk bittersweet chocolate and 1/2 cup boiling water until smooth.
  3. Cream 2 sticks butter and 1 1/4 cups sugar until fluffy. Add 4 yolks one at a time, blending after each. Stir in chocolate mixture.
  4. Mix sour cream and 1 tsp. vanilla. Add flour and sour cream mixtures alternately to chocolate mixture, beginning and ending with flour. In a separate bowl, beat egg whites until frothy. Add 1/4 cup sugar 1 Tbsp. at a time; beat until egg whites hold soft peaks. Fold whites into batter in thirds. Divide batter among pans. Bake until cake springs back lightly, 25 to 30 minutes. Cool on a wire rack for 5 minutes before inverting cakes onto rack.
  5. Whisk 3/4 cup sugar, evaporated milk, 1 stick butter, 4 yolks and 1 tsp. vanilla in a pan over low heat until smooth. Cook filling, stirring constantly, until thickened and just boiling, 10 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in coconut and 1 1/4 cups pecans.
  6. Bring cream, 1 1/4 cups sugar and corn syrup to a boil, stirring to dissolve sugar. Reduce heat and simmer, stirring, 5 minutes. Remove from heat, add unsweetened chocolate and 1 stick butter; stir until smooth. Add 1 tsp. vanilla and 1/4 tsp. salt; pour into a bowl and set in a bowl of ice water to cool. Beat until frosting is shiny and thick.
  7. Place one cake layer on a plate; spread with half of filling. Top with second layer and remaining filling. Top with third cake layer. Frost cake; garnish with additional coconut and pecans, if desired. Chill for 30 minutes.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1706.13 Kcal (7143 kJ)
Calories from fat 1412.52 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 156.95g 241%
Cholesterol 421.77mg 141%
Sodium 355.24mg 15%
Potassium 451.86mg 10%
Total Carbs 75.3g 25%
Sugars 42.52g 170%
Dietary Fiber 4.98g 20%
Protein 12.41g 25%
Vitamin C 1.4mg 2%
Vitamin A 1.5mg 50%
Iron 3.4mg 19%
Calcium 187mg 19%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 498.92 Kcal (2089 kJ)
Calories from fat 413.06 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 45.9g 241%
Cholesterol 123.34mg 141%
Sodium 103.88mg 15%
Potassium 132.14mg 10%
Total Carbs 22.02g 25%
Sugars 12.43g 170%
Dietary Fiber 1.46g 20%
Protein 3.63g 25%
Vitamin C 0.4mg 2%
Vitamin A 0.4mg 50%
Iron 1mg 19%
Calcium 54.7mg 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 46.4
  • 49

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium

Bad Points

  • High in Total Fat

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