German Chocolate Cake

Cake:

4 oz sweet baking chocolate (or 4 oz semi-sweet and 2 tablespoons of sugar)
1/2 cup water
2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour or 2 1/2 cups cake flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon salt
2 cups granulated sugar
1 cup butter or margarine (2 sticks), room temperature
4 large eggs, separated
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 cup buttermilk
Frosting:
3 egg yolks
1 cup granulated sugar or packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine (1 stick)
1 cup evaporated milk (from 12-oz can)
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/3 cups flaked coconut
1 cup chopped pecans
  • Heat the oven to 350°F. Butter 3 – 8 inch pans.
  • In a small saucepan, heat the chocolate and water over low heat, stirring frequently, until chocolate is completely melted; remove from heat and cool.
  • In a medium bowl, stir the flour, baking soda and salt until mixed; set aside. In another medium bowl, beat 2 cups sugar and 1 cup butter with an electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy; set aside.
  • On medium speed, beat 1 egg yolk at a time into the sugar mixture until mixed. On low speed, beat in the melted chocolate and 1 teaspoon vanilla. On low speed, beat in 1/2 of the flour mixture just until smooth, then beat in 1/2 of the buttermilk just until smooth. Repeat beating in flour mixture alternately with the buttermilk just until smooth.
  • In a small bowl, beat the eggs whites on high speed until beaten eggs whites form stiff peaks when beaters are lifted. Add egg whites to the batter; to fold in, use a rubber spatula to cut down vertically through the batter, then slide the spatula across the bottom of the bowl and up the side, turning batter over. Rotate the bowl 1/4 turn, and repeat this down-across-up motion. Continue folding until batter and egg whites are blended.
  • Pour batter into pans; spread batter evenly in pans and smooth top of batter.
  • Bake 8-inch pans 35 to 40 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
  • Cool cakes in pans 10 minutes. To remove cake from pan, invert onto cooling rack, then invert right side up on second cooling rack. Cool completely, about 1 hour.
  • In a saucepan, stir the yolks, 1 cup sugar, 1/2 cup butter, the evaporated milk and 1 teaspoon vanilla until well mixed. Cook over medium heat about 10-12 minutes, stirring frequently, until thick and bubbly. Stir in the coconut and pecans. Cool about 30 minutes, beating occasionally with a spoon, until mixture is spreadable.
  • Place 1 cake layer, rounded side down, on a cake plate; using a metal spatula, spread 1/3 of the filling over the layer. Add second layer, rounded side down; spread with 1/3 of the filling. Add third layer, rounded side up; spread with remaining filling, leaving side of cake unfrosted. Store cake covered in the refrigerator.

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